Naming Your New Bengal Cat

red maleNames are so much more than what we choose to call each other. They carry a great deal of meaning, and pick up even more as relationships grow. Once you’ve welcomed a new Bengal cat or kitten into your home, it might seem impossible to think up a name that’s worthy of his or her beauty and unique demeanor. But give it some thought and time, and the ideal name should reveal itself naturally.

Start off by looking closely at your Bengal cat. The color of his or her fur, or the patterns throughout, might provide some clear inspiration. An especially pronounced body part can do the same. For example, attractive paws may translate to a name like “Mittens”.

If physical features don’t make way for a name, don’t panic. Your Bengal cat will be around for a long time, so there’s no need to rush such an important decision. Instead, watch patiently, picking up on every little aspect of the cat’s behavior. Are they particularly fast or slow? Bashful or exuberant? Sometimes, a new cat owner may even instinctively begin calling their cat a descriptive name that ends up sticking over time.

Others might find themselves with a bit more of an enigma. That’s okay! Interesting and complex cats often end up being the best kind. Maybe your cat’s name deserves a little more serious contemplation. Hit the Internet to research some popular cat names. Look up synonyms or foreign translations of words that fit but don’t exactly roll off the tongue.  Think about the origins of your cat and see if it spurs some inspiration. The Bengal cat, for example, is a mix between a domestic and Asian leopard cat.

Of course, the best names of all are often those that honor others from the past. Maybe you had a childhood cat that was particularly important to you, and you’d like to develop an equally profound relationship with your new Bengal cat. You might have a favorite athlete or fictional character that you admire enough to honor. On the other hand, if you’re the creative type, you could make up an entirely new name that takes on whatever meaning you’d like.

The best part about owning a Bengal cat is that no matter what you choose to name him or her, they’ll be a truly special part of your life for years and years to come.

Destiny Bengals recently had a large litter, and we still have many adorable kittens available. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Advice for Introducing a New Kitten to Your Dog

introducing Bengal kitten to a puppyWhen introducing your new Bengal kitten to your home’s canine resident, it is important for the first few meetings to go well. Getting pets used to each other’s company can take some time, and all animals will react differently to each other. Until you are sure your dog and kitten can be left alone together, keep them in separate rooms when you aren’t around. Also remember to keep litter boxes somewhere that your dog cannot reach, since many dogs will try to eat cat feces and litter.

Once your kitten has become comfortable with you and adjusted to a room in your home, give your dog a chance to meet her. To keep your cat from getting frightened and your dog from getting too excited, we recommend putting up a baby gate at the door of the room the cat is staying in. Walk you dog by the room, giving him treats when he behaves calmly. Also toss a few treats into your kitten so she associates seeing your pup with a positive experience.

Before giving your furry friends a chance to meet without barriers, gauge your Bengal kitten’s reaction to the dog. If they run and hide, continue at this slow introductory pace until your kitten stays out in the open or approaches inquisitively when you and your canine companion walk by.

When your new cat begins to show interest in meeting your dog, bring them both into a big room where they can get to know each other up close. Put your dog on a leash and sit with him on the opposite side of the room as the door so your kitten has the opportunity to leave if she gets scared. Reward both animals for good behavior and continue this laid back meeting process until the two animals are comfortable and well behaved around each other.

Cats and dogs can become great friends, especially when the cat is introduced to dogs at a young age. A laid back dog who is not much of a chaser will also make friendship more likely. Take things slow and let your pets get to know each other at their own pace. Remain positive and calm throughout all interactions and the pets will follow your lead. Learn more introductory advice with the ASPCA.

Interested in adding a Bengal kitten to your family? Visit Destiny Bengals online or give us a call at 561-295-5195 to learn more about our available kittens and upcoming litters.

Preparing Your Home for Your New Bengal Kitten

bengal kitten playing with stuffed toyBringing home your Bengal kitten is an exciting day for the whole family, but every new kitten needs time to adjust to a new home away from their mother and litter mates. Before picking up your pet, there are a few simple things you can do to make your home safe and welcoming for the newest member of your family.

