Grand Royal

Bengals

FOOD

     When you bring your kitten home, I provide you with a small bag of food. Be sure to keep them on the same food for at least one month. If you would like to switch their food, do so by slowly mixing in the new food with the food they are used to over a couple weeks time span.

     Abrupt changes can cause loose stools and be unpleasant for both of you. Cats do not need the same variety as humans. Extra "Treats" don't count as a "food change." We would recommend a grain free food with the first ingredient being meat. Dry food should be super premium or holistic quality of food.  Protein focused foods. Be sure to wash food bowls at least once a week to prevent bacteria buildup and to keep their food fresh.


     Super premium or holistic quality means they are meat based (defined meat and defined meal), more nutritious and good balanced, including all the essential amino acids cats need and vitamins and minerals that has been designed to be more thoroughly absorbed by your pet’s body.


     It’s imperative that your cat has access to clean, fresh drinking water at all times, preferably in a large ceramic bowl. Plenty of water is especially important if you are feeding dry food. If your cat is reluctant to drink, try a bigger bowl — some Bengal cats don’t like it when their whiskers touch the sides — or a water fountain.

WATER

     Metallic bowls can put a cat off drinking too as they see reflections and shadows when they put their head down to drink. And remember, milk is not a substitute for water. Cats don’t need milk after weaning and many are intolerant of lactose, which can cause diarrhea. Do keep food and water bowls away from the litter box to limit contamination.

LITTER

     We use clumping litter (Tigerino Canada Cat Litter), but light weight litter is also fine, hooded litter trays are the best to stop dust and smell.

     Do keep the litter box clean on a daily basis and change the entire box of litter every week to two weeks – cleaning the inside of the litter box with disinfectant and rinsing well with clear water, dry thoroughly and add new fresh litter.

     Don't allow the litter box to become overly soiled… would you like to step into a dirty litter box with your bare feet? A Cat will let you know if it is too dirty to step into the box and tell you that they have a problem. Most often "going outside of the litter box" is because a human has not done their Cat box chores.


     Kittens and cats need to play so it is important that you provide an appropriate outlet for play either by playing interactive games or by providing suitable toys. Playing with your cat regularly will teach you about your cat’s personality and strengthen the bond and trust between you.

TOYS

     There are many toys available from pet stores including fishing rod type toys, balls and artificial mice. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Feathers, balls, cotton reels, paper shopping bags (not plastic) and cardboard boxes can all be great fun.

     Whatever you use, make sure it is suitable for your cat – avoid items with small attachments that could break off and be swallowed.


WHY DO CATS SCRATCH?

     Scratching is a territorial instinct by which cats place their mark and establish their turf.  Through scratching, Bengal cats mark their domains with more than just visible signs of claw marks. Cat's paws also have scent glands that leave their own special scent on their territory. And this is why they mark the most visible portions of your house.  It's your kitten’s way of adding her own personal touch to your (and her) home.  Her version of interior decorating.


     Scratching also serves to keep your cat in shape.  The act of scratching stretches and pulls and works the muscles of a cat's front quarters—a cross between a feline gym workout and Kitty Yoga.

     Hey!  It feels good to scratch. So give up the idea of reforming your cat’s desire to scratch. Rechannel your cat into scratching where you want her to.  You'll both be happier.

     Provide your cat with an appropriate scratching post. Since your cat brings you so much joy, you decide to buy her the softest, prettiest and most luxurius scratching post you can find. Never make the mistake of trying to "show her how" to scratch anything.  You'll only offend her.  She knows pefectly well how to do it.


FUZZIES

     “Ugly fuzzies” are hairs tipped with a muted color found scattered throughout the coats of young leopards. This is to protect the young from predators looking for their leopard markings. These ugly fuzzies are passed on to the Bengal cat, from the Asian Leopard Cat (from which Bengals originate).

     When Bengals are around 4 weeks old and lasting to about 16 weeks old or more. They begin to get white, grey and/or black tipped hairs scattered throughout their coat.

     The pattern is usually the worst right around the time the kitten is ready to go to it's new home, at about 11-12 weeks old and then starts the clearing process from then on. Bengal fuzzies generally are not completely clear till after they reach 8 months old. Not all bengal kittens get fuzzy coats and some get fuzzies worse than others. The best time to determine how a coat will look is before 5 weeks of age or after the fuzzies clear.


SPAYING AND NEUTERING

     Please schedule an appointment with your vet to spay or neuter your kitten after you bring him/her home. You may want to wait a month before neutering to allow your kitten to adjust to your home and bond with you before going through surgery. Between 5 and 6 months old is an ideal age to spay or neuter. This gives the hormones time to widen the urinary tract to prevent blockages much later in life. This is still young enough where your kitten will not yet be sexually mature.  We can send you your TICA paperwork once I receive proof of spay or neuter, and receive the papers back from TICA.

GLITTER

There are actual flecs of gold seen on the hair shaft — on the snow Bengal, the glitter is crystal colored. Not all Bengal cats are glittered.

     Bengals can also have what is known as a “glitter.” Glitter looks as though the Bengal was sprinkled with gold or crystal dust, shimmering in the sunlight. It is quite beautiful! This trait should not be mistaken for the typical sheen seen on a healthy coat. Glitter is different.

MICROCHIPPING

     Microchipping is the most effective way of identifying a lost pet (chips don't come off or put the cat at risk of injury like collars can) Each microchip has a unique number which is stored on a national database. A scan of the chip reveals the owner's name and address from the database's records A microchip is slightly smaller than a grain of rice and is inserted under the cat's skin between the shoulder blades The procedure is very simple and is no more painful than an injection. A cat will not be aware of the microchip's presence once inserted.