Bengal cat: character, breed description and owner reviews


Bengal cats - very interesting representatives of the cat. The breed was bred in America by crossing a leopard cat with such domestic cats as the Abyssinian, Shorthair American, etc. As a result of the crossing, a loving and at the same time a little wild Bengal cat has turned out. Breed description is very useful to know, especially if you decide to have such a pet. Let's take a closer look at all the features of the character of Bengals and talk about how to care for them.

Walk through the history

Back in 1961, an American woman brought a leopard kitten from Bangkok. Since at that time there was a special demand for this breed because of the valuable skin, they were actively exterminated by poachers. Over time, there was a crossing with an ordinary domestic cat. As a result, the kitten was bred with a unique spotty color and wild character. However, most of these individuals died of leukemia. Therefore, after 15 years in California, research began, and over time, the crossing was more successful. At present, this breed is recognized by all associations of the world. It is safe to say that the Bengal cat, a description of the breed which we now consider, is considered the smartest domestic breed.

What can you say about the character?

Bengal cats are animals that combine a huge number of qualities. The high activity of the beast is due to well-developed hunting instinct. If the house has a place where to run and jump, then your pet will be grateful to you. It is advisable for such cats to devote at least some time to play every day. Bengali also loves Laska very much. If you do not have time for such entertainment, you can be sure that the cat will run wild with time.

It is noteworthy that the wild origin does not prevent them from being friends with children. These are some of the most curious and gullible cats who love to spend time near their owner. Experts note that in the character is completely absent share of aggression. Cats love to conquer new heights, so regardless of age, an individual will explore all the peaks: cabinets, chairs, shelves, etc. They love water very much, so bathing problems should not arise. Although too often you do not need to bathe the beast, a maximum of a couple of times a year. By the way, the breeders say that if you want to teach your pet to the toilet, then the Bengal cat will be perfect for you. The description of the breed is not over, let's consider some more features.

Common Bengal standards

Pure breed must meet a number of requirements, on the basis of which the price of a kitten will be formed. For example, the size of an individual should be medium or large. With all this, the weight of an adult cat should be about 4 kg, a cat - 6-7 kilograms.

We have already talked a little about color, but it is worth saying that scientists have come to believe that it is best if the beast will have a brown color in all its diversity. “Snow Leopards” are Bengals that have a silver color. They are the most expensive and rare, so not everyone can buy such an individual. Cat hair is a separate conversation. With proper care, it has an amazing view: shiny with a low tide and very thick. In this case, the hair is short and tight to the body. For kittens, the average length is acceptable, with time it will become somewhat shorter, but thicker. There are also wild Bengal cats in southeast Asia. They are somewhat larger than their home counterparts. The length of an adult male can be up to one meter, the females - 75 centimeters. In principle, the Bengal cat can have different sizes, it all depends on the environment of existence and the activity of a single individual.

Bengal cat: owners reviews

You can endlessly read the joyful reviews of people who have a young Bengal running around the house. Absolutely everyone celebrates friendliness. By the way, rather, it does not depend on the nature of the particular individual, but on the breed as a whole. Lack of aggression allows you to keep these animals, even if the family already has a dog or bird. Cats love children too. If too much attention is soon tired of the pet, he will not hiss and scratch, but simply find himself a secluded corner where he can breathe. Bengal cats love their owners very much and are constantly with them. These animals are also very curious, so they can follow you from room to room and watch as you open and close doors, windows or blinds. What is most surprising, they remember all this and then try to repeat it. Of course, cases with blinds for the most part end in failure, but the doors sometimes open even by the handle.

Many say that the best pet is a Bengal cat. The owners' reviews about them are positive, and you are unlikely to encounter any negative.

Useful expert advice

Most professionals who have linked their work with the study of cats, recommend checking the pedigree of the future pet. The acquisition is best done at a licensed nursery or breeder. So you can not be afraid of being deceived. For example, if a drop of aggressiveness is found in the character of a kitten, then it is rejected and no longer sold, as a pure Bengal. The lack of secretions around the mouth and eyes, as well as beautiful and thick hair speak about the good health of the baby. Experts draw your attention to the fact that the Bengal cat, whose size in 2-2.5 months may vary by 5-10 centimeters, should have a leopard color, sometimes somewhat faded. The final formation of colors occurs at the age of 3-4 months.

What you need to know about the health of a kitten?

