Domestic Bengal Cats: an Exotic Cat Breed

Domestic Bengal Cats - a Dog-like Pet

Thinking about getting a new pet for the family, but can't decide between a cat or a dog? Perhaps you should adopt a Bengal! These beautiful felines are unique, and in some ways easier to care for than other domestic cats. Purebred animals have the following traits:

  • A love of water - some even will swim!
  • Playfulness - they enjoy chasing balls, and running on wheels
  • They can be trained to walk on leashes
  • They can be trained to sit and do tricks
  • Highly loyal
  • "Talkative"
  • Amazing jumping/balancing abilities

The Bengal breed is fully domesticated, although it was originally bred from a cross between an Asian Leopard Cat (a small, wild cat that lives in forests) and a "regular" domestic cat breed such as Abyssinian, American Shorthair, or Burmese. Now, only its markings are wild-looking. To be accepted for registration by the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA), The International Cat Association (TICA) or the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), a Bengal Cat must be at least four generations (F-4) away from its Asian Leopard Cat ancestor. The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) considers Bengals to be "wild," however, and will not accept them for showing or registration.

Similarly, in the United Kingdom, it is currently unlawful to own one a Bengal under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976. The government is considering adopting regulations to lift the ban, however.

The Bengal breed was first "created" in 1963, but formal breeding programs did not start until the 1980s. It was formally recognized by TICA in 1984 as a registered breed.

A beautiful domestic Bengal Cat
A beautiful domestic Bengal Cat | Source

These Cats Can be Trained Like Dogs!

Variations of the Domestic Bengal Cat Breed

There are many beautiful types of Bengal Cats, which differ primarily based on their coat markings and color. In general, the cats are medium-sized and muscular, weighing anywhere from 10-18 pounds when full-grown.

Bengals eat the same diet as other breeds, unless there are special health issues. Of course, they should be vaccinated as any other breed. Unless you plan to breed or show your feline, it should be spayed or neutered, as well.

Domestic Bengal Cats are regal looking, but playful and fun
Domestic Bengal Cats are regal looking, but playful and fun | Source

Different Coat Varieties of Domestic Bengal Cats

Markings:

  • Spotted The most desirable spots are two-toned (dark around the outside and lighter on the inside). These are found along the body of the animal, with striping usually on the legs and face
  • Marbled As the name implies, stripes/marking on the coat are swirled around in a beautiful marbled pattern
  • Glittered Glittering is not so much a mark, but a characteristic of the coat. In some cats, it looks as though gold dust has been scattered over the top. Obviously, these specimens are highly valued!

Colors:

  • Brown (aka Gold)
  • Seal Sepia
  • Seal Mink
  • Silver - Very rare; just recognized in 1994
  • Blue (may occur, but not formally recognized by associations yet)
  • Black (same as above)
  • Cinnamon (same as above)
  • Red (same as above)

Combining markings and colors, you can find the following Bengal variations eligible for competitions, among others: Brown Spotted Tabby, Brown Marbled Tabby, Seal Sepia Spotted Tabby, Seal Sepia Marbled Tabby, Seal Mink Spotted Tabby, Seal Mink Marbled Tabby, Seal Spotted Lynx Point and Seal Marbled Lynx Point.

Most versions of the breed are short-haired. However, you can now find a few long-haired Bengal Cats, as well. As with the colors that are not formally recognized, they simply make wonderful pets. Just do not plan on showing or breeding your Bengal.

Have you Ever Seen a Cat do This?

Brown spotted coat on a Domestic Bengal Cat
Brown spotted coat on a Domestic Bengal Cat | Source

Where Can you Find a Domestic Bengal Cat to Adopt as a Pet?

It is surprisingly easy to find a domestic Bengal cat. We adopted one from a breeder in our relatively small Central Oregon city about 18 months ago.

However, as with any pet, you need to do thorough research about the breeder and their operations and make sure that you are ready to bring an animal into your home. While its true that cats are relatively easy pets, you should be certain that you have the time, patience and finances to adequately care for your new family member. And find out now if anyone has allergies! Not after you bring a new kitten home!

A pure-bred Bengal Cat can be very expensive, particularly if you are seeking papers to show and/or breed the cat yourself. Prices can range from $700-2000, or more!

