Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
It sounds as if your Bengal boys enjoy ganging up and bullying your girl, and it's "boys will be boys" behavior. Because of their Asian Wild Cat genes in their background, Bengals are pretty prey-driven. At 6 mos., the boys are in their teenage years, and will likely get more aggressive as they get older. You're doing the right thing by giving her separate time away from them to de-stress and feel safe to be affectionate with you. Phoebe Jean is afraid of them and does not trust them, otherwise she would not be hissing and growling when they come within 10 ft. of her and would not be running away from them. They are likely bigger than she is and she feels overwhelmed and outnumbered. If you feed them all together, does she run away then? or refuse to eat in the same room or near them? You could try doing a slow reintroduction again, but I suspect it won't make too much difference as your boys are enjoying the chase too much. You can try to teach your Bengal boys to focus on you, either with clicker training, or a special noise you can make (pssst, psssst), and teach them to "come". Offer treats as rewards. When either one starts to lock on and focus on Phoebe, direct their focus to you, and offer them a treat or throw a toy as a distraction. If they ignore you and just go after her, go after the instigator(s) with stomping feet and a hard stare and say a stern "No!". Whenever, you can not be there to supervise their behavior, put Phoebe in a separate room. Reward your boys with treats or affection when they are behaving well in Phoebe's presence. Cats that are under a lot of stress from being bullied can develop inappropriate litter behavior, health problems. You want to avoid that at all cost $$$.
Last edited by catloverami; 02-01-2011 at 12:19 PM.