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A word about our preparing for your new arrival.....
We will provide complete instructions and supporrt to get you and your new family member settled in.
The is simply a rough outline of preparing for the arrival, and introductions
Your bengal is a very special kitten. And should be considered just like a newborn baby. It is wise to be prepared for his/her arrival. Your kitten will initially need to have a room he/she can call their own when he/she first arrives. Your kitten needs to establish his/her safe place to hide if they feel the need. Remember to take a suitable bengal approved (see accessories page) cat carrier with you .
Nominate the first room your kitten will be placed into. Clear this of any strings or cables he/she can get tangled in. Be careful to remove any poisonous plants. Place his/her food, water fountain, bed, litter tray(s) and toys in this room. You should now be ready to have him/her home. You need to exclude your established pets from this room, until your new kitten has found his/her confidence. Let him/her get adjusted to this room, before proceeding with any more introductions to new rooms or animals. Limit the number of visitors in the first few days, until your kitten has had a chance to find all the hiding places around the house in case of fear or distress.
Give your kitten the diet you were provided with on collection. Make sure there is plenty of fresh water. Only change them onto new foods slowly. Sudden diet changes can result in loose stools . You will probably have had some bedding provided, so make sure you have this in any new bed you would offer the kitten, for comfort.
Make sure the litter box is a new/clean one. Unfamiliar smells will be upsetting and may put him off using the correct place. Your kitten will be litter trained, however, its not unusual for them not to “go” for the first 24-36 hours. They may not eat either, but be careful to ensure they are at least drinking water. If in doubt, measure the water into the bowl, and measure the water loss after 12 hours.
Introducing your new kitten onto existing animal residents is crucial, and should be approached slowly and with care. They are just the same as us, taking time to get to know new “people”. Do not be tempted to simply throw them in, even if they seem to respond well at first, doing this will certainly bring long term issues and a breakdown in the relationship. After settling your kitten into the first room, you can slowly introduce them to other rooms, and other animals. Do this initially by taking the new kitten in his/her carrier into a room where the other animals have access. Allow the swapping of scents and any hissing spitting to happen, whilst protecting both from hurting each other. Do this every hour or two for a few minutes each, gradually extending the time to 20 minutes - returning the kitten to his “home” room in between, and re-assuring them with a few cuddles and kind words.
Once they have stopped contorting and they begin to smell like each other, you can let the kitten out of the box, supervised, and introduce him/her to the new space in the company of the other animal(s). Monitor and continue until all aggressive or warning behaviour has ceased.
BE PATIENT Once they have fallen out, its very hard to get them back to the same place. The longer you spend on this part of their lives, the better friends they will be, and the better the experience for you and your family.
Best of luck!!
Averil & Dean