In our case, the local breeder had several kittens that were a bit older (6 months old), whose markings did not "come out" for show. They were already fixed, and we got our "Romeo" for a bargain price of less than $100. You may also get lucky through a rescue organization, or even at your local Humane Society. Keep your eyes open for a Bengal!

Love this domestic bengal cat kitten!
Love this domestic bengal cat kitten! | Source

Hungry Kitty!

Adopting a Bengal Cat

If you decide to adopt one of these special breeds of cats, you should be pleasantly surprised. Even "non-cat lovers" have become converts to the Bengal breed. They are highly personable, relatively easy to train (who would say that about a cat), and have many great characteristics of a dog, but significantly less dependent!

Before you go to see a litter of Bengal kittens, or visit a cat you're considering bringing into your home, a word of warning. It will be hard to resist! The Bengal Cat is a unique, one-of-a-kind breed that will find quickly find a place in your heart (or in your shower in the morning!)

Its hard to find a more human-like feline companion! So, watch out dogs... before long the Bengals may become Man's Best Friend. Or at least give you a serious run for your money!

p.s. Domestic Bengal cats generally get along great with dogs, too. It might be the common misperception of the breed that they are actually dog-like!

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John Chancellor 8 years ago from Tennessee

Steph,

Very interesting. I had never heard of this breed. I found this very interesting. Unfortunately everyone in the house is allergic to cats.

Since you are a cat lover and if you have some time to waste, you might want to check out the site www.icanhascheezburger.com It is a site with pictures of cats (mostly) in some very funny situations with extremely funny captions. It is worth a few minutes of browsing. But since there are thousands of pictures and content is being added daily, it can be addictive.


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Bengals are beautiful cats, but seem to be a handful. I have a hard enough time with my Ocicat :)


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks John! I will definitely check out the website (not that I EVER waste time - LOL!). Uninvited Writer, I would love to find out more about the Ocicat. I did research the Bengal breed before we got our cat a few years back. I'll bet they might be a handful together!


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

These cats are so beautiful. I love the photos.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Stacie - even our cat (a "reject") is really cool looking. We get comments all the time about him. He's a fun pet to have - and definitely acts like he's one of the dogs!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

What amazing pictures Steph! I love them. I should not be allowed to read animal hubs because then I just want to go and add on to my already too numerous zoo.

Great hub regards Zsuzsy


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Beautiful pictures, I love cats, but mainly had siamese both of mine were like dogs they would follow you around everywhere. People think you cannot train them. Wrong.. You sure can....and they train you too. ....very cunning and clever cats.

Great hub


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Steph, what beauties! Great information too :)


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Zsuzsy - I was almost thinking the same thing about making the hub! Oh no... I shouldn't be doing this!! These kitties are so dang cute! Thank you! Eileen, my first cat ever was part Siamese, and those cats are very smart and trainable too. Talkable, as well. I think that's why I like our Bengal so much. Amy Jane - thanks for your comments, as well. This was a fun one. Steph


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa

Very interesting, Steph! They really are lovely. Do they tend to do well at cat shows?


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Gadzooks 8 years ago from United Kingdom

Lovely loooking animals... I read in the uk a while back that someone had bred a "tiger cat". I am not sure what the make up of the "breed" was, but, as the name suggests they were bred with stripes!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Kat, I'm not sure about cat shows. I imagine they would steal the show! Let me find out more... Gadzooks, these are not tiger cats, although the name implies such. They come from a heritage of an Asian Leopard Cat. There are other cross-breeds, as well though, including Ocicats, etc. Maybe I should write some more Hubs? :-)


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

Gorgeous pictures! I'm not much of a cat person, but the bengal is an attractive cat.Have you seen the tiger cat? I forget the actual name, but it was created by the daughter of the lady who created the bengal. It looks identical to a wild tiger, same ear shape, stripes, and everything. She selectively breed the pointed domestic cat ears to be rounded and whatnot. It's crazy. Difference is that the tiger marked cat is all domestic cat. Very selectively bred.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Whitney - you might be a convert! They are really cool cats (no pun intended). I've got to go check out information on the tiger cat. That sounds very interesting - round ears! Wow!


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

Steph, these cats are gorgeous, but I don't see myself paying over a grand for them. I tried to do a quick search for a link, but couldn't find anything. I'll search again real quick. It would be a lot easier if I could remember their breed name.

TOYGER! That's it!

