Domestic Exotic Cats

Bengals are a "hybrid"; they are a man-made cat.
To produce a Bengal you must start with an Asian Leopard cat
and a domestic short haired tabby. In the history of Bengals,
Oci's, Burmese, even Maine Coons have been cross bred to create
the breed you now know as the Bengal.

The First True Cats Was A Bengal Look Alike called Proailurs.
They Came into existence about 12 million years ago and were the Proailurus.

The Maine Coon cat is America's only natural breed of domestic feline reaches 35 lbs easy. It is 4 to 5 times larger than the Singapura Cat.

There are approximately 100 breeds of cat.

The life expectancy of cats has nearly doubled since 1930 - from 8 to 16 years.

The First Cat 10,000 years ago.

Experts traditionally thought that the Egyptians were the first to domesticate the cat, some 3,600 years ago. But recent genetic and archaeological discoveries indicate that cat domestication began perhaps around 10,000 years ago,When agriculture was getting under way.

Based on recent DNA comparisons of living species, it has been estimated that cats were first domesticated from the Middle Eastern Felis silvestris lybica (African wildcat) that looks like the domesticated Bengal Cat of today.


Exotic Domestic Cats

Exotic wild felines are commonly raised and sold as pets in the United States. My observation has been that, with the exception of Bengels, servals and other smaller cats, it is a really unwise idea to keep big exotic cats as domestic pets. Most people greatly underestimate the commitment required to keep these animals, their space requirements, the time their care involves and the cost of keeping them. When you cut corners on any of those things, or when you think you can make them into anything but the wild animals God intended them to be, things will end sadly. But anyone who tells you you can ever fully trust a Bobcat has a leak in their attic.After a year all bets are off, that loving kitten is now a year old and can very well turn to his wild instincts..

From my experience with most exotic cats, at about 1 to 1 1/2 years old they become unfriendly to everyone they have not bonded with and nothing can change this. I raised a bobcat from the wild and she never allowed anyone to handle her and no amount of coaxing or bribing will get her to come around. I have worked with many,many species of domestic cat breeds and have notice this also a little in the Savannah-Serval-Bengal cats.


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My first bobcat

I was planning to keep it as a pet she was not tame. This was in spite of the fact that she inside our home, she totally stayed hid from humans, who were around contantly only coming out at night wrecking the kitchen.

I started having problems with the bobcat wanting to go outside at every opportunity. She never socialized with people. She was my first discovery that bobcats are astounding escape artists. I have known a number of people who have tried to keep one in their house as a housecat, and my experience and theirs is that they just don't like being indoors (but then my housecats don't, either) and they will do anything to escape. This bobcat escaped and we were unable to find her. We never knew for sure if she was able to make it on her own,


How does a tabby cat earn its stripes?

With the right DNA. Scientists say they've found the gene that sets the common tabby pattern — stripes or blotches. It's one of several genes that collaborate to create the distinctive design of a cat's coat, and it's the first of the pattern genes to be identified. The research team, which included scientists from the National Cancer Institute, examined DNA from wild cats in the USA to identify the gene?
Its from the rare "king" cheetah, rather than the spots most cheetahs have.


What to expect from a Bengal if you have only owned other smaller breeds, or mixed-breed cats?

The differences aren’t large. Bengals are generally fairly active, sometimes talkative, and they like high perches and playing in their water bowls. Some will play fetch with their toys. These traits can, of course, be found in individuals of other breeds and non-breeds, but are common breed traits in Bengal cats. All Bengals are tabbies. The color that most people think of when they think of Bengals is black (brown) spotted tabby, the typical leopard color. These are referred to as best. There can be a great deal of variation to this color, with backgrounds of pale gold, tawny, bright orange, deep mahogany, and more. Spots can be large or small, numerous or few, single or rosetted (two distinct colors). Rosettes may be shaped like donuts, arrowheads, or paw prints. Then there are the marbles. These have swirls and streaks of color rather than spots. They should show three colors – a lighter background with darker markings and outlines to the markings that are darker still.

There are also silver Bengals, both spotted and marbled. These have a pure white undercoat with darker tipping that gives the silver look. Their markings are darker silver with black outlines. Bengals also can have albino series genes. These cats are pointed with blue eyes like a Siamese (seal lynx), darker seal with gold eyes like a Burmese (seal sepia), or Mink, which is a combination of the seal sepia and seal lynx and has aqua eyes. The seal color is a very dark brown where non-albinos would be black and patterns are like those above. Occasionally there are blue, chocolate, cinnamon, and melanistic (black on black) Bengals born. These are not recognized for show, but can be very beautiful pets in their own right.


Bengals do get large?