Kitty-Proof the House

Inquisitive by nature, kittens love to explore. There are plenty of household items your new pet can get into, so it is important to perform a thorough check of the house before bringing them home. Start by cleaning up things like toys, jewelry and decorative items that are small enough to be swallowed. Make sure electrical cords are secured out of your kitten’s reach.

Household cleaning products and medicines should be placed in cabinets that can be securely closed, and the washing machine and dryer should be kept shut as well. These dark, warm places are the perfect hiding spots for your furry friend. Also remove any plants that may be poisonous to cats and keep the toilet lid closed.

Create a Cozy Haven

Give your Bengal kitten a place to call their own, away from the noise and excitement of your home. Choose a quiet, secluded corner and place a comfy pet bed or a cardboard box lined with blankets in it. This retreat will provide your new pet a place to sleep and relax as they acclimate to your home. Never bother your kitten when they are inside this little home, instead letting them come out in their own time.

Let Your Cat Come to You

All the new sights and sounds may be overwhelming to your pet, so remember to give them time to adjust. Let them explore on their own, interacting with them when they come to you. Children especially will want to hold and cuddle your furry family member right away, but introduce your Bengal kitten to the family calmly, one person at a time.

Litter Training

Provide your kitten with a litter box on every floor of your home and help them get used to using it by placing them inside shortly after naps and eating. Praise your pet when they use the box, but avoid punishing accidents. Since the burying of waste is an instinctive behavior for cats, litter training won’t take too long. Just be patient and consistent and your furry friend will learn soon enough.

Stick to One Room

As your new pet adjusts to life at home, consider keeping them in one room, with safe toys, a bed and litter box, while you are at work. This will keep your young cat from getting into any trouble while you are gone and will keep them safe from other pets until you are sure they can be trusted together.

Remember, a kitten is like a baby and requires plenty of love and attention to thrive. Care for your Bengal kitten, giving them time to grow comfortable in your home and they will become a loving and cherished member of your family.

Stop by Destiny Bengals to learn more about our cats and view our available kittens. Email us at DBGM26@aol.com or call 561-2956-5195 with any questions you may have.

Sources: http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/10-tips-for-bringing-a-new-kitten-home/

Why You Should Own a Bengal

why own a bengalBengal cats can be a great addition to any family but, are they right for your family and why should you own one?

There are a lot of highly sought after qualities that Bengals have that other cats simply cannot possess because of their bloodlines and their upbringing. They do have bloodlines with wild cats and this gives them different characteristics that extreme charming and playful.

Being playful is the first thing you will notice about a Bengal. They are not the cat that will lie around all day and hide from your guests. You will appreciate how social they are with your guests and how much they want to be the center of attention.

They are also extremely intelligent and can pick up on tricks and tips you have given them in the past when greeting and playing with your friends and family. You will never have a dull moment with a Bengal cat hanging around.

Another extremely sought after quality is their healthy nature and low maintenance lifestyle. Bengals are very good at grooming themselves and they have shorter fur so they can keep their hygiene under control. You will need to brush them and bathe them regularly but they do not require specialized care.

They are also healthy cats; they appear to have immunity to feline leukemia. This can be extremely expensive and sad to treat but good news is due to the ancestry of the Asian leopard they seem to be immune.

Because they are active cats you will not have to worry about them getting feline obesity or other related health problems. In our book Bengals are the all-around winner for the cats everyone should have.
 

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Bengals Are A Girls Best Friend! [Get Them Before They’re Gone!]

red maleGirls look for best friends in all the wrong places sometimes- why not have a feline friend instead who will be super loyal to you?

Bengals are the cat for you; they are all about family, are loveable and will do all they can for the ones they love. If you are looking for a new friend you may want to think about what species you would like this friend to be.

