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  The introduction of your Bengal Kitten or Savannah kitten to other members in the household should be balanced, gradual, peaceful and quiet.  We will ensure that your kitten is fully socialised with constant human interaction from birth.  Do try your best to help younger children to understand that the kitten will only be interested in finding a safe, quiet and protected place to rest for the time being.  Avoid handling or picking the kitten up until the Kitten decides to approach you freely.

We recommend that adults always supervise when children and Bengal or Savannahs kittens are playing and remove the kitten if biting and or scratching ever occurs.  Biting or scratching is likely to happen if the Bengal Kitten or Savannah Kitten or even cats that are fully grown are held too tightly or restricted.

Keep all introductions short and frequent for the sake of the kitten and avoid leaving the new kitten alone with other family pets such as dogs or other cats until it is well adjusted to the household.

When introducing other animals to your Bengal or Savannah Kitten, an ideal way is to have a large mesh pen for the kitten to reside in safely until other animals adjust to the new comer.  Dogs that are not used to cats need to be kept as calm as possible and under control.  Allow the kitten to approach the dog in its own time and avoid forcing them together.

Strawbell Mellana, a Savannah Kitten at Strawbell Pedigree CatsIn most cases and from our experience, it does take time for an existing cat to accept a new cat or kitten.  Your cat may feel that the new comer will take over its territory and so take steps to prevent that happening by instilling fear into the new cat or kitten.

Another major reason for new comer rejection is that any cat usually resent the smell of another new cat.  To help the existing cat to accept a new comer, try to rub and cuddle the new kitten in one of your old previously worn unwashed jumpers that has the smell of you and your home.  Place the new kitten in a pre-prepared small room and leave it to settle in for a day or so before introducing it to your existing cat.  Place your existing cat in another room and take all reasonable steps to prevent it from entering the room where you have placed the new kitten.

Swap the rooms over the next three days by placing the new kitten in the room where your existing cat was residing and visa versa.  Do this for three days then leave the doors open so that the kitten and your previous cat can gradually meet on their own terms.  If any aggression occurs, separate the cats and reintroduce the cats again the next day or so.  At some point in the day, go into the room and start to play with the kitten by throwing scrunched up paper.  They should both try to run after the paper.  In doing so they will forget their problems and start to socialise more with each other.

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