How To Build A Jungle Gym For Your Leopard Lounge....
This has got to be one of, if not THE most Zen Chainsawing pictures ever taken, if I do say so myself. Clearly, it's an art form.
Once you have your Tree Beast cut up into manageable, creative, interestingly shaped pieces and loaded onto your handy truck, the real fun starts.
The Bengals were very involved, of course, in the process. That's Madame Mim there, running about, while Slam'er and SD begin to build. I tried to be helpful, but there was a certain, um, feeling, going on that perhaps things would go better if I didn't help so much. No worries, I have other skills and did fine with taking pics, making lunch and bringing beers. SOmeday I'm going to chainsaw something tho...
Venus does a lot of disapproving some days, especially when anything changes, but I think she is liking this. This is her first venture out onto the branches.
Venus is a later generation Bengal, an F4, which means she is four generations away from the Asian Leopard Cat. Even four generations away from Leopard is a LOT of cat. There's a saying with Bengals that once you have one, you don't try and make them adapt to your house. You adapt for them. That's the way it works. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to make them happy. Not every Bengal is going to need a Leopard Lounge, many are quite happy as indoor kitties, but these wanted OUT. So I made it possible.
Mim knows what she wants. She's ready for some climbing. This entire project came about because Mim has some serious pee issues and was wrecking my Spooky House. Tried everything, and finally, got her on some Kitty Prozac, and built her a Leopard Lounge. It's working. I don't think tho that Bengals are any more prone to pee issues than any cat. I have five (The Royals, King Lear the Huge and Little Queen Mab live upstairs. They will get a Scream porch soon, and we'll do a feature on them)
Here's SD attempting to tie up a branch with some sisal rope. Venus is helping her. I love the expression on Venus's face "What? Me? Not doing nothing here..."
I don't have any pictures of him climbing on the Jungle Gym, but just a moment ago, I took a break to show skater Jinx'd Karma and ref Hard Left the Leopard Lounge and they got to see Magic climbing for the first time. Amazing moment. Magic has NO claws. All four gone. One of the biggest problems with the Early Generation Bengals is that people decide to get one (and spend an average of $3000 on one) and DO NOT know what they are doing. No clue. It's the "Cute little kitty with spots" syndrome. When the Cute Kitty turns into a teenager and oh my, starts acting like a Leopard, they are not prepared. He gets a new home. And another. And ends up in a shelter, who won't take him, because, this is not an animal that is adoptable.
We are now entering the Way To Many Bengal Picture territory, but as I have not yet heard anyone complain, we will go on....
And on....(I suppose this would be a good moment to insert the story of how I got STUNG in the "lower back region" by an Evil WASP, while hauling branches to the truck and ran screaming, tearing my clothes off as I ran, not at MY house where I have been battling Evil WASPS all week, but at Boss's, but I think we'll let that one go. All I can say is that they have some sort of WASP Instant Message thing going on, and they ARE out to get me.)
And on. Here's the three of them lounging. It was HOT today. Whole lot of sweat going on, and I can't thank Slam'er and SD enough for coming and building my Leopards a Jungle Gym. I've never seen Venus, Mim and Magic so happy, and I'm not sure they can know how wonderful a gift this was, for me and the Bengals. I couldn't have done it without them. Really, really couldn't have. THANK YOU! (Insert Derby Love Moment here)