At GetZen Bengals, I strongly believe in allowing our kittens to remain with their mother or foster mother after birth. This gives babies the most natural opportunity to learn essential habits, such as litter box etiquette, from Mom. However, while the kittens are still nursing on their mother, we spend a great deal of time handling and socializing them. This offers our kittens the best of both worlds, Mom and gentle, loving human contact.
Interestingly, research suggests handling kittens daily during the first month of their lives will improve their learning ability. Moreover, a greater impression is made when kittens are between the ages of four and six weeks than anytime thereafter. Still, kittens are very impressionable after this age. It is for this reason we strive to prepare our kittens to leave for their new homes between ten and twelve weeks of age. This way, their new families can be a major part of their lives during their critical bonding period. How a kitten is handled during the first few weeks in its new home can influence his or her lifetime behavior and relationships with people.
To help you to ease your kitten’s transition into your home, a strange, new environment, we have compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts for your kitten’s first couple of weeks in his/her new home.
Once home with you, we recommend continuing Life’s Abundance wet food feedings twice daily for several weeks. If you plan to change to a different brand of high quality wet food, do it gradually, mixing it in with the Life’s Abundance at an increasing rate. As your kitten grows, increase the amount of food offered at each meal. When first arriving home, kittens will generally eat a quarter of a can per feeding. If they lick their platter clean within a couple of minutes, you can offer them more. If they don’t eat everything you gave them, offer a little less at the next feeding.
Each kitten converts to dry food at a different rate. Some leave GetZen Bengals eating a considerable amount of dry food, soon choosing to eat strictly dry. Others will take months to convert to dry food, thinking it’s the end of the world if they don’t get their spoonful of wet food each morning. If your kitten does not seem be very interested in dry food, we recommend mixing the dry into their wet food at an increasing rate to force conversion to the dry food. Long term, we recommend their diet consists mainly of dry food as it’s nutritional and calorie content is much higher than wet food which is 90% water.
GetZen Bengal’s kittens are sold as pets; this means that they must be spayed or neutered at 5-6 months. We will provide you with specialized instructions regarding food, the shots that the kitten has, and other important information before you take your furry friend home!
Greer (the breeder) handles the kittens on a daily basis. This is a critical step in their socialization with humans. Our pedigree kittens are sold as pets at $1,000. The price for established breeders is $2,000. If you are interested in learning about one or more of the kittens, please contact Greer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call her at (508) 395-0393.
The breeder will arrange a private showing in which you will have an opportunity to play with the kitten(s), and she can help you determine which one might be a good fit for your home based on the kitten’s personality. There is a screening process to ensure that each kitten is placed in a suitable household, as well as a pet contract. All kittens will have received their first set of shots at the veterinarian’s office before going home with you!