King Of Small Beasts - Bengal Cat

Cats. And Dogs.

This was provoked (correct word!) by the lovely Frieda Babbley - after a comment on her similar article about her own delicious felines. Frieda - thankyou!

Without doubt – cats rock. They are the ultimate in cool. Nothing symbolises poise, grace and utter arrogance quite like a cat. Of course, I rate dogs. But dogs are, in the opinion of a cat, far too eager to please.

How many times did you berate your mutt into submission for sneaking onto furniture? Not so the cat. Nope. Cats on chairs are legitimate … certified … approved. Ever thrown a stick for a cat? Bet you’ve thrown a million for your dog. When did you last give your dog its own, private indoor toilet facility? But most cats get one.

Hell – we even give our cats their own doors! Does your cat have to sit and wait for its food – until you command it to eat? Even better – when your cat turns its nose up at the latest gourmet delights lovingly spooned into its dish – what do you do? That’s right. You buy another brand. Nothing’s too much trouble for your cat.


Sully.

Cats. I’ve had a few. But none nearly half as much fun as Sully. The most egotistical, challenging and distinctly majestic feline in existence. Slinky, sly and subtle. All required cat qualities. Ardent lover, consummate thief and world class assassin. And this was after he was neutered.

A few years ago, I ended up with a bit of money. Not a huge amount, maybe a thousand pounds. I could’ve bought something useful. Or practical. Even something beneficial. It was an easy decision. I bought Sully.

I actually wanted a dog. But I’d been a bit put off by my last one. So I decided to play it dangerous. Not only would I buy a cat – I’d buy the pinnacle of cats. The absolute King of small beasties. A Bengal. The most beautiful, the most wonderful, the most obnoxious feline you could ever be stupid enough to own.

The day Sully and I met; it was love at first sight. For me. And servant at first sight for him. He ran up my leg, disregarding the fact that it was bare – claws work just as well on skin – scampered diagonally up and over my shoulder and attacked my hair band. After a little tussle, in which I lost some hair, blood, more skin and my hair band, I was smitten.

I bought him on the spot. Several weeks later, I brought him home. I named him Sully. Then watched lovingly on as he demolished my curtains, plants and books. And scared our fish into rigor mortis. He was simply … devine.

Squirrels

Didn't matter how hard ... tough ... mean ...
Didn't matter how hard ... tough ... mean ...

Cat Burgling

Kitten. In Da Hood.

Sullys’ early years were a complete riot. My neighbours adored him. No matter how many times he hammered their cats, tormented their dogs or ran with wild abandon through their homes – he could do no wrong. No cat crime was bad enough. And Sully smashed his way through a whole repertoire. He was a one-cat crime wave bar none.

I lost count of the times he swam in a neighbours’ pond, hooked a Koi and brought it home for dinner. Or played sport with frogs ‘til they either expired or something more interesting appeared on the horizon. Then there was the way he’d systematically seek and destroy spiders …

By the time he was around six months old, Sully had developed some curious hitherto unknown cat habits. He was the cutting edge in all things cat! For example - he had a mail fetish. He acquired a six-sense for postal deliveries. He rarely gave me a nod. I’d just find confetti - formerly known as mail – strewn round the house. He opened cupboard doors. For no apparent reason. I’d be in the kitchen and he’d just arise from his quiescence - and open all the base doors. He’d withdraw, watch me close them – then alight upon a counter and methodically open all the upper ones.

He engaged in all out war with the local squirrels. Resulting in complete annihilation. Of the squirrels. He sat patiently for a week or so - watching two magpies build a nest. He was positively enthralled. One morning, I was woken by the magpies chattering – like Sotherbys’ auctioneers. I looked from the bedroom window. Sully was fast asleep in their newly completed nest.

Cats. Or dogs?

Persians. Neutering. And Fights.

At 12 months, Sully was taking three and four day sabbaticals. These were both worrying and intriguing. He always returned, smiling, languid – satisfied. But from where was he returning? The mystery was solved the day I drove through a neighbouring village and had to avoid two cats fighting in the road. One was Sully. Of course I jumped out and try to save the Persian. Some woman appeared, all contorted and affronted. ‘Twas her cat.

