We decided to write about our beautiful charcoal Bengal’s story to inspire others to not give up on their own cats.
When we first got her from Asia, she would not eat nor drink and would always hide in the corner of a room the furthest possible from us. “This is a likely reaction to her shipping and transportation experience!” we thought out loud. Thankfully, she eventually would respond to some of the foods presented to her and eventually joined the rest of our females in enjoying the food (and water) that was normally presented to them. We were happy and relieved as it was an amazing improvement. She was healthy and eating well.
Weeks and months later, she was very comfortable around our other kitties, but would still run away from us if we ever dared enter our cattery. We finally decided to put her in a much smaller room alone for a week or so. Each member of my family took turns to spend time playing with her every day so she could get used to our family. Results after one week: She now lets us pet her, but still flinches at our contact. Results after two weeks: She now lets us pet her without flinching and comes to see us every once in a while. She is currently back in the cattery with our other females. We are now able to enjoy her presence and more importantly, she wants to enjoy ours too!
Shipping and transportation can certainly be a cause for stress in your kitten but never an excuse for a cat that is not well socialized. Ask for references when considering your new Bengal kitten.
We ship our own kittens to a few different countries and their new parents reassure us with photos and comments on how much they’re enjoying their new kittens. So please don’t give up on your cats. We took the time necessary and can now enjoy the antics of our gorgeous charcoal Bengal.