Here are a few links:

http://www.toygers.org/

http://www.toygerbreed.com/about.htm

I couldn't find a pictures of the rounded ears. It may be something that the lady's till perfecting. I did see it in the Parade section of the paper; I saw a picture, too, but can't find one online.

Wait here: http://www.toygers.org/futhdlg1.jpg


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks so much! I did a search too - and I think I'm going to write a Hub about them. (I agree with the cost observation.... designer breeds! WOW!)


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Gadzooks 8 years ago from United Kingdom

Haha yes that is the breed I was on about TOYGER's...


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Stay tuned... hopefully tomorrow, a new Hub! :-)


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

Can't wait to see what you pull up and create about the Toyger.


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rolandfrasier 8 years ago from San Diego, California, USA

Hey Steph, Very cool hub. I had no idea that there were cats like this. I love the spotted and marbled varities. Thanks so much for sharing! Cheers, Roland


A. Jill 8 years ago

Interesting to come across this as I just finished a commission painting for someone who has 2 of the Bengal cats. I'm going to direct her to your article because I know she would enjoy it. It's a beautifully written and presented article.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi A. Jill, I hope that your client or friend enjoys the article! Thank you!


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danieltetreault 8 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Wow! I love cats. I had NO idea about this breed. I am in love with Bengal cats. Your Hub was sooo coooool! Thanks so much. I going to get one (well better talk to the wife...lol).

Daniel


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Daniel - they are very cool cats! Even if your wife doesn't like cats, I think she'll like a Bengal! :-) Steph


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Victel 8 years ago from Breda, The Netherlands

What a beautiful breed these cats are. I want one!!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Victel, Bengals are indeed beautiful and unique! They are wonderful pets.


kdesigns 7 years ago

Does anyone know someone who has a Bengal cat right now? That's AVAILABLE?

for Purchase.... or adoption?

I am new to this whole hubbing thing... and this was the first thing i pulled up...and ( So I am Very Excited!!!)...

thanks for anthing anyone can give me... i apologize for no photo... i have to wait til' my son comes home to help me w/ that! LOL i have no computer knowledge.

Kdesigns!!!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

@kdesigns, depending on where you live, they are actually fairly easy to find. Our local Craig's List usually has Bengal cats or kittens available. You can find them through rescue operations too. Your best bet is to Google "Bengal" with the name of your city, county and/or state. I wish you the best of luck and enjoy your wonderful Bengal cat. They truly are amazing pets.


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Dinesh Sameera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

The pictures and videos are so cute. I like them but I don't like to keep cats with me.

Anyway, nice hub stephhicks68


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Dinesh, thank you! I agree that the Bengal cats are adorable. Some people think its even better to just enjoy the photos and videos without having to care for one. :)

Stephanie


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patm7 7 years ago from Bradenton FL

Very precious breed. I love Bengal cats, though I've not had one myself. Of course, I love all cats. I just think that Bengals are incredibly adorable as kittens.

--Pat


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Pat - you know, as a Bengal cat owner, I have to agree with you (of course!) One of my best friends recently adopted a Bengal through a shelter - she is just a beautiful cat too. They are so personable and interactive. I think that's what makes this breed particularly special.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Very beautiful! I've never heard of them. I thought that I was in love with my Ragdolls - they might have competition now.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Hi Steph, my kitten Jimmy has the markings and temperament you describe. He even looks "gold-dusted." However, being a rescue kitty from a grass fire, I find it difficult to believe he could be a true Bengal.

I like to pretend, tho! Thanks for the fantastic hub and the fantasy inspiration!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi RGraf, yes, the Bengals are very beautiful, unique cats. I love Ragdolls too!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Mighty Mom - you may be surprised, your rescue kitty could definitely be a Bengal. My friend has one that she rescued. Sounds like you got a true "gem." :) Steph


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Oh yes, -- Jimmy is a godsend. I will write a hub about him soon. The story behind him coming into our lives is really amazing!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

I'm looking forward to it!! I love pet stories.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Hi Steph, when I saw the title of your Hub I thought . WOW, steph has actually tamed a 'tiger'. (you don't know if I'm joking or not do you? I can see that quizzical look on your face!)

Not being a cat person (I much prefer dogs) I must say that I would probably have a serious look at the 'bengal' as they do look like they would be my type of cat.(If I was going to have a cat that is!)

