At 18 weeks, Remy weighs 7 pounds and his markings are becoming more visible. He’s well past the “fuzzies” and has developed a lush, glossy coat. Bengals are known to be active, curious, highly energetic cats, and Remy is no exception. He’s not destructive, but holy crap is he a handful sometimes. This boy fears nothing, and I’ve only just started wearing shorts this summer because nothing delights him more than pouncing on my leg like it’s a moving target.
Meet the Boys
The markings develop gradually in a marbled Bengal, making it impossible to predict what a marbled Bengal kitten will look like as an adult cat. Some of Rembrandt’s markings were well-defined right away, like the stripes and diamonds on the back of his neck; others, like the faint reddish ones on his sides, are still barely noticeable.
At 14 weeks, the texture of Rembrandt’s coat has changed, too. He’s grown out of the “fuzzies” and into the smooth, sleek, incredibly soft pelt Bengals are known for.
A month after bringing the kittens home it’s all one big happy around here.
About a week ago I gave the kittens a little hedgehog that squeaks when it’s batted around. They loved it, and therefore Chance felt compelled to remove the squeaker with the surgical precision of a T-Rex. Today, Sasha found the furry little carcass and practiced his growling skills whenever one of the other boys got too close. It was pretty hilarious. I had hoped my camera would pick up his latest display of ferocity, but alas. The video’s still pretty cute, though.
Took the boys to Dr. Gold today for a check-up and their first vaccinations. Sasha is 14 weeks old and weighs 4.1 pounds; Remy is 13 weeks old and weighs 4.9 pounds. I’ve been feeding them one 3 ounce can of kitten food in the morning and a half can at night, with dry food available all the time. The doctor advised me to reduce the wet food to a half can twice a day, as “they’re close to being overweight.” They’re pretty lean if you ask me, but I didn’t hand the guy $400 bucks because he’s an ignoramus so half a can it is.
Chance also received his annual vaccinations, along with his monthly Cytopoint injection for allergies, and a nail trim. His appetite decreased dramatically when I brought the kittens home, and as a result he’s lost 6 pounds. He’s down to a much healthier 73.8 pounds.
In this video, Remy and Sasha have been home for 3 1/2 weeks and are 11 and 12 weeks old respectively. Chance has learned to play appropriately with the kittens, and displays zero prey drive even when they’re ripping through the house like a couple of Mr. Farenheits. This was the first time I’d seen them display such a comfortable bond.
I’m pretty sure this is how Crazy Cat Ladies get started.
Chance got his first official look at Remy and Sasha eight days after they came home. We had some work to do in learning to control his enthusiastic response to these little creatures, so we took it one encounter at a time.
Chance came home in 2013. At 78 pounds, he’s a big, strong dude with a gentle soul, a heart of solid gold, and very little prey drive. He may have been exposed to cats prior to that but hasn’t interacted with one since. I secluded the kittens for the first two weeks while Chance learned the basics of Kitten Etiquette and practiced his manners.