BRINGING YOUR KITTEN HOME
Have A Cat Carrier
You should have a carrier for the drive home, and any time you go
driving with your cat. Even a brave kitty can be startled by
strangers, passing cars, and barking dogs. It's not worth
risking your kitten getting frightened or running free in an
unfamiliar environment. And if you should have car trouble or a
fender-bender, a carrier will be very handy while you straighten
Begin With Isolation
You should have an isolated room prepared before your new kitten
arrives, as described on our page about
It is important to keep your kitten isolated at first, and it's a
necessary condition of our
You should make introductions slowly, and in a controlled
setting. A kitten who is frightened by a barking dog or a
shrieking child will take longer to feel comfortable again.
Parents usually know the
best way to maintain calm around the new kitten. Don't
worry, Bengals are brave and playful by nature. Soon they'll
be playing until the children are tired!
Pets can smell each other even though the kitten is
in an isolated room. We find that after a few days, animals get
used to each other's presence, and introductions are easier.
Remember, your kitten must be examined within 72 hours of leaving
our care, or else the health guarantee is void. Holidays and weekends do
count in your 72 hours. We don't intend to inconvenience you,
but after 72 hours your kitten could begin showing symptoms of
infections they've caught after leaving our care. Bacteria and
viruses don't respect holidays!
Your kitten will be about 12 weeks old when they're
ready to go home, so one thing your vet will mention is scheduling a
rabies vaccination. This is a legal requirement in most states and
it's always a good idea. It's not a risky procedure. I'd love to take
care of this beforehand but 12 weeks of age is too early for rabies
If your veterinarian finds anything unusual or concerning, please let
us know right away. We are also happy to help or offer advice
with any health or behavioral concerns you may have.
Remember, it's not unusual for kittens to sleep a
lot. For the first day or two, they may not eat very much.
But before they really start eating, check out our
page because one of the most common problems is over-feeding.
High quality cat foods are very concentrated, and most kittens will
try to eat more than they can digest.