Sharon, you were a life saver for me last year when I had issues with my 2 Bengals. They were my 2nd and 3rd Bengals I’ve owned, and they had severe anxiety/inappropriate peeing/territorial issues, etc.
I was at my wits end as I’d never witnessed this behaviour before in my previous Bengal. You helped educate me in areas I never knew existed with this breed, and gave me a direction and intelligent discussion topics to take to my vet.
Unfortunately as I still needed to separate these 2, you helped get one of them placed in a new home. While it was heart wrenching for me to send one of them away (I felt like a failure), you could not have found a better place for her. Her new family has continued spoiling her like I did (she goes for lots of car rides, outdoor activities in a harness, etc.) and she is thriving like crazy being an only cat.
My remaining male Bengal has also done a complete and utter turnaround in behaviour and personality. He used to be overly quiet, avoided human touch, preferring to stay across the room watching everything going on. Now he searches us out, talks to us constantly, wants varying forms of affection depending if it’s me or my boyfriend (boyfriend’s lap is bigger, but I give better whole body skritches), and so on.
We adopted a puppy not long ago, and both these clowns are the absolute best of friends. They adore each other. When we play ball in the house with the pup in the evenings to expend her excess energy, low and behold here comes His Highness, all floofed up sideways, right in the middle saying “I wanna play too”.
None of this would have been possible if you hadn’t reached out to me. None of this would have happened if you hadn’t cared. You walked (ok, yanked) me back from the ledge I had been on. You were a savior, for me, and for our furbabies.
In fact, I’ve tried to talk a friend out of buying a Bengal. She’s enamored with mine, but knows nothing else about them other than “we want a cool looking cat like that”. I’ve talked with her endlessly about what exactly she’d be getting herself into (personality, special diet requirements, Vets that may not fully understand the quirks of this breed, energy levels, issues, medication needs, etc.). I’ve begged her to let me put her in touch with you if she decides to get serious about the thought, so that she can be fully educated on what to expect with this breed.
If I could reach through the internet and give you a hug, I would. I can’t say thank you enough for what you did for me, and what I know you’re doing for so many others. All I can say is “Thank You”.