Bengal cat, also called Bengalese or Bengal, is a recent cat. Officially recognized as a breed, in 1991, that of Bengal cat was obtained from the cross between domestic cats and wild cats (Felis Bengalensis - Prionailurus bengalensis). Among the enthusiastic owners of a Bengal cat, indeed more than one, there is the Olympic champion, the English diver Tom Daley. The Bengal Cat is part of that set ofrare cats to be discovered
Bengal cat: characteristics
The Bengal cat he can be recognized immediately, with his eyes closed, because, quite rare among cats, he loves water. With your eyes open, however, you can admire the coat, its main feature and the one for which it is enjoying increasing success not only in the United States of America, where he was born, but also here in Europe.
Another first of the Bengal cat is to be the first breed obtained by crossing a domestic cat with a wild feline: the leopard cat. It all started in 1963, in California, when a certain Jean Sudgen decided to mate his Asian leopard cat, with a domestic cat, to preserve some characteristics of the first but tame it. Ten years later, Dr. Centerwall redid the crossing but with the aim of studying feline viral leukemia. Objective not achieved, but it came out, a consolation prize to be ignored, the Bengal cat.
From nervous and wild, from generation to generation, we have come to obtain cuddly specimens, lively and a lot of company. Many have passed, of crossings, especially with domestic cats and purebred cats, such as Egyptian Mau, American Shorthair, Siamese and Burmese.
Today the percentage of non-homemaker felines in the Bengal cat it is around 10%, so as not to bring too wild nature with it. This animal is closely related to the Asian feline
Bengal cat: character
The character of the Bengal cat it is all to be discovered, without prejudices deriving from its origins. He is sweet, intelligent, loyal and affectionate, he is curious and active, he gets along well with both humans and other animals, with the necessary prudence, even with children, and can also stay in an apartment. Of course, he is curious and active, he has not completely lost hispredator instinct and he likes to climb, stand up, hunt. This means that the Bengal cat he needs space, for play and to be secluded: he adapts to apartment life but better leave him a corner of his own, where he can stretch his muscles and sharpen his nails.
Whether your home has a garden or not, it is better to be careful not to leave the Bengal cat alone with fish in the aquarium and birds in cages, in general never leave him alone for too long: he suffers from loneliness. Other than wild !!! Genetic note: the Bengal cat it is considered a true domestic cat only after the third generation, then it is an affectionate cat, but with a decidedly turbulent character.
The sign of its wild side is there, remains, and is highly appreciated aesthetically: it is its leopard-spotted coat. The bengal cat,for the rest, it looks like a sturdy and muscular cat, with an elongated shape, large and powerful. If we want to give the numbers, it lives about 15 years, weighs 8 or 9 kg if a male, about 6 as a female.
Before dedicating ourselves to his coat, which is all a show with a thousand varieties, it must be said that the Bengal cat also visible is the chin and "mustache cushions" while the hind limbs are only slightly longer than the front ones, the paws are well developed and round, the rather stocky tail but with an inevitable rounded black tip. Everything is completed within the framework of the race of the Bengal cat small, slightly forward ears and a pair of large almond-shaped eyes of any color: it depends. It also depends on the color of the coat, and here's what we can expect.
Bengal cat: cloak
In general the Bengal cat it can be patchy or streaked. In the first case there are button "spots", clearly visible on the background color and evenly distributed while on the forehead a characteristic "M" stands out and the tail must be ringed. The Bengal cat striated is similar to oriental short-haired cats, but has more elongated designs always in evident contrast with the background color.
Among the various colors, here are some, the best known or the most curious. There is the Bengal cat Sorrel, with a yellowish to orange-reddish base, brown spots, chocolate or cinnamon, and green or yellow eyes. The Seal Linx Point and the Tabby Seal Mink Sepia they are also called "snows". The Bengal cat thus, in both cases, it has a very light coat at birth, the first streaks appear after a few weeks, and only after a year and a half is the final appearance reached. All this under the eyes of the almost incredulous master, while the Bengal cat of these varieties it has blue or green. If the Seal Linx Point comes from crossing with the Siamese, the other also involves the Burmese and is rarer.
Certainly we cannot say “of the snows” the family of Bengal cat called "rufus", with colors ranging from bronze-brown to red mahogany, or there may also be "cool colors", including beige, sand, wheat, or "golden" with shades from silver to shiny gold-butter: very rare but in great demand. A little white, but no "snow" appears for the Bengal cat "Whited", on the belly.
Then there are the recognized patterns for the breed of Bengal cat: the "rosette" one and the marbled. The first design has small spots well distributed throughout the body, round with a lighter central portion, the marbled instead has 3 three parallel lines very wide on the back and butterfly wings on the shoulders and sides, there is the variant from Bengal cat brindle, but the exotic is the rarest and most appreciated.
Bengal cat: how to breed it
It is impossible not to dedicate so much space to the colors of this animal's coat, on the contrary I will spend a few words for the care the Bengal cat. It is not to be brushed too frequently, only during the moult, and just cut his nails and clean his ears every now and then, without exaggerating.
For thesupply better to be regulated and careful, but only because it has a somewhat delicate digestion: if you do not use canned food, already balanced and only of high quality, to avoid upsetting the stomach or intestines of the Bengal cat prefer raw chicken or raw meat not too fat, avoiding milk and derivatives. For the rest, the Bengal cat he lives in an apartment without problems, he will be grateful to you for life if you create a corner with a tree scratching post, or a doghouse with toys.
Bengal cat: walking with you!
Given the character hyperactive and restless, and the vice of curiosity, if you feel like taking a leash or harness to take him for a ride to the park or an always quiet area, the Bengal cat can only be happy. Maybe it is better to get used to being tied up first and can avoid annoying negotiations along the way.
Bengal cat: price
For what concern price of a Bengal cat, can reach up to 2,500 euros. We may be surprised, we may be indignant, I try to explain why we arrive at these prices, after reading the experience of many breeders. Then, everyone can choose, whether to believe it or not, whether to take a Bengal cat or not.
The price high is linked to the careful selection of the breed, a work of recent years, but which derives from the fact that this breed is recent and is in itself the result of work done by our ancestors on the ancestors of Bengal cat. It is a chain of time, energy and money invested.
The mix of looks and character that the Bengal cat presents is certainly not a coincidence and, in a certain sense, it is a bit like having your cake and eat it. A beautiful cat, very showy and elegant, and also a beautiful character, docile but intelligent and alert. all in one, in one Bengal cat. It is not free.
Then if you think about wanting to raise a son of champions, the price rises, with the pedigree, but there are inevitable basic costs, of breeding, and if you turn to a serious structure, they cannot be avoided. I think about the costs of Bengal cat father and mother, to that of the equipment to host them worthily, at veterinary care and quality nutrition. That's not all, I just wanted to mention, without counting the whole routine of the litter and its maintenance and weaning, the official documents, the various taxes, enrollments, first vaccinations, everything to give you a Bengal cat "From the textbook".
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