Bengal cats are a cross breed between a domesticated
cat and a wild cat, Particularly the Asian leopard. The Bengal cat's
appearance is more on the side of the leopard, but with the temperament
of a domesticated cat.
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This type of breed is gaining popularity because of the exotic
look of the feline.
Being separated by at least four generations from its roots, the
Bengal cat has excellent behavior and is easy to manage. Thus, Bengal
cats can be considered as pets for any household.
A breeder from Arizona back in the 1980s launched a formal procreating
process of crossbreeding a wild leopard and a domesticated cat based
on the ancestors of these hybrids. With a coat pattern and color
in mind for preserving the wild and natural look of a leopard, he
started out and succeeded in crossbreeding the felines.
Since then, TICA (The International Cat Association) has recognized
Bengal cats and people have flocked to marvel at the wonderful results
and own these felines for themselves. The Bengal cats are different
from other kitties in that besides being fascinated with running
water, they don't mind getting wet. Bengal cats will jump in sinks,
bathtubs and even toilets and can often be found drinking from a
Bengal cats are high-energy animals more so than other kitties.
And, Bengal cats are also particularly fond of humans and will
follow people around as they go about their normal activities.
But, Bengal cats are not really ones to sit in a person's lap
for very long since they are too high energy to relax for very
For owners who are away a great deal of the time, it is recommended
that your Bengal cat have a playmate to keep it occupied. Otherwise,
the Bengal cat may just get mischievous and start destroying parts
of the home.
A Bengal cat's prominent features are its coat and wild look, which
is much like a leopard. The rosette coat pattern can be either marble
tabby or a spotted tabby. Some of these cats are even white, and
they are called Snow Bengals.
Bengal cats will often have matching blue eyes to go with their
white coats. The unusual physical characteristics of this type
of breed is the glittering effect on its coat, which is a golden
shine that covers its entire fur and makes the Bengal look amazingly
beautiful. Couple this with the different shades of red, yellow
and orange colors on its fur is what makes the Bengal cat look
exotic and splendid.
Taking Care of Bengal Cats
Just like any other pets, Bengal cats should always be properly
cared for, and this includes feeding, brushing and trips to the
veterinarian as needed. Consult a veterinarian for the line of vaccines
required to prevent diseases and save you the heartache of having
a sick pet.
These cats are healthy and vigorous, and they always love to play.
The owner should always consider giving Bengal cats lots of playing
materials and toys around it to keep its muscular and robust body
active and in shape.