Cats Are the Ideal Pet for Busy Homeowners

Bengal KittensIf you were thinking of getting a pet and the decision was between a dog or a cat, one of the main reasons to choose a cat is quite practical: cats can do their business in a litter box indoors. Dogs, on the other hand, must be “let outside” to theirs, which means, for the most part, someone has to be home to facilitate their toilet time. How many dog owners have you met who had to curtail their time with you because they had to rush home to let the dog out? It can be frustrating! Cats, on the other hand, don’t require as much attention, which is a huge advantage in our chaotic modern world where time is at a premium.

Cats make great pets for other reasons, too. They don’t require much room to live, so they adapt well to smaller homes and little apartments. Unlike dogs, you don’t have to “walk the cat” everyday. Besides feeding them and tending to their litter box, and perhaps some attention to grooming, cats are fairly easy to care for.

Just like kids want to surround themselves with plush, stuffed animals, people of all ages tend to love cats because they look and feel nice. They’re generally soft, pettable, warm and cute!

When they’re not resting in your lap with a hypnotic purr, cats can be quite entertaining as they chase after various objects and play with them. You’re likely to get a lot of laughs out of your pet cat’s various antics.

While dogs require lots and lots of attention, cats are more independent. They like attention– sure– but they don’t bother people for it as much as dogs do. Rather than loud barks, cats keep pretty quiet so they won’t bother you or your neighbors. And, best of all, cats are fastidiously clean creatures who are always grooming themselves and they don’t stink!

Finally, cats make great pets because they offer both companionship and unconditional love. When people let people down, who can they turn to? Their pets of course, who can make add a ray of sunshine to even the bleakest of days.

If you’re interested in adding a beautiful Bengal cat to your home, contact Destiny Bengals today.

Ways Cats Show Affection to Their Owners

CatsFor centuries people have enjoyed keeping cats as their beloved pets. They’re cute, cuddly, warm and when they purr, they can soothe even the savage beast.

What are some ways cats show affection to their owners? For starters, cats like to bring their owners presents in the form of dead mice and birds they “caught” for you. While those aren’t necessarily gifts you want, it’s still kind of cool that your pet cat thought to bring you what they caught as a present.

If and when a cat looks you in the eyes or rolls on its back to show you its belly, those are two signs they like and trust you. Since they’re defenseless on their backs, when a cat shows you its belly that’s a sign they feel protected and loved by you.

Have you ever been head butted by a cat? If a person did that to you, you’d be mad, but when a cat does that to you, it’s a way of showing affection. Did you know that through their head butt, they’re depositing facial pheromones on to you– leaving their scent on you!

Though cats are often thought to be somewhat elusive, when one hangs around you he or she is showing they like you. They may playfully nibble on you in a ticklish way or use their paws to knead you like pizza dough. When they get a loud and deep purr going, they’re saying they love you.

Finally, when a cat’s tail is casually up and flipping its tip around you, that’s yet another way they’re showing you affection.

Destiny Bengals is known for supplying people with affectionate Bengal kittens. A cross between a domestic cat and an Asian leopard cat, Bengals are loving, beautiful and friendly. If you have any questions about Bengals, please call 561-295-5195.

Games to Play With Your Cat

Cat Games Most pet cats love to play, so it’s a good thing to play games with your cat. Keep in mind that cats are, by nature, hunters. They’re also farsighted which means they don’t see too well up close. That said, they can detect movement far away from them and their hearing is much stronger than that of their owners.

In order to have fun with your cat, you can typically use one item to entertain them. For example, you can use a ping pong ball or a crumpled piece of paper on the floor. Your cat will hit it with his or her paw and then chase it around. Experiment with different objects to see what your cats likes to play with… little balls, things that roll, and toy mice usually get cats moving around to play.

Cats have been associated with yarn for a long time, and they just love string! You can take yarn, shoelaces, or any other sort of ribbon and drag it across the furniture. Your cat will be mesmerized and want to investigate.

If you want a good laugh, take one of your hands and place it under a blanket or newspaper. Move your fingers so it looks like there’s something there. Watch and laugh as your cat thinks your fingers are a mouse!

Just like little kids play hide-and-seek, you can play that game with cats. Remember that cats are hunters in search of their prey. So you can hide behind furniture and play a mock game of “come hunt me.” It’s fascinating to see cats crouching down, seemingly stalking their prey.

Find a large paper bag and place it somewhere accessible to your cat. He or she will investigate it and probably end up inside of it. Then, for fun, surprise the cat by poking the bag with your fingers and daring your cat to touch your fingers, too.

Finally, you have probably heard that cat videos are among the most popular on YouTube. Put your cat on your lap and watch some funny cat videos together. It’s a bonding experience and a nice way to show your pet cat some others having fun.

