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bengal kitten question

post #1 of 14
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hi we are getting a bengal kitten it was born on the 3.4.06 and we are to pick it up on the 10.7.06 well it could be the 3.7.06 but we are 300 miles away at a wedding then, i have seen when searching the net that it is this long so the kitten is not traumatised
so basically my questions are is this correct and are there other reasons
post #2 of 14
I don't really understand your question. Could you clarify some more?
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
hi what i mean is what are the reasons behind bengals staying with their mother so long compared to other cats?
post #4 of 14
All kittens need to stay with their mother for 10-12 weeks not just Bengals. This is so they are fully weaned and learnt good kitty manners from their mommas making them a better pet for you.
post #5 of 14
Hi, thats what i thought about all kittens having to stay with their mothers until 10-12 wks, although my friend has just picked up two kittens and she said they are only just 8 weeks old, i said isnt that a bit early to have them and she said no, they were ready to go, but i didnt get my simba until he was 13 wks.
It must depend on the breeder .....
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
ah right thanks for the reply

i didnt know it was all kittens my mother in law had her kitten from 8 weeks old
so i assumed it was ok for his sort to leave mummy that early
he is a year old now and as far as i know he is ok pesters her chickens though
post #7 of 14
I'm in agreement with the other posters. 10-12 weeks minimum for all kittens, regardless of breed.
Kittens must be fully transitioned from mother's milk to solid foods and of equal importance is development of social skills learned from mom and siblings.

IMO, a major cause of personality issues in cats, is removing them from their mom and littermates too early. It's very detrimental to kittens and often the problems don't present themselves until the cat has become an adult.

Typical problems are: Biting, scratching, attacking, fearful behavior, only bonds to one person hates everyone else, etc.

As long as your bengal breeder has taken the time to interact with your new kitten on a regular basis, you will be blessed with a sweet well rounded kitten that has had the appropriate amount of time to adjust to this new world and will easily and confidently be able to transition to life in your home.
post #8 of 14
That would make the kitten 7 months old when you got it. Most breeders will allow the kits to go between 3 and 4 months old. Why would you be waiting till the kitten is almost full grown before you get it?

Are you buying as a pet bengal or planning on showing it?


Oh wait a min - you are from Europe with the dates? If so, then that makes sense - the kitten would be about 3-4 months old - that is correct, especially with pedigreed.
post #9 of 14
Yes, 12-14 weeks and even sometimes 16 weeks in a general rule of thumb in most pedigreed cats.
If you get the time to read this article, http://www.breedlist.com/faq/young.html it gives many reasons why many breeders keep their kittens until this time frame.
Congrats on your new kitten!! I hope we will see pictures soon.
post #10 of 14
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im quiet confident the breeders know what they are doing they certainly had a good relationship with their queens and the kittens all looked very healthy and the mummy seemed to know exactly what she was doing

kenoke will be a family member (aka pet lol) not for showing or breeding and yes sorry i used dd/mm/yy/

that article was very informative thank you i now feel im waiting so long for good reasons and i already feel better about the wait
i haven't as of yet uploaded any pictures that we took of kenoke but the breeder page with pictures is here http://www.softspotbengals.co.uk/kittens.aspx
post #11 of 14
Thats strange, I've always understood that at 8 weeks kittens were ok to leave their Mum. We actually got Sleeves as 6 weeks and I know this was far too young but he wasn't safe at the house we got him from. He did have the behavioural problems as a result though. I have the scars to prove it
Boxy the kittens on the breeders website are absolutely gorgeous. One of them has similar markings to Nismo and she's not even a Bengal lol.
Can't wait to see pics of the little guy when he arrives. Will you get to visit him again before then?
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
at six weeks he must of been tiny

if i had my way id be there now but its a 3 hour drive so although we will definately be going again it wont be as often as id like

draven wonders who chose nismos name lol
your kittys are gorgeous and i think you're right he does look like a marble bengal
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by boxy
at six weeks he must of been tiny

if i had my way id be there now but its a 3 hour drive so although we will definately be going again it wont be as often as id like

draven wonders who chose nismos name lol
your kittys are gorgeous and i think you're right he does look like a marble bengal
Haha obviously Mark suggested Nismo but it totally suits her she is so cute.
3 Hours is a long way, the journey home with him is going to be fun for you.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
yea it might call for a fast car
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