About the Bengal Cat
The Bengal cat is probably one of the most recognized and exotic looking pet cat breeds in the world. They look just like wild cats, without the size and possibility of being eaten.
Bengal Cat History
The Bengal cat was first bred by crossing Asian Leopard cats with domestic cats. The result was the beautiful and much adored Bengal breed of cats. Jean S Miller began the Bengal breeding program in 1963, and all Bengal cat breeds known today are descendants from the cats bred by her program from the early 1980’s.
The idea which sparked the breading program was the want from people to keep wild cats, but without the dangers associated with having a natural born hunter with huge teeth in your home.
The Bengal cat was created to fill the gap with its stunning looks and amazing representations of being a house safe wild cat.
Bengal Cat Appearance
This is the most talked about aspect of owning a Bengal cat. The outstanding looks are sure to make everyone who enters your home stop and stare. From the muscular physique to the wild marking this stunning cat is one to wow.
These descendants of wild cats come in the basic colors orange, dark yellow, gold and light brown.
It is the marbling pattern which really makes this breed of cat stand out.
They often come with a marbling pattern or a spotted,
Marbled is a reference to the long-swirled pattern fading in to the background of the cats fur.
Spotted is a reference to the striking rosettes or rounded spots which are usually a mix of colors.
You can also find ‘spangled’ pattern Bengal cats which are a mix of both.
Bengal cats size
On average male Bengals can grow from 10 – 18 lbs whereas females can grow anywhere between 6 – 12 lbs.
They are considered a medium to large size cat. They often grow to around 70 cm Tall.
Bengal cat personality and characteristics
What we love about the Bengal cat breed, is how much it loves being an adventurous cat. We can only imagine this is down to their genetic make up from their ancestors the wild cats.
Bengal cats are constantly on the move. They love to climb, explore and are super curious cats. With an intelligent mindset these cats love being played with especially with interactive toys which make them think.
Although not what one would refer to as a lap cat, they do love attention. More so in the way of playing. The great thing about Bengal cats is that they love to play games such as fetch.
Bengal cats love to climb, the more they have to climb the better. They are the free runners of the cat world. It makes sense to have a cat tree for them to keep themselves entertained and even a window perch where they can bird watch will help keep them occupied.
If you work all day most days, or there isn’t anybody home regularly then you Bengal cat may not be too happy, they thrive of human attention and interaction. They have no issue keeping themselves entertained going through your drawers and taking things apart.
They will often jump on or around you to get your attention.
Bengal cats typically get along with other pets and dogs. They are more likely to be happier in homes with older children who will respect their boundaries but also enjoy playing stimulating games with them.
They are fine with younger children as long as they have access to their own safe space where they can be away from poking and pulling.
As surprising as it may be, Bengal cats aren’t afraid of water, it wouldn’t be a shock to find them dipping their paws into the local aquarium trying to catch fish.
Bengal Cat Health
Just like humans can develop genetic health problems, so can our feline friends. When approaching a breeder to buy a Bengal cat and they claim they have no genetic problems it is likely they don’t fully understand the extent of the breed.
Most breeders will offer you a health guarantee.
Bengal are known to have hereditary health issues which ‘may’ be a concern. One of those conditions is ‘polycystic kidney disease. Thankfully, there are DNA test available to remove cats affected with PKD from the breeding line.
Just be aware, again like humans, cats have a tendency to over eat and we as owners have a tendency to over feed. Keeping your cat active and on the right amount of food, with the correct diet can reduce health implications massively.
Bengal cats require minimum grooming, their fur is often short and luxurious to the touch. Weekly brushing is a relaxing way for you to keep on top of their grooming routine, and they will absolutely love it.
Whilst doing your weekly groom don’t forget it is a great time to check their ears for any redness, swelling or bad smells which could cause an infection. They can be wiped out with a damp cotton ball with a little cleaner from your local pet store.
Check their teeth and nails regularly and don’t forget to schedule your veterinary check-ups.
Most importantly of all, don’t forget your cat insurance. For a minimum monthly cover you can feel easy knowing your favorite feline friend is covered for any illnesses, or diseases and accidents.