The immunity of the beast in most cases is quite good. But the diseases that are often found in this species of animals, the Bengal kittens are also sick. A Bengal cat, for example, is prone to leukemia, bowel disease and heart problems. A sensitive stomach needs proper nutrition, otherwise frequent poisonings and frustrations are quite possible, and this is not good. All vaccinations should be given before the purchase, at about 12 weeks of age, when the kitten is taken from the mother. Another cause of the disease and the deterioration of the general condition of the Bengal cat is the lack of physical activity and activity. For this simple reason, it is recommended to play with a pet or buy him a playground where he can play and develop.

What to feed Bengal?

At this point, you need to take very seriously. Do not forget that due to improper diet pet can hurt (frustration, poisoning). Therefore, if you can afford to buy a Bengal cat, then take care of a good daily diet. However, in practice, Bengals can eat almost everything, although the preferences of a particular food depend on the nature of the individual.

In any case, experts recommend giving dry and wet food. They are balanced so that the animal receives all the necessary vitamins and minerals. With an unhealthy diet, the Bengal cat, which weighs 7-8 kilograms, will suffer from obesity. Do not exclude from the diet and raw meat. For example, venison or rabbit in the raw form at least once a week will greatly delight your pet. It was repeatedly noted that cats of this breed like to drink running water. But it is not necessary to water the beast from the tap, especially with low quality of the carrier. It is advisable to arrange a special fountain in which the bengal will be able to quench their thirst at any time.

How much is such a pleasure?

This breed is not considered one of the most expensive in the world, but Bengals are not as cheap as we would like. Much depends on the so-called class. Individuals of the show class have a high cost, pet-class - a little lower. The high price of the breed is due to several factors. First, it is the complexity of reproduction, as well as the small number of breeding material. Offers from the best nurseries in Moscow or St. Petersburg start at 15,000 rubles and end with 30,000 rubles. If a pet is purchased for exhibitions, then you will have to pay much more for it than for a domestic kitten.

The history of the breed

Bengal cat breed is one of the few successful examples of domestic and wild cats crossing. There is evidence that the first attempts at such a crossing were undertaken in the 60s of the XX century. However, they were unsuccessful. Bengal cat breed appeared in 1970. Famous felinologist J. Mill took up several cats that took part in a genetic experiment. A friend and soul mate of Jane, Dr. Willard Centerwal, studied the immunity of Bengal cats (wild). As it turned out, he was so powerful that he successfully resisted cat leukemia virus. Work began on the crossing of wild and domestic cats. The main goal of the experiments was to transfer this unique property to descendants of wild animals.

After completing the experiment, Dr. Centerwol did not destroy the litter, but decided to find owners for the little ones. Since Jane dreamed of getting a hybrid of a wild and domestic cat, she gladly accepted the offer of a colleague. From the litter, she chose animals that inherited the traits of a wild cat, and had quite a sweet temper, which allowed them to be tamed in the future.

I must say that Jane Mill began experimenting in the field of cat breeding as early as the University of Davis in 1940, when she studied genetics there. In 1961 she visited Bangkok, and there she saw Bengal cats for the first time. The Bengal cat breed, the photo of which she had previously seen only in the specialized literature, struck her. She brought one of the representatives of the breed to her homeland and crossed with her domestic cat. True, in the future life circumstances were such that Jane interrupted her experiments.

This background provides an opportunity to understand how enthusiastically she went to work when fate gave her a second chance to work with this animal. Dr. Centerwol supported her completely and completely, which could not be said about the cat lovers community. The main part of organizations and nurseries opposed the mixture of wild and domestic animals. And today, such a reputable organization as CFA does not register Bengals. Despite this, the Bengal cat has been recognized since 1980 by many international organizations.

Mrs. Mill continued her painstaking work on the breed, which turned out to be quite difficult - the cats did not want to mate with cats, and besides, most of the cats turned out to be sterile. With females it was easier - they were able to produce healthy offspring.

It was clear that cats of the Burmese, Mau and Abyssinian breeds do not have strong genetics, Jin was looking for the necessary animal in different countries. In 1982, she was approached by an employee of the Indian Zoo (New Delhi), who invited her to pay attention to the magnificent wild cat who lived in the zoo. It was a completely wild animal. However, from him and the hybrid cats that belonged to Jane, managed to get a litter.

Generations of cats have the numbers F1, F2, F3, etc. The first numbers indicate that the offspring obtained from a wild cat and domesticated cats. Since the generation (F4), the fourth in a row, only a Bengal domestic cat and a cat were allowed to breed.

