Below are some tips on caring for your new kitten.
Introducing the kitten to their new home… Once you bring your kitten home, we recommend that you isolate him/her to allow them to become accustomed to their new surroundings. If a kitten is given run of the whole house upon arrival it can be very overwhelming and lead to behavioral and litter box issues. By placing the new kitten in a small area, such as a bathroom or bedroom, with food, water and their litter box this will be less overwhelming and become their safe place. Within a short amount of time you will begin to notice your kitten becoming more interested in the world beyond their safe place. To introduce new areas of the home we recommend taking them out on short excursions returning them to their safe place frequently to remind them where their litter box is. This will help prevent the little one from getting lost trying to find their litter box and having an accident. Before you know it your new kitten will love running throughout the house! If you have other pets in the home please refer to the Pet to Pet Introduction card.
Food and Water…We currently feed a combination of raw, canned and dry food. Dry food (Iams Hairball) is "free fed" meaning it is available all the times. By free feeding your kitten it will help prevent over eating because they will learn at a young age that food will always be available and they only eat until their full. Twice a day the kittens are given either raw ground chicken or Friskies canned food.
No matter what diet you choose we highly recommend giving kittens ¼ teaspoon of Kitty Bloom supplement. This will ensure the kitten is receiving the essential vitamins that are needed.
(Kitty Bloom and Raw Chicken is available through SilverState Bengals).
Always have "fresh" bottled/filtered water readily available. Bengals often wash their feet in their water bowls so it should be washed frequently.
Do not place food and water dished close to the litter box. The cat will not use his box if the food is too close to it. 4-5 feet or better distance is good.
Litter/Litter box recommendations… Your kitten has been fully litter boxed trained. We recommend using Fresh Step clumping litter. Also, a good rule of thumb for number of litter boxes you should have is the number of cats you own plus one. So, if you have 2 cats you should have 3 litter boxes. You may want to consider a covered box to keep the litter contained in the litter box as Bengals love to dig.
Toys… Just as human babies love to play, so do kittens. It is their survival instinct and throughout their lives, kittens and cats emulate hunting in their play. Providing them with suitable toys helps to ensure they fulfill this need. You will need to be very selective in the type of toy as kittens do love to chew and nibble and you need to be careful to avoid toys with small strings or beads that can be swallowed and stuck in the kitten's throat or intestinal tract. Toys don't have to be expensive…our baby Bengals love good ol' paper bags from the grocery store. Plastic straws and the plastic rings from orange juice cartons are other favorites of our kittens.
Nail Trimming Instructions… Before trimming, get your cat used to having his paws handled and squeezed. Begin by gently petting the cat's legs and paws while giving it a treat, making this a pleasant experience. Gradually increase the pressure so that petting becomes squeezing, as you will need to do to extend the claw. Continue with treats until your cat will tolerate this kind of touching and restraint. This may take longer with cats that have rarely had their legs or paws handled.
Purchase some ‘scissor-like’ nail clippers from a pet store and trim your cat’s claws as necessary. When your cat is relaxed and unafraid, gently press on the toes until the claws extend. Use the nail clippers and cut only the tip of the nail (white part), taking care not to damage the vein or the quick (pink part). It is sometimes easier to have one person hold the cat while the other clips the claws. As kittens their nails should be trimmed weekly and monthly for adults.
Bengals love to climb and they love high places. Make sure you have some sort of cat scratching/climbing furniture.
Vaccinations…Your kitten/cat will have received at least two vaccination for FVRCP four weeks apart. Only 2 vaccinations are required. The vaccination dates will be on your contract. This is the only vaccination your kitten requires now and this should be good for the life of the cat. NEVER vaccinate a Bengal against FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) or FELV (Feline Leukemia). These vaccines are NOT safe for the Bengal breed.
Indoor/Outdoor… Do not let your cat roam loose outside. They can be stolen, hit by a car, fall prey to coyotes, or come in contact with diseased cats. If they stay in the house all the time, they will not ask to go outside. If you do want to let them out, do so only under supervision. This means train them to use a halter and leash. Do not let them roam. Contrary to popular opinion, they do not need to go outside to play and hunt. Just play with them indoors. They do like to munch on grass. You can buy Kitty grass at pet stores.
** Cautions **
Bengals are also very curious. Please be very careful when getting something out of the refrigerator, or when opening a dryer, dish-washer, drawers, closets, etc. Your kitten will most likely try to go into whatever you have open. Be very careful not to lock them inside the refrigerator, or the dryer, or catch their paw in a drawer.
You may find that they will climb up your leg to your shoulder when young, especially at feeding time. If their nails are kept trimmed, they will not be able to do that.
Be cautious of your toes. Toes can be fun to attack under blankets and fun to bite. Be careful.
Watch out for rubber bands, toys with tinsel, or small objects that could be ingested. Bengals are curious and get "into things". You will learn how much "child-proofing" you might need to do with your drawers and cupboards.
Your Bengal should give you a lifetime of devotion, activity, and entertainment. They are wonderful companions, and I will enjoy hearing stories of you and your new Bengal!
Phone: 702-858-0116 Email: SilverStateBengals@gmail.com