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Bengal? Mix? Aggressive personality?

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I know that there's no way to prove a breed of a cat without papers, based on what I've read just today. I adopted my cat from the animal shelter where I'm from about a month ago. He was there for about a week and was found as a stray. He is about 5 months old (from their guessing) now. I'm starting to realize he is different from any cat my family ever owned.

 

He is extremely vocal, he "chortles" and "skirtles" (as my boyfriend calls it) and other various noises I've never heard cats make. He also "screams" at me when he wants food or wants me out of bed. He is completely obsessed with water, he has jumped in the shower before, is obsessed by the faucet and drinks out of every glass with water in it. He will get in the bathtub anytime, especially after a shower to lick the bottom.

 

He is extremely active and almost too aggressive...I've had cuts all over since I brought him home (from his teeth). He will converse with me when I talk to him. He seems to have many personality traits that people describe Bengal cats as having such as body language and the way the play. The only time he will calm down is when he goes in his crate with his plush blanket, he will massage it and purr until he relaxes.

 

His markings are also very distinct, symmetrical down the back and on the sides. He has two dots above his shoulder blades I call owl eyes.

 

I first was feeding him Iams and he seemed to do well, then I switched to Purina One and it's been awful on his digestive system. I'm thinking about switching to Blue Buffalo. Any advice on breed, how to handle the constant aggression/energy, food, or things in general would be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 6

A very beautiful cat!   If he really may be a bengal of sorts, or at least a look alike, let others tell who knows Bengals better than me.  I dont dare.   :) 

The head isnt typical, but you never know with pet quality...

 

But the (mis)behavior should be possible to work with.

I suppose he is neutered?  If not, do so.

He is now in the teenage- stages. Thus, full of life and mischef...  Which is of course part of the joy of owning a kitten.  If one dont like this, do adopt fully adult cats, perhaps even a senior ...  :)

 

You didnt mention a cat pal? Having a lively cat, and not least, a Bengal, the best defence is to have a friend to him who also is a lively cat...  Take a somewhat older, well behaving cat who is cat sociale.

A stuffed animal may also be of some help.

 

This friend will not only held him company in all these wild cat races and wrestling matches, but also help you curb his overdone biting. These bitings are surely playful and friendly, but as he probably hadnt learned proper behavior from his mom and siblings - he overdoes on you...

So you must help him learn, react if he overdues, yell, and make a short stop in the play... Like his cat pals would do.

 

Welcome to our Forums!

 

Good luck!

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He is neutered (required when adopting) and definitely "teenage" behavior! I don't mind, just need to stop the constant attacking of my arms/hands. I do not have other animals unfortunately, I have an apartment and just got Gatsby about a month ago. He is definitely dominant at my parents house to our 80 lb lab! The stuffed animal is a good idea; he has a snowman toy that hangs on the doorknob that he wrestles with and carries around with him. Something his size or bigger would probably be a good idea! I've tried clapping, yelling no, walking away (he attacks my legs) and a spray bottle for a short time. Nothing seems to have permanent affects though. Thanks for the advice!
 

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Originally Posted by brittanyk22 View Post

I know that there's no way to prove a breed of a cat without papers, based on what I've read just today.

 

Okay, I am glad you know that already agree.gif. However, I do not see any Bengal in the cat. Yes, a Bengal can be marble. But, not many breeders would have red and white cat, that, would be "allowed" to breed with a Bengal. Unlike, the Savannah breed, the SBT Bengal gene pool is very very large and there aren't many out-crosses used anymore (permissible or non-permissible out-grosses)

 

I adopted my cat from the animal shelter where I'm from about a month ago. He was there for about a week and was found as a stray. He is about 5 months old (from their guessing) now.


Again, IMHO, that does not sound like a Bengal mix either. In other words, the way you acquired him, doesn't sound like a Bengal cross.

 

I'm starting to realize he is different from any cat my family ever owned.

 

I can understand that realization laughing02.gif. My F3 Savannah, is way more work, then, my F1 Bengal ever was. My F3 Savannah, is way crazier then, even my pure African Serval ever was. So, what is the point, of, all this? I am saying all cats, no matter the species make up are individuals. Some are well....just insane laughing02.gif. My F3 Savannah, Loki, is just insane hobbes.gif.

 

He is extremely vocal, he "chortles" and "skirtles" (as my boyfriend calls it) and other various noises I've never heard cats make.

 

Now, of course, I have never heard the noises, so, this is just a guess, but, those don't sound like Asian Leopard/ALC cat noises IMHO.

 

He also "screams" at me when he wants food or wants me out of bed.

 

Now, that can be a domestic trait too. But, ALC hybrids (F1-F3) do retain a lot of that. My F1 Taro, would "scream" when she was hungry or wanted my attention. Or, just screamed because she wanted to laughing02.gif.

 

He is completely obsessed with water, he has jumped in the shower before, is obsessed by the faucet and drinks out of every glass with water in it.

 

My F1 Taro was like that. She would swim in the bathtub, sink, a water dish (well, try to in a water dish anyway sigh.gif) or any place she could. But, some domestics, will do that too agree.gif.

 

He will get in the bathtub anytime, especially after a shower to lick the bottom.

