If you’re the first to see an Bengal cat in your living space it’s likely to make you think that it’s a wild cat that has moved in. It’s because this magnificent breed sports a marbling or spotted coat that is a bit like an ocelot or wild leopard. However, the Bengal isn’t wild at all and also has a devoted, affectionate personality. While Bengals were created by breeding domestic cats with one Asian leopard cat, their wild instincts were long ago removed.
Bengal cats first became accepted as breeds in 1983, and since then this handsome cat has skyrocketed in popularity. As with other hybrid breeds like that of Savannah cat, Bengal cat breeds are classified by the number of generations they have been separated from their natural parent. In the case of the kitten, the Asian leopard is called an F1. Every subsequent generation receives numbers such as F2, F3, F4 etc. To be considered to be a true domestic cat the Bengal must be at least an F4.
Before you buy or adopt a Bengal feline or cat be sure to contact the local and state governments and check if they’re banned in certain locations, including Hawaii and New York City. Bengals could also have limitations when they are part of the F1-F3 generation.
Bengal cats can be described as a small and agile breed, and typically weigh between 8 and 15 pounds. They’re known for their thick and short coats which are boldly colored in shades of silver, brown and snow. Their fur is extremely soft to the touch and feels a little like fluffy hair. The most commonly used eye colors observed in Bengal cats are yellow, brown, orange, and green.
A Bengal cat’s coat is what differentiates him from other felines. In fact, Bengals are the only breed with marks that resemble the wild Asian leopard ancestry. Spotted or marbled coats are equally popular and are just as beautiful. Because their fur is so small, they require only an occasional brushing session to remove the dead cells and hair that have accumulated.
Although Bengal cats weigh about the same weight as a typical domestic cat, they’re typically bigger due to their muscular, long bodies. Also, their long legs make them excellent jumpers so don’t be shocked if you find your Bengal staring down at you from counters and shelves.
Although a wild Bengal appears on the outside, he’s incredibly soft and sweet inside. These affectionate cats are gregarious however they may be able to christen a certain pet as their favorite. Bengals have a great relationship with children, other cats, and with family dogs. The most important thing, however, is early exposure and socialization to family members from a young age. If you are trying to introduce a new pet to older Bengals that are already established in their habits, you could face some challenges to face.