PRINT THIS FORM OFF PRIOR TO TAKING YOUR KITTEN HOME.
Prior to taking your kitten home!
Bringing home a new Bengal kitten is a stressful time for your new pet. These are some "tips" to get you both through these important first few days. When you first get your kitten/cat home he/she will probably be frightened at being in a new place. After all your kitten has just left all of his brothers and sisters and the only home your kitten has known where everything is in its proper place for his eyes.
Don't bring your kitten home and expect him to find his/her litter box, food, ect. Put your kitten in ONE room with the door closed. Kittens need a safe place where they have their bed, food, water and a litter box. This is a great place to put your cat when guests are over and there is risk of doors being left open, etc. A bedroom or even a bathroom with a litter box and food/water dishes so that your kitten can acclimate to a new situation and know where the litter box and food dishes are. Do not place food and water dishes close to the litter box. Your kitten will not use his box if the food is too close. A safe distance would be about 4 or 5 feet away. It is a good idea to play with your new kitten so he/she can get to know you and feel comfortable and safe. When you let your kitten out in the rest of the house remember to have the litter box out where he knows where it is at all times at least until he knows his new home well. Just make sure it is safe and secure! Get down on the floor and be at the kitten’s level. Do not let your kid's race around with your kitten. He may be skittish and scared right now. Let him adjust to his new home before you try anything. If he meows a lot, just like when a baby would cry, check that he knows where the litter box is, and is not hungry or thirsty.
Things to remember
First of all, don't change the diet. Your kitten is eating a mixture of Royal Canin Persian Kitten food and Iams Adult hair ball (just a small amount of Iams Hair Ball is mixed in) that I leave down and free feed. Your kitten will keep going to the food dish because they are growing at a fast pace. I also feed a raw mixture of Chicken every morning to each kitten AS A RAW DIET. Please see "YouTube" on Raw chicken cat diets. I highly recommend feeding a Chicken Raw diet for the life of your kitten it is much healthier and cheaper than the soft food you buy at PetSmart or Petco.
You need to add 1/2 teaspoon mixture of NuVet Plus supplement in there morning to their soft food and you may put the Nu-Vet on their hard food (just sprinkle on). Your kitten will not be under a warranty unless you use the Nu-Vet supplements. Call NuVet at 800-474-7044 Code 66479
Your kitten is also on bottled water that may be picked up at any local store. Dry food is free fed and kept available at all times. DO NOT CHANGE THE FOOD some foods can make your kitten vomit. It is an allergic reaction to something in the new food. Keep your kitten on the foods he is used to if you want your kitten to live a long healthy life, feed him or her right.
You will be given a heath record with your kittens current worming information. You should take this health record with you on your visit to your vets office. Please read my section on Vaccines from the menu above. Discuss with your veterinarian whether you want to vaccinate for feline leukemia or receive the FVRCP vaccination. If your kitten is only in the house, these vaccinations are not necessary. The 3-way or 4-way shots do not stop your kitten from getting the diseases they are being vaccinated for and can cause death if you kitten is allergic I have seen this.....Bengals do not do well with these shots in most cases they can get very sick and I have known some to die. I will not recommend the vaccines.
I never recommend de-clawing. Most people do not realize that it mutilates the bones in the cat's foot, by clipping the bone, not the nail. There can be unforeseen behavioral problems in cats that are de-clawed. Most cats can be trained with the word "no," or slapping a newspaper against your hand, or even a spray bottle of plain water when you want to teach them a certain behavior. Trimming your cat's nails will reduce the amount of damage caused by scratching before and after training begins. I have found it very easy to trim their nails when they are napping. If you are gentle, they won’t even know you are doing it. You can trim them when they become sharp (you’ll know). They don’t grow as fast once they are older and once a month is sufficient as an adult. I always keep a cat post by my sofa where my cat may want to scratch.
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. I use regular nail clippers it goes fast and easy.
I use The Worlds Best Cat litter in the red bag or purple bag, or any clay litter will due at first. The rule of thumb for the number of litter boxes is the number of cats you own plus one. If you have 2 cats, you should have 2 litter boxes. They love to dig in their boxes. You may consider a covered box to keep the litter contained in the litter box as Bengals love to dig in the litter. World’s best cat litter that you can buy at Petco or pet smart is a corn-based litter and you can flush it.... Since it is corned based your kitten will not get sick from being in the litter box as they will want to clean him/herself after they get out of the box (no chemicals) in Worlds best cat litter... Your kitten can and more than likely will get a running stool from the other types of litters.. To avoid it all just use "The World’s best Cat litter" or a clay litter with no chemicals in it. This will save yourself the headache that is caused by litters that have chemicals in them.
Bengals are also very curious. Please be very careful when getting something out of the refrigerator, or when opening a dryer, dishwasher, 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, DISHWASHER, or catch their paw in a drawer.