Bengal Cat Care and Keeping Blog

How to Treat Cat Scratches

Recently the below graphic on “Recognizing Hand Scars” passed across my Facebook dashboard. While the last representation made me laugh, it also felt a little too real.

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Graphic credit artist https://twitter.com/WolfCoal.

A new kitten is causing my own arm to look something similar, though I haven’t lost any fingers yet.

Keeping your kitten’s claws trimmed is a great way to help prevent scratches, but while you are still training them not to bite or scratch their human friends, your skin may suffer some damage. Here is our 3-step process for treating cat scratches and protecting your skin.

1. Disinfect

How deep the scratches are determines how you need to disinfect. For light/surface scratches, disinfect by washing with warm water and soap. For deeper scratches that drew blood, you may want to use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to kill any germs.

2. Soothe

After your wound is clean and dry, apply antibiotic ointment. Tip: buy antibiotic ointment that includes pain relief. If the scratch is very deep, you may also want to apply a bandaid to help speed up healing. Re-apply ointment as needed.

3. Repair

When the scratch has started to heal and scab over, apply lotion to keep you skin moisturized while it repairs. Tip: a lotion with vitamin E will help prevent scarring. Continue to re-apply lotion until the scratches are completely healed and the scars have faded away.

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How to Introduce Your Bengal Cat to a New Home

You have contacted a breeder, selected your Bengal cat or Bengal kitten, and now await the adoption day when you will bring home your new furry family member, hooray! But are you ready to introduce your new pet to their new home?

Cats do not adjust to new environments quickly. The trip from the breeder to your home alone can be very stressful for your Bengal cat. It is important to prepare your home ahead of time and introduce your Bengal cat to their new home in phases so everyone has a good transition. Here’s how.

Pick a Room

Pick one room in your home to introduce your Bengal cat to first. Introducing your cat to the entire home at once can be overwhelming and extra traumatizing for your cat because the home is full of unfamiliar territory, who knows what dangers could be lurking around the next corner? If you kitten is small, it is also really easy to lose your pet right away if giving it free range of the entire house. Pick a room that is quiet and does not receive as much traffic for your cat to become familiar with first. Keep your cat in this room for a couple weeks. Once it has become comfortable with the room and your family, you can begin allowing it into other areas of your home.

Prepare the Room

Preparation of the first room your cat enters is vital to having a quick and smooth transition for your new Bengal cat. There are a few key things you need to have in place before bringing your cat home.

1. Food and Water

Have fresh food, wet and dry, and water available for your new pet. Animals only eat when they feel safe. Having food available helps your cat know that your home is a safe space where they will be provided for.

2. A Clean Litter box

Provide a fresh litter box un-used and full of clean litter. When you release your Bengal cat from the crate your brought it home in, release it right next to the litter box so right away your cat knows where the bathroom is. This helps prevent any accidents.

3. Places to Hide

When your cat enters your home it doesn’t what is going or who could be here to attack them. Providing spaces where your cat can hide and feel secure helps reduce your Bengal cat’s anxiety. Some ways you can create places to hide are:

  1. Pull furniture away from walls so cats can hide behind it
  2. Adjust storage under beds so cats can hide under the bed
  3. Provide cat trees or domed cat houses for cats to climb and hide in
  4. Adjust boxes or other furniture to create a kitten “fort”

4. Places to Sleep

Traveling to a new place will tire your cat out. Provide many comfortable safe places for your cat to take a nap.

5. A Scratching Post

Start good scratching habits right away be providing a place your cat is supposed to scratch.

6. Cat Toys!

Once your cat settles down, toys for them to play with and for you to play with them are a great way to start building a relationship with your new pet. Since you don’t know what toys your new Bengal cat likes, provide a few different kinds for the two of you to explore together.

7. Something Old

If you can, bring a blanket, toy, or bed from the breeder full of smells your cat is already familiar with. Having this security item can help you cat feel safer on the trip home and while adjusting to a new environment.

Let Your Cat Enter on Their Own Terms

Once you have picked and prepared the room, bring your new furry family member home in a cat carrier and take the carrier straight to the prepared room. Set the carrier down in the room and just let the cat rest in the carrier in the room for 5 to 10 minutes. This will let your new furry family member relax from the trip and get accustomed to the sounds and smells of your new home.

After 5 or 10 minutes. Open the doors to the carrier and have any family members sit on the floor in the room and watch. Do not try to interact with your new Bengal cat at this point. Just let them enter their new home when they are ready. Watch your new cat as the exit the carrier and explore the room.

Let your Bengal cat enter their new home when they are ready.

It is perfectly normal for your cat to rush out of the carrier and immediately hide. Entering a new environment where your pet does not know what to expect is a very scary experience for them. They may hide for several days before becoming comfortable enough to come out and play. You should watch you pet to see if they eat food, drink water, or use the litter box. If you Bengal cat does not do these things in the first 24 hours, show them where the food, water, and litter box are to encourage them to eat and go to the bathroom.

After 24 hours of hiding, if your cat has not ventured out and tried to play, try using the toys to encourage them to play and start building a relationship with you Bengal.

If your cat displays any abnormal behavior or does not eat or drink within 48 hours, call the breeder or your vet to determine what to do.

Here is a great video on introducing your cat to a new home by the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Home

 

 

 

 

5 Signs You Are A Bengal Cat Parent

Bengal cats are no ordinary cats. They are a peculiar cat breed that require special attention. If you are a Bengal cat parent, you already know this, and most likely have the following five items in your home.

#1. Antibiotic Ointment

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Bengal cats are more social than the average domestic cat. Bengals like to cuddle, play, and climb–sometimes on you. A smart Bengal cat parent keeps their kitten’s claws trimmed to prevent scratches, but for those times when your Bengal climbs up your leg to get into your lap, or scratches your arm while trying to play, antibiotic ointment is the perfect salve to soothe injured skin and heal scratches ASAP.

#2. Air Fresheners

Whether or not the rumor is true that Bengal cats poop more than regular cats, no Bengal cat owner wants their home to smell like cat feces. Beyond the daily liter box clean, various air fresheners can be used to keep your house smelling nice and clean!

#3. Methods of Keeping Bengal Cats Off the Furniture

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Bengal cats LOVE to climb. If there is furniture, be it book shelf, couch, table or stove, Bengal cats will be on the top of it as soon as they big enough to jump that high. While a smart Bengal parent has things Bengal cats can climb on, such as cat trees, they also know there are things Bengal cats should not climb, such as curtains, and use methods to teach their Bengals which items those are.

#4. At Least One Repaired Toy

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Bengals also LOVE to play. In many cases, they can play the feathers right off a toy (see the picture above). Instead of tossing a much loved toy, a Bengal cat parent may try to repair or upgrade a toy so it can continue to be enjoyed.

#5. Your Bengal Cat

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Obviously, every Bengal cat parent has at least one Bengal cat or kitten scurrying around the house making mischief and spreading joy. Only a true Bengal parent knows what all that entails.

Are you a true Bengal cat parent? What do you have in your home that you wouldn’t if you didn’t own a Bengal cat? Comment below!