Bengal Kitten: 12 Tips for Bringing a New Kitten Home

When bringing a Bengal kitten into your home, it’s best to make sure you’re prepared

Bengal kitten care

You’ll need to have the following items on hand before bringing your new Bengal kitten home:

1. A litter box that is the right size for the age of the Bengal kitten

A low, open pan style box is best for a young Bengal kitten for ease of climbing in and out.

2. Cat litter

Your kitten has been using pine pellets natural litter. This is the safest litter for a kitten (and cat for that matter). Some kittens prefer the very finely grained litter, and some prefer the coarser types.

Don’t give up if your Bengal kitten does not seem pleased at first…they will definitely let you know when you have hit upon the right mixture.

A product called “Cat Attract” cat litter may be used to help lure a wayward kitten to the litter box by sprinkling a little bit of the product over the top of the pine pellets.

3. Scratching posts and cat trees

Are invaluable in the training your Bengal kitten to avoid harming your furniture. Scratching their claws is a healthy, natural instinct for a kitten and cat, and providing them with the right place to scratch will keep you both happy.

A variety of cat trees and scratching posts can be found in most major pet stores.

4. Grooming tools

Such as a flea comb or special brush for short-haired cats. You’ll also need clippers for their nails. You can find clippers made especially for cats, at most major pet stores.

Trimming the kitten’s nails should be done regularly to avoid unplanned injury to himself or his people during play and climbing. The more often you handle your Bengal kitten and his paws, the easier it will be to trim his nails.

5. Food and water dishes

Believe it or not, there is a difference even in the type of food and water bowls you provide for your kitten!! Certain types of plastic, wood, and even some types of ceramic bowls may contain tiny cracks that can harbor potentially harmful bacteria.

Most professionals recommend using glass and stainless steel food and water bowls and cleaning them regularly in the dishwasher.

Bengal kittens in particular LOVE to splash around in their water bowl, so the bigger the better, and depending on your floor type, you might consider putting a rubber mat beneath the bowl to catch the splashes!

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