Once you have decided that you would like to enrich your life with this beautiful breed, there are some things to consider before taking the next steps in getting your cat.
Will you be home or out all day?
If you will be out most of the day, it’s best to consider getting two cats, because the Bengal cat does not like being alone that long! Having another cat in the house will ensure that your Bengal remains happy.
Our kittens are very well socialised, which is important to reduce the possibility of any behaviour problems later in life. This means, we rear them indoors, spend a lot of time with them, and they spend time with our other cats and two dogs, Ollie and Benji!
It’s important that you don’t feel rushed to make a decision. We encourage you to take your time and think about the kitten.
It is also likely that we will come and visit your home, to ensure that the kitten’s future home is adequate and suitable, and to get to know you better! If we are both happy, then a holding deposit is required so that we reserve the kitten for you.
Our kittens are ready for their new owners at 13 weeks. They will have had their full course of vaccinations, be de-wormed, micro-chipped and have been checked by the vet.
Collecting your kitten
When you come and collect your kitten, bring a clean carrier. You will receive your kittens registration papers, and vaccination certificate.
It’s advised to continue with the same diet at home for a while, so that the move is not too stressful for your kitten. Once your kitten has settled in, you may then slowly switch to your diet plans if they differ. The diet our kittens start out with is raw food, as this type of diet has a lot of benefits. To read more about a raw meat diet for cats, head over to feline nutrition.org. We also give our cats OASY cat food, which is one of the highest quality canned and dry food available on the market. We buy it from IdeaNatur in Santa Venera, our favourite pet shop in Malta.
If you use the same litter as us at the beginning, it will help transition her into the litter box you have at home, as she will be familiar with the smell of the litter.
Once you are at home, put the carrier in a room where you have prepared a litter box, water, and some toys. Open the carrier door and let the kitten come out whenever she’s ready. Make sure you keep your kitten in that room for a while, so she can get used to it and feel safe to escape back to it once she’s exploring the rest of your home. If you have children, it might be a good idea to bring your kitten home when the children are out, otherwise the excitement could be too stressful for her. It’s important that your kitten gets used to her new home in the most calm way possible, at least for the first few hours. This builds up her trust in both you and her new home and she will be able to deal with oncoming stressful situations better (like exploring the rest of the house, meeting your other pets, children coming home).
We would love to hear from you about how your kitten is doing! Please keep us updated with photos and we are always here for you if you have any questions.