House cat sized. Some males can be fairly large, but seldom anywhere near the size of a Maine Coon cat. Females generally weigh 7-9 lbs., males 12-15 lbs. All pets that are strange to one another should be introduced carefully and gradually, but Bengals love to play and make friends quite quickly, as a rule. Declawing involves amputating the last joint of each toe – like cutting off your fingertips. This can be painful, prone to infection, even deadly. Claws are a natural part of cats and when they are removed some cats go through personality changes instead of claws it will be teeth bites. If protecting your furniture is the concern, claw cutting, done weekly, will prevent damage. You can also glue rubbery claw covers onto their nails periodically


Cats need to scratch to keep their claws short

It also provides exercise and they get pleasure from it. Clipping their claws may even make them scratch more to sharpen them again. PLEASE, DO NOT de-claw your cat, especially a Bengal. They will become shy,clumsy and will bite. Better to get a dog or bird for a pet if your furniture is too elegant to handle an occasional scratching (sometimes cats do this to get your attention). Claws are the most important part of the feline’s tactile sensory system. De-clawing a cat??? Just get a dog instead!




All domestic cats need to be spayed or neutered- indoors

Because of spraying and caterwauling (loud, incessant vocalizations to attract mates), even females. Some cats more than others, but they all spray! Outdoors, females will come home pregnant and males will come home torn apart from fighting with other toms. Neutering is just the right thing to if the cat will not be bred. It even makes the cat more content with domestic life. My advice is to wait as long as possible (6-9 months old). Many believe that an animal’s natural development stops after a sudden, natural, developmental hormonal change, like neutering- sounds reasonable to me.


Bengals are a very hardy cat with a lot of attitude.

They like high places and most Bengals will claim any shelf they can. They also play a bit rougher than other breeds do, and often this can cause conflict if you have a solo Bengal with another breed. They are talkers, as bad or worse than the Siamese. Cats are what is referred to as obligate carnivores. They get all of their nutrition from meat.

General

A good rule to remember is not to let your new kitten do things you wouldn't want a full grown cat to do. Kittens respond well to boundaries. Teaching them acceptable behavior at a young age, is much easier than after poor habits are formed. A humane way to reinforce good behavior is to use a squirt bottle while FIRMLY telling the kitten "NO." Repetition and consistency will be your keys to success. Be patient, Kittens are smart and will catch on rapidly.

Another method of teaching good habits and discipline is "scruffing" your kitten. Mother cats carry their kittens by the "scruff" of the neck to remove them from danger and teach them boundaries. Kittens naturally "go limp" when picked up by the scruff, so continuing to perform this natural method will not only help you communicate with the kitten in a language he/she already understands, but also provide you with yet another tool for better control during vet visits and the like.

Bengal kittens have strong inquisitive personalities and it is possible at some point you may be challenged. If you find you are at your wit's end, don't lose your cool with your obstinate child! Resort to a short (10 minute) "time out," using a small carrier (without a lot of room to move around in.) Remember that Savannahs are extremely intelligent and if you are consistent in your disciplinary methods, your kitten will quickly determine that his play time is interrupted each time he/she exhibits the offending behavior.

How Long Does A Cat Remember You?

Cats can recall certain information much longer than dogs, cat brains have been shown to be more similar to human brains than other domesticated animals. According to researchers at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, the physical structure of human brains and that of cats are very similar; they have the same lobes in the cerebral cortex (the "seat" of intelligence) as humans do. Human brains also function the same way, conveying data via identical neurotransmitters In one study, it was found that cats possess visual memory ability comparable to that of monkeys.

Each cat is an individual, so memory varies. And like people, as cats age the memory tends to fade a bit. Certainly, the stronger the impression made upon the cat at the time, and the longer he’s lived with the person, the more lasting the memory will be. Cats that are closely bonded with you and have strong emotional ties appear to remember these special people for a long time. There have been joyous reunions seven years after the separation, where the cat shows every sign he remembers the person from his past.

Litter Training

We recommend placing several small litter pans in various areas of your house until your kitten becomes very familiar with your home. Small kitten trying to find a litter box in a new home is like a two-year-old child looking for the rest room in a museum. You get the picture...

You should have 1 litter box for every cat and +1. Meaning if you have 2 cats you should have 3 litter boxes. Litter boxes should be open at the top and cleaned frequently. Cats are finicky and do not enjoy a dirty litter box. Clean the litter often and change it at least every couple of days. Baking soda can really help w/ odor in the litter box. After cleaning your litter box sprinkle some baking soda on the top of the whole area of the litter then add some fresh litter over the baking soda. Also NEVER place the litter box near where your cat eats/drinks at. Cats don't like to eat near their bathroom spot!

Your cats hate scented litter because their sense of smell is 1000 times stronger than hours. Buy a safe litter for young kittens that is not harmful if ingested, like some products that can turn into cement in a young kitten's lungs or intestines.

