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Ocicat and Bengal

post #1 of 19
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Does anyone here know if an Ocicat and a Bengal would be good companions? As their personalities are similar, I'm wondering if they'd be friends or foes. I'm considering bringing a Bengal kitten into the house, and I'm wondering if anyone can give me some feedback/opinions on whether or not you think an Oci and Bengal would be a good pair.
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by Sadie's Mom View Post
Does anyone here know if an Ocicat and a Bengal would be good companions? As their personalities are similar, I'm wondering if they'd be friends or foes. I'm considering bringing a Bengal kitten into the house, and I'm wondering if anyone can give me some feedback/opinions on whether or not you think an Oci and Bengal would be a good pair.
Have you asked Sadie what she thinks?
post #3 of 19
I don't see why not. Are you thinking of a male or female with Sadie. Male Bengals will be a little bigger then an Oci male.

You putting your name in on Nial's list?????
post #4 of 19
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Oh you guys are so funny

After seeing how depressed Sadie is after her friend Ling went back home after a week, it is obvious that Sadie needs a companion. When she didn't get excited about breakfast this morning, I knew why.

I'm thinking of a female Bengal because Sadie adores Ling but does not at all like spending time with her brother Aku. Prior to purchasing Sadielicous, I was considering a Bengal and visited many catteries. I found one that I really liked and am going back to visit after the holidays.

Now, we just have to get DH onboard.
post #5 of 19
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Oh you guys are so funny

After seeing how depressed Sadie is after her friend Ling went back home after a week, it is obvious that Sadie needs a companion. When she didn't get excited about breakfast this morning, I knew why.

I'm thinking of a female Bengal because Sadie adores Ling but does not at all like spending time with her brother Aku. Prior to purchasing Sadielicous, I was considering a Bengal and visited many catteries. I found one that I really liked and am going back to visit after the holidays.

Now, we just have to get DH onboard.
I can't speak for anyone else, but in my small experience, the boys seem to get along better with the boys and the girls seem to get along better with the boys.

My two girls tend to get into "catfights."

Just a thought.
post #6 of 19
Will agree - boys get along better with everyone
post #7 of 19
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Now, we just have to get DH onboard.
My Sadie is sending her special kitty vibes that your DH will agree...
your sweet Sadie deserves to have a kitty friend.
post #8 of 19
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Well, DH just called to tell me that the two female kittens have been sold. But, before I could boo hoo that they weren't available, it ocurred to me what had actually just happened. DH must be onboard because he knew they weren't available (I secretly emailed the breeder and got the same information). So, he must be onboard. The breeder will have kittens available in late February. So, let's hope that one of the females is a good fit with my family.
post #9 of 19
Ohhhh lucky you! I'm still working on DH to let me have another Ocicat baby brother for Charlie
post #10 of 19
Ohhhh how exciting I hope you find the perfect brother/sister for Miss Sadie.

I need to even my family out to 4 soon
post #11 of 19
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I'll be visiting the cattery in Feb to pick up a brother or sister for Sadie. Bengal breeders, I would appreciate it if you could please let me know your thoughts about this breeder (http://home.cogeco.ca/~sarvay/index.htm). Any feedback you can give me is much appreciated.
post #12 of 19
Very nice cats - love some of the "different" colors in the coat too. Sounds like a good one to me Only reservation I have is letting the kittens go at 9/10 weeks old. Most pedigree cats don't go to new homes till 3 1/2 - 4 months old. I'd prefer she keep them a few more weeks for more socialization
post #13 of 19
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Very nice cats - love some of the "different" colors in the coat too. Sounds like a good one to me Only reservation I have is letting the kittens go at 9/10 weeks old. Most pedigree cats don't go to new homes till 3 1/2 - 4 months old. I'd prefer she keep them a few more weeks for more socialization
I agree that kittens should stay a little longer at the cattery than 9/10 weeks. I mentioned this to another breeder I know and she said she's placed some kittens earlier with great success when she knew they were going into a home with an older cat.

Any thoughts on this theory? (I know keeping them a little longer is successful -- Sadie was very comfortable with people and other animals when I took her home).
post #14 of 19
I just have to interrupt your questions about Bengal babies and say...
Sadie's daddy is onboard the kitten train.
post #15 of 19
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I just have to interrupt your questions about Bengal babies and say...
Sadie's daddy is onboard the kitten train.
Here's a double WOO HOO WOO HOO from Sadie's Mommy!!!!! Way to go Sadie's Daddy
post #16 of 19
Maybe its true. or if they have been responsible with younger kittens. I didn't place kittens till 4 months old whether or not the person had other cats. But rexes are a little different - they are not mature physically or emotionally to leave before 4 months old

Since its not your first cat, you should be fine.
post #17 of 19
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I mentioned this to another breeder I know and she said she's placed some kittens earlier with great success when she knew they were going into a home with an older cat.
Ana came to me at 10 1/2 weeks, because she was flying over with Farley (5 months) and also because I already had Demetri.

If she was flying alone she would have stayed until at least 12 weeks like Demetri did.
post #18 of 19
I got my Bengal at 9 weeks. The breeder told me she has never released a kitten before they were 12 weeks old. She said she felt these could go earlier because they were advancing much faster than any litter she has had. (Going to litterbox, eating dry food, etc.)
My cat doesnt seem to have any social problems, I was home most of the time during the first month I had him though. I also had his sister over quite often and they would play together.

I see no problem with taking the kitten at this age, it is a great time to bond and play.

Of course, had I waited a little longer, I may have realized that my cat had juvenile cataracts. Bleh. Oh well, I would have loved him either way .
post #19 of 19
"advancing" with food/litter box is not the problem - the problem is more of a social/behavior issues that are so much better when the kitten is over 10 weeks old.

Anyone can get a kitten to eat and use the box, but only mom cat and siblings can teach the important social/behavior things that only a cat knows
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