 


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Well, that is hilarious!! Agvulpes, I do have a whip, so don't make me use it (no, I'm really just kidding, but I do threaten the kids from time to time). The Bengals are truly a great cat for a dog person - just ask my husband. Well, actually don't. He is much more upset about the time I spend on HubPages than the time I spend with the cat. LOL!!!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Yes Steph we had one of those imaginary whips, when our kids where growing up.

They turned into wooden spoons though! (the whips not the kids)!

For some strange reason the spoons kept disappearing?


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL - that is so funny. (gee honey, where are all the wooden spoons???) HA!!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Steph the kids thought they might grow 'wooden spoon trees' !

That was their excuse anyway. wonder where they could have got that idea?


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

I have no idea?! Wooden spoon trees. Who would have known? Like when I was growing up, I was so afraid of soap apples....


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

soap apples....soap apples . You got me there?

Agapanthus got me. I did not know they were flowers until I got to about 10yrs old, always thought they were some garden monster, cos this nice garden down the street had a sign that read "beware of the agapanthus"


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL - that is so funny! Beware of the Agapanthus! Soap apples.... you know. Those adorable mini soaps that are shaped like apples. But when you sass off to your mom, they fit perfectly into your mouth. Blech!! (it only took one time)


Nessa 7 years ago

Do Bengals have just as much dander as regular house cats? Cause these are very beautiful cats but my mom isn't sure if shes allergic to the hair or the dander and since im living with her at the moment i have to think of her! I would love to get one cause they sound like the perfect cat for me since im more of a dog person. But my dog is getting kkind of old and not as energeic as she was when she was younger. My mother also says that if we did get a cat that it would have to be an indoor cat! So can bengals be indoor cats or do they have to be outdoor cats?


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Nessa - I will be honest - Bengals do not seem to be less allergenic than regular cats. My father-in-law is allergic and he still has issues over at our home. But Bengals are much like dogs -really! They love to play, and to be walked on leashes. Our Bengal kind of went nuts inside only, but I have another friend who adopted one and has done a great job keeping him inside only. I think the issue is that our kitten was allowed to go outside before we brought him home.

Hope this helps - the Bengal is a wonderful, unique pet!


John and Linda Merriman 7 years ago

We love our Bengals we have three. They are very playful and tough at the same time, very loving cats, with a flare people would never forget. My wife Linda has trained our Bengal, Bella Mia to walk on a leash. Great pets all away around. I high recommend this breed as one of the true adventures in the feline family.

John and Linda Merriman


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi John and Linda - thanks for the great personal story about your Bengals. They have personality like no other cat breed, wouldn't you agree?

Steph


CC 7 years ago

I have bengal and his name is cheetah... he is spotted brown/gold and very lovable. He doesn't like it when we're gone to long so if you plan on getting a bengal they would need a companion or take them with you because they hate being alone. I went to texas for a week and since cheetah has a mind of his own he would come to be for awhile, lol letting me know not to do that again...

And when there tired.... they love to go lay in the sun so if you have windows leave the curtain or shade open for them to lay in it. If they are really tired they may just want to curl up with you and lay somewhere on you... cheetahs favorite spot is near my side so he can lean against me... and when he stretches out I cover him up... its so cute..

Anyway... if you plan on getting one make sure you put the time in to love them up because they will need it.. and if you have kids... even better because they can play all day if you let them... lol


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

That is great! Bengals really are dog-like and enjoy companionship and attention. Cheetah sounds like a cool cat. :)


bengal lover 7 years ago

The HSUS has succeeded in having bengals banned in the state of Iowa, slipped in with a law that was supposed to ban true wild animals like tigers and bears. They'll be visiting a state near you soon.


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

That is depressing news! Bengals are not wild cats at all, but let's see what the government says, I guess.


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AshleyVictoria 7 years ago from Los Angeles

Steph, great hub!  I am a dog lover through and through, but I was introduced to Bengal cats about six months ago now and have been doing research ever since about adopting one.  Thanks for all of these helpful websites, truly a big help!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Ashley - thanks! If you love dogs, then the Bengal is the cat for you!! If you do adopt one, please let me know. Best of luck - and have fun with a new pet! Steph


jt 7 years ago

i will be getting one soon!!!!!!!!!!!11


gwennies pen 7 years ago

Wonderful hub on unique cats! :) I love any of the striped cats! Big or small. Good to know what breeds go well with dogs, as I would like to have a dog someday. I have two black beauties. (My kitty's). Thanks for the hub!


scarlett 7 years ago

i really want one but i have to wait


Elaine 6 years ago

I never knew these were domesticated cats until I visited this site. My daughter told me about some a friend has and I honestly did not believe her. Beautiful cats. I am a cat person and just cant wait to see one in person.