If your kitten loses his/her way and eliminates inappropriately (anywhere but IN the box), you should confine him/her to a smaller space with a clean litter box to reinforce good habits, and then over time, gradually allow the kitten more and more freedom, provided no accidents occur.

Smelling Cat Poop: Eliminate Feces Odor

Cats' digestive systems are just as sensitive as those of humans, and often eating the wrong food, being in stressful situations, or chewing on something they shouldn't creates upset stomachs for them, and a bad smelling litter box for you. FortiFlora, a product from Purina, is an odorless supplement that can be sprinkled on cat food to add probiotics to their diet. Probiotics represent the "good" bacteria that helps regulate the digestive system. Adding probiotics to your cat's diet promotes a healthy digestive system, resulting in fewer accidents and a nicer smelling litter box.

Biting: Training

Kittens in general DO NOT understand that humans don't respond to them like their littermates, and initially, they may nip at you in affection or play. It is VERY important to have a NO TOLERANCE policy to this behavior from the very start. If your kitten bites you, DO NOT jerk away. Instead, quickly push your finger INTO the kitten's mouth, activating the gag reflex, and thus forcing the kitten to spit your finger OUT. It won't take long for your kitten to learn that using you as a chew toy is NOT a pleasant experience.

About a month and a half to two months is the best time to start training them. Call them by their names and make simple commands that they all will understand. I would also recommend that everyone use the same command for "no" with the cats name - such as a snap of the fingers so all the cats will know what "no" means. Once you establish the "no" word, you can teach the cats tricks. Get some treats and reward when they do what you want such as lay down (you might have to show them a few times first what you want).

The best Cat or Dog training treats are the homemade ones!!! Cut all beef hot dogs into small slices, then cook in microwave on hi for two minutes. the hot dog pieces turn hard, and thats what i use as special treats. My catloves them. Nutrition and Feeding

If U can't afford the expensive dry foods that list some type of protein or meat as their FIRST ingredient, at the very least steer away from foods with a lot of dyes or colors such as Meow Mix or some of the house brands. Purina Cat Chow is decent and so is their "Indoor Formula". Also it is very important to feed wet or canned food at least 3 or 4 times a week, the more the better. It does not have to be a whole can, just a tablespoon OR 1/4 of a can is sufficient at each feeding. (If you're not giving them a lot of the canned food that day then make sure that you also give them dry food that day also. Cats need to eat 2-3 times a day. The canned food is important because it is most like their natural diet, mice, birds etc... Take the boredom out of your cat's dry food by adding a splash of tuna water or oil (depending on if you buy the kind in water or oil) or try some SALT-FREE chicken broth-YUM!!!

What to feed Kittens..

Kittens can start eating some solid food at about age 5-6 weeks, but if there is a mom cat, keep letting her nurse them too until she chooses to wean them - that will give them the best nourishment. When you noticed the mom isn't feeding them as often as before and pushing them away anytime they wanted food. I suggest using a dry Purina® Kitten Chow Nurturing Formula kitten food provides age essential nutrition for the first year., putting it in a bowl & covering it with water, let it set awhile until the water is absorbed & the food is soft. Canned food is too rich for their little stomachs. Once their teeth start coming in, they are able to eat hard food. The hard food helps clean and nourish their growing teeth and it is good for them.

Full Year Feeding Schedule: Age Daily Amount* Frequency

3 - 6 weeks 1/4 - 1/3 cup 3 - 4 times a day
7 weeks - 6 months 1/3 - 3/4 cup 3 - 4 times a day
7 months - 1 year 1/2 - 3/4 cup 2 times a day

*Using a standard 8 oz measuring cup: Kitten Feeding Instructions:

Kittens generally nibble solid foods at 4-5 weeks of age. Keep moistened Purina® Kitten Chow® Nurturing Formula available to these kittens at all times. Just add one part liquid to three parts Purina® Kitten Chow® Nurturing Formula, changing frequently to ensure freshness. After weaning, at 6 - 8 weeks of age, kittens can eat either dry or moistened food. Start a self-feeding program, leaving food in dish at all times. Because kittens continue to develop throughout their first year, it's important that they get the extra nutrition of Purina® Kitten Chow® Nurturing Formula for a full 12 months. After one year of age, transition to the Purina® Cat Chow® formula that's right for your cat. good luck and have lots of fun.

It is very important to note that any sudden changes in diet can cause your new kitten to become very ill, particularly during the first month after arriving home. In the event that you do elect to alter your kitten's diet at any time, you must transition to the new food very slowly (over the course of 2-3 weeks), gradually adding more new food and reducing the amount of the regular food until the old diet is phased out completely.

Most cat food is filled with carbs, wheat, corn, oats, barley, etc. The cat's body cannot use these things, and so they store it as fat.Feeding foods higher in real meat and lower in corn and other carbs will ease this, and help in losing weight naturally.

