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Lynn - 2011-12-08
Help! I have a mixed breed Bengal cat, 2 yrs old. She is a good cat and very beautiful. Her Dad was a neighbor tom but her Mom is a pure breed Bengal. Here in Vermont, she starts getting bored not wanting to go out. I also have a very gentle domestic 4 year old cat. When the bengal is bored, she constantly attacks my domestic cat to play but she hurts. I try to play with her but she doesn't sheath her claws and scratches and bites - the cat and me! She isn't mean, just very rough. Any ideas on how to keep her occupied and/or how to teach her to play gentle? I have all kinds of toys, long feathered chasers, squeaky mice, balls, scratching posts, etc, but she will jump beyond the toy to my hands and arms. I even got a 'glove' with long fingers and bells to play with and she leaps above the glove to my arm and hand and bites and scratches me. Both my domestic cat and myself would appreciate any ideas on how to keep her tame and occupied during the snowy winter months as well as improving her gentleness with play. Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-08
    I would de claw the cat and us the cat spayed or neutered.
  • Jared - 2012-01-14
    I had a wild bobcat tabby mix when I was younger who acted the same way. While having the Bengal de-clawed may stop her from scratching the fire out of you, it won't stop her from biting. The best thing I found for my wild mixed fuzzball was a medium sized stuffed animal. He would knock that thing around the house for hours. After he was done rough housing he would curl up on my lap to nap and purr for the rest of the evening.
  • Cassandra Johnson - 2012-01-25
    I have an f2 Bengal female that is a year old and unaltered with a full set of little daggers (ie claws). In any event, she was a bit aggressive and elusive when I first brought her home, however she has established herself as the dominant cat in the household (I have 2 domestics and the 1 bengal). I had to wrap her in a blanket and use the pedipaws pet nail filer on her nails every couple weeks when I first got her due to her need to sharpen them to the finest of points. The blanket was to keep me from getting torn to shreds as it took a bit for her to get used to the nail filer. I have cut too far with nail clippers before, so I have been filing kitty claws since. My girl bit me a couple times when I first got her as well, however I bit her back and she hasn't bitten me in the last five months (I've had her for 7 months now). I have done this in the past with random stray cats that I've rescued and socialized for others. You don't bite them hard, and you want to make sure its on the ear so you are out of biting range and don't get a mouthful of fur. Just apply some pressure as a warning; no bruising or drawing blood. They understand biting with a little pressure as a warning. I use water in spray bottles to establish off limit zones (kitchen table and counters). It seems to work well enough... although I am sure my cats are on the counter when they know I am not looking. As for the play issue, I have two male neutered cats (a 1.5 yr old and a 2.5 yr old). Both are declawed in the front as well. I got my bengal to help save my older cat from the newer one as he is a spaz. My girl is energetic, but she has the boys to run around, a lazer pointer to chase, tons of kitty toys, and there are nightly drag races up and down my hallway. Cats are pretty intelligent, and will figure out the source of movement so I have found the glove toys ineffective with my domestic boys and have it dangling from elastic that I sewed onto it. I can toss it and pull it so you get the chase with the distance to flee the claws. If you can't deal with the biting, you may need to find a trainer or alter her to see if that solves your problem. I also don't lock my cats up at night. I know the people I got my Bengal from caged her up at night in a 5 X 8 bathroom at night or a travel kennel. She wasn't socialized too well, so I expected bad behavior from her when I got her. She gets grumpy with the boys sometimes, but she is not hurting them and pulls her claws. I use pounce kitty treats to reinforce good behavior as well as lavishing attention on all the kitties while I am studying. I don't know if this has come of help soon enough, hopefully you find it helpful. This also works for ferrel cats to be socialized.
  • Helene - 2012-02-02
    I have a similar problem with my female bengal. I also have an old Maine Coon who is the most mellow cat I've ever owned, and when Miss Mauli gets bored she will 'entice' him to play by beating the daylights out of him. No blood drawn but it is sad to hear him scream like a girl. Try a laser pointer with your Bengal, they love movement and should chase it non-stop. Also you might put a couple inches of water in your bathtub or a basin and float a ping pong ball or a couple ice cubes in it. Bengals tend to be fascinated with water and things that float. My cat used to throw her toys in the toilet before I trained that behavior out of her. Also they get bored with the same toys after a week or so, so put the old toys away occasionaly and then bring them out one at time to restimulate interest. The more you entertain and challenge your Bengal intellectually the happier they and you will be in the long run. Good luck!