Blue male

Bengal cats are extremely active cats that always tend to be there when you need them. They are larger than some other breeds of cats and they sometimes behave more like a dog, but till have their independence.

Dogs need you to let them in and out of the house for bathroom breaks and they tend to require more grooming.

Purple Male

Bengal cats are just as big as a small dog but they use a litter box and do not require as much attention to grooming as a dog would. Bengal cats take care of their own fur and they are highly intelligent and will let you know when they would like your help.yellow female

These cats are very nimble on their feet and can get out of your way when you need them but they also show affection when you want them near. They can sense emotions in their humans and will be there for you when you need to be picked up.

orange femaleDon’t these qualities sound like great ones to have in a friend? The furry and fluffy characteristics are all a bonus!

Forget diamonds, Bengal cats are girls’ real best friends. Make sure to pick one out today! The red, blue and purple are males, where the orange and yellow are females.
 

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You can Train Your Bengal Cat to Do Tricks! [Video]

jesse jamesBengal cats are one of the smartest breeds of cats, not only because they are a hybrid cat but also because they tend to be more active. They thrive in high active households, they like to be challenged and they enjoy pleasing their cat guardians.

Bengal cats are extremely trainable and you can train your to do tricks for you. One thing to remember is to never force your cat to do a trick, they will be resistant and then they will not cooperate with daily tasks. Also be prepared to reward your cat with treats. At first you will need to give a treat every time they perform, but as time goes on you can cut down the treats and just make a fun game out of it.

Starting when your Bengal cat is a kitten is ideal but even older cats can learn new tricks. Here are a few basic tricks or commands you can try with you Bengal cat:

1. Come- This command is not just awe inspiring from the visitors that come to your house, but it is also a safety concern. If you can teach your cat to come on command you are more likely to keep them safe if they were walking into a dangerous situation.

To teach this trick start with a very close distance of 4- 5 inches and give a treat every time they complete the task. Then after 4-5 successful tries you can more back further and start again. After a few weeks you can train your cat to come when you are in a different room.

2. Stay- This will come in handy when your Bengal wants to greet all your guests but your guests don’t want to be greeted. To do this you will need to be quick with the rewards at first. Give the command and if your cat stays give them a treat immediately. Then slowly increase the time until they are staying or longer than 30 seconds.

3. Closing a door-This may seem like a more advanced task but it is simple just like the others. Start with a target on a piece of paper and give the command. Every time your cat touches the paper with their head give a treat. After they get the hang of this put the target on a door and give the command, now you have a cat that closes doors.

 

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You Can Have a Conversation With Your Bengal Cat! [Videos

During your searches for your perfect kitty, you may have stumbled across Bengal cats. While there are many things that make them unique, like their lineage, gorgeous fur and their playful personalities, there is something else that sets them apart too.

They are known for being talkative.

This could make them the ultimate companion for those days where you just need someone to talk to, and someone who just understands you. While you tell your Bengal about that boss that is getting on your nerves, they can meow back to you to agree. “Yes, that person is in fact a jerk. Oh, and can I have some food?”

The fact is there are different noises your Bengal will make. They have a distinctive “yowling” sound when they want to draw your attention to something, possibly including when they’re waiting patiently for some petting!

Of course, once they are satisfied, they purr like other cats do. They also have some trills and chirrups laced in, and what a wonderful sound it is! When you get more than one Bengal together, you may hear them chatter and talk to each other, as if they were planning something.

You might even hear your Bengal make a “nya!” noise when they are frustrated, such as not being able to reach something they are jumping for.

Not only are Bengal cats able to show their personalities in their actions, but even in their voices as well. Who wouldn’t want to talk to this pretty kitty while curled up and snuggling on the couch?

Yes, Your Bengal Cat Will Get Along With Other Pets! [Videos]

One of the questions that many people looking to bring a Bengal cat into the home is “will it get along with the rest of my family and pets?” and you will be happy to know that the answer is yes.

Bengal cats are very sociable and love to have other people or animals to play with!

