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Bengal Cat Breed Information


History

Bengal kittens are one of the newer cat breeds. This is one of the kitty breeds that began as a hybrid, in this case mixing domestic cats with Asian Leopard Cats and the first Bengal appeared in the US during the 1970s. There is some controversy over the recognition of Bengal cats as TICA not only recognizes the breed, but it is their most popular. The Cat Fancier’s Association, however, does not recognize Bengals as they have concerns the breed can occasionally show aggression. Therefore in order to be shown, Bengal kittens must be at least four generations away from their Asian Leopard Cat ancestors.


Appearance

The feature of Bengal cats that distinguishes them from other kitty breeds is their wild and exotic appearance they get from their Asian Leopard Cat ancestors. Their gait is also reminiscent of a small leopard and they like their relatives, they have a sleek, muscular body with a broad nose, a wedge shaped head, strong chin and oval eyes. Their stalking gait comes from the fact that Bengal kittens are one of the cat breeds with slightly longer back legs than their front legs.


Bengal kittens are one of the kitty breeds with a short to medium length coat which is silky feeling. There is some variety in their coloring as 13 different coat colors are recognized by TICA including seal lynx point, brown tabby, marbled patterns and spotted patterns among others. Female Bengal cats usually way between 6 and 12 pounds while their male counterparts weigh between 10 and 12. They are also one of the cat breeds that can take a long time to mature, taking up to 2 years.


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Personality

Bengal cats are one of the highly intelligent kitty breeds. Because of this, they are easily trained.  Their intelligence, combined with their active nature also allows them to learn how to open doors, cabinets and windows, so be careful if you adopt a Bengal. This is one of the more active cat breeds, scaling walls and climbing tall furniture. Because of their activity level, Bengals demand attention so they need to be in a home where plenty of daily interaction is possible. In addition, their hobbies include stealing and hiding shiny objects, playing in bathtubs or water dishes, playing fetch and going for walks on a leash. Bengal kittens are also quite talkative and can make a wide variety of sounds ranging from squeaks to chirps to chortles. Because of their active nature, Bengals are ideal for previous cat owners or very active families.


The Bengal cat is:


  • Curious.
  • Active.
  • Loving.
  • Caring.


The Bengal cat also has a very good memory, they love to interact with people and are a cat that will sleep during the night, often close to the owner possibly at the end of the bed resulting in them being very active during the day with very little time to lay out in the sun.


What type of Body does the Bengal have i.e. coat, patterns etc?

The Bengal cat is:


  • Athletic.
  • Robust.
  • Agile.
  • Graceful.
  • Soft, Silky coat.


The Bengal cat's coat consists of two variations, spotted and marbled. The spotted coat is made up with either a solid colour spot or a spot that has a dark ring around an orange spot. The marbled coat looks very much like a panthers horizontal markings.


What type of coat does an Bengal have?

The Bengal cats coat is very soft and silky to touch. Also, people that are allergic to cats hair are less likely to be affected by the Bengal cats coat.


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Food the Bengal eats

The Bengal will eat any cat food you decide to feed him or her. Keep in mind that a healthy diet is very important for the wellbeing of you much loved cat.


Is the Bengal an indoor or outdoor cat?

The Bengal cat can be let out or kept in however they are an expensive cat so letting them out may be a risk.


Does the Bengal have health problem?

The Bengal cat is susceptible to food poisoning more so than other cats. This includes human food poisoning, if very severe it can lead to death. Like people, they will suffer from symptoms such as vomiting, weakness, diarrhea, fever and stomach upset. Things such as bacteria and fungus can cause problems for your Bengal cat. For more Information about Bengal cat breed, click here.


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