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Des Moines, IA

Congratulations on your new Bengal kitten! Bengal cats are known for their energetic and playful personalities, and they make great pets for cat lovers who enjoy an active and engaging companion. To ensure that your new kitten has everything it needs to be happy and healthy, here is a list of essential items that you should have on hand.

1. Food and Water Bowls

Your kitten will need a place to eat and drink, so make sure to have a set of food and water bowls that are the right size for your kitten. Stainless steel bowls are a good choice as they are durable, easy to clean and less likely to harbor bacteria. Avoid plastic and ceramic because they can harbor bacteria and cause chin acne. We recommend the Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Water Fountain. It holds a lot of water, and it is completely stainless steel. You can even purchase a replacement pump so you can keep using the fountain forever. The Catit Stainless Steel Flower Fountain is another, less expensive option, but it the reservoir is plastic so you will need to make sure to clean it regularly to avoid bacterial build up. Dr. Catsby’s stainless food bowls are our absolute favorite for food. It is perfect for cats with sensitive whiskers.

2. Litter Box and Litter

A litter box is a must-have for any cat, and it’s especially important to get one that is the right size for your kitten. Bengals prefer larger litter boxes because they are long bodied, and need the space to move around and get comfortable. We recommend having as many litter boxes as you have cats, plus one more. So, for example, if you have three cats, we recommend four boxes. It is also important to make sure you have a box on each floor of the home. As for litter, choose a high-quality, clumping litter that is safe for cats. We us ScoopAway multicat, but any clumping litter is fine. Amazon offers a nice, large mat that is great for preventing the litter from being tracked everywhere. We also HIGHLY recommend getting a metal litter scooper. Nothing is worse than having a plastic litter scoop snap and flinging cat poop all over the house.

3. Scratching Posts and Toys

Bengal kittens are playful and curious, and they love to scratch. To keep your furniture safe, it’s important to provide your kitten with plenty of scratching posts and toys. We NEVER allow our Bengals to be declawed. It is damaging to their health both mentally and physically and can lead to a number of negative behaviors. Scratching posts are a great way to redirect scratching to a positive behavior. Look for sturdy, durable scratching posts that are the right height for your kitten, and make sure to provide a variety of toys to keep your kitten entertained. A bored Bengal is a destructive Bengal, so make sure to always spend time playing with your Bengal. This keeps them entertained so they won’t damage your home or get into mischief from their curiosity and it also gives you time to build a bond with them.

4. Bed or Blanket

Every kitten needs a cozy place to sleep, so make sure to provide your kitten with a comfortable bed or blanket. Look for a bed that is the right size for your kitten and made of a soft, cozy material. You can also provide a blanket for your kitten to snuggle in. We like to send one home with our kittens so that they have something that smells like home to help with the transition. Bengals also love to be up high, so wall mounted and window hammocks can give them a cozy place to hang out while being entertained with a view.

5. Collar and Harness

We send our kittens home with a microchip in place, to ensure that if they do get lost they have a better chance of making it home. Bengals are adventurous and like to go outdoors in enclosures or on walks if you take the time to leash train them. If you do decide to leash train your Bengal, it is important to use a harness that fits well, and the get your Bengal comfortable wearing the harness indoors before taking them out and about. We like the Rabittgoo Cat Harness because they are durable and prevent escaping very nicely. The Voyager Cat Harness is another good option that is less intrusive and provides more size options. It is a little easier for a particularly wiggly Bengal to get out of though. Any time your Bengal is not supervised, we recommend a break-away collar to prevent any unfortunate tragedies. In the unlikely event that your kitten gets lost, it’s important to have an ID tag on its collar or to have a Personalized Breakaway Collar with your contact information so that anyone who finds your kitten can get in touch with you. If the collar comes with a bell, we recommend removing it to prevent the kitten from accidently eating the bell while playing with it.

6. Carrier

A carrier is essential for trips to the vet or for moving your kitten from one location to another. We never recommend transporting your kitten in a car without a carrier until you are comfortable with your kitten and have taken them for some shorter test drives to be sure of how your kitten will behave. Look for a carrier that is the right size for your kitten and made of a durable material. Keep in mind that your kitten may be small now, but Bengals get very long so getting a larger carrier may be a good choice. We also like carriers that have multiple entry options, like top-loading and/or removing the top half.

7. Grooming Supplies

Bengal kittens have short, sleek coats, but they still like to be groomed regularly. Make sure to have a brush on hand to help keep your kitten’s coat shiny and smooth. In addition to your kitten looking fabulous, it is a good way to build your relationship. Make sure you are gentle around sensitive areas, but this is a great time to get your kitten used to being handled. Touching their face, ears, tail, paws and belly regularly will ensure they are well socialized and make Vet visits much less stressful for you and your Bengal. Although their coat is gorgeous, don’t forget about trimming their nails and using a dental hygiene product to ensure good oral hygiene.

In conclusion, having the right supplies and equipment is essential to ensuring your new Bengal kitten is happy, healthy, and well-cared for. By providing your kitten with the essentials, you’ll help to create a safe and comfortable environment for your furry friend.