We just adopted a male and female bengal. The male is adjusting to us and our surroundings okay. The female is not adjusting well. She cries a lot and very loudly. We try playing with her and make sure she has food and fresh water. She seems distracted and inconsolable. We thought having the sibling would make her more comfortable. But she cries off and on all day… and paces. Any advice on how to console her? We have a vet check tomorrow. We are using feelaway.
Hi! Thanks for reaching out! I’m so sorry your fur baby isn’t happy! It’s hard when they cry and we don’t know how to fix it. I have several possibilities for you.
1. Separation Anxiety. Bengals can miss familiar surroundings and their previous owners. They also can miss you when you go away even if it is a quick trip to the store. Feliway is good and you might try a calming collar from Sentry. I have added the collars (a three pack above) or a thunder jacket which can help tremendously.
2. If you have recently brought her home, take a step back and lock her into one room only. The big space of a house can feel super big and unsafe when moving homes or adopting from a kennel. I would do this immediately. being in a contained bedroom or bathroom with calm her quickly. food, water, her own potty box and you go in and sit with her periodically. 3 days to a week should be enough time to acclimate to her new surroundings.
3. Potty box problems. Find out what sand she used to use and use that. Sometimes cats wander around because they are looking for a place to go potty because they hate their potty box. They want to go but can’t stand the new sand. I hate seen squidly do this when I change the sand to a brand she doesn’t like.
I’m glad she is going to the vet. I suspect she is fine, just scared. She needs more time to acclimatize. Butter is still trying to acclimate and it’s been 9 months. The sweet ones just take longer. When I leave the house, she screams at me (actually loud, loud meowing) when I return and acts scared. She has terrible separation anxiety. I just work through it with her.
I do recommend you remove her to a smaller space right away to help her feel safe. It will help.
Keep us updated!
Lots of time ans space is what is needed for some to acclimate to new surroundings. We adopted a Bengal a few months back, Actually 9 months ago, and she is just now starting to “warm” up to us! She is a sweet cat, but who knows what she went through, before we got her! Sometimes it take a while, keep at it , rewards will be awesome!
how is your female doing?
I’m desperately looking for an advice for my two Bengals. Bengals are not “simple cats”, and for the moment not single one behaviourist was able to help me. I have a 10-months-old female and male from the same breeder, they have the same father. Two kittens grown up together, but now the male became very agressif with the female and literally tries to kick her out of the territory (they are both sterilised). I’m living in a 100m2 house with a small yard, they don’t go outside freely but I’m thinking to make a secured cattery for them. They have everything in triplicate, but progressively the male starts to fallow the female everywhere and deny an access to resources. His favorite sadistic game is chase her all day long, she is literally covered with bites. Do I have any chance to improve the situation? It’s a really heartbreaking situation, I love my cats and I tried absolutely everything to keep them happy. Thank you so much in advance!
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