Jen 6 years ago

Great page! I adpoted twin Bengals, and I just have to say, they are great pets for someone who doesn't want to mess with potty training a dog, taking a dog on a walk every day, and worry with neighbord compaining over a barking dog.

My little guys are smarter than any other animal I've met. They can open everything in the house (so, be careful where you store food, as they decide when it's time to eat). And it seems like they "talk" to me when they enter the room.

I used to have a calico cat, and I'd gotten accustomed to her being quiet, avoiding the tub, sleeping most of the day..Imagine my surprise when the boys were big enough and started jumpin in the tub with me!

They are fantastic animals, and I can say for certain that owning a Bengal will change your world.

:)


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sweetKitten 6 years ago from England

well this hub is very nice! Bengal cats are very cute, and I like that silver tabby-like coat on the silver Bengal.

I am a cat expert, I know EVERYTHING about cats, and I will one day make a hub for cat lovers!

hey, does anyone know a good cat centre to get a kitten in England?


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Nando's 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Ahhh, Very beautiful pictures. You are right about the pure bred cats, traits, I had a cornish rex, he had most of the traits you mentioned.


V Reynolds 6 years ago

We just adopted a beautiful male Bengal, a brown marble one. He's 9 years old and took to us immediately; we were amazed. My question is: Do Bengals purr? The previous owner said he does not, and this seems to be true. He kneeds with his front paws when he's content. It it typical that they don't purr?


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi V, that is a great question! Our Bengal cat does not purr either. I will see what I can find out from breeder websites. Hopefully one of my readers may respond in the meantime!


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kristiene 6 years ago from philippines

Wow...you got a very cute bengal cat...here's some of mine too.. http://www.unique-spots.com/

my favorite cats...:) isn't adorable?


KimATC 6 years ago

I just got a Bengal, and she does not seem to purr either. How sad! But she is just beautiful, and so talkative! We just started bringing her inside the house at night, since she wandered up to our deck a few weeks ago, and never left! She hardly ever leaves the deck or back yard at all when she is outside. Apparently, a breeder right down the street put her out when the next litter was about to be born, and she found her way to us. We are just starting to get to know this special breed, and can't wait to see her jump in the shower! LOL


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

How lucky are you that your Bengal adopted you! Enjoy the unique personality and here's to many years of fun with your independent pet. :)


Sharon 6 years ago

My Bengals are 5 and a half months old (sister and Brother) and he acts like he can't see well and gets lost. I have 3 litter boxes and my house is only 1100 sq. feet bur he has accidents as far as urinating in different places. Is there something I can do to stop this. My Vet suggested moth balls in the places it;s happening but the smell is yuk. Help

Also I have not had a female cat before they are quite different, right....


Stacey 6 years ago

My husband's Bengal (he owned the cat before we met) purrs. He even purrs for me. I will say, it did take him a lot longer to warm up to me (try 10 months) of nearly daily contact with him before he would willingly let me pet him. It has been 2 years now and he still much prefers his owner (my husband) over anyone else.


itard 6 years ago

My partner and I have a big, beautiful 8mo. F15 silver marble Bengal, and she is a great purrer - sometimes all it takes is me telling her what a pretty kitten she is - without touching her - and off she goes! The ability to purr might be related to how close to the ALC bloodline the cat is. I'm no expert, but I've heard that lions and tigers can't purr because of their jaw shape - this is the same shape that allows them to roar. Our girl is F15, so 15 generations away from a pure ALC (majoritively crossbred with Egyptian Mau), so it doesn't really surprise me that some kittens can purr while others can't.

On another note, everyone who meets our kitten absolutely adores her - she learns quickly, plays hard, and is extremely affectionate. She loves playing fetch (which she learned within 3 days of picking her up from the breeder, as a 3mo. kitten), scooping bubbles in the bath, and at the end of the day, bouncing gently into anyone's lap and snuggling in to watch tv and fall asleep. She speaks to us all the time in trills, chirps, yowls, meows and peeps (as well as other noises that I don't even know how to describe), comes when she is called, and generally understands far too much of what we say - she can even tell the difference between "chicken" and "crab" ("crab" is always replied to by the hungry yowl, where "chicken" never is). It's basically like having a toddler in the house. Needless to day, we love her to bits, and would absolutely recommend a Bengal to anyone who wants a highly active, intelligent, affectionate companion.


