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WILD FOREST BENGALS
The leading Bengal Breeders in Western Canada.

In our breeding program, we have carefully selected the highest quality cats from the healthiest bloodlines and from Supreme Grand Champion bloodlines Worldwide.(Best of the Best) This helps us to continually strive to produce Bengals as close to the standard as possible, while improving the Bengal breed. The introduction of a Bengal kitten or cat to a new home is usually easily accomplished. Bengals adapt to new situations very readily, and soon make themselves right at home. Wildforest Bengals are well-socialized, so they thrive on human companionship and attention. There are some common questions that are frequently asked about introducing a kitten to a new household, so we are offering a few suggestions to make the transition easier.

 

Remember though, each kitten is an individual, and care depends upon his special needs. In many instances, Bengal kittens must be shipped by air to their new homes. This can be very frightening to the baby, with all the noises and smells from the jet engines. He probably will be missing his mother and littermates. Be patient with him, and give him lots of love and reassurance on arrival. Hold him close, and comfort him, he will be very grateful to you for “rescuing” him from the airport. At home, isolate the Bengal baby from active children and other animals for a short while. Let him feel comfortable in his new surroundings first. We recommend that young kittens be confined to a small area, such as a bathroom or bedroom, with his food and litterbox at first. This gives him an opportunity to familiarize himself with that area, eat and use the litterbox undisturbed, without feeling threatened by other resident pets. If you have cats already, they may not want the newcomer to use their litterbox and eat from their bowls, so the new kitten will need one of his own. Also, if you bring him home and turn him loose in a large home or apartment, he may not be able to find his way to his litterbox. So keep him close to his box, taking him on excursions through the house, until gradually he learns how to find his way around. Your new Bengal may play “footsies” with your other cats, under the door, and this is an excellent way to introduce him to your other pets. Another method of introducing him to the other pets, is to put him back in his pet taxi and place that in the room with the other pets. Let them sniff and get acquainted gradually. There will be some hissing and spitting, usually from the older pet, as this newcomer invades his territory, but that shouldn’t last more than a few days. Bengals are not easily intimidated, and adapt very easily. Caution small children about chasing the kitten, yelling, and the proper way to hold it. Bengals are wonderful with children, and make great playmates.

 

ONE vs. TWO – ONE KITTY OR TWO – WHICH IS BEST ?

One Kitten vs. Two – As a Bengal Breeder I often get asked this question… Personally, I myself have never raised just one kitten alone and will not sell a kitten to a home with no other cat or small dog – new standing here at Wildforest. While I feel that we humans can offer a great deal of love and nurturing there is a special type of feline companionship and interaction that cannot be duplicated or reproduced by human beings. Felines crave two types of interaction for a healthy mental self esteem: 1.) Human Fellowship 2.) Feline Friendship. We as humans can shower our feline friend with our time, fun cheerful toys, soft fuzzy beds, tall elaborate kitty towers, grooming & brushing, great quality food, cuddling and excellent veterinarian care but the power of feline to feline friendship cannot be cloned by objects or humans. They offer one another a confidence and intimacy factor we humans simply cannot, such as cleaning one another’s face or chasing each other throughout the house at tops speeds I swear can sometimes reach over 50 MPH!! LOL Their bond is very apparent to see as you watch them sleeping all curled up together or both trying to smash their faces in the same food dish. So, without hesitation by recommendation is always two. Now, for those of you who have raised two cats together and one passes away and you find yourself wondering… Should I get a new baby kitten to help with the grieving process the older cat is enduring? I will say this, that bond between those two older cats is equal to two elderly people who grew up and old together. When one crosses over rainbow bridge the other is completely lost and life without their soul mate is usually not something they want to face any longer. Many times they too give up on tomorrow and the fact their furry friend is no longer by their side to chatter with or just feel one another warmth so if this is the situation you are dealing with I will also give you my professional thoughts. Think of grandparents, their bodies are not what they used to be in their childhood. They used to race one another out on the playground and sled ride down the hills after a new blanket of snow had just fallen. It doesn’t’t mean they no longer enjoy those things, it’s just that most grandparents would rather watch their grandchildren do those activities. It’s the same for the older cat in the house, for the most part they are not as physically youthful as they once were yet mentally they are & love watching little ones run, flip and play. However when you add just one new baby kitten to the household thinking that you have helped out the older kitty you have in fact, just annoyed the older one because he or she is content to watch, not join in and play so once again I suggest TWO, that way it is though the older cat is at the movies! They get the mental thrill and entertainment but are not physically exhausted. I know that adopting two at the same time is not always an option but if possible it is always best to pair them up with a furry friend within that first year of life. The other question people often ask me is what gender combinations are best to go with. I always say the same thing: MALE/MALE or MALE/FEMALE but to avoid FEMALE/FEMALE unless they are adopted at the same time and are either litter mates or nursery mates (born within a 2-3 month age range of one another). Ok, I think this pretty much covers “My thoughts” on…ONE vs. TWO Because we feel strongly that pairs are better than one we offer a “Buddy Discount”. $100 off each regular priced kitten (must be shipped together).
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DIET FOR OPTIMAL BENGAL HEALTH