The first generations of animals were raised by enthusiasts, since these cats could not be called domestic cats. They still retained the habits and traits of wild animals. Now Bengal cat (owner reviews allow you to talk about it) - this is a friendly, affectionate and effective pet. Nevertheless, many still belong to the breed is critical. Jane Mill believes that her pets are biased. According to her, when a cat bites a judge at a competition, this is attributed to stress, and if the bengal does the same, then it immediately comes to wild blood.

Bengal cat - breed description

These magnificent “mini-leopards” possess the grace, grace, flexibility and luxurious spotted fur coat, are a reminder that even 9500 years ago our cute pets from the cat family were completely wild. Therefore, people again and again seek to recreate a domestic cat, resembling a wild cat. An example of this are the Ocicat, the Egyptian Mau, the Bengali, the Savannah.

The Bengal cat, whose photo often adorns the covers of animal magazines, is a large and well-developed athlete with a long body (but not of the oriental type). Animals have well developed musculature (especially for cats). The paws are also muscular, powerful, the hind limbs are slightly longer than the front. The neck is rather long and seems to be thick, but in fact it is quite proportional to the body. The head is wedge-shaped, has rounded contours. In relation to the body is small.

Eyes oval, almost round, large. Eye color can be different - gold, green or blue at the points. The deeper and richer it is, the better.

The ears are short, small in size, broad at the base, rounded at the tips, set apart at the edges of the head.

Wool and color

The coat is short or medium in length, adjacent to the body, rather dense, but very silky and soft. Bright markings create excellent contrast with the main tone.

The color of Bengal cats is a distinctive feature of the breed. It can vary within brown tones. But besides them there are snow and silver colors.

Regardless of the basic tone, there must be a pattern on the animal's hair - marble, rosette or spotted. At the age of four weeks, kittens tend to lose their color. But do not worry, he will recover by ten months. This is a genetic feature of the Bengals.

Bengal cat domestic has a body of large or medium size, with strong legs with rounded pads. The tail is medium in size, rather thick.

These animals are considered adult and fully physically formed by two years. The size of the Bengal cat is impressive. Cats are noticeably larger than cats, their weight varies from 4.5 to 6.8 kg with a growth of 32 cm. Cats by two years gain from 3.6 to 5.4 kg, and their height is about 26 cm.

The Bengal cat also differs in voice from its relatives. Reviews of the owners say that it is rather loud in it, containing much more sounds and intonations than other cats.

Bengal cats - character reviews

Many animal lovers are wondering if you can keep such a cat in the house. Immediately we want to reassure them: the Bengal cat is domestic, whose photos are often shown by breeders (of later generations) are no more aggressive than any of its fellows from other breeds. These are active, playful animals, which in their souls remain kittens until old age.

Bengal cats (owner reviews confirm this) fly into the room with glowing eyes of happiness, which seem to urge everyone present to have fun with them and immediately start the game. To this should be added a high level of intelligence, great curiosity and the incredible charm of such a pet.

It is not surprising that the Bengal cat is very clever, whose photos are placed by all reputable nurseries in their advertising brochures. After all, her wild ancestors needed something more than claws and fangs to survive in natural conditions.

Bengal cat character and habits, rather, a dog - resorts to the call of the owner, brings his toys, calling for the game, can learn various tricks. Sometimes they succeed in this matter, which causes discontent of the owners. For example, when they begin to open doors, doors, taps or flush the water in the toilet. They are playful until old age, they catch everything that moves - from real mice to artificial ones.

Put together all these qualities, and you will understand what a Bengal cat is. Breed descriptions can be found in all animal publications. Such a pet has a high degree of socialization. They are absolutely not afraid of strangers, boldly go to meet them, study, sniff, look at. But you shouldn't pull your hands to them when they first met - they can scratch them. These irrepressible "mini-leopards" are ready to play at any time of the day or night. They always strive to climb as high as possible and absolutely do not like to sit in one place.

They love freedom very much and do not accept its limitations Bengal cats. Owners' reviews convince us of this. This may be expressed in relation to the leash or when the owner tries to take his pet in his arms. Это отнюдь не означает, что он раздерет руки в кровь, просто при первой же возможности сбежит. Не следует такое поведение относить к «дикости» животного, так нередко ведут себя многие вполне домашние кошки.

