About Bengal Cats
Bengal cats resemble the look of their wild ancestors (Asian Leopard Cat), but don't be fooled by looks alone. Today's Bengals are prized for their wonderful, entertaining personalities, gaining themselves a reputation as great family pets.
Experimental cross breeding between wild Asian Leopard Cats and domestic house cats began in earnest back in the 1960's. The goal was the look of the exotic cat, and combine it with a pleasant personality that would make it a good house pet. By the fourth generation, that goal had been achieved, resulting in the breed we know and love today.
Bengals are a bit larger than the average cat, owing to their Asian Leopard heritage, and should feel quite muscular. Their heads look small in comparison to their body size, and their coats are like "pelts" to the touch. They also do not shed as a normal house cat, often people allergic to cats do not experience any symptoms.
Bengal cats come in two different colors and patterns.
Colors include: Brown, Silver, White, also called "snows".
Patterns include: Spotted, Marbled
Bengal cats have retained the best features from both their wild and domestic ancestors. This has resulted in pets with enormous personality, who are very interested in everything around them, and who love engaging in a lot of one-on-one with their human companions. They are cats but act mostly like dogs. They will follow you from room to room to satisfy their curiousity. You can even teach them to play fetch, walk on leash etc. They show a great love for climbing trees and are quite adept at it, rarely needing assistance getting down. These feline athletes also love a good romp in the water. Although, they should never be left alone outside without supersion.
From their domestic parentage, Bengal cats have developed a calm friendly nature, making them good candidates for family life. They seem more than able to take changes in stride, another asset to their character.
The Bengal's vocalizations are also quite interesting. Not only can they growl and yowl as most cats do, Bengals also make a sort of chirping noise, and they use all of these sounds to try to communicate their wants and needs to their humans.
Be aware that when you take on a Bengal cat, you are taking on a pet with a big personality, one who is very self-assured, open and loving, but one who is also quite capable of getting whatever it wants. These cats are fun loving and adventurous, so if you're looking for a quiet, retiring companion, better look to tabby. Bengals require, and love active companionship.