Tips for Choosing a Cat, Specifically a Bengal Kitten

Choosing a Bengal Kitten

When picking out a kitten, there are many things to think about before you make the big pounce! You will need to take other household members and pets into consideration, as well as the amount of time you have to raise a kitten. The new addition to your family should also compliment your personality. Deciding on a Bengal kitten will definitely enhance your unique qualities! Here are some tips for choosing your new Bengal:

Gender – This is strictly up to you! There is no real definitive difference after they have been spayed or neutered.

Picking “The One” – Choosing to go through a reputable Bengal breeder is the best way to ensure your new friend has been purr-fectly cared for and is in good health. From there, you should observe the litter. Witnessing how the kittens interact with people and their siblings is important to consider. Pick them up and see how they respond. A kitten that hisses and squirms might indicate behavioral problems. This could indicate that they might have a hard time adjusting to its new family and home.

Cost – Bengals are a bit more expensive than a regular kitten, but that comes with the territory of owning a beautiful and unique breed! The cost of the kitten itself also depends on the type of Bengal. There are typically three types of breeds including Pet Quality Bengals, Breeder Quality Bengals, and Show Quality Bengals.

Shopping for your new Bengal is a job in itself but you won’t be disappointed. In fact, you might have a hard time choosing just one! Check out the latest litter from Summerbrees and Gangster, born April 21, 2013.

Tips for Trimming your Bengal Cat’s Claws

trimming your cat's nailsWhile trimming your cat or kitten’s claws may not be the most enjoyable activity as a cat owner, it is a necessary one. We know how difficult it can be, which is why we recommend to begin the trimming process when your cat is a kitten. The earlier you introduce your cat to claw trimming, the easier it will be to accomplish the task.

With the help of our friends at the ASPCA, below are some important and helpful tips to be mindful of when trimming your Bengal cat’s claws.

1. Make sure your kitten or cat is relaxed or even a little tired. Sit in a comfortable chair where you will not be disturbed by other animals.

2. Before attempting to clip the claws, make “friends” with the paw. Take your one paw between your fingers and massage for a count of three. If you cat pulls away, don’t squeeze or pinch the paw, but keep in gentle contact. Once the cat is still, give the pad of the paw some pressure, so the nail extends out. Release the paw immediately and give the cat a treat.

3. Make sure your cat is not startled by the sound of clippers before you trim her nails. Try cutting a piece of uncooked spaghetti while holding the cat’s paws and gauge her reaction.

4. When you do trim the cat’s nails, do not cut the quick, the pink part of the nail. This is where the nerves and blood vessels are located. Only trim the white part of the nail. If the quick is cut, bleeding can be stopped with a styptic powder or stick.

5. To begin the trimming process, have your cat in your lap, facing outward. Massage one toe and press the pad until the nail extends, and trim only the sharp tip of the nail. Give her a treat and remember to take note of where the quick begins. If the cat didn’t notice, trim another nail. Don’t trim more than two claws in one sitting, until the cat is comfortable with it.

6. Trim your cat’s claws about every 10 to 14 days.

While these are some great tips of what to do when trimming your Bengal kitten or cat’s claws, there are a few things to avoid, for the safety and wellbeing of your cat. Do not raise your voice or punish your cat if she resists; don’t attempt to trim when your cat is upset or agitated; don’t rush the claw trimming; and lastly, don’t trim all of the claws at once.