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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have 7 Bengal babies. They are almost 6 weeks old now. Im wondering how can you tell what it will look like when it is older? I need to pick which one i want to keep but i dont know where to start. They all have wonderfull personalities and I'd love to keep them all but i cant.

How can you tell if they will have a good coat pattern?Sorry ive never done this before.

Thanks!
post #2 of 14
Do you have a mentor?? that is the best one to help you with this
post #3 of 14
can I ask what cattery you got the parents from? They really should be able to mentor you. Where are you located? Maybe we can get you set up with a mentor close to you.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe
can I ask what cattery you got the parents from? They really should be able to mentor you. Where are you located? Maybe we can get you set up with a mentor close to you.

If I recall correctly, she got the parents from a breeder who was quitting. the breeder failed to disclose that the female bengal was pregnant at the time, and these 7 kittens are a result of that.
post #5 of 14
Oh I see. Do you plan on breeding the one your keeping or are you keeping it for a pet? Hopefully the latter.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe
Oh I see. Do you plan on breeding the one your keeping or are you keeping it for a pet? Hopefully the latter.

She's gotten the male neutered and plans to get the female spayed soon, if memory continues to serve me right.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
CommonOddity is right. Good memorey by the way!

So yeah im not a breeder, this just kinda happened. I dont think I could ever do this pregnancy/kitten thing agian. Im so attached to these little ones and its going to be very hard to see them go.

Maybe I could take some pics and post them for you guys.
post #8 of 14
Pics are good! If you aren't planning on breeding then pick the one you have fallen for the best, in both appearance and tempermant.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Pics are good! If you aren't planning on breeding then pick the one you have fallen for the best, in both appearance and tempermant.
That's the problem. She dosen't know how to choose based on appearence because she does'nt have enough experiance to tell. Really, she shouldn't keep any for breeding unless she does some homework and gets a mentor.

To the OP: Im glad your doing the right thing and getting your momma cat spayed. You can get her spayed even while she's nursing kittens. Best to do it now before she goes into heat again. If she goes into heat she can get a deadly uterine infection. If you can't afford to spay her (and im not saying you can't but im saying IF) you shouldn't keep a kitten because that's just one more animal that will need to be fixed. Offspring will breed with parents by the way!
post #10 of 14
I mean if you are keeping one for a pet...it doesn't matter what they look like but which one you like the best.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
I mean if you are keeping one for a pet...it doesn't matter what they look like but which one you like the best.
Oh sorry I thought you said if you ARE planning on breeding. My mistake.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
No im definitly not breeding, Momma will be spayed once the babies are weaned and the dad is already neutered.

I have always wanted a Bengal cat so I just wanted to make sure I picked the best of the bunch. All their personalities are great so its hard to pick by that.

Im going to have my boyfriend help me get some good pics so i can show you guys what they look like.

One of the kittens,House, I think has the best markings. I have a pic of him I took at about 4 weeks old, its not the best pic but here is House...



Its hard to see in the way the picture came out, but Houses's spots are actually black and bold. As i said i need to get better pictures where i can stretch them out.
post #13 of 14
very cute. I like his face and his large round eyes. Try taking a picture from more of a back angle to see his spots better under his fuzzy coat.
post #14 of 14
Nice and cute, and wait until 3 month to tell you about Quality
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