Re: SMB and a Cat
We travel with our Bengal all of the time. He loves traveling and camping. (We also take him out on a leash to shopping centers, hardware stores, etc. that allow pets.) He is an F9. He was cage raised for the first 5 months (not good) and then inside the breeder's house for the sixth month before we bought him. We are very lucky that he has a good disposition and is so domesticated since cage-raised cats tend to be more wild. We think the most important things to look for are kittens raised "under foot" in the breeder's house and the generation. We suspect that many Bengals and Savannahs are F4s which might be okay but may also be too close to the wild to allow them to be around people. For example, I have a friend with an F6 and he can't pick it up...it is too wild.
If you get a cat that is domesticated enough, they are fantastic pets...very smart, capable to learning tricks and commands (our Bengal knows about 20 commands), and great travel companions. He and I took a 3-day drive in our SMB back to Colorado in September and he was a great companion. He has a litter box in the van (and another in our other car) and enjoys looking out the windows, sleeping, coming up to say "hi" every once in a while, etc. In camp, we clip his harness onto a 20' line attached to the bumper and he goes out to the end of the line, sits, and just smells the air, thoroughly content...
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