How to Take Care of a Bengal Kitten

Bengal CatThe beautiful Bengal is not only unique but an extremely entertaining breed of kitten. These felines make a great companion and are a wonderful addition to your household. Here are a few tips on how to care for your new Bengal kitten:

Feeding your Feline – We advise feeding your cat in moderation. They enjoy all natural dry and wet food; however, occasional dinner scraps won’t do your kitten any harm. Also, you should make sure that whether it’s from a dish or the faucet, your Bengal gets enough water. Wild Bengals are used to drinking out of streams so your cat will love to drink running water from the tub!

Litter Box Living – Bengals love their privacy so when purchasing your kitten’s litter box, make sure it has high edging. In fact, the higher the better! Bengals are able to jump up to three times their height so don’t worry about them struggling to get inside. If the edge is real low, Bengals tend to “leak” outside of the box which isn’t a fun clean-up for you.

Fabulous Fur – Bengals love to have their hair brushed! By brushing your Bengal, you are helping them get rid of their shedding fur and preventing their fur from getting matted. When it comes to bathing your kitten, make sure you use cat safe shampoo. Use warm water and shower them all over but be careful not to get anything in their eyes. After their bath, towel dry them in the direction of their fur. Then, let them take care of the rest. They will finish bathing themselves for hours!

Feathers, Lasers, Mice … oh my! – Playing with your kitten is extremely important. They love to mess around and are very entertaining. They enjoy anything that moves. Bengals love to chase laser pointers around the floor or a feather toy that is attached to a string. They’ll pounce at these objects as if they were alive – which is also very fun for you to watch! You can also throw a catnip mouse across the room and watch your Bengal bring it back to you proudly!


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.