This info is written to keep the smile on your and your kittens face as you
get to know each other



FEEDING YOUR NEW KITTEN



all the kittens and cats at Mirabell Bengals are eating

 



Brand cat food.


the kittens and queens also get lightly boiled 
skinless boneless chicken breast or  ground beef not more than 10% fat. 

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LITTER BOX TRAINING...
Has begun and has been successful before leaving my home.
Often there is no problem at his new home, but....
this is the single most common reason all breeds of cat are given up.


Use Cat Attract or Kitten Attract Litter
It truly does attract the kittens.

READ the insert that comes with each bag – GREAT advice, It will help a lot.

When you are not home or unable to monitor him – ABSOLUTELY DO put him in a smaller room with two litter boxes.
This is not cruel – give him toys, a tree, his food, and even a little canned each time you place him in there.
This will be “his” room and he will get used to it.


You are making a lot of changes for your youngster. He is not yet fully mature in his digestive system. The stress of the move could make him have a loose stool.

Continuing with the food that his system is accustomed to, this problem should go away by it's self in a few days, if not, consult your vet.

Use the recommended litter, a change can throw him off in figuring out what it is for.

Your bedroom or bathroom is a great place to keep him for the first week or 2.

IF he pees on your bed it is because he thinks it is absorbent and he is being clean...
Immediately buy a plastic sheet like a tarp and after washing everything cover your bed...
Place another litter box beside the bed in his path from the bathroom to the bed.

When you let him out into the rest of the house he needs several more litter boxes....
Remember he is just a baby and will run and play until the last minute then he has to have a litter box close.
for temporary boxes go to the one dollar store and buy plastic shoe boxes or alum foil roasting pans.

if this does not seem to work... Get some CAT ATTRACT brand litter and use that ... it works
but you need to have litter boxes where he can find them for a few months. then start removing them one at a time.

Your Home is new, your family is new. While he will be exploring the whole house, he is a baby, and when the urge hits, he needs to find a litter box in a hurry. I recommend at least 2 litter boxes on each level of your home.
When no one is home, keep the kitten in a small room, put food, water and toys in there along with a bed and litter box. The less chances there are for accidents, the faster he will learn to continue good litter box habits.

For the first few nights keep a litter box close by in the room where he sleeps, do not let him have run of the whole house when he first arrives.
If an accident occurs, clean it and sanitize with something safe to eliminate odor. a pet safe Enzyme Cleaner or Hydrogen Peroxide .

Figure out why an accident happened! stress of to much action? jealousy over or feeling threatened by another pet? being left alone? Pay attention and, when not supervised, put kitty in his special room to prevent this from happening again.

If he is older and has had good litter box habits then starts to pee outside the box... he may have a urinary tract infection. Taking him to your vet to rule this out is the first thing you need to do.

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FOR OLDER KITTENS / CATS


If a problem Arises

If you catch them after only one or 2 accidents it can be corrected by using one of more of my helpful hints above....

part 1. You MUST confine the kitten / cat to one room, with no carpet. If they protest, you must bear with it. Maybe put them in a crate, or soft cat carrying bag so they can be beside you in other rooms, when possible hold them, or use a harness so he can be near you not left alone... Do not let him on the floor except in his little room. You MUST be diligent with this. It is an accident that must be stopped immediately before it becomes a habit.. If they have gotten away with this for a week or more, it may take some time, a month maybe more to brake the habit.

part 2. During this time of behavior modification, you MUST get rid of all odor in the carpets . What is under your carpet, lots of padding that has absorbed the odor?? If so, it can be a worse problem. The urine will have soaked through into the wood under flooring. I hope it is not that bad.... good pet ENZYME cleaner works well, test in an out of the way area... if it does not harm your carpet, pour it on the spot so it will penetrate as deep as the urine did... let it soak in...scrub with a brush or broom. use towels to soak up most of the moisture. Repeat as needed. There are several products with enzymes that are good. ALL the odor must be cleaned up before they are allowed back on the floor. You can buy a small light that will detect any remaining odor or stains that are not visible to the naked eye.

                                                                                                                 

 part 3. Figure out what started the behavior problem. An older pet threatening him.. A member of the home leaving or being added? A difference in work schedules, new furniture, a new pet, changes in their diet or litter or litter boxes. After you have had him tested and found healthy, especially a urine test, then dig for stresses.... Often this is a dominant behavior, marking their territory. There are many things that can cause psychological upsets in animals, just like in humans. Feliway Spray is often helpful along with the behavior modification of not being allowed on the floor unsupervised until you trust them again.

