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The Bengal Cat

| February 5, 2011
Bengal Cat - Sp Ch. Int Ch. Wildforest Polo of Glitterkatz RQ. NQ

Bengal Cat – Sp Ch. Int Ch. Wildforest Polo of Glitterkatz RQ. NQ

Character: Bengals are very active and intelligent cats. Very curious and entertaining, they can play for hours. They love companionship, and will be a loyal friend for life.

Care: Very easy to care for , all that is needed is an occasional brush and routine nail clipping.

A Bengal is a cross between a small Asian Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis) and a domestic cat, this is the Foundation pairing that produces a hybrid cat known as a F1 Bengal. Subsequent breeding of the generations into other bengals or domestics are called F2, F3 and finally SBT or Standard Bred Tabby, Bengal. SBT is the first generation that can be seen at Cat Shows.

Very loyal, affectionate and loving pets, they purr and meow as do the more domestic breeds. They are exceedingly intelligent due to their more recent decent from the jungles of Asia. They love to climb, jump and play in water, they will happily streak through the shower or join you in the tub. The SBT Bengal exhibits the mystery and prowess of a jungle cat in appearance with the loving playful and gentle nature it shares with all domesticated cats.

Bengals train more like dogs and quickly learn parlour tricks normally associated with canines and not cats.

Bengals love to fetch, will roll over, will high five you and learn quickly to walk on a harness/collar and leash. Their learning is only limited, by what you want to teach them.

Being fearless they love outings in the car and are great vacation companions. They interact well with other animals, unrelated cats, dogs, ferrets, and even horses. They are adoring pets of children and quickly adapt to seniors. They have the same requirements for housing, potty box equipment, inoculations and food (as long it’s high protein formulated).

Bengals seldom get the aloof attitude associated with many adult cats, when you are ready to play, they are good to go. However, shy and fearful Bengal cats or kittens are very apt to remain that way and do not generally change even with the most loving care- giver. Bengals must be handled and socialized as very young kittens, so it is suggested that verifiable references are a necessity whether buying in person or on-line.

Bengals come in a variety of colours and in two patterns of markings. First is the Spotted pattern, from small spots spread thickly over the body to large and often rosetted spots with large unspotted areas between them (referred to as acreage). Look for tons of contrast between the base colour and the spots. There are six different colour variations, Brown Spotted, Seal Sepia Spotted, Seal Mink Spotted Seal Lynx Point Spotted Silver Marble and Silver Spotted. In all colours and patterns allow for kitten fuzzies that tend to hide or mute the coat, this will pass and is natures way of hiding the very young. The Seal Lynx Point kitten will be almost totally white.

The marbled pattern occurs no where else in nature, while called a Brown Marbled, look for the tricolour marbled kitten. Patterns should be asymmetrical  on  two sides of the body and the pattern should swirl and flow horizontally along the length of the body, like the colours in a glass marble. No bull’s eye pattern.  You can literally find yourself “waiting to exhale” so awesome is the beauty in this pelted coat. Marbled Bengals also come in all three snow variations, the Seal Sepia, the Seal Mink and the Seal Lynx Point who also sports yellow, aqua and blue eyes respectively.

All Bengals except the snows must have a black tipped tail and black paw pads.  Marbled kittens start with blackish gray coats with small streaks of lighter coloured fur scattered about their coat. Your breeder can advise you on marking potential but the pattern will ” break up as the kitten gets older ad so would the intensity of the colours and the contras between the pattern and the background colour

Whether you are lucky enough to “own” a “show quality” Bengal or a “pet quality” Bengal, you find that once owned by them, no other cat will ever quite do!

Ratings out of 10
Compatibility:
Children – 8
Other Pets -8
Grooming -2
Affection – 9
Playfulness -10
Attention Need – 9
Healthiness -7
Independence -4
Activity Level -10
Vocality -3
Intelligence -10

Copyright & Credit:
Breed Profile: www.i-love-cats.com
Photos copyright & courtesy: Dr. Wally Fogarty – Glitterkatz

Category: Feline Resources

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