Apparently this was Sullys’ holiday village. It’s where his wenches resided. Therefore he had to travel there and patrol it once or twice a month … keep his women happy and the bad boys at bay. From what I could tell – he’d been creating mayhem. The boy seriously needed containing …

Post-neutering – I gave up. Sully continued with his rakish behavious. Rare, so the vet told me. Very rare. But not unheard of. In truth, he was a huge fan of Sully. He was the first Bengal he’d ever worked with and he found them a fascinating breed. He always likened Sully to a stray dog. With all the abilities (and a few more besides) of a well bred cat. I always thought it was kind of my vet not to add the fact that Sully was also an accomplished murderer.

Catwalking.

Sullywalking. Like dog walking. With a cat.
Sullywalking. Like dog walking. With a cat.

Cat Walk.

Sully continued to live life to the full – as well as handle the overspill. No prey too fast, no tree too high. No dog too large. And no moment sacred. Sully and I shared many ‘moments’. We slept together. Not because I wanted to – because Sully expected it. Closed doors were a mere trifle. He’d just open them and come to bed. I couldn’t always shower in peace. Sully would blast through the door and join me. In the shower. I’d go for a walk – on occasion Sully kept me company. We’d go to the shop. We’d buy his dinner together. We talked – often. The only thing Sully never mastered was how to open cat food. But then – why would he? That’s what I was for.

This may seem as though it’s going to end with ‘unfortunately Sully died a year ago’. Nope. He’s alive and well. Over in the UK. He would be here with me now if I thought he’d settle. But he won’t and I know it. He simply bugger of back home again. He’s proved he has an adventurer’s heart on more than one occasion – the last time he went adventuring for three months. When he’d done venturing along the highways, byways and hedgerows – he simply turned himself in. At a veterinary practice. He was chipped – and he knew it. All he had to do was get himself a taxi …

I miss him in ways that I shouldn’t. No cat deserves such devotion – especially Sully. He’s quite vile and were he human, he’d be locked up in a maximum security prison. Everything I’ve written is true. And what I’ve written doesn’t cover half of what he’s done, is capable of or will go on to do in the future.

So – here’s to Sully. A cat in a billion …

Sully

The beast himself ...
The beast himself ...

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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Sully - I just gotta say, having looked through this little tribute to your feline self ... that you're incredibly selfish. I devoted hours and hours to you. And look at you! I put up with your midnight prowling, yowling and mayhem. Your corpses - and there's been sooooo many innocent victims - your insatiable hunger and your fat ass dumped all over me at night. And don't get me started on the vet bills from all those damn rat fights!

You'e going to find I replace you with Sully the second! Be warned ...


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Hmmm...what does Kevin think of him is what I want to know! :P


Janetta 7 years ago

Pretty cat :) I always wanted a bengal. fun fact - I have a scar on my hand from a kitten bite I recived from a strayI tried to [pick up when I was pregnant. We joked that my son would come out with cat abilities ala spiderman. He didn't.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

For some reason I couldn't get the photos to load (watched the videos) -- wanted to see Sully, His Supremeship. I'll try again later. . .


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

"Without doubt – cats rock. They are the ultimate in cool. Nothing symbolises poise, grace and utter arrogance quite like a cat. Of course, I rate dogs. But dogs are, in the opinion of a cat, far too eager to please."

Oh my God! How many times am I gonna quote you on this! :)


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Fantastic!  I couldn't get Love or Catwalking to load :(  He's a sneaky bugger.  It's him doing it, you know.  What a thrilling life he leads.  What excitement for YOU!  It's very useful living with an accomplished murderer.  And one that sleeps in birds' nests is even more useful.  Think of the photo ops.  Oh!  You should have him rigged with a video camera! One with a tracking device of course as it probably wouldn't last long. 

And may I just say, he truly does look Kingly!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

We had a dog (border collie/golden retriever) what was amazing and 2 cats. After the dog died last year our large male decided he was a dog. He comes when called even! It never ceases to amaze me, no matter now many times he likes to watch the toilet flush, he'll run from anywhere in the house to watch it again.  I even have been asked to flush it just for his entertainment.  Maybe I'm the trained one?

