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Old 11-25-2013, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Three Months ago I decided to bring a bit of life into my apartment..
Went and spent a couple of nice hours with a kitten who just melted in my arms..

She was so beautiful with black rings and spots in her tan coat..
Come to find out after research and a Vet's opinion..
She is most likely a pure breed Bengal..

My question, she is becoming hell in the household..
Like leaving a 2 year old home alone while you go to work for 13 hours.
This is more then just normal kitten stuff.. First she is huge.. Not fat..
I'd say the size of a hungry adult Tabby.. The Vet said she would grow big and very quick..

Unless I stuffed all of my belongings in the closet before I left for the day..
There is no way to child-proof..

She can open the front door..

Is it Appropriate to crate a cat when left alone for 9 plus hours most days..?

I do not like the idea of it, but she is destroying my residence, slowly..
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Salem,Oregon
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Three Months ago I decided to bring a bit of life into my apartment..
Went and spent a couple of nice hours with a kitten who just melted in my arms..

She was so beautiful with black rings and spots in her tan coat..
Come to find out after research and a Vet's opinion..
She is most likely a pure breed Bengal..

My question, she is becoming hell in the household..
Like leaving a 2 year old home alone while you go to work for 13 hours.
This is more then just normal kitten stuff.. First she is huge.. Not fat..
I'd say the size of a hungry adult Tabby.. The Vet said she would grow big and very quick..

Unless I stuffed all of my belongings in the closet before I left for the day..
There is no way to child-proof..

She can open the front door..

Is it Appropriate to crate a cat when left alone for 9 plus hours most days..?

I do not like the idea of it, but she is destroying my residence, slowly..
Do you have a room you could put her in while you are at work? Put her food, litter box, toys, bed in there. At least it's just one room.

I once kept climbing feral kittens in a room by putting up a screen door - they could climb but not get out. You might need a storm door though
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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If she is part Bengal, I suggest researching the breed. Bengals are high-maintenance and very social cats. Check out this website (no affiliation): Bengal cat information | All about Bengal cats - Crazy About Bengals

I do not think it's a good idea to crate an active cat all day. It will frustrate her.

You'll need to enrich her environment (cat tower, rotating toys, window, etc.). Play, play, play with her often. She needs to release that energy, and it's also good bonding time for both of you.
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:58 AM
 
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It is absolutely not all right to crate a cat for any length of time, especially a kitten! Kittens and cats need to run and jump and climb.

If you crate her, you will have a berserk animal on your hands when you got home. Please do not do it.

Your cat needs daily interactive play and socialization from you. Play with her for at least a half an hour before you leave in the morning, another half hour when you get home, and another long play session before bed time.

Put away breakable things, make sure there are no blinds or curtains or other things dangling that she could become injured on.

Put a bird feeder outside a window for cat TV.

Feed a canned high meat protein diet. Avoid dry foods, and avoid foods with a lot of carbohydrates. The better the diet, the better the behavior of the animal.

Consider adding another cat, perhaps slightly older, so she has company and someone else to play with when she is alone.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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It sounds like your cat is lonely and bored. This is why I am so against people who work fulltime having only one cat. Cat's need companionship. Kittens especially need someone to play with and have for company. Not only do people who work fulltime and be gone for 9 or 10 hours a day, but they also go out with friends, shop etc. The cat ends up alone almost constantly.

Cats don't do well when crated. That would be a very cruel thing to do.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Berkeley Springs, WV
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I would get it a buddy. Hopefully you can more than one cat.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Thanks to everyone for the help.
I did not want to crate the Kitten and thought the idea not wise myself.

She has plenty of toys, a climbing post..
She becomes bored with them, wants to play like a Puppy when people are around..

I raised two cats from Kittens until 16 and 17 years and they passed.
Do not remember them being this aggressive as Kittens..

Note to the cat face lady:
She came from Kill shelter..
Now she is, spayed, has all her current shot's, rabies tag and a Microchip..
I will love her until she dies, give her proper Vet care.
Food and a dry warm home out of the cold and rain..
I'm gone all day... but..

Much better then the alternative she may have faced..

Last edited by Caligula1; 11-26-2013 at 08:34 AM..
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone for the help.
I did not want to crate the Kitten and thought the idea not wise myself.

She has plenty of toys, a climbing post..
She becomes bored with them, wants to play like a Puppy when people are around..

I raised two cats from Kittens until 16 and 17 years and they passed.
Do not remember them being this aggressive as Kittens..

Note to the cat face lady:
She came from Kill shelter..
Now she is, spayed, has all her current shot's, rabies tag and a Microchip..
I will love her until she dies, give her proper Vet care.
Food and a dry warm home out of the cold and rain..
I'm gone all day... but..

Much better then the alternative she may have faced..
It doesn't matter how many toys a cat or kitten has, if she has no one to play with.

Cats are social animals, they need interaction to spark their imaginations. The more you play with her yourself, the more she will play on her own.

Your other two cats had each other. And there isn't any point in making comparisons, every kitten is different. The one thing you can count on is a kitten goes and goes and goes.

This kitten has no one but you. You need to devote most of your home time to interacting with her as she matures. The way to ensure you have a happy, well adjusted, well behaved cat, is to raise her right, in the first place.

And remember, a proper diet goes a long way toward keeping a cat happy as well as healthy.


Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition :: healthy cat diet, making cat food, litter box, cat food, cat nutrition, cat urinary tract health
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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She has plenty of toys, a climbing post..
She becomes bored with them, wants to play like a Puppy when people are around..
Please read the website I linked to in my other post. This is a Bengal trait. They want and need to interact with humans. She NEEDS the mental and physical stimulation on a daily basis.
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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Thanks to everyone for the help.
I did not want to crate the Kitten and thought the idea not wise myself.

She has plenty of toys, a climbing post..
She becomes bored with them, wants to play like a Puppy when people are around..
Which is only natural. Children also tire of the same toys. Get a few of the fishing pole toys and engage with her.

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I raised two cats from Kittens until 16 and 17 years and they passed.
Do not remember them being this aggressive as Kittens..

Note to the cat face lady:
She came from Kill shelter..
Now she is, spayed, has all her current shot's, rabies tag and a Microchip..
I will love her until she dies, give her proper Vet care.
Food and a dry warm home out of the cold and rain..
I'm gone all day... but..

Much better then the alternative she may have faced..
This is true, but SHE doesn't know that...
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