Summary of the Bengal Cat
Life span: 12-16 years
Shedding: Not noticeable, little grooming required
"In 1963, Jean S. Mill crossed the domestic cat with the Asian Leopard Cat, a spotted, five to twelve pound, shy non-domestic cat species from Asia. This was the first effort to use hybrid offspring to create a breed of domestic cat with the loving nature of the best fireside tabby and the striking look of Leopards, Ocelots and Jaguars." - Cat Fanciers Association.
It wasn't until the 1980's that the modern bengal cat we know and love today emerged thanks to Jean S. Mill in the United States. This newer breed then became regonised by the GCCF in 1997.
The Bengal takes on many visible characteristics of it's wild ancestors. Bengals are muscular in stature and they carry their tails low like an undomesticated cat would. Females are significantly smaller than males but both feature beautiful broad wedge-shaped heads and friendly expressions. With cheek bones to die for, the cutest whisker pads and a strong broad muzzle all contributing to their wild appearance.
The Bengal coat is short to medium and very soft. Bengals come in a wide variety of patterns and colours, one of the most popular being the "Rosetted Bengal“, where their spots are a contrasted two-toned colouring.
As well as spotted bengals, they can also have a marbled, swirly pattern.
If you're looking for a companion you can pick up and stroke for hours on end then the Bengal is not for you.
Bengals can be quite mischievous and they love to play. They need lots of toys and entertainment to keep their intelligent brains occupied. Bengal cats have a good set of lungs and they love to be vocal. You’ll be told if they’re hungry, if they’re not happy with the state of their litter tray or anything else that might not be pleasing them. They can be quite fussy and they are not shy in conveying their feelings through meows.
Bengals Form Close Bonds
While they are vocal and love to play, Bengals are very affectionate. Playing with your cat will help to form a close bond but don’t be surprised if they select one of the family to form an extra special friendship with.
Many people think Bengals are more aggressive than other breeds, but this is false. Bengals are the same as other domestic breeds. They need to be socialised from a young age in just the same way as other cats to avoid behavioural problems.
Fresh air, space and high vantage points help to keep Bengals healthy and active. However it is not recommended to let your bengal outside unsupervised. Many owners opt to keep this breed indoors and Bengals are able to adapt to this way of living. For the best of both worlds, consider ProtectaPet Cat Enclosures, Cat Fencing or Catios, depending on your garden type.