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Introdroducing My New Bengal Boy

post #1 of 29
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I'd like to introduce my new Silver Bengal. Born Feb. 23rd, arrived with me on May 5th. He's a crazy boy, but he has his cuddle moments too. His name around the house is "Rowdy", and his show name is "Stonehenge Ace of Spades" (Ace).

First, a picture of my resident Bengal girl so she doesn't get jealous (yeah right)! This is Tina-



Some of the first photos of Rowdy-


Sitting...



Hunting...



Swatting...


Investigating...



Yawning...



One of their first meetings (after pawing under the door) It doesn't always look this docile!!!


Using his STRONG jaws-


Happy Husband, Sleepy Kitty-



Sleepy Kitty, Sleepy me-



Just thought I'd share him with the world!
post #2 of 29
They are both precious! I love the coloring on both. Where did you find those gorgeous kitties?
post #3 of 29
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I got Tina, the golden bengal, from Hi Fidelity in Florida- but they are no longer in business. My kitten is from Stonehenge in TN (Sydney Welch). They are my loves! (Besides my husband of course)
post #4 of 29
They are both beautiful. The new silver kitten is going to turn into a real stunner.
post #5 of 29
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I hope so! I think he's developing very nicely with VERY little tarnish, so that's encouraging. He's also scared of NOTHING so I hope that will be a good thing in the show ring.
post #6 of 29
O my what a beauty, and Tina is GORGEOUS as well, congrats on the new kitten they are both Gorgeous and the lil one is going to turn out so stunning
post #7 of 29
I love that picture of Tina, how her face is in the shadows but her pretty green eyes seem to shine out.

And Rowdy is a real cutie and looks to be very aptly named.
post #8 of 29
They are both lovely Congrats on the new addition.
post #9 of 29
Absolutely beautiful!
post #10 of 29
oh my what a little treasure that one is for sure

I can tell you and your DH are so totally in love

How the introductions gong ? do keep us posted ooooo and lots more photos too of course
post #11 of 29
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Thanks everybody- I'm glad to know that my kitty friends "approve" of my little darlings (including DH- haha) They are our children (for now) and we love them dearly.

The introductions are.... well.... "going". Tina is actually scared of Rowdy much more than he is scared of her. She has progressed to the point where she won't hiss and growl just by seeing him, he has to provoke her first.... but that doesn't take long. Then they'll get a chase match going on and it will end up with some ugly hissing , biting, and swatting. Tina will punch Rowdy in the face and he won't be phased one bit!!!

I followed the normal introduction schedule- He was isolated completely for 2 weeks (he had Cocidia, too). Then I let them sniff under the door for awhile. I traded sents using brushes/blankets, etc... moved food bowls.... Brought Rowdy out in the carrier for Tina to sniff, etc. Finally we started letting them have supervised visits and that's where we're at now. Occasionally they'll have a good moment (usually when both cats are sleepy) and they'll allow the other cat to be in their presense for a few seconds without having an air strike. It eventually turns a little hostile, but I thought it might be good to let them work out their pecking order. Anyone else have thoughts on this? Should we be doing something differently?

Thanks, everyone! I'll get some more pictures out this week sometime
post #12 of 29
Sounds like you're doing everything right
post #13 of 29
He's beautiful! Congrats on the new family member
post #14 of 29
Oh is he a cutie!
post #15 of 29
We've had Charlie since December, and Ling still has not totally accepted him (but that's your typical female). Doesn't help that Charlie is a brat and chases her either

Anyway just be sure all nails are kept short so when they do wrestle each other, no one will get hurt
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
We've had Charlie since December, and Ling still has not totally accepted him (but that's your typical female). Doesn't help that Charlie is a brat and chases her either

Anyway just be sure all nails are kept short so when they do wrestle each other, no one will get hurt

Hah, yeah.... That (unfortunately) sounds like it is going to be the case with us! Rowdy is pretty good about letting us trim his nails- which is a blessing. Tina, on the other hand, has never been too fond of it but we can tackle her and make it happen. Last night, however, she put up such a fight that I couldn't even finish- which was a first. I think it's because she's already under so much stress with Rowdy around that she just couldn't take it anymore. So.... she's still got about 3 sharp ones remaining (mixed paws) and I'll try to get those today. :: I want her to be happy... I actually bought Rowdy as a "gift" for her so she could have someone to play with while we were at work. I think my plan has backfired. Oh well, hopfully they will make their peace soon! Rowdy is also a little brat who chases Tina.... so... like you said- that doesn't help!