Marie-Lisa 6 years ago

Bengal cats are just so adorable, I start a breeding 3 years ago so I have allots of Bengals in my home....I could not live without them anymore, they are much more then just a cat, so interactive.


Courtney Godwin 5 years ago

I love this site:) i have a Bengal kitten. she is AMAZING. I cant wait to get more Bengals, their awesome pets seriously:)


naoma 5 years ago

Many years ago I had a very large white cat. His name was "Big Boy" because he was so big. His fur under his stomach hung to the ground and he knew he was "beautiful." He would walk on a pink leash without any trouble and people would ask "What is that animal?" One day he decided that our living room couch would be "HIS." Thereafter, my Father gave him away. (the couch was my Dad's domain). I shall never forget Big Boy. My Mother sent him to the vet to be spayed (we thought he was a she) and when the vet told her he was a he, she said "do it anyhow."


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David Alderson 5 years ago from Cat Lovers, Indiana

From one cat lover to another....Great Hub!! Now I know Max is not a Royal Scotish Tabby. I'll break the news easy to him. A lot of good ideas that can be put to practical use just like my Litter Clump Art.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

David, I hope Max isn't too distressed... but what cat ever is? Thanks for the comment - Best, Steph


jenb100 5 years ago

Hi im new to this and not sure im even doing this right.

I have the joy of owning a 14 wk old kitten may i add is extreamly active to say the least. I would like to know if it is possible to have a blonde bengal as my Amber has all the markings and behaviour, which i love but im not sure of her full mix but was told she was half bengal. I especially recognised the two stripes on the side of her face and spots on her bellie, dhe is extremly clever and a fantastic climber. Is there anyway of finding out if shes either a true breed or even half for sure. many thanks


pgwodehouse 5 years ago

Many Americans assume that until they find something it was never know before. BREEDERS over their some the cats here first.The Bengali tiger cat was first bred here by accident. They like water because they fish at the river sides and dive in when its possible to catch their fish supper, dinner, what ever. The breed has been around for at least 40years here. THAILAND.


giulya 4 years ago

i adore them i want to buy one as soon as possible. i'm crazy when it is about cats!!!!!!!!


Georgi 4 years ago

(This is long, I'm sorry, I know I'm wordy, but please bear with me, it's important to me)

I'm sure that the kitten I adopted from a box outside a grocery store is part Bengal. She and her two litter mates were so identical that I asked one of the boys to hold her while I did my shopping so I'd be sure I got this one. Taking her to the car it dawned on me that I had no cat carrier and I had a 30 minute drive home. I said, 'Oh well, here goes nothin'.', set her in my lap and took off. She curled up, purred herself to sleep and didn't move til I stopped my van. I took her in the house and introduced her to a kitten about her same age (a male named Scamper) and the two older cats, our alpha female (Monet) and her daughter (Amber) who were terrifying Scamper and making his life miserable in general. You see, we'd lost Tuffy, Amber's litter mate only about two weeks earlier, he'd gotten hurt or sick and hid himself as cats will do. He did too good a job of it and tho we called and searched within just a few feet of him, he made no sound and we found him too late. I needed to visit my mom a couple of days after that and while I was gone, my husband who isn't much of a pet person adopted this little tabby kitten that friends had founded abandoned in a latrine in the National forest near us. This poor kitten was so overwhelmed by our adult cats that hated him on sight that he was reverting to trying to nurse on our finger tips, earlobes, etc, they were so mean to him! When I saw those three kittens in a box, I knew that was the answer to the problem of what to do about Scamper. And it was. He had a playmate, Amber and Monet divided their spite between the two kittens and they all survived the experience. This was in 2003.

