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ELYSIAN 
BENGALS

SOCIALIZATION

"being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods"

Socialization is one of the key components at Elysian Bengals in raising our Bengal babies. Socializing is so important for not only for personal development but social development. The primary goal is to have our kittens feel mentally prepared and mature to go to their new homes so that their stress levels are as low as possible, they adjust to their new homes quickly, and are able to bond with their new owners as soon as possible. In addition, it prepares them for new things they have never encountered before allowing them to navigate a new situation with little stress or worry.  

Here at Elysian Bengals, we do our best to provide various stimulating enrichment and experiences for optimum development until 15-16 weeks when they go to their new homes. We take many principles of exposure from Puppy Culture but have begun to develop our own methods to further improve the process. 

Our socialization begins as soon as our babies are born. While we leave most birthing and rearing up to mom, they do allow us to handle the babies immediately and often request be involved. 

Our kittens are handled regularly throughout the day and experience early neural stimulation from day one. At each developmental stage, we add new stimuli which include targeting touch, sight, smell, sound, taste, textures, and experiences involving other humans, animals, cars rides, basic care (baths, nailing cutting, brushing etc.), and more.

Our socialization program also creates a basis to help promote natural behaviors in our kittens that show signs of being fantastic emotional support or therapy animals for those looking for a kitten that can fulfill this role in their family's lives.

Below is an extensive list of things we try to expose our kittens too. If there is an opportunity for something new we won't hesitate to include that as well!

SOCIALIZATION STIMULI

SIGHT


Broom Ceiling Fan Folding Large items Leaves Mirror Mop TV Vacuum





SOUND


Babies Blues Music Caribbean Music Cat Sounds Chickens Children City Clapping Classical Music Construction Coughing Country Music Crinkle Things Crying Dehumidifier Disco Music Disney Music Dog Sounds Doing Dishes Donkey Door Bell Doors Dub Step Music Fans/AC Fire Works Fray Funk Music Hair drier Heavy Metal Music Indie Rock Music Jazz Music Key Board Play Mat Knocking Latin American Music Laughing Metal clanging Music of Africa Nature Sounds Ocean Opera Music Orchestra Music Phone alarms Plastic/trash Bags Punk Rock Music R&B/Soul Music Rap Music Reggae Music Rock Music Showers Sneezing Storms Tarp Techno Music Things falling Toilet Flushing Vacuum Velcro Wind chimes Zippers





TEXTURE


Artificial turf Bone Bubble Wrap Burlap Cardboard Catalyst Chick Crumble Chunked Meat Clay Litter Concrete Cotton Sheets Felt Flannel Fleece Foam Ground Meat Horse Pellets Knitted Leather Leaves Linoleum Memory foam Metal Microfiber Mink Oatmeal Paper Pellets Plastic Pleather Rip Stop Nylon Rope Scatter rubber mat Sensory domes Sensory pads Shag Carpet Shaggy/noodle mat Sherpa Fabric Silk Silky Comforter Sisal Skin Stone Suction cup rubber mat Teethers Tile Various Carpet Various Towels Water Whole Prey Wood Wool





TASTE


Alpaca Antelope Beaver Beef Bison Bone Broth Brewer's yeast Camel Chicken Chicken Egg Chicks (WP) Colostrum Cornish Game Hen Crawdads Duck Duck Egg Ducklings (WP) Elk Emu Finch Fish Fish (WP) Freeze Dried Raw Frog legs Game Hen Gerbil Goat Goats Milk Goose Green Lipped Mussel Guinea Pig Guineas (WP) Hamster Keet/Guinea Fowel Krill/Fish Oil Lamb Mackerel Mice (WP) Octopus Ostrich Peacock Pollack Pork Pumpkin Seed Quail Quail (WP) Rabbit Salmon Sardines Squirrel Tripe Turkey Venison Whole Prey





SMELL


Borax Cat Nip Herb infused vinegar Hydrogen peroxide Sanitizer Vinegar





TOUCH


Baby Hold Being towels off Clipping Nails Cuddled Ears Evaluated Face Hugging Kissed Mouth Paws Pet Head to Tail Picked Up Pinching skin Tummy





TOYS


Ball Pit Ball Tracks Balls Bouncey Ball Cat Nip Toys Cat Shelves Cat Trees Cat Wheel Crinkle Things Feathers Letter Magnets Spring Toys Strings Stuffed Animals Tag Blankets Teasers





PEOPLE


…wearing glass …wearing hats …wearing hoodies …with beards Adults Bald Ethinic people Hair down Hair Up Human interaction Infants Men TatToos Toddlers Vet Women Young Children





OTHER


Carrier Closed litter box Combing/brushing Cutting nails Dogs/Puppies Eye drops Flea/Tick Sprayed Front entry litter box Glassware Metalware Ppen litter box Other Animals Paperware Plasticware Syringing medication Top entry Litter box Vet Wobble cushion Wobble board Being alone Being held Scruffing