"Robotech_Master" wrote in message
> On Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:52:59 -0500, CatNipped
>> Yes! Why else get a cat that very probably will have severe health
>> problems, pay a fortune for it, and allow a healthy moggie to die
>> in a shelter rather than adopt it instead? Cat shows are just a
>> chance snobs to show off those status symbols to other snobs and
>> then display their prizes to other snobs.
> What about people who adopt purebreds *from* shelters?
Obviously, that's a different story altogether. Not only are you not
supporting breeders you are saving a cat from euthansia and helping reduce
the overpopulation of the shelter so they'll have room for another waif.
> I'm rescuing this handsome fellow:
Oh wow, he's gorgeous!
Bengals are a fairly "new" breed (they're not even listed yet on the "Cat
Fanciers Association's" web page) so they have the fewest list of genetic
defects (but give breeders time and that will change - SIGH) - and the one
it is prone to, entropion, is not usually life threatening:
Entropion is an inward rolling of the eyelid edges. It is an uncommon
problem in the cat, but when it does occur it usually affects the lower
Unlike the dog, inherited entropion of a young animal is uncommon in the
cat. Occasionally inherited entropion of the lower lid is present in
purebred cats that have short, round faces, such as the Persian and Burmese.
Entropion in the cat is more likely to develop later in life secondary to
other changes around the eye. One of the more common causes is spasm of the
eyelid that occurs from the pain associated with corneal ulceration. In
adults cats that acquire entropion, infections and inflammation with feline
herpesvirus have been incriminated as a precipitating causes of this
Secondary entropion may also occur when the eye itself moves backwards into
the orbit (enophthalmos), or when the eye becomes shrunken following a
severe injury or infection.
> who was left with the center after a breeder took ill and had to try
> to place her cats in good homes. He's an F3 Bengal, so I couldn't
> show him even if I wanted to. And the adoption center lady doesn't
> even have his papers (though I'll admit I'm hoping she'll be able to
> get them). (I'm heartened that the only health problem you could come
> up with for them in your list was an eyelid condition. I'll be sure
> to watch out for warning signs of that.) The adoption donation is a
> little higher than the shelter moggie I'm simultaneously adopting to
> keep him company, but it's going to help support other rescued cats
> and dogs, and nowhere near what an equivalent animal might cost from a
Always a good thing - bless you! There are so many breeders who routinely
euthanize kittens with "undesirable" characteristics. Breed rescues tries
to save kittens from that fate.
> I'll admit to taking a certain amount of pride in his flashy
> appearance, and I'll be happy to show him off to anyone who comes
> over--not because he's "a purebred Bengal" but because he's such a
> gorgeous creature. However the main reason I'm getting him is that I
> just plain think Bengals are neat creatures. I wouldn't have a cat
> with streamlined ears or a face that looks like it ran headlong into a
> wall if *you* paid *me.* (Well, unless there were extenuating
> circumstances like it being in serious need of a good home, and I had
> space to offer and could afford the medical bills.)
I'm glad you're getting a companion for him (just make sure they're
introduced slowly - Bengals tend to be "bullies").
Bengals are *really* feisty, very intelligent, and more than willing to get
into all kinds of trouble*. Many, many Bengals are turned in to shelters
because of behavior problems (add that to the fact that, while they like to
interact with people, they're not a "lap cat" and that can be hard to
tolerate for a "casual" cat owner). They need lots of attention and lots
and lots of exercise. You also have to make sure your home is "bengal
proofed" - they've been known to learn how to open doors, cabinets,
refrigerators, and other seemingly "cat proofed" places - they turn lights
off and on, turn water taps on (they love water - they've been known to join
their owners in the shower), and a myriad of other mischevious behaviors.
* Caveat... cats' personalities are formed by many factors, including their
genetic heritage, their socialisation and living conditions when growing up,
and good old random individuality! As a result there is always much more
variation between individual cats than there is commonality within a given
> Since there's no way I could seriously consider buying a Bengal at
> breeder prices, I feel really lucky to be able to get him, and I'll be
> loving both him and the moggie as members of my family, keeping me
> company in my lonely apartment after my previous
> rescued-from-the-street moggie died after five years, thank you very
Good luck to all of you! Please keep us posted on your adventures with your
new family! ;>
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