  • Sharon - 2012-04-19
    What is with the guy suggesting getting a cat declawed? That is the worse thing you could do. Please research the internet for yourself. Other than that, your bengal requires MUCH attention from YOU, the owner. They love their people. You can play with them with toys such as Da Bird, a cat tree for them to climb on, etc. It sounds like your bengal isn't stimulated enough and will resort to this kind of playing. Bengals are smart. Try putting your bengal in a seperate room with his own litter box, toys and food when he goes after your other kitty. Leave him in the room for a couple of hours each time he does this. This will also give your other kitty time to destress from the attack and spend one on one time with you.
  • Sharon - 2014-03-17
    Actually, I changed my mind. Declawing a cat is probably the best thing if it's an indoor cat. I don't actually even own a cat. I have 4 dogs and I thought it would be fun to troll all the cat owners. Here I espouse the evils of declawing and on other sites I lament breeding animals on purpose while so many animals die in shelters.
  • Dan - 2014-04-11
    I have two Bengals and one calico. It was a rough time. The cats settled score.
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Jodi - 2014-03-27
I have a cat and was told by my vet that she looks like an abyssinian cat. I have been researching these cats and do see similarities. She has the ticking and rabbit like coat and is extremely soft. How can I find out for sure?

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JAY - 2014-03-20
We live in a very rural area but have commuter traffic on our 2 lane road that runs behind our home. It also seems to be a location where many animals have been dumped over the years. My wife found a 5 week old kitten in our yard last Nov. The wife brought her in and put her down, when she spotted me she dashed across the kitchen ran up me and sat on my shoulder, I have been adopted. She is my constant companion when I'm home, eats what I eat, sleeps on or next to me every night, gets quite upset when I leave and meets me at the door when I return and plays fetch better than any dog I've had. Shes a keeper.

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Taylor - 2012-04-04
Hi I have a cat. It is just like he likes to scratch things a lot. I want to declaw him but then what if he can't climb on to sofas or stuff like that?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-05
    If you have your cat declawed, he will be perfectly fine cuz he can jump on the sofa, bed etc. He just won't be able to destroy things. If the cat is an outdoor cat - then you might wish to reconsider. If he stays oin the home, on the porch etc - no problem. However, if he is out and about walking the neighborhood, he won't be able to climb trees.
  • Sharon - 2012-04-19
    I DO NOT recommend you declawing your pet cat for several reasons. Scratching is a cat characteristic and if they are unable to do this, they could compensate with fierce biting and you can't vry well pull ther teeth. Declawing a cat could cause elimination issues because their feet can no longer tolerate the feel of the cat litter on their sensitive feet. Declawing a cat could cause behavioral problems since it is an extremely painful procedure, one compared to torture. The first joint of the cat's toes are cut off, not just the claws. It would be as if someone had cut your fingers off at the first joint thus the connection in behavioral issues and declawing. You would never be able to let your cat outside because it would have no way of protecting itself against other animals. As long as your have scratching toys for your cat such as a cat tree and treat them with cat nip on these toys, you should have no problem with the cats claws. The other issue is with declawing, the cat runs a high risk of hemmoraging, (heavy bleeding) at the site of the declaw. Myself personally, I would never put a family member in that kind of pain.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-20
    They do have a laser procedure now and the cat won't actually know the claws are missing!
  • zookeeper - 2012-05-26
    I have 3 cats all declawed, all climb trees with ease, catch mice, chipmunks and even rabbits. They still think they are scratching the furniture, but no damage is done. I live in a rural area. All my declawed cats have lived a long life 16 - 20+ years.
  • Rebecca M - 2012-06-12
    Declawing is a very controversial subject and one some are obsessively vocal about. I had a talk with my Vet and he declaws all of his cats. He says the procedure has come a long way and its no where as painful as it once was. Also how is declawing any different than spay or nuetering? Or in other words, why is it ok to spay and nueter (the cat is put to sleep, cut open, has vital body parts removed, stitched back up and given pain meds) but not okay to declaw a cat that shreds thousands of dollars in furniture and leaves you bloody every time you play with them. I think people who are so adamantly against deckawing will always have a 'soapbox' ready on many subjects. I, personally, me, myself feel it is okay to declaw uour own cat if it will always remain an indoor cat. But everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Just dont force yours down my throat.