What I didn't realize was the impact this darling little purrball would make on MY life as well. She's still a kitten at heart, fights and plays rough with Scamper. who's grown into a huge, strong, long legged cat, in fact she usually instigates the wrestling matches, holds her own for a while, knowing I'm sure that she'll eventually lose. But she's never scratched or bitten either my husband or me, to just look at her is to set her to purring. I named her Sweet Stuff. She follows me everywhere, has a bed in an aluminum turkey pan lined with a towel right next to my computer, loves heat, the warmer the better, but is the first cat out the door to play in the snow. She's never wandered around in a bathtub with water in it, but we're shower people and she's immediately checking that spot out the minute we turn the water off and exit, leaving the shower door open for her. She has ocelot spots and green eyes as most Bengals I've seen in magazines and on line do. She's the cat I've waited my whole life for (I'm 73), playful, adventuresome, curious, funny but oh, so gentle and loving!

I'm down to Amber and Sweet Stuff now...living separate from my husband and Scamper who made D. his person and father figure from the get-go. When Scamper became so huge, he decided that he wanted to be alpha cat, didn't quite know how but Monet was so scared/tired of his size and the moves he was making on Amber and her that she left home and moved under a neighbor's barn, would NOT come back no matter how often she saw me and heard me calling her, hunted in the woods behind the barn and eventually she just disappeared.

Amber has always both scratched and bitten, we've never been able to break her of that unfortunate habit so you can imagine what a breath of fresh air it is to be able to hold and pet S.S. w/out taking my life in my hands. I've read that a breeder in a Bengal cattery wanted to come up with a cat that would just go limp in her arms...well that's my Sweet Stuff!

We've just been to our vet, she's developing a cataract (No pun intended, this is rare in cats, he sez) in her left eye. I'm devastated...and have questions. Since it's a rarity among cats, does anyone know if Bengals have a susceptibility to cataracts? I've never known a human or a dog that doesn't eventually get cataracts in the other eye too. But what about cats, does anyone know? I really want Sweet Stuff to outlive me, can't imagine life w/out her, can't bear the thought of eventually putting her down, healthy except that she can't see. I realize that I'm looking at the worst case scenario here, but I'm still trying to cope and not doing a very good job of it. Any info or help would be so appreciated! Thank you for listening to the worries of a woman who is feeling rather desperate at the moment....


LyKae Frates 4 years ago

The tiger cat you're talking about is the toyger. Standing for toy tiger, for it looks like a miniature tiger.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

What a beautiful cat! I love the wild look of the Bengal - those spots are absolutely gorgeous! Our cat (a rescued domestic long hair) won't have anything to do with our dog. It's great to know that most Bengals are rather friendly with their canine housemates!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Leah,

They are very beautiful, smart, trainable cats! We have very much loved having a Bengal in our home. Best, Steph


phillip teague 4 years ago

can you mate a male black panther cat and a female roc dog ?


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Love cats and dogs. I'd love to see one of these beauties up close. Great hub Steph.


Karen H 4 years ago

We just got two adorable Toyger kittens from a breeder 2 weeks ago. They have wonderful personalities and are VERY active and talkative! Toygers are a designer breed being a cross between a Bengal cat and a domestic shorthair. They are being bred to eventually look like a miniature tiger (hence the name Toyger for toy tiger!). The male we have has bolder, darker stripes and our female has more orange in her but they are only about 4 months old so I'm sure their color will develop more as they get older. Both of them are BEAUTIFULLY glittered and look like the have been sprinkled with gold dust! Their fur is very short and is as soft as silk!! Can you tell I love my babies.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

So exciting Karen! Two Bengal kittens! I'm sure you are absolutely loving your babies! Best, Steph


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Solaras 3 years ago

Beautiful cats! I have a friend with one, her name is City Kitty, and he rides her around on rafts in the swimming pool. She likes to swim too. Thanks for the post and videos! Voted Thumbs up and Beautiful!


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

These are such beautiful cats! I have three dogs so I can't adopt a cat anytime soon, but what a great suggestion for those looking for a new family member!


Olga 22 months ago

Nowadays, most feline organizations recognize the Bengal cat, which conquered the hearts of millions around the world, deservedly so. People are first attracted by the outlandish colors, the rich black or chocolate spots on a golden-orange background which cry out for caress and touch. And then there is the hair itself, dense and short, soft as silk. The body is powerfully muscular, stretched, with strong bones and small eyes on a large head. The short and thick tail recalls a fluffy pipe with a black tip. The females are slimmer and more elegant, the males thicker and more powerful, their movements full of grace. All in all, they recall their leopard ancestors. http://cataristocrat.com/en/the-bengal/


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norlawrence 4 weeks ago from California

Great article about the Bengal Cat. They do make great pets for some people. Thanks...

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