The Bengal Look
The Bengal is a domestic cat breed developed to look like an exotic jungle cat. Bengal cats were developed by selective breeding from hybrids of the Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic cat. The goal was to create a confident, healthy, and friendly cat with a highly contrasted and vividly marked coat.
Bengals have a “wild” appearance with large spots/rosettes/arrowheads, and a light/white coloured belly, and a body structure reminiscent of the Asian Leopard Cat. Bengal cats are generally a bright orange to light brown colour, although pale or off-white “snow” Bengals also exist.
Bengal Cat Personality
Bengals have inherited some of their ancestors personality traits. The first of which is being an agile climber. They love to be up high so owners will need to cater for that by providing them with tall climbing trees and perches for them to play on. A variety is needed or else you may find that your furniture or curtains will become the Bengals playground. They also have a liking for water so don’t be surprised if they start playing in their water bowls or joining you in the bathtub or shower. They may drop their toys into their water bowls. Bengals really enjoy playing so they will require a large amount of attention.
Like their ancestors, Bengal cats are extremely agile and athletic. They are strong and and energetic – they do not outgrow this playfulness. Some new owners are not prepared for how active the Bengal is. If it’s a quiet, lap cat that you are after, then the Bengal may not be the right breed for you.
Bengals are extremely efficient hunters and very predatory. They will need a large selection of toys so that they can practice and play. They often carry toys or balls around in their mouths or paws – they can even be taught to play fetch.