Bengals eat the same food as other breeds of cats. It is best that the kitten remain on a high-quality dry kitten food, such as Orijen cat/kitten. Dry food as the main diet is best to help keep kitty’s teeth clean. Do not give your kitten table scraps or milk, no matter how tempting. This can cause stomach upset and lose stools so please keep your cat on the food we suggest Thank You LITTER BOX Bengal kittens are taught by their mothers to use the litterbox, so your kitten will be trained when he arrives. Keep in mind, however, in a new environment, the kitten may not be able to find the litterbox alone. Imagine your home from the kitten’s viewpoint, especially if your home has many rooms and several levels. This little creature will be lost, surrounded by a maze of doors, halls, and stairways. Therefore, it is recommended that the kitten be restricted to one area at first, where his food and litterbox are easily accessible. It won’t be long before he learns his way round as he follows his new friend–you. If you have several stories to your home, you might find it beneficial to keep a litterbox on each floor.Litter Worlds Best its a corn base and will not hurt the kittens when they wash.

 

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LITTER BOX

Bengal kittens are taught by their mothers to use the litterbox,  so your kitten will be trained when he arrives. Keep in mind, however, in a new  environment, the kitten may not be able to find the litterbox alone.  Imagine your home from the kitten’s viewpoint, especially if your home  has many rooms and several levels.  This little creature will be lost, surrounded by a maze of doors, halls, and stairways. Therefore, it is recommended that the kitten be restricted to one area at first,  where his food and litterbox are easily accessible.  It won’t be long before he learns his way round as he follows his new friend–you.  If you have several stories to your home, you might find it beneficial to keep  a litterbox on each floor.Litter Worlds Best its a corn base and will not hurt  the kittens when they wash ..  We recommend just the flat uncovered box at first, as some kittens are  afraid to go into the hooded type box. After he is used to using the open box,  you can try adding the hood. We do not advise the use of clumping litter.  There have been many cases of cats ingesting this sand, as they step from  the litterbox and lick their paws, and this sand clumps in their intestines.  This can cause obstruction of the bowel, which can be fatal if left untreated.  If he doesn’t use the litterbox readily, don’t punish him.  He will only become hostile and avoid coming around you. Instead, try to  understand the reason why he’s having this problem, and correct the cause.  Make sure the litterbox is in a secluded, low-traffic area where he won’t be  startled.  Perfumed litter may be appealing to the human sense of smell,  but not always to a cat or kitten. Some litters have heavy scents to  mask cat odor, but the cat might not want to get close to it.  We use World Best Litter you can get at petland it is corn based ,  Remember too, a cat is a naturally clean animal.  He can be highly offended by a litterbox that isn’t changed frequently enough,  or that has been used by another cat.  If you have several cats in one area, you’ll  probably need to put down a couple of litterboxes. Scoop the solid waste at  least daily, and replace the used  litter frequently. Good habits on your part will insure proper litterbox use  by your cat.  One little warning, any cat may be tempted to use the dirt or sand around  potted plants. It will help if you cover the soil with decorative stone or ceramics.  Some Bengal owners have reported finding their cat’s feces  just outside the litterbox.  In this case, you may observe that because of the length of the Bengal’s body,  a larger litter box is needed.  He may be in the litterbox using it, not realizing that he’s not entirely in.  A large covered litterbox is the solution to that problem.

