Originally Posted by brittanyk22
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 . 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 . 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 . My F3 Savannah, Loki, is just insane .
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 .
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 ) or any place she could. But, some domestics, will do that too .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
I think, I covered food .
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 .