Breed Information and Traits
If you find yourself considering a feline companion or pet with an exotic look, but without the dangers inherent in a wild cat, then the Bengal is the breed you are looking for, and we are purveyors of Bengal cats for sale. Unlike other cat breeds, Bengal cats are not only unique in appearance, but hypo-allergenic as well. Bengals are proven to be one of the most intelligent cat breeds there is, and at times have been known to outwit even the cunning Siamese. With that said, the Bengal has been known to have some behavioral quirks that are pretty strange, but this can be attributed to their high level of intelligence and their wild ancestry.
Bengals Are Obsessed With Water
Much like their ancestors, Bengals adore water. Just about every Bengal will love, if not display, some degree of obsession with water. Unlike the average house cat, who drinks their water directly from their bowl, a Bengal chooses to dip its paw into the water and lick the water off to drink. They are also known to play in water whenever the chance arises, many times splashing out the water in their drinking bowl, or even interrupting their humans when showering or bathing. They are known to show a sheer delight playing in fountains or with running facets. If you have a fishbowl or aquarium, it is good to note that Bengals will find enjoyment in both pawing at the bowl or tank, if not actually catching the fish within.
Bengals Have A High Level Of Intelligence
Bengals have a very high IQ, and when you add this intelligence level to the fact that they are also a very active breed, then there is definitely the perfect mix for trouble. Although you may shower your Bengal with every cat toy you can find, they will never be happy with them. They get bored with toys very quickly, which in turn finds them venturing off to explore and discover their next great adventure. They are known for claiming totally random objects as their own and running off with them and have an inane knack for knowing just which item is expensive or precious and destroying it. Just for giggles, and the fun of it, Bengals are known just simply to stare down other animals.
Bengals Are Known For Their Hunting Prowess
Due to their wild heritage and ancestry, Bengals are top notch fishers and very efficient at hunting. If this is a trait that you want to curb and tone down in their nature, then it is suggested that when they are kittens that they are continuously exposed to small animals. If you do expose them to others, make sure that your Bengal is always strictly supervised because again they are animals and accidents can and do happen. Bengals are to be supervised at all times when around any small animals or pets, such as birds, rodents, and other small sized pets.
Bengals Rule Over Their Territory
Because Bengal’s are innately fierce about their territory, things can get really nasty, really fast. If you are planning to have more than one Bengal, you should have a pair, or at least other cats living in the same dwelling from the beginning. Otherwise, chances are good that you will struggle to introduce a new feline into the fold. Bengals are not big on changes within their environment, and as such are prone to feeling stressed out. This is why it is a good idea to have a box, a cat tree, or even a crate that they can view as a safe place to run to and de-stress. It is best to remember that if you decide on a Bengal cat, they are an indoor cat due to dangers that the outdoors present, as well as the threat they post to any wildlife.
Bengals Are Lovers
If raised properly, and in the proper environment, Bengals are a very affectionate breed. They develop a deep bond and love for their humans and in a sense will take a rather dog-like persona, by way of shadowing their humans every move and in some cases even playing a game of fetch. Due to their inherent high level of intelligence, the Bengal breed can be trained to learn basic commands such as "sit" or "stay." On the other hand, they can watch their humans and discover unwanted behaviors as well, such as the turning of doorknobs, how to turn on the faucet, and even in some cases will learn how to flush the toilet, and do so repeatedly.
Bengals Are Talkers
Bengals are a very vocal breed, and as such, they talk—a lot. As a result, one of the breed's characteristics that many find adorable is their pathetic sounding kitten meow. All through their lives, they will meep, mew, and meow at their humans on any occasion that they see fit. This vocalization is their way of letting you know not only they are in the room, but what they may want or need as well.
Caring For And Raising Your Bengal
In an effort to keep your Bengal happy and healthy, there are few pieces of advice to keep in mind:
- If you are not intending to use your Bengal for breeding purposes, then it is advised that you have it spayed or neutered. Not only does it help add to the overall healthiness of the cat, but it will also aid in them not spraying to mark territory or choosing not to use the litter box.
- Although we have mentioned that for the most part, your Bengal will not be thrilled with toys. However, it is best to have a variety available for them to choose from should the need arise. Also, make sure to put up any items that you consider precious or valuable away, as they are most assuredly are seen as toys to your Bengal.
- If you don’t want to hear the toilet flushing several times at all hours of the day or night, then it is best advised that you keep the toilet lid down. This will help curtail them feeling the need to flush.
- Make sure to keep in mind that Bengals will play in the water. As such, to make inevitable cleanup easier, make sure to keep their water bowl on a surface such as linoleum or tile.
Socializing Your Bengal
Contrary to most beliefs, Bengals are good with children. However, the key to this is to associate them as kittens correctly. Early on, it is crucial to associate your Bengal with as many people, including kids, as possible. This will, in the long run, go a long way in helping to keep your cat from placing its loyalty and affections on one specific person, which can lead to personality problems down the road. It has been found that if a Bengal bounds to one human, they will show signs of severe fear towards anyone else—for no reason at all. To socialize your Bengal:
- While your Bengal is still a kitten, introduce them to other animals and pets. Bengals are capable of living in co-existence with other cats, and even dogs, but they must be exposed to them as a kitten for the best results.
- It is best to keep in mind that a Bengal is not the first choice if you are wanting a lap cat. They will never behave perfectly, and as such, they will and do eventually get into trouble—you just will not always know how or when.
- Bengals have in recent years taken over the title of being one of the most popular breeds in agility—which was initially held by the Border Collie. Agility training will help to keep your Bengals mind active, and its attention centered. There are even agility competitions that are geared towards cats only if you wanted a new hobby as well.
- It is suggested that all Bengal cats be indoor cats. Other than the fact that there are dangers abound for them outdoors, both physical and health-related, Bengals are also known, because of their inherent wild ancestry, to be a danger to wildlife. If you want your Bengal to experience the outdoors, and occasionally take in some fresh air, they are known to be easily harness trained.
Information And Traits About Bengals
Some necessary information to know about Bengals, if you are considering the breed:
- The average lifespan can be from 10-16 years of age.
- The average size is approximately 8-15 pounds or 3.6-6.8 kilograms
- Basic body structure presents as long, muscular, and can be medium to large in size.
- Developed ancestry is from an Asian leopard cat and the domestic tabby (or the Siamese mix if of the “snow” variety.”
- The fur coat is usually dense, soft, silky, and sometimes described as "glittered."
- Patterns on the coat can be either spotted/bull’s eye, marble or rosette in nature.
- Bengals are mild to highly hypoallergenic.
- They have a low degree of shedding and a small amount of grooming needed.
- They are highly active and very athletic.
- They are very capable of being socialized with both kids and dogs.
- They are very vocal by nature.
Bengals are a special and unique breed. Many owners of Bengals have found that once they have one, they tend never to want another breed. Again, as mentioned above, they can be a handful and caring for one is like having a whirlwind with a mischevious sense of humor running roughshod over your home—but in a good way. If you find yourself wanting to purchase your own, we offer Bengal cats for sale. Just contact us for more information.