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.