Random question for you guys. When Tina was a kitten I was still living at my parent's house. My mom had a domestic tabby (spayed female- about 1 yr old at the time) who was mainly outdoor and Tina was indoor. It was the same kind of thing- Tina didn't mind my Mom's cat, but my Mom's cat hated Tina and was annoyed by her. I remember Tina always chasing the older cat and would sniff her rear end. (It appeared to be a favorite hobby of hers). I noticed (as of last night) that Tina will occasionally - and cautiously - go sniff Rowdy's rear. Does this mean that she's trying to make a peace, get to know him a little better? Or does it mean nothing?

Just curious
post #17 of 29
It's not the same situation but when I bring my male cat back from the vet's my female always goes through the hissing thing for two or three days. At the end of it when she is about ready to accept him back she will follow him around and sniff his rear. When he turns around though she will hiss at him again. When she starts doing that I know she is almost at the end of it.
post #18 of 29
Sounds to me like she's getting used to his smell is all. They are both gorgeous.
post #19 of 29
Absolutely stunning! I LOVE Bengals! I want one I want one hahah
post #20 of 29
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Ah HA! Well that is good to know, seriously. Before she wasn't doing any rear-sniffing- So I'm viewing this as progress. You're right- as soon as he turns around he'll try to make a little (playful) charge at her and the fights will begin.... but I'm thinking that she's making progress. It makes me sad to see her so upset! I want EVERYONE to get along so I can enjoy all of my kitties.

Anybody have recommendations to keep Rowdy from eating our lily? I don't want him to get poisoned!

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It's not the same situation but when I bring my male cat back from the vet's my female always goes through the hissing thing for two or three days. At the end of it when she is about ready to accept him back she will follow him around and sniff his rear. When he turns around though she will hiss at him again. When she starts doing that I know she is almost at the end of it.
post #21 of 29
Very beautiful kitten and cat! I will soon be going through similar introductions when I bring my little Ragdoll boy home - next week! So, I am reading your posts with interest and laughter! We can share stories! My Mollie is absolutely a butt sniffer, too!
Congratulations on two gorgeous cats - and it sounds like you will be showing Rowdy?
post #22 of 29
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Thanks! I will be interested to hear about your introductions coming soon. It is quite an adventure, but I prepared myself in advance to be patient and not to expect them to be best friends from day one. It just makes me sad as a kitty mom to see each of them get so upset!! Definitely keep us posted on your introduction stories.

Yes, I am going to try to show Rowdy. I say "try" because I've never participated in cat shows before and obviously he hasn't either. I've been trying to pick him up, stretch him out, etc. to get him used to it, but I think it will be a totally different story once he gets in a cage with a bunch of strange kitties around him, strange people, etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a first-time show-er? Is there anything I can do to get him used to traveling? Do I need to buy a "cage"? He has a carrier, but not a cage. I don't have an SUV, so I don't know how folks typically travel with their cats. I don't know what I need, etc. I would DEFINITELY welcome advice from you experienced folks! I might make a seperate post on this, actually....



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Very beautiful kitten and cat! I will soon be going through similar introductions when I bring my little Ragdoll boy home - next week! So, I am reading your posts with interest and laughter! We can share stories! My Mollie is absolutely a butt sniffer, too!
Congratulations on two gorgeous cats - and it sounds like you will be showing Rowdy?
post #23 of 29
Forgot to mention in your "show" thread - the clubs provide wire cages - the show flyer will give you the size dimentions.
post #24 of 29
OMG how precious! You have beautiful furbabies!
post #25 of 29
how precious! and about the lily - just remove it.....your kitties are way too important!
post #26 of 29
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Oh, ok- Thanks! Do you put your kitties in your own cages when staying at a hotel? Or do you just bring the litterbox and let them hang out in the hotel room?
post #27 of 29
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OMG how precious! You have beautiful furbabies!
Thanks!!! Your babies are precious, too!!!!
post #28 of 29
In the hotel, you can put the litter box, food/water in the bathroom for easier clean up. Put the kitten in there and make sure he knows where the pan is.

After about 15 mins of exploring, then feed him. Mine are too interested in exploring to sit still for 5 mins to eat Most times we would dish out the food, then get cleaned up and go eat. While we were gone, cats got to relax on the bed, etc.
post #29 of 29
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I think that plan should work.... I'm feeling a little bit more confident now about the travel part. I do need to start acclimating him to car trips, though. I started yesterday just getting him to go into the carrier on his own by putting treats in there. He was starting to associate it with the evil V-E-T so I need to get him over that first. Then car rides, then hotels, then shows!!!
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