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I HAVE READ A LOT OF INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET ABOUT F1, F2 AND
F3 KITTENS. I HAVE READ THAT THEY ARE WILD. THEY WILL NEED SPECIAL
TRUTH VS MYTH.
Unfortunately, just like anything you look up on the internet, you will find different
breeders giving you different ideas of what is right vs wrong etc....
It was confusing for me too. When I was expecting my first litter of F1 kittens I was told
they "all are born hissing and spitting." I found this to be absolutely false. In speaking
with many breeders who have bred EG kittens, I have come to this conclusion. If you
breed a wild acting female to an ALC, don't be surprised if the kittens are born acting
like their wild acting mother. I chose my nicest females to be the mothers of my first
litters of F1's and I believe that is why my F1 kittens are so friendly.
I was told by some breeders that you MUST take the kittens away from their mother at
18 days to 3wks of age and bottle feed them or they will not be friendly. Again, this is
not true. My kittens were placed in my living room and had free run of the room. Their
mother was in a 4.4 cage in the living room and every few hours I would let her out to
feed her babies, they would eat and then I would put mom back in her cage. When the
babies were 6wks old I weaned them completely from mom. What I found was this. From
the time the kittens were 3-4wks old they would leave their mothers side and run to me
when I entered the room. The kittens NEVER acted afraid of strangers and would hop
up on any ones lap. Although I do believe that a kitten that is destined to have a very
wild temperament can be more social if it is ripped away from its mother and forced to
except food from a human, I choose to breed friendly females to be the mothers of my
F1's. I strongly believe that human holding, kissing, cuddling of F1 kittens from BIRTH
(not from 3wks on by forced weaning) is the key to having wonderful, friendly F1 kittens.
WHAT DO BENGALS EAT?
Some breeders raw feed their kittens. Raw feeding is done in different ways but usually
consists of raw meat or several different raw meats mixed with calcium and vitamins.
MY KITTENS ARE NOT FED RAW. I feed a high quality dry cat food and mix a little bit
of canned food in with it. I do not choose to raw feed all kittens because it is very
difficult for families to switch a kitten from raw to hard kibble with canned. There are
many breeders that swear by this and feel raw feeding is more natural but I believe that
there are many high quality dry foods are just as good for my bengals.
HOW DO YOU LITTER TRAIN YOUR KITTENS?
I have found a wonderful kitten litter that the kittens really use well. It is called "Kitten
Attract" and can be found at most pet food stores. It is also available in an adult form
called "Cat Attract". I like the Cat Attract once the kittens reach 12wks because it is less
fine and doesn't get kicked out of the litter box as easily.
When you bring your kitten home it is best to put the kitten in a small room all by itself
(no other animals, people are fine) with its own food, water and litter box. If this room
has any carpet and the kitten fails to use the litter box, please move the kitten to a room
with little to no carpet. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that your kitten learn from a
young age that there is only one place to potty!
Many families are not aware that there are breeders that potty train their kittens to
water. This is more common with the F1, F2 and F3 kittens. Make sure you ask any
breeder you are considering purchasing a kitten from about this. The idea behind this is
that the kitten pees and poops in the water and then you would have to dump the water.
The problem with this is the kitten also will drink from this dirty water and it can teach a
kitten to use the bathtub as a toilet. I only train my kittens to litter.