F3 Bengal Cat a Problem to a Vet

F3 Bengal Cat a Problem to a Vet

by Ralph
(Lakeland, FL)

I have seen three separate Bengals over the past couple years. They were all F3 but different breeders. Maybe a good family cat but a real problem to vet. Very muscular and will turn nasty at the hint of being restrained so they make for a real problem without some sort of sedative or anesthetic.

Personally they may do good in a home environment but with stress they can be a handful because of their size and strength. I don’t recommend this breed.


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F3 Bengal Cat a Problem to a Vet

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Jun 13, 2011 Its the Vet
by: Anonymous

Thats Rediculous . We have an F3 bengal who is sweet and loving and very good with vet cause the vet is relaxed . They can sense tension like any animal . It is the vets lack of ability here that is the problem , We had a normal short hair american cat before our bengal , and our vet then could not handle him . We found a vet that only handles cats and he was fine with him , Then when he dies we got the f3 bengal and the cat vet is fine with him too . Both cats cooperate with the new cat vet . It is the Vet not the breed .

Jan 26, 2011 What?
by: Kristine

It has been my experience (15 years) that they are really not for some vets. I have three now. Our first two vets where terrified, overclipped their nails, one wore leather mits and were rediculously nervous, one of my cats urinated on me with fear! They were six months then. I have changed 3 times and finally have a vet group who doesn’t say something derogatory or ignorant about Bengals in general. Low and behold, the cats are relaxed with this office and all of the people.

Sorry Mr DVM, I think the problem is you, and some of the owners raising the poor cats improperly. You work with animals! You should know better!

Why not try owning one and get back to us.

Sep 21, 2010 8 yr old female bengal
by: Emilys dad

Here is my two cents
I have a 8 yr old female f3 and granted she is loving and sweet MOST of the time, she does get her times when she realizes she is part wild and she lets you know, ears down and no stopping until blood comes from your ankels, put her in her room for 10 minutes she comes back out lvoing and sweet and as for her vet visits well, I use the number 1 rated vet in broward county and she can be very sweet in the waiting room but boy once she hears is voice even in the other room…. well lets just say she finds her wild side,i have never seen so much hissing other than in the office
but she is sweet and i love her

Jul 28, 2010 thanks for sharing what??
by: Anonymous

I think this topic was inappropriate. I mean, blaming the breed and generation for human’s issues? I’ve never even seen or heard of anyone close to me that’s had an aggressive bengal. When they want to get away they push themselves away. Most of them. To be honest, never in my life have I read about an aggressive F3. I’ve been researching for years too. I find it very odd that you say these things. Are you a veterinarian or something? Why are you handling these cats anyway? If you think F3s are aggressive then I think you aren’t doing a real good job at reading body language. They talk through body language, and that’s often ignored!! Read up before you blame a whole breed or generation!!

Jun 13, 2010 F3
by: Anonymous

I have a male F3. He’s only 5 1/2 months old now but what a sweetie. My vet doctor absolutely loves him as do her assistants. We just had him neutered 2 weeks ago with no issues. This past Friday I brought him to my 10 year old’s classroom for show and tell and he was a complete gem. He let the kids hold him and pet him. He wanted to explore but was not upset in the least with all the handling. I think the breeder and the amount of affection/handling they receive is huge.

Oct 29, 2009 good breeders socialize AND match
by: Sherrie

I now have my second Bengal, and although they have very different personalities (my new little girl is more of a snuggler than my last girl), I have never seen – nor heard – of any aggressiveness in any Bengal, although any breed has exceptions. I agree with other posts about socialization. I would imagine an unsocialized Bengal to be like any cat without socialization – almost feral and untrusting of humans. The breeder I got both my cats from socializes F1’s to SBT’s from a very young age in a busy, noisy household with children and other pets – including a bird. Her F1’s make good pets – for the right people. F1’s are very high energy and require special care (e.g. diet). She won’t let an F1 go to someone she doesn’t think are right together. When my house burned and I lost my cats, I went to her house for “kitty therapy” and I played with F1’s, F2’s and SBTs all at the same time – and they were all wonderful and sweet. If I were a novice, I wouldn’t have known which one was an F1 vs. F2 or SBT. They were equally affectionate, playful, and just cute. I am disabled & severely fatigued, but neither of my girls (SBTs) have ever been too much for me. Both have been good with strangers (including visiting pets), children, babies, AND vets. Two weeks ago I got my new Bengal microchipped and her stitches taken out from spaying, and she didn’t even flinch. My last Bengal would push when she didn’t want to be held, but that’s all. She was hard to hold because she was slick and wily – not because she was dangerous in any way. I used a towel to wrap her in to cut her claws out of convenience, not safety. She was very vocal, but I never heard her hiss or growl. Ever. The most dangerous cat I ever saw was a stray 6 lb. calico who adopted me that took on 5 humans at the vet’s – and won. She was sweet only with me (and blond men, go figure!) A good breeder will also work hard to match a kitten or adult’s personality with a prospective new owner. Find a good breeder and enjoy a wonderful Bengal. They are amazing, and a joy. I never cease to be amazed. Don’t blame the cat or the breed!

Sep 04, 2009 F3
by: Anonymous

This may be in part due to the fact that we are talking about F3 Bengal cats, which have more wild cat in them. The higher fillial cats do have that little bit if extra wildness which is what makes them more attractive to some people but potentially harder to handle.

Sep 03, 2009 love bengals
by: Kathy

I have been acquainted with Bengal Cats for about 6 years. I have never known any to be a real problem to handle if handled properly. In all 6 years i only had one who was a problem to get her nails cut. My current Bengal was just at the vets 2 weeks ago and he is a very muscular cat. He behaved very nicely for his exam and the shots.

I believe fear is probably what makes them hard to handle even though i never experienced any. I had several females that were quite wild because they were from breeders who never handled them as kittens. One never became tame but she never was aggressive towards anyone. All my kittens were socialized and I handled them every day from the day they were born. They all became very good pets and I never had any complaints.

Sep 03, 2009 Enlightening
by: Anonymous

Ralph, thanks for sharing this. It is a new area that has not been discussed before on this site and is therefore of value to us. Appreciated.

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