The Bengal Cat - The Mini Leopard on the Sofa

Also known as the Leopardette, as it looks distinctly like a big cat in miniature form, however, it is actually one of the most friendly breeds of cat. Not only are they beautiful and cuddly, but they are one of the most playful cats you're likely to find also. Due to their intelligence and enterprising nature the pedigree cat also places great demands on their owner. As long as you give the Bengal cat enough love, attention and space, you're likely to have a great housemate on your hands.

The Character of the Bengal Cat

Although their predator-like appearance leads people to believe that they have a hissing tomboy, Bengalis are actually particularly affectionate. The Bengal cat is very chatty and extremely communicative with extensive cooing and meowing. They also appreciate physical contact, they want to cuddle persistently and accompany their people everywhere.

The Bengali’s Attitude

In addition, the Bengal cat is very agile and sporty into old age, they are extremely strong in jumping. Doing nothing and lying around lazily is not for them. If you get bored, the Bengal cat looks for fields of activity and does not hesitate to open cupboards, clear out shelves and “redecorate” its surroundings. Therefore, it is not advisable to keep a single Bengal cat as an indoor cat. If the cat has to stay alone for a long time during the day, it needs a playmate, the Bengal cat is not an animal for pure housing. They are happiest with free access, which is why at least one outdoor enclosure should be available.

As the owner of a Bengal cat, you will be constantly challenged. Your companion always needs inspiration and action in the form of hunting games, skill exercises and learning little tricks. Clicker training is a lot of fun for educated Bengal cats. It requires varied and mentally demanding activities in order to stay energised and fit. A large assortment of different toys and climbing opportunities should be available.

Caring for the Bengal Cat

Despite not needing to do too much in the way of grooming, time must be spent. The Bengal cat is very neat and keeps its fur in order. However, they enjoy being brushed, which is why you should treat the cat to this once a week. Watch out for ectoparasites such as ticks, mites and fleas while grooming. One of the most annoying, but not life-threatening pests, which lives in the digestive tract of the cat, is the "T. fetus". It spreads through the feces of an infected fellow species and causes long-lasting diarrhea. The cat usually does not show any other symptoms. If the diarrhea persists for more than a few days, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian to contact because prolonged diarrhea can be life threatening. The diarrhea is treated with antibiotics.

The Balgal cats colours

The most striking thing about the Bengal cat is its spectacularly patterned fur, it can be spotted or marble, interestingly enough it is the tiger pattern that is considered undesirable. This explains the outdated name Leopardette. The permitted colors of the Bengal cats range from Brown, Snow and Silver.

History of the Bengal Cat

The Bengal cat has only been recognized as a separate breed by the breeders' association since 1999, but has been bred in the USA since the 1960s. At that time, the geneticist Jean Mill tried to save the endangered Asian leopard cat, when it was actually a wild cat. She crossed the wild cats with short-haired domestic cats and laid the foundation for the Bengal cat breed with these hybrids. The pedigree cats are only bred today, no wild or domestic cats are crossed. Bengal cats are slim and muscular and grow relatively large. They can also weigh up to six kilograms and up to 40 centimeters shoulder height.

Special features of the Bengal Cat

Bengal cats have a strange characteristic to most other cats, they love water. Treat your house leopard to a paddling pool. Their fascination for water, inherited from their wild parents, goes so far that even bathtubs and aquariums are never off limits for them.

Profile

  • Breed: Bengal Cat
  • Size: Medium to large, up to 40cm shoulder height
  • Weight: 3-8kg depending on gender
  • Origin: United States
  • Anatomy: Slim, muscular, black pads
  • Eyes: Large, oval, with black rim
  • Fur and colour: short to medium length, dense fur with a silky texture; variable basic colors such as brown, golden, silver, orange or blue with the typical dot or marble drawing
  • Grooming: Little effort, weekly brushing needed
  • Special Features: Loves water
  • Character: Spirited, cuddly, playful, intelligent, friendly, willing to learn