Порода кошек «бенгальская», фото которой мы разместили в нашей статье, любят некоторые вещи, которые для других пород являются неприемлемыми. Они очень любят воду, как их дикие и более крупные родственники леопарды. Your pet will be happy to play with a trickle of water from the tap, maybe even get into your bathroom.

This, of course, is funny, but only until the happy pet gets out of the water and starts to rush around the house. Sometimes cats are so addicted to water that the owners have to close the bathrooms and toilets on the lock, otherwise they flush the toilet in their toilets and open the taps.

Bengal cat, whose character is quite appeasable (if you do not take into account some small pranks), usually tied to one person, distinguish him and consider his master. This does not prevent them from spending time and playing with all family members. These beautiful animals need close interaction with the owner, and the trouble is for those who can not provide it. Bengal cat domestic (photos of which are posted in our article), when he misses, begins to behave outrageously. She can tear things apart to find out what's inside, open the door to some room to determine what is hidden there. The animal loves to hide things, so it’s best to keep the most valuable things out of the reach of it.

Bengal cat, whose character is quite livable, usually behaves quietly. But if she starts to make sounds, then you can't do without a simple and gentle meow. The range of their sounds is large enough, and over time, the owners begin to understand when their pet is hungry, when it wants to walk, and when it is just boring.

Bengalese cats normally get along with other pets. The character (feedback from the owners will allow such a conclusion) of the “little leopards” does not allow them to be kept in families with small children. The fact is that they will be happy to play with the child, but only until the silly kid starts to pull their tail or mustache. It is necessary that the child be at that age when he will understand that in front of him is not a toy, but a living being.

Bengal cat, whose character is always individual, in each case may behave differently. But if you learn to understand this independent, proud and at the same time playful creature, then you never want to start a cat of a different breed.

Maintenance and care

These graceful beauties do not require complex care. Representatives of this breed are strong and active animals, distinguished by good physical health.

They love to climb up, the higher the better. Therefore, to protect your furniture, provide them with a high scraper. The higher it is, the more interesting your pet. In many ways, caring for bengal is about creating conditions for him to maximize activity. From this depends on the health and mood of your pet. These cats walk with pleasure in a street on a leash - this satisfies their innate curiosity.

Despite the fact that Bengals love water, it is often not recommended to bathe them. These are very clean animals.

But the teeth need to pay special attention. When feeding with natural food, deposits may appear on the teeth, as a result, an unpleasant smell from the mouth. It is necessary to regularly inspect the oral cavity of the animal. To eliminate plaque, it is important to include in the diet dry food, which also perfectly massages the gums. It is advisable to use special toothpaste for cats for brushing your teeth, and regularly visit a veterinarian for preventive purposes.

Bengal cats coat is gorgeous - short, silky, smooth. She practically does not need care - just brush it once a week. Trim the claws regularly (once a week). Clean the ears with a cotton swab as they become dirty. Remember, the earlier you teach your pet to hygienic procedures, the easier they will be in the future.

Choosing a kitten

We have already said in our article that Bengal cats are in great need of affection and attention from the owner. When buying a kitten grown in a kennel abroad, the owner often faces certain temperament peculiarities - distrust, caution, desire for solitude. This behavior occurs due to the content in the aviary. The baby will need special attention and care.

Counting on completely inexperienced "cat-lovers," we say that you can only buy a Bengal kitten from the nursery or from a well-proven experienced breeder. Be sure to draw up a deal and all the accompanying documents on the kitten.

And now we will dwell on the most important issues concerning the health of the little Bengal. Look at his eyes - they should be clear and clean. Any discharge from the nose should alert you. You can take a kitten from the nursery at least 10 weeks old.

Well inspect the baby's coat. In a healthy kitten, it is clean, shiny, not greasy. Ask the breeder whether the vaccine has been vaccinated and what the future schedule for vaccinations is.

Be sure to observe the behavior of the baby. He must be playful, active and necessarily curious. A little fearfulness at the first meeting is normal and explainable. Do not take a limp kitten. Look at the cat mom. Does she look healthy and well-groomed? Check if hereditary diseases were tested.

Bengal cats are carnivores. Often, owners of cats (of any breeds) forget about this obvious fact. Look at the commercial feed, and you will see that they contain very little meat, a lot of corn, wheat, soy, potatoes, rice. These types of feed there are only about 60 years. So why are they so in demand? The answer is obvious - they are cheap. Do these feeds provide enough substance for the cat to survive? Yes. Will the cat thrive on these feeds? No and no again. The most reliable alternative to such nutrition is natural meat, fish, vegetables.

