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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.
  • Olga Shatokhina - 2014-11-20
    When showing my cats at shows all over, I still hear such talks, for people don’t know Bengal cats. On the contrary, they may have heard of homegrown mini-leopards, but have never seen them. And those who have, have also heard about the myths concerning their ‘bad temper’ or even ‘aggressive behavior.’ Add to it all the relatively high cost for kittens (among the top 10 according to the Forbes magazine) and you get a lot of misinformed people. 
  • Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
    Easy. Spray bottle.
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Summer Carlson - 2015-10-24
I'm looking someone to breed my female with I don't have papers on her but u can see that she's the real thing

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gaeila - 2013-05-20
Pretty good story, but the price information is somewhat out of date. As in way low. I have been breeding Tonks for many years, and last year (2012)we lost too much money selling them for $600 each. We only want to break even--we are a tiny, closed, non-show but still pedigree cattery, and I'm not posting our web site, 'cause this isn't about advertising. Plus, our wait list is already getting too long. :) We get a lot of people from both coasts, and oddly enough, Chicago too, where the price for a pedigree Tonk runs $1K - $2K, and the sky can be the limit. BTW, my very first Tonkinese lived to be 23 years old! In my experience, the more sturdily, stockier built cats tend to be healthier and live longer. If anyone knows of an actual pedigree Tonkinese kitten for only $400 I would definitely like to hear about it. (at least 6 generations Tonk only; mating a Burmese & Siamese does not meet the current definition) Thanks and good wishes to all!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-20
    Thanks so much for the updated info on the price of these little beauties. And awesome that you devote yourself to this wonderful breed!
  • Wendy Luba - 2015-09-04
    I got my first Tonk in 1971, which was the product of a Siamese/Burmese breeding.  I had grown up with Siamese and loved the color of the Burmese and had always hoped to get one; so, when I saw an ad in the paper for the Siamese/Burmese kitten for $15.00, I jumped on it and brought home my first Tonk (not knowing it at the time).  He lived to be 14 and I have always had one ever since.  My second one cost me $300, and 15 years later I paid $1,000 (in 2005) and I live in NH.  So, I agree that the price is way off and in the northeast, it is difficult to even find a breeder as they are few and far between; but for me, there is no other breed, so I go to cat shows semi regular to try to keep up on who is breeding in my area, so when the time comes, I can find another one.  In my opinion, the Tonk got the best of both worlds from their Siamese and Burmese ancestry and are the most loving cat with personality plus.  I hope to never be without one.
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theresa - 2015-07-31
Mimy cat is very smart and he thinks like a dog

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Alan Pyatt - 2015-05-05
I had lost my very best friend, a Black Smoke named Radar. We found out he had diabetes. I wouldn't accept it and did what ever it took to heal my buddy. Between a diet change and insulin we had an extra two years with my friend until it got the best of him and his kidneys failed. I was heartbroken and devastated, I really fell apart over his loss. So about six months down the road my sister in law and brother in law show up with this little black?...kitten. They said enough suffering, and Harley came into our lives from a shelter. They adopted him in my name and gave him to me, not to replace Radar, but add to our live's and bring me back. I started to see though as he grew he seemed more oriental than anything else. So..I started looking online for information....starting with Black Oriental's. He almost fit the bill, but not quite. My daughter posted a link on Facebook about black Orientals and related cats. It was my wife who found the link to him being a Havana Brown....and the more I dug, the more he fit the bill perfectly, except his eyes....they were gold and not really green. But in a recent search I found on the Cat Breeds Encyclopedia site, that gold eyes are common as well. So that clinched it......he fit the mold in every way. He is a precious jewel and he makes me laugh all the time.....chatty, bossy at times and fearless (except when other people are around! LOL!) He loves to dive under the covers and doesn't miss a trick.....notices EVERYTHING! My wife and I are so happy he came into our lives. He truly is special. A very handsome fellow I might add as well!! LOL!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-05-07
    Harley sounds like an awesome cat/friend. Very cool that you've been able to ID him, and even better that you guys really enjoy him in your lives!
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Genaro Delarosa - 2015-01-29
I have a domestic and wild cat mixed but I am still trying to find a name for this new breed race ,wish I can add a pic

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-01-30
    Would love to see your cat! You should be able to upload a picture, as you are using the Facebook Pet Talk App. There are several domestic x wild cat hybrids, and there's list of the most common ones on the Hybrid Cats page under Types of Hybrids.
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Daniella savana - 2014-11-26
pedigree kitten serval savannah and other available for adoption. they are healthy and have all their documents to travel. thank you to contact me in case of need to daniellasavana@gmail.com. they like living with children and other animals.

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Olga Shatokhina - 2014-11-20
Siamese cats are originally used to battle snakes in their homeland. They will efficiently get rid of them, their quick responses helping them avoid the bites, but do not kill and ‘show off’ like other cats would. I have passion for them))

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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.
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-23
    cats NEED their claws, they need them for balance, to mark terriorty to feel safe, they won't even use the litter box correctly! if you get them declawed you'll have a biting scared cat on your hands.cat owns should know that cats have claws and if they dont have posts to scratch on they wreck your couchs and walls, but surgiclly taking off finger nails is wrong! i suggest every cat owner who is thinking about getting their cat declawed watch the paw project on netflix.
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Gary Butler - 2014-10-09
my cat's eyes are copper colored

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