The Bengal Cat

exotic yes, wild no

The bengal cat is a very unique cat that deserves a second look. Looking much like their wild ancestors, the Asian leopard Cat, these gentle leopards have the sweetness of the average domestic cat, without the issues that come with them. This is a much better way for those who love exotic cats looks, to have a domesticated version of the Leopard Cat.

The goal for the Bengal Cat was to develop a domestic breed of cat that had a strong resemblance to its founding ancestor, the Asian Leopard Cat. These cats were carefully bred down from its wild ancestor. At the same time this new breed of cat was bred to be pleasant, trustworthy, and a wonderful family companion. The conformation is definitely that of the Asian Leopard cat. The Bengal Cat is now most registered breed in TICA, (The International Cat Association).

These fabulous felines also have an affinity for running water and normally don’t mind getting wet. A lot of owners are sure have stories about their cat’s affection for running water, even jumping into a sink or tub. Bengal cats have a lot of energy, are very intelligent, curious, and are interactive with their owners, wanting to be in the middle of everything human. They often follow their owners around the house as household chores are performed. A Bengal cat enjoys its playtime!  Playing games is something a Bengal can learn and really enjoys, such as hide and seek or playing fetch. Bengals have high requirements for play and activity, therefore plenty of colorful toys, climbing post (cat trees) are a bonus as they love high places. Toys should be stimulating  and human interaction should be provided as they can be quite mischievous and sometimes destructive when bored. If you are away from home a lot during the day, then a companion cat might be in order. Another high energy breed would be ideal.

These beautiful cats have a coat that is a rich diversity of color. The Bengal coat pattern is either black spotted or classic (marbled). Rosettes (a spot with at least 2 colors) are highly desired. Bengals have several colors and two coat patterns.

There are several colors and patterns that are recognized and eligible for competition:  Seal Sepia, Brown Marbled Tabby, Brown Spotted Tabby, Seal Sepia, Marbled Tabby, (Seal Sepias have yellow, gold and green eyes). Seal Mink Marbled Tabby, Seal Mink Spotted Tabby,  Seal Minks have aqua colored eyes and very distinctive markings with good contrast.  SpottedSeal Lynx Point and  Marbled Seal Lynx Point. Commonly called Snow Leopards, these cats have white to cream coats with pale spots or marbling and crystal blue eyes. Bengal cats are the only  breed of cat which displays the gold or pearl dusting effect usually called glitter. Glitter is caused by hollow clear hairs that sparkle like diamonds when inthe sun. Its pelt has a rich smooth satin or silk feel.  The marbled coat is the most luxurious to the touch.  The marbling was introduced by use of the American Shorthaired Tabby in early breeding programs, Bengals however have taken the marbled effect to it’s most beautiful extreme.

Bengals are best kept indoors except while on a leash when out of doors. If outside unsupervised, a neighbor or someone passing by might find its attractive, exotic looks desirable and adopt your cat. There are also many other dangers to your cat. Fleas, dogs, cars, ticks, and disease are all things that can harms your cat.

With love, trust and respect for each other, having a Bengal can be can be one of the best experiences with having a pet.

Their beautiful and unusual coat, may be one thing that attracted you to the Bengal, but it’s not just a possession to be owned. Having them as a member of your family, you will never be disappointed. Enjoy the Bengal , they will bond as completely to you as you bond to them, plus in doing so you will have a richly enhanced life with a pet whose loyality and devotion to you is beyond measure.