The Benefits of Being a Cat Owner

Owning a CatDestiny Bengals breeds beautiful Bengal kittens. These loving and docile felines make loyal, loving pets. It’s no wonder so many people have cats like Bengals for pets. Cats are excellent companions who brighten up the daily lives of millions of people around the world with their playful and loving actions.

Why have a cat? Well, for starters, they can improve your overall quality of life. A cat becomes a member of your family– you look forward to seeing your cat and spending time with him or her, just like you would a son or daughter.

Cats make good companions. Sure, many people “think” cats are anti-social or distant when it comes to being around people, but that’s a myth. Ask cat owners and you’ll discover that they love when their cat cuddles up on their lap during a cold winter’s night. They’ll probably want to show you a “cute cat video” of their cat or someone else’s, because cat videos are quite entertaining. Cats don’t require that you walk them (like dogs do) but they do enjoy a little exercise now and then. Therefore, you can play with them, tossing around a toy mouse, for example. It’s so fun to watch cats scamper about the room chasing rolling or moving objects!

It has been said that cats are important to their owners, especially the elderly or those who don’t have a spouse or anyone else living in their home, because cats are something to nurture. Taking care of a living being gives many adults and kids a sense of greater purpose in their lives. After all, cats depend on their owners in order to live.

Finally, owning a cat can lower your stress levels considerably, especially when you pet them with your hand and they start to purr. Cats seem to help people heal from their injuries– having them around brings the sick and injured extra comfort, and helps take their mind off their own problems.

If you would like to know more about Destiny Bengals, breeder of Bengal kittens, please email DBGM26@aol.com today. Bengals make great cats.

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!

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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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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The Intelligence of the Bengal Cat

intelligent bengalsBengal cats rank very highly over other domestic cats when it comes to intelligence. Considered by Bengal cat lovers and experts, the Border Collie of cats- the Border Collie being considered the most intelligent among Canine breeds- Bengals are thought to be one of the most intelligent cat breeds around.

Bengals are great listeners, fast learners, and are more than able to figure things out for themselves.

Unlike many domestic cat breeds, the Bengal thinks in a more detailed manner. For example, most cats learn where their food and treats are stored in the home, but Bengals know the difference between food stored in the cupboards and food stored in the refrigerator. They are able to assess that one is better than the other, in their minds. They will note that the humans eat from the refrigerator and they get what’s in the cupboard, while the average cat will simply hang around you and beg for anything you may be handing out.

Because Bengals appear to be able to actually make decisions and communicate preferences, they stand out among other cats in the home. A Bengal will know how and where to seek out the warmest place in the home if it’s a bit chilly in the house. Most domestic cats lie wherever they are used to lying, no matter the temperature. A Bengal also knows when it wants to play and how to communicate this fact. The average domestic cat may just wait for a ball to show up, or better yet enjoy play time in a paper bag. The Bengal will drag a ball or toy over to its owner when it feels like having play time.

It is much more difficult to trick a Bengal than most other cats. If they find a way to get out of the yard through a low spot under the fence, or find a way to get into their favorite cabinet because they have noticed that the lock or hinge is broken, even if you cover the low spot under the fence and place a new lock on their favorite cabinet, they will still go back to the exact same locations just to check things out.

Bengals seem to know what they are doing and why. While many cat breeds function out of habit, if a Bengal sees that you have moved his/her snacks to a different closet, you won’t find them lurking around the old location. Bengals know exactly what’s going on.
 

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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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