  • A bengal owner - 2013-11-13
    A cat doesn't need its uterus or testicles to live a happy normal life. However scratching is a natural and important part of a cats life... they use scratching to mark their territory and to climb. Declawing is the same as clipping a bird's wings so it can never fly again. If you declaw a cat you are handicapping it.... like removing a human's fingers. It is sad to see some people (in the US mostly?) still think this procedure is excusable for pathetic reasons. Preventing inappropriate scratching is a matter of training and providing scratchers for kitty. Declawing (Onychectomy) is mutilation and the rest of the world have made it illegal for good reason. No matter how advanced and ''progressed'' this procedure may have become the after effects on a cat's well being, happiness, confidence and behaviour cannot be discounted.
  • Vetta Kay - 2013-11-20
    Taylor Please do not have your cats declawed, it is dangerous. There is a new product that we use on all 6 of our cats called Kitty Caps nails for cats and you get them through Petsmart  either online or in their business. They have different sizes and different colors to choose from. We use pink and purples for our females and blues and reds for the boys. They're so cute... and healthy... they're easy to apply. And they last for weeks. They can't tear your furniture up because the caps are made of soft plastics. Go check them out..    Taylor..if you declaw your cat it will cause different types of damage to his feet. To declaw him they don't remove the nails they cut the toes off.. it will be like you having your fingers cut off at the first knuckle past the finger nails.. and it is extremely painful. It will destroy their paws.. and if they were to ever get out for any reason.. they would never be able to fend for them selves. That is their only protection againt other critters. Anyway please check into the cat caps .. you will be pleased.
  • morons - 2014-03-17
    Soapboxers out in full force here. You guys are full of it... Just like the 'only adopt' soapboxers. All of my cats have been declawed. None of them experience a single problem. I had ONE cat that was not declawed and he shred almost everything. One single cat out of 6 over the years, and he destroys my favorite couch. Everything that he could work his claws on, he did. If you want an indoor cat, and don't want your stuff ripped to shreds, you can disregard the soapboxers, they only want to beat a drum.. And they would love for you to beat it too.
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Dixie - 2014-03-10
A beautiful tri colored cat came to my door for breakfast this morning and he stayed - doesn't seem to want to leave. He's litter box trained and very comfortable with me and my pomeranian dog. I've contacted our shelter and animal control to let them know where he is? If his people are looking for him? He's skinny and ate all Gizmo's blue buffalo grain free tiny bites. I'd love to keep this cat but need a good source of kitty info as I've never been owned by a cat before. The vet is coming to see him tomorrow to check his health and give him shots. He seems to be in good shape except for underweight and his back paws are very dirty.

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Theresa Pratt - 2012-04-16
i have a male sphinx 1 yr old the lady that I purchased him from told me the mom didn't feed them so she syringe feed the 5 of them. When I got him home he was very cuddley he wanted to go my neck and suck on it every morning. At 4:30 am he would start this. He's gotton better as far as its not at 4:30 am but he still want to do this and he wants the left side of my neck. He will come and paw at my back making this little cry noise so I decieded I wasnt going to roll over I just wanted to sleep. Boy that's not what happened. My cat wanted to the end of the bed and glared at me and then lunged into my face. I threw my arm up and took the bite on my arm four puctures and claw marks this has happen about 6 times and each time its becauce I made him mad and every time he would bite and leave puntures from his fange teeth. How can I stop him. I've tried hitting with my pillow yelling no he a great little guy and very loving hope someone can help thanks theresa

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-16
    Sphinx cats have some really peculiar and odd little traits although attacking a person I have never heard. Jumping - big time and attention and play yes but not attacking. I'd have him sleep in a different room where the kitty kitter is located. Put a kitty bed in the laudry room or bathroom along with the litter and let him sleep in there. Hopefull in a couple of weeks - he forgets about the neck and the game he probably think you are playing.
  • the cat god - 2013-10-07
    Okay you probably need to figure this out cause its weird..... maybe your cat wants the sexuals.
  • fran - 2014-02-27
    Keep your house cold and get a small electric heater, he will stay by that or try biting him back.
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Kelly Curtis Spangler - 2013-05-21
I adopted a 5 yr old Turkish Angora. She is white with one blue and one gold eye. They say on here (the video) that they don't need much grooming, however, my Lilly sheds like crazy leaving the chair she claimed as her 'throne' white. Also I find balls of fur everywhere lol. Well I also have two black British Bombay cats and one Black and White long hair cat and they shed a lot less. Other than that, she is the best kitty ever. She licks you and hugs you and she loves to what I call 'Happy Paw' for confort. She def. took charge over the other cats as the Alpha cat. LOVE this breed, just wish the fur would stop flying. ahhahah!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    She sounds adorable, but then... I'm partial to long-haired gorgeous cats too:)
  • Kelly Curtis Spangler - 2013-06-05
    She is !! :)
  • Jase - 2014-02-26
    I have a bombay and he is the coolest little kitten. My daughters talked me into him after years of hating cats and never wanting one, I have to say I am glad we adopted him. I have READ that the Angora breed does not get its full coat till around 2 years old which might be when it stops shedding so bad. I also read that they will shed a lot more in hotter climates. If that helps I don't know.
