Bengal cats as pets – Part 4

Bengal cats as pets

The Bengal Cat (name derived from the Latin name for the Asian Leopard Cat, felis bengalensis) is one of the latest cats domesticated by human beings. Credit goes to Jean Mill who has registered the first Bengal Cat with the International Cat Association (TICA) in 1983. She has been successful to combine the stunning beauty and unique coat markings of the wild Asian Leopard Cat with the gentle and loving temperament of the domestic cat.

F1, F2, and F3 Bengals, that is, the first three generations of Bengals, are leopard/domestic cat hybrids. Females of these Foundation generations are usually owned by breeders and males are sterile and may be placed in select pet homes. F3 among them may be domesticated, and that too, with much care and attention. This wild beauty needs sufficient patience from the owners to be trained and trained gradually. Bengals or “SBT” Bengals are the fourth generation hybrids and are gentler and dynamic cats. The domestic Bengals of the fourth generation have been segregated skillfully from the wild ancestors and have been accepted as the true pet Bengal.

Bengal Cats spotted or marbled with black/brown spot or rosettes and with the color combination of brown tabby/seal lynx point/seal sepia tabby/seal mink tabby are really brilliant. The dark brown at the pads of the feet and black at the edge of the tail appear soothing to the viewers. Strangely, their belly is with the obvious spots. The soothing touch of the tender and glittering fur over their rosy epidermis appeals to all. Bengals are normally medium-sized. Some of the males may attain a weight of 16 pounds.

Bengals are quite hyperactive and always vocal and shouting cats and you will have to train your cat and he does learn and after some training he will not meow at night. He is most demanding and he wants that he is the one only to be attended. He will initially favors to bond just with you. But he may be socialized and will feel happy with others of the family in course of time. With another pet of your family he will maintain good terms and will play with him/her. But in case of his/her sickness Bengals will start hostility. Probably he does not realize that his playmate is sick. Actually he demands importance and attention all the time.

Your Bengal is very territorial. If a stray cat reaches near your house the Bengal will go on spraying for one full day. You will be highly pleased as this cat is very active, sometimes chasing with a lazer pointer

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