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PostSubject: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 6:51 pm

I have today been asked if I will consider rehoming a bengal cat. I have always wanted one of these but I wonder if it would be unfair to do so?
Charger is 20 years old and spends most of his time asleep in bed, this cat is only young and may torment him.

I am not worried about the dogs as I have introduced dogs to my cats over the years so know what to expect.

I don't know if it has been inoculated or neutered yet and this may have an affect on my decision. I have said I want to go and meet it first and then make my mind up. Ian is keen but I am more hesitant

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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 6:56 pm

I'd be torn on this too.

I think you're right about Charger it could be too much for him - Do you think he would sort out the newcomer or hide and avoid ?

On the other hand because of the breed it'd be great if the Bengal came to you - they do often attract the wrong kind of owners unfortunately because of their looks.
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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 6:58 pm

He would sort it out I am sure but I don't want him to have any stress in his latter years.
I am sure Reuben would love a younger playmate though :-)

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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 7:07 pm

Not sure I would go for one. You are supposed to keep them inside or on a leash and not let them roam around, because of their agressive nature and also their high steal quality. Also they are very vocal cats.

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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 7:16 pm

Yes I have read up on them and beleive that they can be very vocal and also very energetic.
I do not agree with keeping cats as indoor cats so would want it to come and go as it pleased which in itself could cause issues

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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 7:28 pm

You could have issues with letting it roam. Most of all that they are less savvy on the road than other cats and are often stolen. You also really do need to keep them in at night.

Certainly if you are going to see the cat ask if it has been allowed out in the garden before and what knowledge they have of its previous life.

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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 7:41 pm

The more I think about it the more I think it is probably not for us. They are very energetic and it would probably be on top of the parrot cage in a blink.
It may try and kill Marley, the beauty of Charger is that he has never been interested in the bird so have never worried about leaving them together.
Our house is open plan as far as the living room, dining room hall stairs and landing goes so it would be difficult to keep them apart.

I also have a lot on with the dogs at the moment so don't need any more pressure if I a being honest and if I had not been offered it then I would not even be considering another cat.

I have to let her know tomorrow if I want to go around so will sleep on it

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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 7:54 pm

id give it a miss jo

introducing a new pet into a new home is hard work

more vet care bills ect crying

your cat might not like it or vice verse , might really upset you old cat
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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 8:54 pm

Not very clued up on cats sorry.

Could you introduce them and see Chargers reaction and go from there? x

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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 9:37 pm

cas is bengal dont need a leash they are normal cats go for it jo they are amazing cats really are
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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sat 15 Oct 2011, 10:04 pm

Just found this about Full Breed real Bengals..rescues are usually the most honest about everything.

http://www.bengalcathelpline.co.uk/bengalsaspets.htm

Reading this not sure I would take one on, the cat aggressive issue would be a big concern umm
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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sun 16 Oct 2011, 9:59 am

Hard decision Jo, they sound wonderful cats full of personality.
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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sun 16 Oct 2011, 2:37 pm

I have decided against it. I have thought about it overnight and am going with my head and not my heart.
It is not fair on Charger and in all honesty I cannot afford another pet just yet. I am already paying a lot out for the ones I have and with Ian not working and Charger being so old it is not the right time.

I did say I would not have another cat when charger went due to the bird so I think I need to stick to my guns and focus on the pets I already have

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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sun 16 Oct 2011, 4:02 pm

I totally get where your coming from. I have said Id never have another cat (and have said dogs too - due to wanting to foster instead of own but we'll see lol)
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PostSubject: Re: Bengal cat   Sun 16 Oct 2011, 4:18 pm

Completely understand too. spinner smile



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