Friday, October 13, 2006

waterlily

this was tigerlily's entertainment for a while this evening. and wikipedia's listing on bengal cats had some particularly relevant information (excerpt below). the bit about vocalization is very true, as is the game-playing, although i haven't gotten her to play fetch yet (okay, i haven't even tried), but we do a good game of "chase" up and down the hallway. we take turns between chaser and chasee, then she meows at me when i decide i'm done but she isn't. we also do a bit of "hide and seek", but that mostly involves me hiding and then jumping out at her when she comes to find me. i love getting her tail all puffed up--she usually rears back on her hind legs and then jumps around in a circle to entice a chase. she's a total love, but she always wants to be the center of attention. demanding and affectionate.

"Bengal cats can take a great deal of interest in running water and often don't mind getting wet. Most Bengal owners have stories about their cat's affection for running water or even jumping in a sink or tub. Additionally, Bengal cats are very high-energy, intelligent, and curious, and so are particularly interactive with their human housemates, wanting to be in the middle of whatever the human is engaged in, and often following the human around the house as household chores are performed. Bengal cats have been known to play games with their owners, such as "fetch" and "hide-and-seek." As their activity and play requirements are high, this is not a cat best left to its own devices for long periods of time, as they can be quite mischievous and destructive when bored. If an owner is likely to spend much of the day away from the cat, having another high-energy feline companion to occupy your Bengal is an excellent idea. Bengals tend to vocalize to communicate with their humans, and are quite capable of jealousy and spitefulness if they feel that another feline is getting more attention, or if they are being ignored. The other side of this coin is that they are also very affectionate towards and playful with their humans."

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10 Comments:

At October 13, 2006 9:01 AM, Blogger Pet's are 4 Life said...

Super cute bengal!

Is there a reliable breeder in the portland area, or did you have to go out of state to adopt this darling?

 
At October 13, 2006 11:06 AM, Blogger Miko said...

yess... super cute bengal!!!!!!!

 
At October 13, 2006 2:49 PM, Anonymous sunangel said...

omg, i love kitties who like water. mine runs away if a teeny tiny droplet of water falls on her...

 
At October 13, 2006 4:50 PM, Anonymous Irie said...

I saw your cute kittens blog about your darling baby, and it made me think about my booboo jay ( Or otherwise known as baby jacky even though hes a year now) Anyway hes a grey shorthair tabby but has stripes like a bengal he likes water, he talks to me he plays fetch and most of all he holds grudges until i make nice! LOL, he was in a litter of six and he chose me and my hubby to be mommy and daddy. Try getting your gorgous boo boo to play fetch with pipe cleaners that little kids use for toy crafts and stuff. Muh Jaby loves those and he truly plays fetch.
My husband and I used to live in portland when we move back Jack will love his new home!

 
At October 14, 2006 2:38 AM, Blogger Peevish said...

Heehee. I had a kitten who was fascinated by water. Until she was checking out the bath one day and fell in - her dignity never let her go near another puddle of water again!

 
At October 14, 2006 7:37 PM, Blogger Nika said...

tigerlily came from a very reputable bengal breeder in roseburg, oregon, called sno pride. there are two bengal breeders in oregon (none directly in portland) and there are listings of reputable breeders by state on the tibba (international bengal breeders' association) page. i found out about snow pride from a friend and then spent a couple of months doing some of my own research before deciding. but those are some good places to start looking.

i'll have to get some pipe cleaners and try out the fetch training (thanks irie)
puuuuuuurrrrrrrrrs

 
At October 16, 2006 9:01 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

I don't have a bengal kitty, but my kitty does play fetch! It's so fun. We got her this cat toy that is pretty much like a foil type ball and we throw it across the kitchen, and she goes SLIDING to get it, then picks it up in her mouth and brings it back - it's SOOOO FUNNY and fun for us too!

 
At October 16, 2006 8:40 PM, Anonymous Carm Cole said...

She's absolutely adorable... I saw her on TDK.. I have 8 cats... 4 domestic 4 Maine Coons... I have several friends with Bengals... Tiger Lily is one of the cutest ever!!! LOVE the photos of her and the flower too!!!

http://www.pbase.com/carmcole

My photos of my cats...
Carm

 
At October 16, 2006 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a wonderful bengal girl who is nearly 6 years old. They are a constant source of joy! And yes, there are a couple of very good bengal breeders in the portland area. feel free to contact me if you want more information.

 
At October 26, 2006 12:56 PM, Blogger Jen said...

LOL I swear my kittens must have some kind of bengal in them! My girl does play catch and the boy likes to play Peek-a-boo! though he can only handle it for a minute or two before he pounces on me! Oh and they both take showers with me! It's too funny!

 

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