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About Prince Valiant
Adopted by Steve & Ginny
12 Year Old, M, Brown Spotted Bengal
This story shows the value of microchips.
Prince Valiant is a Grand Champion Bengal and had a pleasant life as a breeder’s stud for many years. He was then sold to be a family pet and was the special buddy of their teenage son. This young man harness trained him and they went everywhere together. Valiant was left home with the son’s mom last fall when the teenager went to college (maybe in September?) Mom moved in with her boyfriend who believed cats should be kept outside. Suddenly Valiant was put outside a new home and was without his human friend. He got wounded in fights with other cats and he yelled at night asking to be let inside. By November of 2017 Mom had solved the problem of him by placing him somewhere miles away in a “wildlife sanctuary” where he was essentially a barn cat. I don’t what her son knew or didn’t know about what was happening to his kitty. In February the breeder got a call from a vet telling her that a man had found Valiant “by a dumpster in an area well known for unwanted kitties” and his chip connected him to her. He was very malnourished.
The man who found him asked to keep him so he was given to this man and a month later the news of him was good. The following month he was found by Animal Control outside an apartment complex up in Sacramento crying to be allowed in, again very malnourished. The man who had found him never responded to the shelter’s attempts to contact him. The So Cal breeder was again contacted and she looked for help for him from rescue and ultimately I was asked if I could take him. I was very glad to say yes.
He is such a nice boy. For years he had had a stable, loving, home and a happy job with his breeder. Then he had a tight bond with this teenager and life was still good. Then everything fell apart for him last fall and suddenly he was starving and homeless and even attacked by cats, and alone. How unexpected and terrible this must have been for him. He has the rather regal nature that might have come from being a champion and having all the girls. You can see that in him. You can also see on his fur where he was wounded.
Valiant actually is a really nice, affectionate kitty. He wants to be petted and arches his body to meet your hand over and over. He is not a handful” of a cat, he is not a problem child. He is good natured and easy to deal with. He’s a smart, gorgeous, very loving cat. His body is all muscle. Though he is gaining weight steadily he is still a bit underweight and I would say he has zero fat. I don’t need to tell you that Bengal cats are natural athletes. When we had his blood drawn at the vet’s we found Valiant’s comprehensive blood panel was absolutely perfect, he is remarkably healthy. His heart has no murmur, his lungs are good, and he has no kidney troubles. His teeth need cleaning and he is scheduled for a dental with us in early June. If I didn’t know his age I would never think he was 12. He should live many years to a great old age.
We are feeding him high quality food and giving him the supplements that help his fur which was a bit dry and brittle from malnourishment. He loves to drink out of the sink as well as a bowl. I think he has no interest in living outside. Valiant has never yelled or vocalized in his foster home. (I had worried about that in saying Yes I would take him.) He uses his box and really does everything right. Also the vet said the brown in his right eye is just pigment and nothing to worry about. I don’t know how he is with dogs. He would probably be fine with friendly cats but I cannot yet say for sure. He was been in our obligatory 2 week quarantine (for all new cats) and soon we will bring him into more contact with other cats so we should know how that goes soon.
Clearly Prince Valiant is a wonderful Bengal who wants a tight bond with his family. He values humans and wants their companionship. He enjoys being outside on a harness to accompany his human. He is a very smart cat who wants to interact with his humans. After all his last six months of travail he seems very composed. I am surprised to realize I have only had him a bit more than two weeks. How quickly he has settled in and established relationships with us! He’s a Prince. Someone will be so lucky to have that deep connection with him.
Valiant eats wet and dry food and is litterbox perfect.
His foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.
Contact Harriet at (831) 336-2983 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or send an Adoption Application. If you are unable to reach Harriet by phone or email, email us at Info@purebredsplus.org.
NOTE: We prefer families with children bring them to the adoption appointment. Why? This allows interaction between the children and the cat. This helps ensure they will be a good fit for each other. A mismatch between a child and a cat is not in anyone’s best interest!