Why Children Should Grow Up With Cats

Children and CatsWith fuzzy fur and a soothing purr, cats can be a child’s best friend. But the benefits of growing up in a household with a cat go far beyond the cuddles. From toddlers to teens, kids who grow up with cats enjoy some definite advantages:

  • A learning boost. Children who feel uncomfortable reading out loud in class, explaining solutions to math problems on the board or giving an oral report on the inventions of Ben Franklin can find help from their furry friends. Children who read or talk to their pets can practice their verbal skills in a stress-free, judgment-free setting. Not only does reading aloud or explaining a concept reinforce learning, it might just earn a snuggle of appreciation.
  • Comfort and unconditional love. From broken toys to broken hearts, children of all ages need comforting now and then. Cats are always willing to lend a sympathetic ear and to be there for kids who are sad, angry, frustrated or afraid.
  • Developing responsibility and empathy. Being responsible for the daily care of another living thing teaches children about commitment, accountability and being aware of the needs of others. Even preschoolers can help take care of the family cat by filling food and water bowls.
  • Lower risk of allergies and asthma. Studies have shown that children who live with cats and other animals are less likely to have common allergies. They are also less likely to develop asthma, which affects nearly 9 million children in the United States.

To give your child the benefits that growing up with a cat can offer, take a look at the available kittens from Destiny Bengals, a premier breeder of Bengal cats. Bengals are an affectionate, energetic breed that is wonderful with children. A cross between a domestic cat and an Asian leopard cat, Bengal cats have a unique, exotic look paired with a gentle temperament.

Destiny Bengals is a premier breeder of this loyal, lovable line of cats. Vet checked for over 17 years, we provide a health certificate and guarantee on all of our Bengal cats. Call Destiny Bengals at 561-295-5195 today or take a look at our available kittens at bengalscats.com.

 

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.

Holiday Safety for Cats

Christmas Bengal KittenAs Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, we humans will be busy decorating our homes, searching for new recipes and shopping for presents. During all this hustle and bustle, our cats have plenty of opportunities to get into mischief while exploring all the exciting new additions to the home. Here at Destiny Bengals, we recommend taking some extra precautions while preparing for the holiday season this year, to ensure that you and your kitten have a safe and happy winter together.

Parties

Although your furry friend probably loves the occasional house guest, a crowded room full of strangers may leave them a bit nervous. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas brunch, we recommend setting up a quiet, cozy area where your cat can escape from the festivities if they become stressed. Place their litter box, bed and some of their favorite toys in a quiet room away from the party area to provide them a place to relax and nap away from the crowd.

Decorations

Inquisitive in nature, cats are quickly attracted to the Christmas tree, strands of lights and decorative items placed about your house throughout the holiday months. As you begin decorating this year, we recommend placing your tree securely in its stand and using fishing line to keep it from falling. When decorating the tree, remember to place glass ornaments high on the tree where you cat will not be able to reach them.

For families who love the look of tinsel, we recommend choosing an alternative like garland. Bright and shiny, tinsel is extremely attractive to cats and can get caught in the digestive tract if swallowed. Also take care when placing lights around your home. Keep cords out of reach of pets to prevent electrical shock or burns, or use a product like Bitter Apple Spray to discourage chewing.

Poisonous Plants

When it comes to holiday plants, a few of our favorites can have some toxic effects on our furry friends. Holly leaves and berries can cause nausea and diarrhea, while mistletoe can lead to cardiovascular problems. Instead of including live plants in your Christmas arrangements, consider artificial plants or a cat-friendly option from the ASPCA’s list of non-toxic plants.

For more holiday safety tips for your Bengal kitten, visit Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Education and the ASPCA. Interested in adding a Bengal kitten to your family this holiday season? Visit Destiny Bengals online to view our available kittens. Contact us via email at DBGM26@aol.com or by phone at 561-295-5195 to learn more about our cats. We hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season!

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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Keep Your Bengal Cat Warm This Winter

keep bengal cats warm

Your Bengal cat loves being warm as much as you do! The winter time is rough for everyone. Bitter cold temperatures and icy snow conditions can make it treacherous for any of us to be outside, especially domestic pets.

There are quite a few ways to create warmth for your indoor cat this winter; some require purchasing some well-needed items, and others are pure common sense.

Heated Beds

Heated cat beds are a wonderful and effective way to keep your cat warm at night when the temperature is most often the coldest. They come in various sizes and price ranges, so it’s pretty easy to find one that suits your cat and your budget.

Check for Drafty Windows and Doors

Checking your home for drafty windows and doors is a wise thing to do in the winter for your entire family. If your cat loves to sit in a window or look out of a glass door, be mindful to fix any areas where air may be coming in and heat going out. It could get really uncomfortable for your cat if he or she spends their days relaxing by drafty windows and doors.

Utilize the Sun’s Warmth

In many areas of the world, the sun is strong and bright in the winter. Though the wind chill may be frightening outside, if your home gets a lot of sun in certain areas, guide your cat to those areas. Your cat may also seek out, and find these streams of sun on their own, as they are naturally attracted to natural warmth.

Other Ways to Keep Your Bengal Warm This Winter

Keep as much moisture in the air as possible inside your home. A humidifier is the best way to do this or an old fashioned tea pot on a wood iron stove works well if you live in rural areas, and will keep the home warmer and moderately humid.

Make sure your Bengal is taking in enough calories during the winter. Your vet, of course, will be the best judge. And how about a nice snuggle with your Bengal on the sofa with a blanket? This is a great way for you both to stay warm this winter.
 

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