The breeder you contacted for bringing home your favorite Bengal kitten agreed for the kitten’s rehoming, but how do you know if your kitten is ready to switch places?
But really, when can Bengal kittens leave their mother? The answer to this is these kittens should leave their mother when they are at least 8-12 weeks older, neither early nor too late.
Many people don’t know why the time for rehoming Bengal kittens is crucial.
If you are one of them, then read below and get your queries answered.
All you need to know about Bengal kittens’ rehoming!
Bengal kittens are sensitive and fragile beings.
They must receive maternal affection and warmth from their mother before they leave her to settle in their new and forever home, which is yours.
When a kitten is born, it doesn’t have an immune system of its own.
It survives by receiving warmth and compassion from its mother and obtains immunity from it’s mother’s breast milk.
This time period of being an un-immune and fragile little being lasts until the kitten is 8-12 years old.
Once the smaller one is 8 weeks old, the Bengal cat’s mother stops breastfeeding it and it is introduced to solid food.
It is noteworthy that some kittens receive nursing/feeding from their mother until they are 10 weeks old.
There is nothing disturbing in it because some kittens are just born weaker than their mates and they get their strength with time.
The first two months of a kitten’s life are critically important.
The way they behave, the way they eat, their socializing skills, their strengths and weaknesses, everything is formulated within these 8-10 weeks.
If the breeder with whom you are going to make a deal is trying to sell you a kitten who is some 5 weeks old, say NO!
And give that little adorable one some time alone with its mother, so that it can learn small yet important things, before moving in with you.
The role of the nursing period in a kitten’s life
Have you ever wondered why these nursing weeks are so critically important in a kitten’s life?
Because in one way or the other, you must have thought that you can give this kitten enough affection and compassion as its mother would.
Here is what you need to know:
- The nursing period isn’t merely about love. It’s mainly about animal instinct (there are a few things which only the kitten’s mother can teach it)
- These initial 2 months aren’t only about their growth, instead, they are the training period of a kitten
- This period starts right after the kitty is born and continues until it is 2 months old
- During the starting 2-8 weeks, the kitten is nourished with its mother’s milk and spends time while playing with its mates
- During this time, it observes how the mother hunts and brings home the dead prey
- This is also the time when the tabby becomes familiar with the solid food it will be eating later in life
An important side note:
Bengal kittens cannot digest milk (expect their mother’s) quite well and might end up getting a disturbed stomach if you keep feeding them with milk.
The cat mother starts bringing a wounded/half-dead prey and throw it in front of the smaller one.
This is the time the kittens savor the taste of meat (between 5-10 weeks of their age) and become habitual of seeing it.
Once the 8 (or in some cases 10) weeks of nursing are completed, the mother completely stops feeding her offsprings.
Now is the time when kittens learn to go out and hunt for themselves.
By the end of this nursing period:
The Bengal kittens become acquainted with compulsory knowledge of eating, hunting, attacking, defending and using the litter box (the one catteries use as the cats’ toilet).
The psychological perspective of Bengal kittens’ nursing period
The time kittens spend with their mother isn’t just confined to ways of eating and urinating.
It rather has a very important psychological perspective.
If you just abruptly disturb the nursing period of a Bengal kitten and bring it home, it will do no good to you.
But it gets worse:
You will have to face lots of backlash from the kitten in the form of tantrums, disturbed stomach, and the worst among them is that the kitten won’t socialize at all.
The time these kittens spend with their mother and siblings tends to develop a sense of affection in them.
Bear in mind:
If you are going to leave your kitten alone at home every once in a while, invest some more money and buy two kittens instead of one.
Doing so will benefit both sides; you and your kitty.
It will get a playmate and you will get to see the happy vibes in your house. You won’t mind spending a few extra bucks for that right?
Coming back to the point; if you just snatch a little kitten (it might sound rude, but imagine being in the position of the kitten) from its family, don’t expect that it will start loving you right away.
It will take a longer time than usual to get familiar with you and in developing affection for you.
This is why veterinaries and catteries make sure that before a kitten is rehomed, it is developed enough to live alone.
So, the bottom line is:
Don’t overlook the age factor of Bengal kitten before you bring it home.
Ensure that the kitten you are bringing home must be a minimum of 8 weeks old and a maximum of 13 weeks old.
How to develop affection in the kitten for yourself?
After the kitten has shifted to your home (which is its forever home now), here are a few things you can do to ease its pain (obviously every soul who breathes feels pain after getting separated from its family).
Buy more than one Bengal kitten
If possible, bring home more kittens (as I said earlier, if they are made familiar with other kittens, they become more social and lovable).
Make sure to vaccinate your little one (only if the vet suggests to do so).
Let your Bengals explore the outside world
Although new kittens should be protected from the dangers of the outside world, it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy their rights while living in a free world (this world belongs to them too, right?).
Create a food chart
Pay attention to the eating habits of your new kitten and consult with a vet/cat expert before making a food chart for your kitten.
This will save you lots of hassle which you’ll have to face if your kitten falls sick due to malnutrition or over-eating.
Here is a trick:
If you want to see your kitten eating well and growing healthy, divide its food into small portions and make a time table for it.
If you will do this for a few days, i.e. a week or so, your kitten will time its digestive system with that chart, quite easily.
This trick will help you if you will be leaving it alone in the coming days because at least you will be free from the worries of feeding your kitten.
Can Bengal kittens get furious? Yes, they can get furious at times but it isn’t hard to calm them down, they just ask for a little attention and affection.
Can Bengal ktitens befriend kittens from other breeds? Obviously, they can.
That is because, for them, a kitten from another breed is just like their sibling.
Kittens don’t really go along with older fellas, though.
Can you leave your Bengal kitten alone at home? Yes, you can.
Just make sure it doesn’t become a routine thing.
Bengal kittens go very easy on you if you make them feel protected and comfortable at your place.
Once you have trained this amazing young fella’ a little bit, it’ll become the most adorable gift you have ever given to yourself, that’s for sure.
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