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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.
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 lovably 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 if they’re not up to his standards. 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.
Our Kittens are a part of our home and are exceptionall socialized with people and other animals. They are not caged, and get plenty of snuggle time every day. Because Bengals are highly intelligent, high energy cat, we make sure that they have enough to do in a day that fancies their curiosity, as well as promotes the exercise they require.
When looking for a kitten and researching a specific breed, it’s important that you are aware of any health problems the breed is predisposed to so that you can reduce or eliminate the chances of bringing home an affected kitten, which could have devastating consequences. There are currently 3 known genetic conditions that every Bengal breeder should test or screen for in order to help prevent the passing down of hereditary Bengal health issues:
· PK-Def, which causes anemia
· Bengal PRA, which causes blindness
· HCM, which causes heart failure
Evans Ranch Pride Cattery genetically tests every breeding cat. Our cats are screened routinely by a veterinarian and certified healthy. We offer a three-year genetic health guarantee on all our kitten/cats. All kittens go to their forever homes microchipped, litter box trained, and with all age-appropriate veterinarian wellness checks and immunizations.
Evans Ranch Pride Cattery is a TICA Registered Breeder and follows the TICA Code of Ethics. Our kings and Queens are DNA tested through Optimal selection to ensure we are breeding cats with the very best of genetic health. We are also licensed and inspected by PAFCA through the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
We welcome questions. We love to educate. We love fitting the right pet to the right home.