Re: Couple looking to get a cat needing advice...
Bengals are beautiful, active, inquisitive, very interactive with their humans kind of cats. They will love interactive play and will enjoy being patted. But I suspect that they're not really lap cats. So you need to do some research about that. As far as health and temperament...you need to choose a good breeder who breeds to bring out the best qualities. There's a sticky about choosing breeders at the top of the breeding forum. If you're truly interested in getting a bengal (or other breed based on a wild cat), then you need to really research them carefully to understand what the best practices are, so you can choose a good breeder.
The thing about adopting a kitten from a shelter is that you really have no idea what you're getting in terms of personality. You can help your cat be more outgoing based on your interaction with them, but your influence is limited. For example, Kobi hates to be picked up and held, yet he loved it as a kitten, now he'll just lay on my legs when I have the recliner raised. Holly loves to be held and snuggled, but won't sit on my lap...she has to be in my arms. Maggie will tolerate being held for about 2 minutes, she won't sit in my lap, but she'll lay across my ankles. My point is...if you (or your gf) want a specific personality trait, you need to adopt a teenager or adult cat that already exhibits that trait.
Oh...and the one cat...two cat debate is really about personal opinion. There is no real evidence that going one way or the other is the best. So do what is best for you, the cat will adapt.
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Holly, Misty & their friend, Jake, the dog.
Onyx, Callie May, Maggie & Kobi forever in my heart.
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