Give Bengal cat more natural products. Sometimes the owners are perplexed: "How can you feed a cat only meat or fish, and even raw?". This is the most natural food for her, we do not think that someone believes that the previous 9000 years old cat fed exclusively on dry food and canned food.

Owner reviews

Most of the owners of these extraordinary beauties are very pleased with this purchase. People like their cheerful disposition and playfulness, delight the mind and ingenuity, amuse ingenuity and the search for a solution in an unusual setting. It is unlikely that someone might not like their exquisite beauty.

But there are less optimistic reviews. Some point to problems like a small child. Others say that their pet is constantly meowing (and how he does it, we spoke above). Probably, such reviews leave quite inexperienced owners. Your cat can not constantly meow without a reason. Try to understand what he wants, and if you do not get it, connect a professional.

The origin of the breed

Appeared by crossing an ordinary domestic cat with a wild leopard. The birthplace of Bengal cats is America, where it was bred in 1963.

The combination turned out to be very impressive, if not for the size, then Bengal cats are very similar to wild cats. Everyone who has a kind of wild life in the house is enraptured not only by its unusual color, but also by the temperament of the Bengal cat.

Description of the breed Bengal cat

The domestic Bengal cat has rather large sizes. An adult cat has a weight of about 7-8 kilograms.

Features of this breed are visible from afar. They resemble wild cats, such independent and independent, capable of any "feats". However, appearance is deceptive, Bengal cat is not at all what it seems.

  • Grace and plasticity, which are characteristic of predators.
  • Unusual color.
  • Love of water.

To answer the question of how to define a Bengal cat, without confusing with others, let us turn to its standard.

Breed standard (appearance)

The description of all the external features that are characteristic of "Bengalam" is the breed standard (distinctive features).

  • The head of the "Bengal" has a wedge-shaped shape, which makes the "fit" of his ears a bit peculiar. Special differences - a massive chin and thickened boilers, which makes the cat's mouth "tiger" (square shape). This can be seen when the cat yawns, meows or growls.
  • The ears are short, highly spaced, have a broad base and slightly rounded tips.
  • The nose is curved, large and wide.
  • Cheeks plump with large pads under mustache.
  • Eyes (almond-shaped) of unusually beautiful green or golden color.
  • The neck is thick, massive and muscular, proportional to the head and body.
  • The body is large, strong and muscular.
  • Paws are round, powerful and large. The hind legs are longer than the front.
  • The tail is medium in size, dense, not fluffy. Over the entire length of the tail should be present spots or rings.
  • The coat is medium or short, dense in texture, very soft (like silk) to the touch.
  • Color spotty-striped (leopard or marble). There may be several shades (gray, white, red). The specks should be evenly distributed over the cat's body (photos can be seen below).

Character and some features

The domestic Bengal cat is a cute creature that looks like a picture (it can “freeze” in a beautiful pose and sit thoughtfully for a long time), which needs affection and constant attention. "Bengals" are very playful and curious, but smart, do not stick their nose where it is dangerous.

It is believed that these cats are aggressive, but this is not the case. As we have already noted, only about 20% of “wild blood” flows in their genes, the remaining 80% they inherit from domestic, quiet, affectionate and calm cats.

These cats are incredibly devoted, ready to accompany their master everywhere: on the couch, in bed, in the kitchen, in the bathroom ... They, like a dog, will chase their master everywhere, running at his heels.

"Bengals" love water and can take a bath with the owner (with great pleasure).

Life expectancy of this breed is 12-15 years (and more).

Care and maintenance

Caring for a Bengal cat is a pleasure. They love to bathe, behave with dignity (they don’t tear the wallpapers and do not gnaw the armrests of the chairs), feed them just as easily as everyone else. No special care is needed, only the standard: vaccinations, periodic grooming, attention and caress.

They learn to use the toilet without any problems, but they love to bury their “waste” very much. Keep this in mind, get for them a closed or deep toilet and do not forget to pour sand into it (cat litter mix).

These cats get along well with other pets, finding a common language with them. They love children.

Photos of Bengal cats

In the photo you will see Bengal cats of various colors.

