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    Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    Does anyone have one of these breeds or have personal experience to share.

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    I have some experience with Bengals -- They are not your average cat. If you are not willing to exercise it and play with it and give it lots of things to do, this cat isn't right for you.

    They're part wild cat, so you have to really engage them in some hard exercise/play time They also do great on raw They are also more easily "trained" to do tricks, and you can even teach them to walk on a leash outside

    Also, they talk a lot :P

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    Thanks taquitos,, first thing I went looking for all the information as to why you wouldn't own this breed, even had a you tube video of the top 10 reasons not own them showing the cat taking apart the dvd player, printer found some great cat wall design places for ideas. I work from home and love the thought they would like doing training with the dogs..

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    I don't really have a lot of personal experience, but a LOT of Bengals end up in shelters/rescues. They're "too much cat" for a lot of people. Wildcat hybrids are going to act wild! That's just the way it is. I assume Somalis are just regular kitties.

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    Quote Originally Posted by PatriciafromCO View Post
    Thanks taquitos,, first thing I went looking for all the information as to why you wouldn't own this breed, even had a you tube video of the top 10 reasons not own them showing the cat taking apart the dvd player, printer found some great cat wall design places for ideas. I work from home and love the thought they would like doing training with the dogs..
    Yeah I mean they learn differently if that makes sense. I clicker train my cats, and usually they understand what you want very quickly, but they are also harder to lure into position, etc. too. Lots of fun though.

    But yeah, Willowy is right. They are hybrids -- they are CRAZY. Like honestly, SO MUCH ENERGY. They're not your typical house cat at all. It's like the equivalent of having an Akita or even a Wolf Dog. Bengals are gorgeous cats, but you really have to love cats to like them lol. They're very high energy for cats, will get into your cupboards, steal food off the counter, etc. lol. They just need more stimulation and exercise than most cats. You also can't be afraid of getting scratched up/bit. I mean, most cats do that anyway, but they are notorious for getting a little too worked up.

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    I wasn't looking for the F1's was thinking the 2's or 3's am I correct that it tames them down a little then the F1's would be? and still keep the beauty, and intelligence for interaction.

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    It's a hard choice between the two Somalis are more personal want to follow you around and I like that too still active and willing to learn

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    I'm not sure you can own an F1 in most states without a permit. They're pretty rare as pets anyway because high-percentage hybrids have very loose ideas about litterboxes, LOL. I'm not even sure they usually let F2s go as pets. Most sold as pets are F3 and beyond. But they are still hybrids. A lot of people don't even want to deal with the natural behaviors of a regular moggie, so you have to be really into cats to want a wild hybrid.

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    Thanks it's good advice to think about.

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    Yeah both are gorgeous breeds. I find owners of both breeds really seem to LOVE their breed. If you want something a little more "wild" then I would go with a Bengal. If you want something more tame, but extremely fun and amiable, I would go with the Somali.

    Either way, if you decide on getting either of those, PLEASE POST PICTURES.

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    Thanks I will ,, it's still in the thinking process but it will be with these breeds..

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    still having a hard time choosing between them but got a response from a Somali breeder about my environment and having both..

    """" Yes, I think you will find the Bengal breed and the Aby/Somalis to be very similar. They are active, intelligent cats and actually get along very well with each other. We frequently hear of folks who have both breeds. They are fine being left alone for short periods of time because they have each other for company and play. They are both very social cats that would not do well being left alone for days or weeks at a time, say with a person who has a hectic work/travel schedule. I hope this helps. """"""

    so hope that helps anyone else with the same question.
    I have committed on a Bengal Kitten and am on the waiting list with this breeder for a Somalis

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    Somali everyday, they are so awesome and clever, and very people orientated.

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    and I thought Collie colors and breeding were confusing..
    In order'd to be registered,shown, titled, the Bengal has to be 4th generation removed..
    So no crazy crazy kitten

    not my litter but the sires previous litter.. "just for eye candy"

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    update:: picking up Azamet end of next week have met him twice is the little trouble maker of the litter .. did get a wall unit Cat house/kennel/cage.. Love love this idea since cats are hard to keep to one area , especially when I have some training to do for the kitten and the dogs while everyone adjust..





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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    That is a nice cage...and a gorgeous kitty

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    OMG this kitten is GORGEOUS, I love bengals...not sure if they are the right cat breed for me but they are so pretty I love looking....I love the ones that look like white Siberian tigers

    Jake (11 years) Sparky (5 years) Firefly (2 years) Caleb (6 years) Dahlia (3 years) Andre (3 years) Gamgee (6 years) Ryuk (2 years)

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    Thanks, yes really love the cat house idea had no idea they made such things for cats. We'll see how it goes the breeder has a nice transition from whelping area with mommy to the nursery with other adult females and then up with her loose in the house before they go to their new homes.. She let me know he is into everything possible lol..

    kcomstoc I did meet her silver male/ blue eyes he was awesome ,, and very friendly coming up to me to be petted.. very strong strong adult cats.. They were all calm and content with me being in the house I didn't try to pet them just let them be as she told me who they each of them were very attractive adults. And her house was in good order lots of books and shelves and nick knacks all in tact so I thought that was a good sign
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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    I am so jealous right now, I haven't met one in real life...just computer pictures... but I'm glad you got to see them. They are just stunning and their personalities are firey I like them a lot. I would have to have a lot of time (maybe retirement) to have a bengal

    Jake (11 years) Sparky (5 years) Firefly (2 years) Caleb (6 years) Dahlia (3 years) Andre (3 years) Gamgee (6 years) Ryuk (2 years)

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    Re: Bengal or Somalis (cat)

    picked up baby yesterday ... love love the cat house,, slept like a rock last night instead of the one eye and ear open type of sleep... Breeder did a wonderful job getting them all ready for their new homes .. Azamet is a sweet heart, very cuddly friendly










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