 

My pure DSH's will do that. My F1  Bengal never did. Nor does my F3 Savannah.

 

He is extremely active

 

Most kittens are very active. Foundation hybrid cats (F1-F4) of the following breeds: Bengal, Chausie, Savannah and Safari are like domestics on speed biggrin.gif.

 

and almost too aggressive...

 

Bengals, are NOT aggressive. Since, they come from the Asian Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) without proper socialization they are very spookish cats. They will run and hide LONG BEFORE they will ever bite you. Unless, you are corner them.

 

I've had cuts all over since I brought him home (from his teeth).

 

DSH's and DLH's that are not taught proper "manners" often bite. This isn't a inherently Bengal trait either agree.gif.

 

He will converse with me when I talk to him. He seems to have many personality traits that people describe Bengal cats as having such as body language and the way the play. The only time he will calm down is when he goes in his crate with his plush blanket, he will massage it and purr until he relaxes.

 

Now, that is how my F3 Savannah is. My F1 Bengal, was way calmer and easier to live with.

 

His markings are also very distinct, symmetrical down the back and on the sides. He has two dots above his shoulder blades I call owl eyes.

 

If he had the Occeli (false eye spots) behind his ears, then, I might be more convinced of the Bengal heritage. However, from the photo's, he, seems like an extremely handsome domestic agree.gif.

 

I first was feeding him Iams and he seemed to do well, then I switched to Purina One and it's been awful on his digestive system.

 

I would try for a grain free foods. Like, Evo, Wysong, Wellness, Wellness Core and such foods.

 

I'm thinking about switching to Blue Buffalo.

 

That, is a very good food to try IMHO.

 

Any advice on breed,

Truthfully, I think DSH. Again, that is just my 2cents.gif.

 

how to handle the constant aggression/energy,

 

If, he is truly a hybrid, you need to accept that he will be high energy. My F3 Savannah, is almost three years old and is still a wacko. You need to learn, how to modify the cats energy. Meaning, will he play fetch? If so, throw a toy or piece of paper until he or she is panting. Or, you can get a toy, like, a Da Birds and have him chase it until he is panting. Now, as far as, the biting goes, you need to nip that in the bud. My F3 Savannah, when, I got him as a kitten, was, a very very very bitey kitten. My F1 Bengal wasn't, since, I got her as an adult, once, she was retired from the breeder. With my Savannah, it was very important that, whenever, he bit me, I got up and stopped playing with him for a few mins. Most of the times, that, did work. If it didn't work, then, when he bit me, I would shove a stuffed toy, or sock in his mouth. That, always did the trick agree.gif.

 

food,

 

I think, I covered food dontknow.gif.

 

or things in general would be appreciated.

 

I think, I did that with all the stuff above. If you have any more questions, or, need any clarification, please, let me know agree.gif.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
post #5 of 6

He's a lovely ginger classic tabby & white moggie.  He may have some Bengal personality, but that's as far as goes - there are no ginger Bengals, no Bengals with white and no Classic Tabby Bengals.  Lots of cats other than Bengals are vocal and I love listening to them.

 

I suspect he's not been socialised very well, and that he is a bright and bored cat.  And despite being neutered, he is also being a teenager - he has masses of energy to get rid of.

 

A large dose of environmental enrichment will probably really help, along with no using your hands for anything except stroking and grooming.  No games with hands, or feet.

 

Da Bird-type toys are fantastic for lots of cats, and if you let the feathers (or whatever) 'hide' he should start stalking as well as chasing, pouncing and jumping.  Play several times a day, play for at least 10 minutes, watch the clock as 10 minutes is a lot longer than you think.

 

If you have stairs with a wall at the top you might find the stair game works - get his attention, throw a small ball up and hopfully he will chase it up & down the stairs.

 

Hopefully he has a tall sturdy cat tree he can scratch and play on, and hopefully it also provides a high resting place.

 

Cats like high places, and he might be more inclined to settle down if he has some, head height or higher.

 

If he is on dry food try putting small amounts around the place, and graduate to hiding it so he has to spend time looking for it, and you can also put some in something he has to work at to get it out of.

 

Being able to perch on something and look out of the window will entertain him as well, especially if there is a bird feeder out there.

 

If you can manage a secure outside enclosure (the larger the better) where he has free access that will bring a big bit of variety to his life, and he needs it just as we do.

 

I'm sure other people have lots of other ideas on how to amuse and exersise him

post #6 of 6

Hello

 

So I have a very high active breed as well. She is just 16 weeks and some days Im like OMG!

 

Get some cardboard boxes, tape them together and cut holes in them. Make him a card board castle to destroy. Then you can toss is out and start again. its so cheap!

Teach him how to walk on a leash and go out for a stroll. This will get him some exercise and satisfy some of his cat curiosity. They all have it some more than others though.

Take him to the pet store and let him pick out his own toys. I know, this sounds strange. I bought toys for my kitten that she didnt like. So i returned them unused and let her decide which she wanted me to buy she is much happier. 

Dont use your own hand as a toy. This just encourages them to bite you. Also when he bites you, queel "ouch" loudly and girl like. This simulates what their litter mates do and he should back off for a little bit. but then let him attack one of his toys. 

 

good luck

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