  • Leopard cat, it is often called "leopardetta", the most popular of the "Bengal". She is very similar to her wild descendants.
  • "Sorrel" (golden color with chocolate brown spots). In cats with this color is usually the black tip of the tail. It is interesting that their true color is formed by the year (one and a half years), so it is difficult to determine the value of a kitten younger than this age.
  • Marble Bengal cat differs from others in that it has completely different spots, they have a peculiar (not leopard) form.
  • "Snow Leopard" (white, gray). Dark spots are visible on a grayish-white background. It is interesting that kittens of this color are born completely white, they later acquire grayish shades and dark spots.

Conclusion about the breed

These cats require a lot of attention, so Bengals are unlikely to suit people growing into a sofa. With this pet you will have to communicate and explain to him all your movements around the house. It is remarkable that you will have a dialogue with Bengals, because the representatives of this breed make a couple of dozen special sounds - from classic “meow” to scream, rattle and roaring.

This cat reacts calmly to the noise, but calf-like tenderness transfers it with difficulty.

In general, the breed is smart, active and healthy.

Of the diseases characteristic of bengalam, we note hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This disease often affects young cats who have undergone castration. In addition, Bengal kittens can suffer feline leukemia and food poisoning, because they have very sensitive stomachs.

Where to buy a Bengal kitten?

If you, having thought, decided to get a home “leopard”, are ready to pay attention and care for it, then you will be satisfied. But you should know that their best selling places are nurseries and official breeders.

We invite you to pay attention to these cattery of Bengal cats (in Russia, in Ukraine and in Belarus), where pedigree parents live, giving appropriate offspring.

How much is a Bengal cat?

It is definitely impossible to answer, because much depends on the breed standard. One thing is for sure - not cheap (price - from 35,000 rubles and much higher, from 10,000 hryvnias in Ukraine). And you can buy in nurseries, breeders and the market (cheap, but with dubious pedigree).

Get yourself an exotic home “leopard” and you will “bathe” in his love and devotion.

Description of the appearance of the breed of Bengal cats

External data bengalov like wild animals. On their skin, different spots and stripes are combined, but the habits of the pet are no different from the docile, tender domestic cat. Began to display this interesting breed more than 30 years ago. She combines in her physical abilities a small domestic pet and medium-sized wild cats that live in the forests.

Bright representatives of the wild breed has a shiny wool with a magical pattern. Their appearance has some characteristic features:

  • The eyes are widely set, oval or almond-shaped. Bengal cats have different colors of iris, except for bluish. This color is only in the snow Bengal.
  • The cat's slightly elongated body begins with a small head and a long neck. The skeletal skeleton is strong, and the muscular mass is well developed. Cats are slightly larger than cats.
  • The coat is thin, glossy and not very long. It fits snugly, looks like a soft cloth, and there is also a dense undercoat. In small kittens, fur is somewhat longer than in an adult animal.
  • The head has medium size, wedge-shaped shape and soft contours. Strictly vertically passes the line from the nose to the chin. The nose is straight and somewhat wide, protruding mustache pads.
  • Ears of Bengal cats of medium or small size. They have rounded tips and are slightly bent forward. Outside on the ears there are bright spots, like fingerprints from pressure.
  • Color Bengal varied. The color palette of animals can be silvery white, ivory, bronze-yellow, reddish-chestnut, golden-red, light cream. Looks great cats with marble wool. The pattern in the form of roundness and stripes is darker.

There is a spotted pattern on the back, belly and sides of the pet. Stripes cover the forehead and face. Blue and coal color usually try not to cross. Visually, these kittens look dirty. The specks on the body can be located horizontally or arbitrarily. Each rounded trail is clearly outlined and visible against the background of the other wool as much as possible. Necklace in the neck area is also clearly defined. On the tail there are sockets or rings. The spots at the Bengal resemble the tip of a dart, a bunch of grapes, a paw print, a whole bagel or a half.

Beautiful and rare breed combines the softness of a pet and the grace of a wild leopard. The soft coat of the Bengal cat shimmers in the sun. The muscular and large body of the animal seems to be created for conquering obstacles, running and hunting.

The nature of Bengal

The Bengal kitten is sociable and grows into a friendly and playful pet with proper care. Such an animal has a sociable and courageous disposition, diligent and devoted family members. Cats of this breed follow the host and require attention.

Bengals are a socialized breed without aggression. You can admire these charming creatures and their habits for hours, although semi-savage genetics still sometimes manifest themselves in the form of a stubborn temperament.

