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My story is very similar to yours
When I adopted Enzo, I knew absolutely nothing about Bengals, and I was completely and totally lost & clueless :) I adopted him when he was 5 years old, and ours was his 4th home (his third home was at the kennel for a year, so he was NOT happy boy when he came to his forever home) BUT we have both changed a lot over the past year, and things are dramatically better
I can share with you from my experience, in the beginning, it was:
and now we are:
To answer your initial questions:
(1) I know of many people that love to bring their Bengals outside on special jackets / harness for walks/hikes/having outings; but are not left outside to roam freely (since there are so many / too many dangers). Also, they have taught their bengals to use the loo instead of the traditional litter box; but at this point, from my experience, it's soo important to take things really slowly and work on getting to know each other, establish trust and love first before moving on to "bigger" things.
(2) yep! they purr but I'm not sure as a general rule! Enzo did not at first, but he does quite frequently now. And he is loud! :) He is also extremely active by nature and was cooped up in a kennel for a year prior to having room to play again - so after he came out of hiding, I played with him for at least 20 minutes every morning and night to help him xx
Here are links that I hope you find interesting. They are about the history/beginnings of our beloved Bengals and Bengals in general:http://www.hdw-inc.com/ourcats.htmhttp://www.hdw-inc.com/ourcats1.htm
Also, here is a link regarding what to expect when you bring your Bengal (kitten) home. Tara is a bit older (like Enzo) but from I've also learned, they pretty much all start out the same! crazy, wild, lovely, funny, intelligent, mischievous, active, demanding, & so loveable (at all ages)...it's amazing!http://www.faroutbengals.com/expectations_main.html
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