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The Bengal Cat’s name comes from the scientific name for the Asian Leopard Cat, Prionailurus bengalensis. Bengals are the only domestic cat with rosettes that resemble the markings on leopards, jaguars and ocelots.
An average Bengal female will weigh just under 10 pounds. The average male will weigh slightly higher, between 10 and 15 pounds. While some Bengals have gotten as large as over 20 pounds, this is not usual. The average life span is 12-15 years.
Bengal Cats are athletic and have well-defined muscles, creating a strong, lean, and sleek appearance. They feature high cheekbones, dark markings around the eyes and the ears are small and pointed but round at the tips. Their coats, which are actually a pelt and considered to be a part of their skin, have a unique, plush feel unlike any other cat breed. Because they are low shed and have no undercoat, along with this type of “skin,” they are low allergen. There is no such thing as a nonallergenic cat.
One of the most distinctive features of this feline is its unique coat pattern and color. Most Bengal Cats’ coats have rich, highly contrasted shades of bright orange to light brown (known as browns), with dark spots or a distinctive marbling pattern. Some even have a “glitter” to the tips of their fur, which glistens when the light hits it. Other colors include the beautiful Silvers, dazzling “Snow” Bengals – the Lynx Point, the Lynx Mink, and the Sepia. More exotic colors are the Charcoal and the Silver Charcoal, the Blue (the d,d dilute gene) is very rare, and the Black which is also known as melanistic. Their patters can be spotted, marbled, or sparbled, with a beautiful variety of spots. They can be single-spotted, rosetted – arrowhead, paw-printed, donut, clustered- and they can be clouded.
Bengals may look like a wild cat, but purchasing a Bengal that has been well socialized from birth, this breed is as lovingly friendly as the time you put into it. Full of life and extremely people-oriented, Bengals are playful, energetic cats with a generous dose of curiosity. Fans of the Bengal rave about their personality and playful antics. Bengals form strong bonds of love and loyalty with their families, and become faithful, affectionate, fun-loving friends, provided you meet them halfway and give them the love they need in return. They require your time.
Athletic and agile, Bengals love to climb and will gravitate toward the highest point in any room. Bengals are often great sources of entertainment.
One of the main characteristics that make them so special as companions is their intelligence. We have found that regular kitty toys are not enough. They bore easily. We’ve gone to human toddler electronic interactive toys, as well as robotic toys, and the wonderful Ferris Cat Wheel from ZiggyDo.Com. But nothing replaces your personal one-on-one time with your cat.
Bengals learn very quickly, and enjoy learning new behaviors. In fact, they may learn tricks you’d rather they didn’t, such as turning on and off light switches, opening doors, and turning on water in your bathroom sink. The curious Bengal may get into everything, and changes in the home often provoke a quick response from the Bengal. Open a cupboard and your Bengal may dive in for a look-see, and will rearrange the contents. But to leave this thought on the positive, they can learn the good things, too. They are easy to leash train. They can be taught tricks like a dog can – stay, sit, fetch and much more. They are eager to please.
Because of the leopard cat’s habit of eliminating in water to hide their scent from larger predators, some Bengals learn to use the toilet. Like their wild relatives, Bengals relish their freedom; they dislike being held or restrained. Bengals often love water, particularly if it’s running. Some only dip an occasional paw under the faucet, while others may try to go for a romp in the tub or shower—as long as it’s their idea. Some report that their cats’ fascination with water borders on obsession, and steps must be taken to keep floods to a minimum; Bengal owners quickly learn to keep the toilet lid down.
Because Bengals are a highly intelligent, high energy cat, it is important to make sure that they have enough to do in a day that fancies their curiosity, get the exercise they need, and are getting all the human bonding time they require.