Cats of Bengal breed are playful and active. It is better to protect household appliances and furniture from them so that they are not used as sports equipment and tools for sharpening claws. For this, special claws and ladders are bought for the pet to develop actively, release their energy and demonstrate their grace and dexterity.

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It is better to place a house for a pet's rest higher, as kittens and adult cats adore to be at the height and to follow others. They are constantly engaged in the study of unknown corners in the house, so it is better to close the basements from them, strengthen the windows and put lattices and grids on them. Small predators get along well with other pets, but at the same time they demonstrate their superiority.

Bengal cats can be trained, as they have high intelligence. They eagerly execute simple commands.

Rodents in the house where Bengal lives are not found, as the cat has excellent hunting abilities. If the pet does not pay due attention, it can show aggression.

Pet Care

Для кошек бенгальской породы лучший вариант – дача с большим задним двором и местом для игр внутри. Животным необходимо большое жизненное пространство, поэтому перед покупкой котенка стоит подумать, есть ли подходящие для него жилищные условия. Несколько когтеточек, тоннели с лесенками и горы игрушек – это мечта каждого бенгала. Cats love to lie on the shelves and sit by the window.

They love fluffy pets and water. They are happy to swim in the pool, refreshing in the shower in the summer. What swing hygiene, you need:

  1. as you grow, do claw clipping,
  2. brush your ears
  3. combing shiny wool every day
  4. clean your teeth from the stone at the vet.

This is a very clean breed, which itself takes care of its fur coat, so you should not specifically buy a cat.

Bengal kitten feeding

Veterinarians advise feeding Bengal cats premium food. This is a quality food that replenishes all the vitamins and minerals in the body of the pet. It is better to buy food of the same brand. The perfect combination is 25% wet mix, and the rest is dry food.

The diet of the pet must be filled with proteins and proteins. Experienced breeders do not recommend to abuse fish, but the meat Bengal seals actively eat, and it does not harm. Suitable rabbit, as well as raw chicken.

The fermented milk is also included in the menu of the cat, but it is worth making sure that intestinal disorders do not appear. From nutrition depends on the life expectancy of a furry friend, his appearance and state of health.

Reduce the menu is, if the age animal gained weight. Every day, the pet must give clean water, quality water from the supermarket, not tap water.

Pet health

The Bengal wild breed has a high immunity, but there are some of its sores, for example, sensitive to the digestive tract bacteria. There are also problems with the heart. Cats in special situations are under severe stress, they are prone to leukemia. It is important to maintain the health of your pet, not only proper nutrition, but also good activity, that is, physical development. The owner should often play with a fluffy friend in active games.

It is very important to timely vaccinate the cat according to the appropriate schedule. Be sure to adhere to the vaccination schedule and do not skip the injections so that the kitten grows healthy.

Prevention of worms also should be carried out several times a year and more often if the animal walks on the street. Ticks sometimes settle in the ears of cats. Special drops from vet pharmacies help them out.

Expert Tips

Experts and experienced Bengal breeders advise buying a kitten only in a proven kennel. It is important to check and documents the pedigree of the future pet. Bengala with sore eyes, aggressive, scratching and often sneezing is not worth taking.

Coloring in babies may not be appropriate for an adult. After a few months, he is gaining his contract and bright tone.

Elderly and calm people, as well as families where there is an infant baby, it is better not to buy such an active breed. The sexual activity of cats and cats is decided by sterilization and castration so that they do not mark the territory and sing their songs at night.

Energetic and active pets love to be the center of attention. They grieve if they are separated for a long time from the owner or they lack attention. For the physical development and maintenance of muscles and joints in tone, they are required sports area.

Some members of the breed are overly jealous, selfish natures. They do not tolerate either dogs or other cats in the house, although they can get along with other furry households as a leader from an early age.

Cats of this breed protect their territory and distinguish strangers from households. Uninvited guests, they are not given in the hands.

Leopard Cat Price

Thoroughbred Bengal breed is expensive. This is the result of the painstaking work of breeders, who for many years have improved the physical and external data of animals.

Poor quality pet can be overly cowardly, aggressive, it gives bad offspring, which often gets sick.

On average, Bengal costs 35-45 thousand rubles. Be sure to check when buying a pedigree and take all documents about vaccinations and parents. From a nursing mother take kittens not younger than 2.5 months.