 

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LITTER BOX TRAINING – COMMON PROBLEMS

The most common reason a cat will not use its litter box… Because the litter box is dirty – from the cat’s viewpoint, not yours. Cats often react to any type of stress by suddenly urinating or defecating outside the litter box. The stress may be caused by a new cat in the neighborhood; children home on vacation; too many cats in the house; your going away on vacation or a new piece of furniture. Urinary tract problems also cause cats to urinate in places other than the litter box. Any sudden change in elimination habits should be discussed with your veterinarian.
Read more: Litter Box Training – Common Problems

 

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SOCIALIZING / DISCIPLINING / TRAINING

Kittens are like children, they need love and attention, and discipline. They are active and playful, but should not be allowed to be destructive. Provide them with toys, simple things like paper bags, cardboard boxes, and wadded up newspaper are great. Any toy is great, providing it doesn’t have small parts that can be swallowed. Our cats LOVE the little fake fur mice, and ping pong balls. Keep a water pistol handy, as a discipline tool. Do not encourage the kitten to play rough or to bite–this may be cute as a kitten, but it is not appreciated from a big cat. Do not turn the kitten on his back and tickle or rub his tummy, this action gets him excited and encourages biting. Any behavior which gets the kitten overly excited should be avoided. Do not use your fingers as toys for the kitten to nibble on or wrestle with, he must learn that fingers are not for biting. If he continues to try to chew on your fingers, have a toy handy to substitute and let him release his energy on that. Teach your children not to play rough or tease the kitten, because when he is grown, he will play too rough. Bengals, because they are highly intelligent, are easily trained. Be consistent in your training, and firm. Be aware that as a cat, the Bengal is self-centered, and will attempt to have things go his way. Bengals aren’t spiteful, and won’t misbehave just for the sake of upsetting you. Often, a cat will develop a bad habit, but he might feel that what he is doing is natural or logical. Before you become unhinged, you need to analyze his behavior. Why is he behaving in this manner? Then you must find a constructive way to change his behavior. Never think that you’re going to control a Bengal by force, because the cat will win that battle. Never strike a cat with you hand, or soon you’ll find that you cat won’t come near you. Forcing a cat into submission will make him distrustful and resentful. He won’t forget for a long time. We advise that cats be kept indoors, because of the dangers of the automobile, and infectious diseases carried by stray cats and other animals. If you start letting your cat outdoors, as a treat, he will begin sitting by the door, ready to dash out every time the door is opened. Then you will have a cat that does not want to stay indoors with you. If you never let them out, they are perfectly content, and don’t know what they are missing. Some folks learn that cats that are allowed to roam outdoors, even though they may be neutered, may start spraying. This is a territorial behavior trait, not sexual. When going outdoors, they develop an awareness of the presence of other cats and so they feel the need to mark their territory.

 

SCRATCHING POSTS & TOYS

Your Bengal, if he were wild in the jungle, would use a tree trunk for his manicure. Any cat enjoys the stretching and pulling activity associated with sharpening his nails. As he scratches a rough surface, he’s removing the outer older sheaths of his claws to expose the sharp new nail beneath. This is a natural function, so you should provide the means for your domesticated house cat to accomplish the grooming procedure. If you don’t, he may have to find one for himself, and that might not be the most acceptable to you. Buy or build a tall scratching post, having the base wide enough so that it won’t tip over easily. Posts wrapped with carpet or burlap rope are especially enjoyed, although even an uncovered rough tree limb will suffice. It should be tall enough to allow the adult cat to stretch to his full capacity. There are elaborate scratching post models, ceiling height, with numerous shelves and cubby-holes which allow him to climb and jump as he instinctively loves. As you can imagine, this also affords you with hours of delight as you watch him in his acrobatic antics, enjoying every inch of his “tree”. By providing this for your cat, he will be less inclined to scratch on your furniture.

 

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Grooming

The Bengal Cat  does not require a lot of grooming because the fur does not tangle or mat easily. However, it is recommended that the coat be brushed now and again. The idea is to brush off topcoat not the undercoat.

 

Clipping

Although common in North America, onychectomy (declawing) is rarely practiced outside North America and is considered an act of animal cruelty in certain other regions. We are, like many other pedigree cats breeders, against declawing. Cats, if provided, will gladly use scratch posts and leave your furniture alone. In fact kittens from our cattery will learn to use sisal rope scratch posts before they leave our home and move to Yours.