Cat Breed of the Month: Bengal Cat

This month we’re looking at the amazing Bengal Cat. A truly stunning cat, don’t you think?

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Bengal Cat  Personality and Temperament The Bengal cat is energetic, playful, and loves to  interact. It is a highly intelligent cat, always  seeking attention and needs to be included in  everything that’s going on around the home.  Bengal cats love water. They love being  comical too. You can never be sad with a Bengal  around! They may look wild, like little  tigers, but they are extremely affectionate. They are  also quite vocal and hate to be left  alone. They will always follow you around the home.

Look The beautiful Bengal cat is sleek and muscular-bodied with long legs and with hind legs slightly higher than the shoulders. The Bengal cat’s fur is exquisite, often sparkling in the sunlight. The fur itself is soft and silky to the touch with a short to medium  marble or spotted coat. Bengal colours are black, brown, tan, tawny and gold. This breed of cat has medium-sized ears, with rounded tips pointing forward in profile. The tail tip is black and the feet are large and oval. The nose is broad with full muzzle and a light-coloured strong chin. The head, though quite small, is broad and wedge-shaped, longer than wide. Bengal cats’ eyes are large and black rimmed eyes, and either  almond-shaped or almost round.

History The Bengal cat breed was first developed in 1963 in the US by breeder Jean Mill who bought a female leopard cat from a pet store (such cats could be purchased at the time in the US but today it’s illegal to sell them). She wanted to breed a unique cat -an Asian leopard cat crossed with a domestic cat – in an effort to stop wild cats from being exploited for their fur as well as to prevent people from wanting to own wild cats  as pets. In doing so, she also hoped to dissuade people from wearing furs that looked like their pets. The breed made its way to UK in 1991.

Bengal cat
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For more information about the Bengal cat breed check out these sites.

About Marie

Proud cat mum Marie Symeou is a writer, cat blogger/photographer & animal rights advocate. Her rescue cat Athena is her muse and soulmate.

5 Thoughts on “Cat Breed of the Month: Bengal Cat

  1. Anonymous on 26th December 2013 at 8:11 pm said:

    they are so sweet! i have one. His name is Shadow because he always is in my shadow and he looks like one! they cuddle with you and are very vocal.

  2. Mom and Dad saw several Bengals at a cat show a few months ago and fell in love with them. Thanks for providing more info about them. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  3. They are nice cats, I’ve met a couple before. They were a little “crazy” at the vet’s office, but I don’t blame them!

    • I’ve never met any, though my Athena has similar temperament and personality. Being a rescue cat, I don’t know much about her, but I suspect she has some Bengal in her.

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