This is yet another reason why Bengal cats are great to have as pets. Even though Bengals are felines, they love to play fetch and horse around like your dog does! They will have great times together and never be bored. This will be especially useful on days where the weather isn’t the best and you can’t go for a walk with everyone.

Bengal cats are fiercely loyal to their owners and their family, so this will mean that they are loyal to you and your pets. Regardless of the species, your Bengal cat is sure to accept them into the family and treat them as one of their own.

If you have a small child, it is very easy for Bengal cats to be trained to treat them gently, and you might even catch your Bengal giving your children the gentle head-butts that signify their affection and love.

Lastly, people get very concerned over bringing a Bengal cat into a home with a dog. It’s been known for a long time that cats and dogs are supposed to be enemies and that they chase each other down. Well, this isn’t the case with your Bengal cat. They will shower your canines with love, too!

See some wonderful examples here:


 

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The “Furr”sonality of Your Bengal Kitten

Bengal personality

When you first get to know your Bengal kitten, you’re helping to develop his or her personality or “furrsonality” for us animal lovers. We use the term “helping,” because there are many features a Bengal cat will develop naturally. When combined with a healthy, safe home, a Bengal kitten’s natural personality is a wonderful thing to experience.

Bengal cats have a distinguished set of common behaviors, like immunity to feline leukemia, minimal shedding, and mascara coloring near the eyes. However, that doesn’t mean every Bengal is the same. Here’s a short guide of what you can expect from your Bengal kitten as he or she matures.

  • Playful Attitude

Most Bengal kittens are naturally playful, but their home life plays a role too. Inactivity breeds lazy animals, so be sure to initiate playtime with your Bengal kitten often. The signal that you’re interested in playtime will help motivate your kitten to play and boost his or her happiness.

  • Glittering Fur

Due to the pelt like state of the fur, the Bengal cat’s coats often give off a shimmering look. A healthy diet and regular grooming can enhance this natural luster.

  • Their Vocals

Bengal cats will meow in a way that feels like a conversation. Since their vocal cords are capable of more pitches than an average cat, the vocal range is one of the first things people notice and love about a Bengal.

  • Loving Attention

While these cats are nimble, playful, and energetic, they have huge hearts. This means that your Bengal kitten will occasionally enjoy snuggling on a cozy bed.

It can take up to two years for most Bengal cats to mature, reaching both adult mentality and size. When living with your Bengal kitten, remember to focus on everything you do with your kitten, as you’re helping to shape the Bengal cat he will be tomorrow.
 

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Bengal Cat Myths- Debunked!

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There are many misconceived notions about Bengal cats, ranging from their personalities to their behaviors. Here are the top five myths about Bengal cats that simply aren’t true:

  1. Bengal cats are wild and destructive, and they will destroy your home. Just like any other cat, they have been known to misbehave from time to time. Many think that Bengals are more likely to act out on primitive behavior. Nope, sorry. Bengal cats are well behaved, especially with the proper training. Bengals are pretty energetic so they will want to play, but they are not vicious or destructive cats.
  2. Bengal cats are not cuddly or lap cats. This isn’t true. Some cats like to sit in laps all the time, but Bengals are going to be wherever the action is. Bengal cats have been known to greet people at the door, and will even follow people around as they go. Bengals on many occasions tend to be cuddlier than other breeds of cats.
  3. Bengal cats are related to the Bengal Tiger. The name of the Bengal cat is actually Prionailurus bengalensis, which is actually the Latin name for Asian Leopard Cat.
  4. Bengals are more aggressive than other types of cats. They are no more aggressive than your domesticated kitty. All breeds of cats need to be well socialized from the time they are young, and if you do, your cat regardless of the breed will play well with others.
  5. Bengal cats can cause allergic reactions. In reality, there are people who have reported not having reactions to Bengals, when they have had reactions to other cats. While it would be hard to say that any animal is completely hypoallergenic, those with cat allergies have had better luck with Bengal cats than other breeds of cats.