There are many different types of cat in the world, all of which appeal to different people. However, one popular choice is the Bengal cat. For those who aren’t familiar with the Bengal cat, we’ve put together some information on the species so that you can be aware of its unique charms.
The Bengal cat first came to public attention in 1889, when information about them was written in a book by a man called Harrison Weir. The Bengal itself is crossed with an Asian leopard cat and a domestic to keep the qualities of the Bengal without compromising on domestication.
A Bengal cat will traditionally have markings which are similar to those of a wild cat, as it’s origins would suggest. There’s also usually a mascara like effect present on the breed, taking the form of striping across the eyes, as well as striping present on the foreleg. The Bengal is widely sought after by cat enthusiasts for it’s sleek and luxurious coat.
Nickname – Living Room Leopard
Once the Bengal has been bred three times from the original generation, it has usually acquired a very domestic temperament, being quite gentle and suitable for the home. However, it is vital that you keep your cat at least three generations from the original wild animal to ensure this. Bengal cats are also known to be very fond of water and also enjoy jumping around.
The health of a Bengal cat is usually good for the species, although there have been reports of some Bengal cats having a condition which causes blindness from the first year onwards. They also usually have type A blood as well.
As part of its domestic temperament, the Bengal cat can be trained with a lead and enjoys walks around it’s yard and the local neighbourhood.
The fur coat of a Bengal cat is actually what makes it so unique among domestic feline breeds. The markings and patterns which adorn its fur are almost impossible to replicate, and this makes them popular due to their unique nature and resemblance to a leopard.
These are the basic facts about the Bengal cat. They’re great for house pets, but are also naturally curious and won’t hesitate to explore a new place or item in the household. These cats are very much individual and unique animals, and are well worth getting to know if you choose to take on one, as they can definitely enrich the life of an owner with their gentle nature, approachability, and willingness to be trained to walk on a lead and exercise, not to mention the appeal and ability to fit in with a family environment with ease.
Famous Bengal Cats
and Their Human Companions
Max & Twilight star Kristen Stewart
Mr Mew & Elizabeth Hurley
Rosh & Megan Fox
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