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Deborah - 2014-01-12
I have 2 adult male cats - brothers about 2 1/2 years old. When they were kittens, they got along, but now they have stare-down contests which often lead to fighting. I'd think they were playing, but fur literally flies and one or both end up scratched. I'm afraid they will hurt each other badly. Is there any way to bring peace back to the household. We try to keep them apart space is limited.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Neutering your cats can help.
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Gesia Rosenberg - 2012-06-24
I have a beautiful young female Russian Blue that bred with a grey Tabby. Her Kittens are beautiful and are reversed tabbies , silver blue light grey and are reversed tabbies with whithe stripes instead of black or dark stripes. The girls are gorgeous, with all the features of her HER. ONE HAS THE HEAD AND EARS AND SLIM BODY BUT NOT THE PINCH SMILE. THE OTHER HAS THE PINCH SMILE BUT IS TAKING AFTER THE FATHER WITH A ROUNDER HEAD AND STALKIER BODY BUT THE FACE FEATURES AND EVEN THE SOUNDS THEY MAKE WHEN THEY MIAO ARE SPECIFICALY RUSSIAN BLUE. VERY VOCAL LIKE THEIR MOTHER. DO I HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL. CAN THEY BE RECOGNIZED AS SUCH . TO ME THEY ARE AND JUST THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE REVERSETABBIE MARKINGS MAKES THEM VERY DISTINGTIVE. CAN THEY BE SHOWN ANYWHERE. DOES ANY BODY KNOW OR EVEN SOLD AS UNIQUE AS THEY ARE_

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-25
    In order to show a cat, the cat has to be a recognized breed by the ACFA (American Cat Fanciers Association) or the TICA (The International Cat Association).  You would obviously have to be able too reproduce the kittens you have, have the markings, coloring, size etc stablaized to allow rules for points to be established.  This is a complicated and long term endeavor but you can write either organization and ask them and if interested, how you would go about it.
  • gesia Rosenberg - 2012-06-25
    THANKS FOR RESPONDING. IT IS AMAZING HOW STRONG THE RUSSIAN bLUE GENE IS. I WISH REALY WISH THEY COULD BE SHOWN SOMEWHERE. BUT THANKS FOR THE INFO.I DID SEE IN WILKAPEDIA THAT IN UK, AUSTRALIA AND ANOTHER COUNTRY THE SAME MIX ARE RECOGNIZED AS A NEW KIND OF RUSSIAN BLUE. THE rb GENETIC IS AMAZING. lIKE I SAY BEFORE. tHEY ARE ALL RUSSIAN bLUE IN ALL THE WAYS BUT THEIR FANCY COATS.
  • Kris Nehrens - 2013-07-13
    Ms.Gesia Rosenberg, I know this is quite a few years late. But would you have pictures of your 'babies'? Did you sell any kittens? If so, may I ask:How much? And where are you? I'm in VA. 56 years old, been disabled since I was in car crash at 25. I would be interested in some (2?) of your kittens if you ever have more, and the price is right. (I have very little $,but a LOT of love.) Have 2 dogs, but they are 'daddies babies'! I love them, too, just not the same. Thank-you in advance, Kris Behrens
  • helder - 2014-01-11
    We have a female 8 year old Russian and would like to mate her with male Russian I would like to know if in the area of queens new York there is one. We can talk.
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Hyacinta - 2013-09-16
I have a 4 year old Silver shaded persian male cat and a 9 mth. old chocolate point Himalayan female, they are both fixed. My Persian is beautiful but very slim and I have tried everything to add weight to his slim build. If there are any suggestions, I am open to any. He is a little over 7 pounds. My Himalayan is big, at least 9 or 10 pounds already, and very active, she is very smart and affectionate, loves to play, but my persian doesn't like her. What am I to do, I want them to be company for each other and I love them both. They are a lot of work as they require daily brushing, which I don't mind doing. Just want my Persian to get a little heavier. Cats in Canada.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-12-21
    Hi my name is Angel, I am a breeder of Persians, the silver Persians do not succeed over 7-8 lb there is nothing wrong with your fur baby..they are the smallest of the different color shades in the persian breed via. golden , Tabby , smokey etc.
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