Raw diet.

Specially if you have a cat with a corn or wheat allergy. There are many people out there that feed a wholly raw diet, Bones I don't like to feed to any Pet, A few people will feed bones to a cat provided you do not cook them. Cooking makes them brittle, like glass, and when they chew they splinter the bones, causing severe injury to the mouth/throat/stomach. You can feed your cats a partial raw diet it can be expensive, and they will look better, shiny coats, amazing energy levels, clear eyes and much less smelly feces/urine.


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What to feed & not to feed your cat each day~~~!!!

I recommend premium commercial food for domestic cats,
These foods are formulated to meet all of a cat's dietary needs. Then you can feed an occasional tuna treat for your pet's
enjoyment. And remember, no more than five to ten percent of a cat's diet should ever be table food.

I would recommend a premium diet for any animal – look for ingredient lists
that have meat as the first two or more ingredients and as few cereal
products as possible. This is especially important for cats,
as they are obligate carnivores and their bodies don’t
utilize the nutrients in grains and vegetables well.

Now with Wellness on my mind and a cheap way also to fed your cats,
I feel I'm giving my pets the best food for their needs
without taking me to the poor house.So I would
certainly recommend any variety that lists
real meat as its first ingredient.
Cats being obligate carnivores
have no use for grain.


Cheap way [WALMART] to keep your cat healthy

This Is what I Feed My Cats Each Day And They Look And Do Well..
Follow the instructions on the bag.

Keep fresh water out at all times~~!!
You Can Purchase At Walmart for best Price..
Commerical...Cat Chow Purina Natural ..
Feed One cup aday.. and give treats
To Train, Fish,chicken and egg..
Feed meats From Kicken Table
But you may end up sorry
that you started That.
Spoil your wife not your cats~~~!!!

Cat Proofing Your Home Electrical Wires:

Be forewarned that kittens love to chew! Please use extreme caution if your kitten plays near wires. If wires are a problem, treating them with Bitter Apple Spray will discourage this dangerous behavior. Locate your circuit breaker box, so that in the event of an emergency, you can quickly cut the power. If your kitten does bite through a wire and is experiencing electrical shock DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES touch the kitten or attempt to unplug the wire! IMMEDIATELY shut off all electrical power and THEN rush your kitten to the nearest Emergency Hospital for veterinary care.

Veterinary Care

Vaccines:
Your kitten must receive annual routine Veterinary Care which includes the administration of vaccines under most State, City and County ordinances.

Claw Removal: First Don't do it

Claw Removal: Involves making a tiny incision in each toe and removing the claw ONLY. Recovery is speedy and although there is a small risk of the claw growing back, this is more common in animals with very thick claws and is not frequently observed in cats. The ONLY method RECOMMENDED if it has to be done.

Blockages:

In rare cases, despite your best precautions, your kitten may ingest something harmful which can cause a life threatening emergency. If you think your kitten has eaten something harmful that may create a blockage, seek medical attention from your Veterinarian immediately.

Poison Control Hotline:

If you believe your cat has ingested a poisonous substance, contact the National Poison Control Hotline at (888) 232-8870. The cost of the service is $35.00 per incident and must be billed to a credit card at the time of consultation. Be absolutely certain to write down your case number, as your veterinarian will require this information in the event any specifics require verification prior to administering treatment.

Can Cats be leash trained?

Most Cats enjoy walks and are easily leash trained using a special harness or "walking jacket." Several good designs are available this walking jacket from HDW Inc. They're cat specialists, and this is one hardcore cat harness. It adds an extra strap to the two-strap design, then wraps the cat's whole torso in the same kind of nylon fabric they use in backpacks. That's in addition to the two lateral straps connecting the two torso straps. That whole assembly connects to the collar by another strip of nylon that's a good two inches wide. The strapping is also the kind of stuff used in backpacks, messenger bags and the like. The straps are adjustable and use two-piece squeeze release plastic clasps. They're quick to pop off if you need to, but the cat's never going to do it on their own. Even the bobcat wasn't getting out of this thing.

The Manx breed

A highly intelligent cat breed, it is playful, and in its behaviour, bizarre, but very reminiscent of dogs; for example, some Manx cats will fetch small objects that are thrown. It is considered a social feline, and the breed loves humans. Some members of this breed tend to like water, many times even playing with it. This trait makes it very easy to give some Manx cats a shower for hygiene purposes, unlike most other cats. Although not as trainable as dogs, The Manx cats can be trained as its personality traits are like the Bengal and Ocicat that can also learn commands.

The Manx breed, in spite of the absence of tail, has no problems with balance.
Even though Manx cats cease to be kittens after one year,
it takes up to five years for any Manx cat to be fully grown.
The Manx is a ancient breed.
The breed is has a average weight of (12-15 lb)


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