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George Fischer from Martinez was looking for a very sweet, loving kitty to add to his family which included his 6 year old daughter Roxanne. We knew we had the right kitten for him in Marcus, an adorable brown spotted Bengal out of Foothill Felines Madison and Gogees Michabo of Foothill Felines, both exceptionally sweet Bengals themselves. Marcus had originally been sold as a top breeder kitten due to his great type and pedigree, but he developed a very small white patch on his belly area. Therefore, the timing was perfect for him to be placed with George and Roxanne, as he was now 16 weeks old, and had had the extra time to get well socialized to other cats, dogs, children, all kinds of situations, etc.
George wrote us shortly after taking Marcus home: "Holly, Marcus gave me a bit of a scare on Saturday. I placed his carrier on the kitchen floor when I got home and opened the door. He came right out and
preceeded to inspect the entire house. I quietly followed behind him as he went from room to room. After 15 minutes he found that he could squeeze alongside the woodstove that was inserted into the fireplace.
Since I had not installed that stove, I didn't know what was back there and if there were any holes that would lead into the wall or the chimney. I didn't begin to worry until he stopped meowing when I called his name. An hour later, I opened up a can of cat food and blew the scent along side the wood stove. He didn't come out but he did start to
purr. After that I relaxed. He came strolling out after 2 hours, smelling a bit like tar but otherwise okay. A bit of styrofoam, cardboad and duc tape and I'm sure that problem will not happen again. After that he seemed to settle right in. My daughter was a little too much for Marcus at first until I convinced her to just ignore him and lay on the floor. As soon as she did that, Marcus came over and gave her a back massage. Since then they seem to be best buddies. Right now Roxanne is sitting cross-legged on the couch watching TV and Marcus is sleeping in her lap. He's got an appointment with the vet tomorrow morning just for a quick check up and to get his file started. Thanks again."
And, a few weeks later, we received another great update letter from George: " Hi Holly, Happy Holidays and thanks for the e-card. Marcus did pretty well on his vet visit. He got his shots and I had him
chipped, just in case he ever gets out and gets lost. He was definately stressed by the visit and did not want to be there.
The staff had never had a Bengal patient before so they were very interested in him. I think they expected the worst and thought that handling Marcus was going to be like handling an ALC. They were surprised at just how well behaved he was. Once the visit was over the stress got the better of him and he left them a real-time stool sample as a present :-)"
"Marcus in general seems pretty smart. He knows off, leave it, and no. Although he does need a little work on "no". To him it means, stop what you're doing and run like hell. He knows the furniture and counter rules but even when he disregards them, he so well mannered that it's not a problem. He REALLY enjoys looking at the mice (Roxanne's other pets) and will chirp at them and try to bat them around through the glass. He keeps me busy coming up with prey scenarios for his interactive toys. Nothing beats a great stalk followed by a pretend kill. Roxanne and Marcus get along fine, though I still get nervous when they both disappear together, each time I check on them they are staying out of trouble."
"I noticed an interesting behavior. Marcus will sometimes greet me with a meow and then jump up on my lap and briefly touch the tip of his nose to my nose. Not having had cats before, I was wondering if the nose touch was a common cat greeting behavior. The closest behavior to this that I had seen before was with a 70 pound Doberman. As soon as you made eye contact, she'd climb up on your lap, touch her nose to yours (and discretely smell your breath to check what you'd been eating) and then
try to curl up on your lap. It got to be a running joke. You'd see the dog trying to lock eyes with someone and warn them, "Whatever you do, don't look at the dog" or worse yet you'd catch the dog staring at you from the side of your eyes. If you began to read a book, you would only delay the inevitable. Eventually, a head would appear under the book and eye contact would be made. George." We can't wait to see pictures of Marcus and Roxanne together!!
A few months later, George e-mailed us again, and included the adorable picture below!! " Well, Marcus is out of the gene pool. He was neutered yesterday and
today he's back to tearing around the house. He just jumped into the
bath tub to attack a small plastic elephant toy and now he's dragging my
daughter's veterinarian Barbie around by the head."
"We had a several week setback on leash training. Back in January Marcus
was on leash in the front yard and UPS stopped by. That big brown truck
was just too much for Marcus as it rumbled to a stop in front of us. He
freaked and plastered himself in a spread eagle position against the
front door--just trying to get back inside the house. He seemed even
more horrified when a man in a brown uniform came out of the truck and
handed me a package. After that incident Marcus decided that outside
was not the place for him. I just now regained some of that lost ground.
He tolerates being outside but is always slowly working his way back
toward the door. I'm dreading the day that another UPS truck comes by.
Marcus is still a bit bloated right now for new pictures but here's a
picture of Marcus and one happy little girl from a few weeks ago."
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