Your Nikita is absolutely gorgeous! I went to the vet this morning since Kiara was sneezing a little, turns out she has a conjunctivitis so I did well to bring her in. I also got proper claw cutters for kittens since those I had were too big. The breeder got them accustomed so it wasn't very complicated. I've ordered soft paws but I hear they don't work for kittens...
I'm excited AND scared at the same time of bringing in 2 Bengals. Seeing pictures around here of how big they get (look at the flying bengal thread... LOL
) - especially Simba as he's already at 4.4lbs with barely 15 weeks. They'll be probably twice as big as the Siamese and much tougher.
For this very reason the vet this morning asked if I intentioned to declaw the cats, since she said paw slashes while playing fly around fast and it could be dangerous. Having lived in Germany for a few years I have been sensibilized (don't think it's a word is it?) to this practice since in most EU countries it's illegal you know. I don't care one bit about the scratches on my hand, in fact both sisters when playing with me never scratch me, only when they're scared. I said I didn't want to because I found it was unnecessary surgery with the whole inhumane speech that goes with it. British Columbia just illegalized it as well. I admit I was never much aware of this aspect of declawing, since declawing was pretty much standard practice for years. Since they're indoor cats and will never go outside, and they're still young, I admit I'm thinking about it again. The biggest factor that's depriving me of my sleep around this issue is when I do my internship, the university places you in a private residence or house and pay your rent (so you don't end up paying two rents since you have to keep your own because you rotate hospitals for 2 years every 6 weeks), and while cats are allowed, they must be declawed as not to damage the houses since they're privately funded and renovated every year. I tried finding out if explaining they were trained on a cat tree or they wore soft paws would be ok, but they told me it was a strict rule due to past experiences.
So in essence, I either need to declaw them to be able to keep them with me more than 2 years (which is when it starts) which is selfish, or have them with me for 2.5 years and have to give them up to whoever can take care of them when I do my residency, hopefully family or friends. Plus, I need to decide this within the next few weeks before they reach 4 months old. I really do think past this point the inhumane factor is a little bigger since the pain becomes more important and the nerves are all formed. Most vets say you need this or that to ride your bankcard, so for the whole they could hurt each other argument, I don't really think it matters. But she did have solid arguments for both sides of this very fragile question. I know nobody will ever love them more than I do or take care of them better than I do. I also know declawed so young they won't even remember it and it won't affect their development or personality. But, there's the ethical aspect, which is a huge factor as well. She concluded the conversation by saying I must do what I think is best for the long term of my cats and that both sides had merit and she respected both.
All of this information about residency issue of course came after I had finalized everything with the Bengal breeder, otherwise I'd have waited on the Bengals at least. It's been bothering me for a while and nobody in my entourage understands why I would spend so much money to adopt kittens and accommodate them in the best way possible with the huge cat tree, toys, sleepypods, food, etc. Plus I can't debate over this issue with anyone I know too since it requires someone with both a love for cats and at least some basic medical knowledge on the surgery, and none of my friends, or my family or gf would understand either the conflict. They'd probably tell me just do what you think is right - the sort of unhelpful comment you get from loving friends who want to encourage you but don't really care or understand the situation
Plus it's against the rules to discuss it over here as well, so I'm sort of on my own with this dilemma
So much anxiety!
The conclusion of this story is that in 2 weeks my home will be filled with 4 furballs which I will love and care for with the best of my abilities. I think I'm spoiling Kiara and Sarabi too much, but when you look at those little faces, you cannot do otherwise can't you?
Expect pretty pictures of both Nala and Simba but also the group all together. That is, if they get along! PS.
Anyone heard of this wheel toy that resembles a hamster wheel but bigger and for cats? Apparently it's extremely popular in the US now. The woman I bought my cat tree from (had to buy it from the US too since we don't have those in Canada either, at least, not as nice as the one I got !) told me about them. It's supposed to be an awesome toy. Anyone heard of it? Sounds like it would be great for active cats like Bengals!