If you are as curious a person like me, you would want to know more about the history of your cat too.
When I got a Bengal cat:
I often wondered about its origin.
Why was it so different from the other domestic cats?
I decided to find out more and I am now going to share with you some interesting bits of information that I found.
So what is a Bengal cat mixed with? Bengals are bred as a result of the coupling of a wild Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic cat breed. The characteristics of the cat, both physical and temperamental, are dependent on the domestic cats used. The domestic breed is usually the Shorthair cats.
Bengals are different from your regular cats.
They are unique and special, which is why not everyone can handle them.
Their personality and appearance have a lot to do with what they are mixed with.
It is a good idea to find out more to understand your cat better.
The breeding of Bengal cats
It is quite well-known that the mixture of a domestic cat with a wild Asian Leopard cat results in the birth of a Bengal cat.
The wild cat is usually fixed, that is the Asian leopard cat.
It is usually the domestic breed used that gives the Bengal its unique and distinguished personality.
Origination of Bengal cats
It was the breeding of the domestic shorthair with an Asian leopard cat that gave rise to Bengal cats.
People were attracted to the breed owing to its interesting personality, and thus, the breeding line was furthered.
The Bengals have also been used in research studies by scientists looking for the treatment of leukemia in humans and cats.
The Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic Shorthairs
You will be surprised by the lack of similarities between the Asian Leopard cat and the domestic shorthairs.
Perhaps this is the reason that their amalgamation is so unique.
Asian Leopard cats differ from domestic shorthairs in a variety of ways.
For one thing:
Asian Leopards are a tad bit too wild, both mentally and physically, to adjust with people.
They make for entertaining and loyal pets which they get from the traits of domestic cats; the wildness in their behavior which makes them a handful is courtesy of Asian Leopard cats.
What are domestic shorthairs?
Not just humans:
Cats are also stereotyped as well; domestic shorthairs are the stereotypical image of cats that most of us have.
The ancestry of these cats is not so apparent.
It is speculated that the breed is a mixture of more than two breeds.
These furballs get along well with everyone and are easy to train.
The effect of domestic Shorthair genetics on Bengals
This breed mixed in Bengal cat’s genetics influences its temperament to a great extent.
This is why you will find contrasting personalities and temperament in two Bengal cats.
It implies that a different breed of domestic cat was involved in the breeding of the two.
If you purchase your Bengal cat from a professional breeder, you can find out about the domestic origination of the cat.
Typical domestic Shorthairs can result in quite fun Bengals with a friendly nature which is why they seldom display their wild nature.
What does a typical Bengal cat look like?
|Weight||Males: 9 to 12 pounds|
Females: 7 and 10 pounds.
|Life span||10- 15 years|
Bengals manage to make an impression right from the moment that you set your eyes on them.
These medium-sized furballs are a tad bit heavier as compared to the regular cats you come across.
This is because of their muscular body and big bones.
While the average weight of an adult male Bengal cat is within the range of 9 and 12 pounds, some can even reach a weight of 18 pounds.
As domestic Shorthairs are their ancestors, this gives them their short coat which is also soft and silky.
Distinctive markings are visible on the coat throughout the body, including the face.
The markings can either be spotted, like that of a cheetah or can be stripped with a marbled appearance.
You can find Bengals with colors of black, brown, and silver among others.
Their eyes are yellow and tend to be quite large and erect.
These physical features of the cat often give them quite a formidable look.
This is particularly true when they are on their defense mode.
When these cats are scared, the hair all over the body stands up, making them appear larger.
This can be a scary sight for quite a lot of people.
What type of temperament can you expect to find in a typical Bengal cat?
|Characteristics||Extent of behavior of the breed|
|Behavior with children||Excellent|
|Behavior with dogs||Excellent|
You might have heard some people complaining about how their cat tires them out.
These, in all probability, are owners of Bengal cats.
Bengals are not easy to handle, which is why it is not uncommon for people to give them up.
They are quite a lot of fun but highly demanding as well.
They do not appreciate being neglected or left alone.
On top of that:
They are highly observant and quick learners as well.
When you leave them alone for some time, their curiosity takes over and they decide to explore your house.
Bengal cats would instead prefer jumping about the house, climbing stuff and playing.
Bengals are quite intelligent and thus can be trained to do tricks and pick techniques with ease.
Do Bengals make good pets?
Whether or not Bengal cats become good pets largely depends on how you handle them.
Bengals are fun loving, friendly, and entertaining pets.
They are not all play and no work.
They expect a lot from you as well, and they do not like being disappointed.
They want to be given attention and played with.
These cats expect you to come up with new and different games for them.
Bengals do not like being confined to a restricted area. They need ample space for playing.
They love to climb high which is why you might want to take a look at the top of your cupboard if you cannot find your cat.
Admonishing them or behaving strictly with them is never a good idea.
This wakes up the inner Asian Leopard cat genetics in them.
Bengals, when angry, are nearly impossible to handle.
They require gentle care and patience.
Once your Bengal cat feels at home with you, you will truly understand its worth.
They get along well with older children but are not suited for families with toddlers.
These furballs enjoy the company of dogs which is hardly surprising considering that the two have quite a lot in common.
Bengals make for great pets, as long as you make for great owners.
Do Bengals have any special dietary needs? Not really.
Bengals are not very particular about food.
You can get them formulated cat food that is free of grain without any worries.
However, make sure that the quality of the food is top notch.
The subpar quality will reflect on their coat.
Do Bengals require any special care? Bengals have only two expectations from you; you give them attention and space.
Thus, the care of these fascinating cats revolves around how you behave with them.
Make sure that they feel loved.
They need to be given adequate space for playing.
These furballs do not have any special grooming needs.
They do not shed much. Therefore, once a week brushing of their coat would suffice.
Take care of their dental hygiene and inspect their ears once a week.
Bathing them once a week is enough though since Bengals love water; they would not mind joining you for a shower.
Are Bengal cats suitable for me? This depends on whether you are willing to put in the work.
If you have handled a toddler, you know it is not easy but is worth it. Bengals are similar.
The difference is that a toddler will grow out of it, a Bengal will not.
Opt for these cats only if you think you have the patience for them.