Exotic and wild looking, the Bengal Cat seems like it belongs in a jungle. This breed was developed from cross between domestic cats and wild Asian Leopard. The Bengal Cat is athletic and agile breed with a muscular body made for jumping. The most distinctive trait of this breed is its coat that reinforces the “wild” look. Even though its appearance seems wild, the personality of the Bengal Cat is anything but that. This is an affectionate, intelligent, chatty and highly energetic breed. Bengal Cats get along with everyone but tend to form deeper bonds with their owners. This breed that loves children, other pets and isn’t afraid of being in the water.
Asian Leopard and a domestic cat. The first mention of the breed was in 1963. The American geneticist Jean Mill-Sugden crossed a domestic male with a female Asian Leopard. This mating produced a single spotted female kitten with a distinctive wild look. The kitten was named Kinkin. She was later bred back to her father and produced a litter of spotted kittens. About at the same time, Dr. Willard Centerwall from the Loyola University was crossing wild Asian Leopards with domestic cats. The leopard cats were resistant to feline leukemia virus. The researchers were interested to find out if this trait can be passed on to the hybrid offspring. Several breeders were interested in developing a new breed out of these hybrids. One of them was Jean Mill-Sugdan. Dr. Centerwall gave some of these hybrids to her and she started searching for fit males to breed them to. Feeling that neither Mau, Abyssinian or Burmese were genetically strong enough breeds, Jean looked farther. The suitable candidate turned out to be a male feral orange cat from India. With numerous and well-planed crosses, outcrosses and re-crosses, the wild looking, but temperamentally reliable breed was created. The Bengal got its name from the Asian Leopard’s scientific name – Prionailurus Bengalensis. In 1983, The International Cat Association granted this Bengal breed an experimental status, and a full recognition in 1991. The Bengal Cat is also recognized by the American Cat Fanciers Association and the Canadian Cat Association.
nutrition and food like this one, you can help your cat maintain her weight. Generally, this breed isn’t prone to obesity. So it shouldn’t be hard keeping it on the ideal weight.
a special bond with its owner. These cats love playing, jumping on high places and need to be occupied. Otherwise, they can become destructive and will certainly make a mess in your home.
Since they are highly social, they demand almost constant attention. Hence, they are suited for people who spend lots of time at home. Since this breed loves height it is best to have one or more cat trees like Pet Place Activity Tower. The Bengal isn’t a lap cat, per say, but will curl beside its owner at the end of a fun day. Compared to other breeds, Bengal is a chatty one and will communicate with thrills, chirps and meows. Since the Bengal Cat is very active, you may want to consider getting a cat enclosure. These cats have great hunting instincts and playing with toys, especially like these, will keep your kitty occupied for hours. Unlike other cats, the Bengal Cat isn’t afraid of water. So don’t be surprised to find your kitty in a shower with you. Petstages Tower. Since this is a social and inquisitive breed, it is best to spend at least 15 minutes a day in interactive play.
properly. However, like all pedigreed cats, it can develop certain health problems. This doesn’t mean your cat will for have any. But it is better to familiarize yourself in advance.
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: This condition causes the thickening of a portion of the heart. The thickening affects the heart’s ability to pump blood which results in chest pains and shortness of breath.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: This is a hereditary eye disorder that causes a degeneration of retinal photoreceptor cells. The retina slowly loses its function. This first results in night blindness and progresses to complete blindness over time.
- Patellar Luxation: This condition occurs when a cat’s kneecap is dislocated from its normal position. The dislocation can be mild to severe. In the latter cases, it can be fixed with a surgery.
dual-sided grooming brush once a week to remove any loose hair. Regular brushing will help distribute skin oils through the coat and keep it healthy. This breed sheds minimally and won’t leave tufts of hair on your furniture. Generally, this breed doesn’t need bathing. But since it isn’t afraid of water you can give it a go. Use only natural products, like Earthbath Cat Shampoo to avoid drying of the skin.
teaser toys. This breed is intelligent enough to stay away from younger children and toddlers who can’t keep up. Social and friendly, the Bengal gets along and behaves nicely towards other household pets. Since they prefer having company they enjoy spending time with both cats and dogs. Just make sure that you introduce all pets slowly and in a safe environment. Bengals have a strong hunter’s instinct. So it isn’t advisable to keep them together with smaller animals like guinea pigs or hamsters. Furthermore, this breed doesn’t have issues slipping its paw into an aquarium to fish out an extra meal! This is an extremely playful breed that likes being entertained. It will find ways to entertain itself. So try to involve your cat in play sessions every day. Invest in toy sets that will provide plenty of entertainment and fun to your cat.