I loved this hub and the video of the cat burglar is off the charts great!


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

frogdropping, very nice! I'm a dog person, but have had a few cats around. Sully sounds like quite the works or should I say terror. In any case, you love him and I'd probably love him too.

I enjoy reading and viewing the video. Perhaps the best part of today so far... Thanks


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shibashake 7 years ago

lol - Sully sounds like my Shiba Inu. Confident, full of himself, and expects to be served like a King :D

Although, my guy is terrible at hunting - he is more of a flushing kind of dog and I think he does not want to get his paws dirty with killing - lol

If you like both cats and dogs, I highly recommend a Shiba Inu - all the bad behaviors of a dog, rolled up in the aloof, high and mighty package of a cat. Good times!

Really enjoyed your story on Sully. Still waiting on your dog stories :)


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Feline - Sully rules. Period ;)

Janetta - I'm criss-crossed with silly little scars from Sully. He continued clambering around me at will - despite being a very big cat!

Teresa - I don't know why his picture won't appear! Same for me! Stupid cat ...

Haunty - hey :) I'm a fillosofisingfloserriser! Quote away!!!

Frieda - lol found us then! I cannot begin to express how fabulous this breed of cat really is! I learned so much about them, where they're from etc. Next cat you consider buying - make it a Bengal ;)

Candie - thankyou! And lol @ your dog! Yup, I think you're the one who's trained ...

Dynamic - hey! Best part of your day? That's an incredibly lovely thing to say, thankyou!


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Shiba - heyyyy! How are you?! You know, the dog I'd love next is a Shiba or similar! And thankyou for reading and enjoying. Result! ;)


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I'm going to. It'll be a few years. But I'm so obsessed with them at this point, I don't think I'll forget.


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

The first cat that I ever got on my own was a Bengal. I just found a classic old picture of Boofus. Perhaps I will do a hub on him.


frogdropping profile image

frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Frieda - great! They are wonderful. I've actually had four. Three guys and a girl. But Sully was mine. We just clicked. I miss him ...

Paper - hey :) You should! I bet you've so many things you could write about!


ralwus 7 years ago

Wife has two of them nasty beasts and I despise both of them dam bird killers. My dogs are great tho' and I love and spoil 'em/ Hey wanna go skinny dippin with a walrus? hehe


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Ralwus - I'm happy to see you back - even if do go on to mispell your new name. And yes - dogs are fab and cats are simply filthy predators!


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

"Cats on chairs are legitimate … certified … approved."

Freaking AWESOME. Your werds are da bestest. ;)

Your mix of your own personality, scattered with random apparent facts are to die for. Also, pumping up and pimping hubbers is super keen neato.

Can't wait for your next Hub. Until then, meow. ;)

lxxy


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

lxxy - that's incredibly nice of you to say ... but honest ... it's just mind-junk. I make it up. And I'd like to say I think about it.

But I don't think ...

My next one will be serious. Hopefully ...


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shibashake 7 years ago

Hey froggy, I am very well! Been a bit obsessed with fixing hubs lately.

I am almost done with my dog ones - Whew. Some of them are terrible. I wonder if I will feel the same way about the ones that I fixed now, 10 months later :)

I'm with ralwus - Go Dogs! but even more so Go Dragons! :D


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Shiba - hey :) I'm glad to hear that you are fine and well!

I have the occasional tweak with mine. We live and learn hmmm? Mostly I leave mine alone though ...

I love dogs TBH. Cats were and always will be the alternative!


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Lgali 7 years ago

frogdropping -another good hub Thanks How are you doing?


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina

Sully sounds like a winner! Almost as bad as my Lucy :-)


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Lgali - hey :) I'm doing good - so far. Just about to go away for the weekend in fact!

Dineane - Sully is beautiful - but very naughty!


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DTroth 5 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

Hi frogdropping...

Great article! You have exquisitely beautiful cats!

Very funny. Sully's such a stinker. Love the "cat burgler" and "Bengals and water" videos.

Looking forward to more of your great stories!

Diana

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