Lots of Magic....
Now that I am fairly sure it is really spring in our part of the world, I've moved some of the Cat Trees out to the Scream Porches. This makes for a New Chair in the Corner where the Cat Tree was. You can see it in the picture above. It is important to establish whose chair it IS, and Venus knows she looks good here.
Mim has been going a bit bonkers. More so than usual. She really wants to be outside, which is not safe where I live. She gets leash walks, and I am getting a new Cat Wheel for her to run on. (I'm going to fix the old one, and see if the Royals or Magic would like to run) I brought her a "new" cat tree from Magics room, thinking it might give her more fun. It worked.
Magic, as you know, has his own room and Screamed Porch. (Obviously, Underworld is his favorite movie. I think he has five posters now.) I put up a Scream Door on the door to his room a couple months ago, in hopes of starting to get him, Venus and Mim a bit used to each other, and give him more to see. Seems to be working.
I've been closing off the basement and letting him out from time to time for some Family Time. Today was the best yet. Venus and Mim don't attack him, but they do bully him, and chase him back. Today they were pretty tolerant.
Magic, as a lot of you know, was a Rescue, from Great Lakes Bengal Rescue. I was his last shot. Death, or cage. Those were his options when a shelter in Madison called us. I know I say this a lot, and actually I wish I could get it on the Breaking News somewhere, but Early Generation Bengals are NOT pets. Later Generation F4 or higher, yup, great pets, kind of extreme kitties, but kitties.
Magic is an F1. Half Leopard. If you have an Early Gen Bengal and want to debate with me and tell me how wonderful your Kitty is, well adjusted, fun, playful, GREAT. Congratulations. You obviously know what you are doing.
The problem is, especially for those of us in Bengal Rescue, is that most people Do Not.
Whom ever first had Magic thought they were getting a Leopard who would love them. I'm sure he did as a kitten. They hedged their bets tho and had him de-clawed on ALL FOUR paws. I am sure when he hit teenage Leopard he started to change. Probably peed everywhere. Most likely didn't feel real safe. (Having no claws and all) So they gave him to a friend. And another. And then I am really pretty sure he no longer felt safe.
He ended up at a shelter who were really pretty sure they couldn't adopt him anywhere.
This happens a lot.
Early Gen Bengals are far more timid than the later ones, and need to be socialized from a very early age, a good breeder will bottle feed them, to help this. They also will BOND, generally with one person. Or another cat of a person isn't available. They are very vocal, they make an astonishing range of noises. They can growl like, well, a Leopard when it is feeding time. They can get aggressive. If they are bored. In a bad mood. Scared.
They need a lot of time and patience, and very often, that is simply NOT ENOUGH.
They can react quite seriously when frightened. In the wild, a Leopard that doesn't, is dead.
These are truths about Early Generation Bengals. I am all for the later generation, F4 and higher. Foster one. Read on them. There is a truth to the saying "Once you go Bengal, you never go back." They make wonderful pets. (In the right home, know what you are getting)
I love all my Bengals, but I wish the people who had Magic, and Lear, my F2, had known what they were doing when they decided to bring a Kitty that is too much a wild animal into their lives.
Because it is their life too.
Love and Magic,