If you do this after only 2 or 3 accidents, it will be much easier.

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MORE HELPFUL HINTS
the most common complaint about all breeds of cat
is poor litter box habits.
Here are the best tips for resolving a problem.
Please act after only ONE accident!

A kitten from MIRABELLBENGALS is trained before you get it. It is only a baby and will run and play until the last minute, then it needs to have a litter box close at hand. Please keep SEVERAL small litter boxes throughout the house until he gets older and has better control.

FIRST THING I SUGGEST YOU DO IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT
Take your cat to the vet. Your cat may have a medical problem such as UTI, Urinary Tract Infection, that needs to be treated with antibiotics. (usually not the case in young kittens)

if there is no medical reason then try these helpful tips....

1. Clean the litter box frequently. You don't like to use a dirty bathroom and neither does your cat. Your cat may be refusing to use the litter box because it is smelly and unsanitary.


2. Try switching to a different litter. Your cat may not like the smell or texture of the current litter. Un-perfumed clay litter is often most appealing to cats.


3. Add additional litter boxes. Be sure to have one more box than the number of cats you have. For example, if you have two cats, have at least three litter boxes. Cats are territorial and may be refusing to share the box with rival cats in the house.


4. Try Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract Litter. This litter contains a special blend of herbs that attract kitties to it. Many cats' litter box problems are resolved after going through one bag of this liter. The litter also has a money-back guarantee. Expensive but worth it.... I keep it on hand for training stubborn kittens.


5. Move the litter boxes to a more appealing location. People often locate the litter boxes next to the food and water bowls, a loud, scary washing machine or in a cold, dark basement, which could be the reason some cats refuse to use them.


6. Buy a bigger litter boxes. Cats need room to dig and turn around easily in the litter boxes. Large, shallow storage bins without the lids also work well as litter pans for some cats.


7. Buy a Feliway plug-in or spray if your cat is using one area of the house instead of the box. Spray it in the problem area. The ingredients in Feliway mimic cats' pheromones, which will help put your kitty at ease and resolve stress-related litter box issues.


8. Be sure to thoroughly clean the spots where your cat has had accidents with an enzymatic pet cleaner that will remove all evidence of the problems. You may not be able to detect the smell after cleaning the area, but your cat probably can if a pet stain cleaner is not used.


9. put another litter box in the area where he likes to pee.
or put aluminum foil over the area. Many cats will not walk on foil.

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Introduction to other pets


Meeting the baby goat bengal and chicken


Bengals are very outgoing and a smooth introduction usually takes only an hour or 2, depending on the nature of your first pet.
I have had people bring their other pet and the new kitten is sleeping with it in the car before they get home :-)
It is best to have a special room selected for your kitten, laundry room, bathroom or bedroom that is low traffic area. This aids in litter habits as well as introductions.
This will be where kitty stays during his initial quarantine from other cats in the house. While in his room, your pets will get to know each other under the door.
Most people who have healthy pets and do not feel the need for quarantine any longer than necessary for pets to get to know each-other.
If your pet does not readily accept the new kitten, hold your pet and play with him near the new kitten. This will let him know he is still your favorite, allowing him to be more open to the new arrival.

If older pet is not happy, it may be necessary to put new kitty in a crate and let your pet walk around the crate sniffing and teasing the kitty until they accept each other.

Until they have fully accepted one another, be sure they are safely separated at night and when no one is home.

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Noisy Kittens
talking kitten Ipanema bengal cats like to talk
Your kitten may follow you through the house talking to you. He may be extra vocal when he can not see you.
This is easily solved by talking to him.
Never exclude kitty from your activities, except when you are not home and he is left in his special room.
If Kitty is unhappy in his room, this would be a good time to give him a treat of canned food mixed in his regular food.
Sometimes he is just confused and misses his familiar surroundings. A warm treat of canned food, lots of sweet talk and petting, and playing with an interactive toy might help.

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Bengals Like Water


                                         It is common for Bengals to dip a paw and lick the water off.                              Iisn't it more civilized than dipping your nose in the water bowl.


Please be aware that Bengals really DO like water. Not just to look at. If you do not like a furry friend in your bath or shower, or if you do not think they should be playing in the water as you wash the dished, then you must teach them appropriate behavior or simply pout them in another room..

I am afraid the Bengal will teach YOU that keeping the toilet seat closed IS proper behavior. While a dog may drink out of the pot, a Bengal will be insulted when you do the dirty in their wading pool :-)
Finding toys in the water bowl, or a wet toy in the floor is just part of life with a friendly, frisky Bengal :-)