History, description and appearance

Bengal cats were bred in the United States in the early 60s of the twentieth century. Breed founded by Gene Mill - a geneticist by education. All her life she was engaged in breeding new breeds of cats. The formation of the Bengal variety involved a wild leopard cat, as well as an Abyssinian, Persian cat and a number of other breeds. The first time, scientists constantly pursued failures. Kittens were very weak in health and died from leukemia and other diseases. However, in the course of further work on the removal of such a disadvantage was eliminated. As a result, a Bengal cat appeared - perhaps one of the most popular and healthier breeds in the world. From the wild ancestors they got a graceful look, dexterity and strength, but they took the character from pets.

These are quite large animals, so the weight of an adult cat reaches 9 kilograms, and cats 5.5-7 kg. The head is wedge-shaped according to the standard, the muzzle is wide, the ears are of medium size and tilted forward, the eyes are large, almond-shaped. Eye color is green or golden, another color according to the standards of the breed is not allowed. The color of wool in Bengal cats can be any other than blue.

It is interesting! Be sure to have large oval black or brown spots. Bengal cats of marble, silver and snow colors are considered the most beautiful and valuable.

The paws of these animals are of medium length, very strong, well developed. The tail is thin, medium length. The coat is short, thick, silky and very pleasant to the touch. In their appearance, they strongly resemble wild leopard cats, ready for any adventures and feats. But in fact, their appearance is deceptive, these are kind and intelligent pets.

Breed character

Bengal cat is a very cute and intelligent pet. If she is properly educated, she will become your faithful friend and companion. No problems or behavioral features are noted. They are completely non-aggressive and non-conflicting and can get along quite easily with your other pets, be they other cats or dogs. People get used to the mode of the day pretty quickly and this is also an undoubted advantage of this breed. Very strongly attached not only to the house, but also to the beloved owner. However, these cats are by nature very curious and can climb into the most unexpected places, it can bring certain inconveniences. But with high intelligence, they quickly understand where to climb is not worth it.

Important! Separation from the owner is transferred normally, if it is not for long. But if we are talking about a business trip or a vacation for several months and you surrender the Bengal cat to overexposure, this will certainly cause a state of stress in the animal. This must be taken into account before you get yourself a Bengal cat. Otherwise, constant separation will make the animal nervous and unbalanced, you also risk losing confidence, because the cat might think that it was abandoned forever.

You should also take into account the fact that up to 6-8 months the Bengal cat is very active and literally plays and frolics around the clock, sweeping away everything in its path. If you are not ready for this, then it is better to postpone the purchase or start another breed. Having matured, they become quiet and calm, but Bengali fidgets are poorly suited for the role of "sofa pets". At this time, they need to have a lot of toys so that they can spend their energy in the right direction. With Bengal cats, you can play as with dogs, throwing a ball to them, and your pet will bring it with pleasure.

You should also remember that in the veins of these beauties the wild blood of their ancestors flows. Constantly finding a home is not in their character, it is not a sofa breed. Therefore, they urgently need walks in the fresh air. It is best if you take them to the country in the summer, walking there will be much safer, since there are no cars and other threats, and the fenced plot will be an excellent hunting ground for your pet.

Bengali-loss will not disappear and will be able to feed and protect themselves if necessary. But if you decide to walk the cat outside in the city, then at first it is better to bring the animal on a leash so that she gets used to unfamiliar sounds and smells and remembers the way home. To strangers Bengalis are incredulous and fully trust only their master. If it is impossible to provide safe walks to the cat, then it is possible to organize areas for active cat games at home or on the balcony, but it should be glazed and the windows should be securely closed with a protective net.

Where to buy, price

Bengal kittens worth buying only in official kennels, it will protect you from many troubles. If you make a purchase from dubious breeders, then there is a chance to get a sick or mongrel animal. When buying, you need to check the pedigree and vaccination marks.

The fact is that kittens of a Bengal cat up to 6 months do not look like adults at all, but as the simplest yard "Vaska" and "Murka" and you can slip a purebred animal, just like in color. Prices for Bengal cats are very high and range from 35,000 to 50,000 rubles.. It all depends on the pedigree, color and class of the cat. The most expensive animals are show-class kittens. Fluffy babies from random mating can be bought for 10,000-12,000 rubles, but nobody can guarantee good health and high qualities of the breed here.

No matter what color your pet, Bengalis always attract the views of others. These are kind, strong and intelligent cats that will become your loyal and faithful friends. Good luck to you and your furry friend!