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