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Considering a Bengal - any thoughts from owners?
My wife and I are finally considering adopting a new cat - we\'ve been without one for a couple of years now.
I\'ve set my heart on a Bengal, but would appreciate any comments from Bengal owners before I pursue things further.
I grew up with Devon Rex and Burmese cats (my parents were hobbyist breeders). I loved the Rexes for their eccentricities and the Burmeses for their loving nature. I know that Bengals will be different still, but would love a warts-and-all idea of what to expect from one.
Bengalrescue paints a rather ominous picture of the breed, while other sites are nothing but sweetness and light. The truth is probably somewhere in-between, but I could do with as many first-hand accounts as possible.
The cat would be an only cat (unless we adopted a pair - but again I see conflicting opinions online as to whether that\'s a good idea).
I\'m a stay-at-home dad to a very calm and considerate five-year-old boy.
Our next door neighbour has a mature Burmese, and I don\'t want to ruin our friendhip by bringing a monster into the neighbourhood.
I\'m hopeful that adopting a kitten and introducing it to the neighbours at an early age will prevent any conflict in future, but that\'s just me being logical. Cats tend not to be.
We live on a cul-de-sac in a moderately countrified village, and the cat would have full run of the house and garden (and possibly beyond).
Would a Bengal make a good family pet? Or will it all end in tears? Will the neighbours form a lynch mob and descend on the house with flaming torches?
Yes, I *want* reassurance that these gorgeous cats are perfect for our home, but honesty is what I really *need*.
All comments appreciated!
Thanks in advance,