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.

http://www.petfinder.com/cat-breeds/Bengal http://www.adoptapet.com/s/bengal-cats-for-adoption http://www.pets4homes.co.uk/adoption/cats/bengal/

Caturday Shopping

I’ve been browsing animal rescue sites today and there are lots of amazing things to buy. Best of all, you are helping animals in need when make a purchase.

Here’s what I have for you today.

Aren’t these cute? I found them on Animal Rescue Site

I like this mug from the Animal Rescue Site
Isn’t this ring holder from Cats Protection sweet? (I actually have one myself)
These handmade hangers from Greek Cat Welfare Society are a nice idea and pretty too
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the organizations mentioned in this post.

Friday Fave

This fave pic is an oldie of me holding my other beautiful soulmate, Suzy, who crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in 1998. She was another precious angel in fur that came into my life for a reason. She was with me for 13 years, and as it’s coming up to the anniversary of her passing, I shall write another post about that on the day.

I wrote about our relationship in my memoir The Cat Years: How My Cat Soulmates Saved Me.

June is adopt-a-cat month

June is adopt-a-cat-month (I know, every month should be adopt-a-cat-month!)

Athena, my rescue cat
Athena

Adopting a 10-week-old kitten from my local animal shelter almost two years ago was the best thing I’ve ever done. The date was 21 July 2011 and it’s a day I’ll never forget because that’s the day I met my soulmate, Athena. She is the most affectionate cat and rewards me with such loyalty and love. She has brought joy into my life.

If you are thinking of adopting a cat from a shelter there are some major points to consider first.

Why adopt a cat?
You will be rescuing a life as there are millions of cats and kittens looking for a forever home. And now with kitten season well upon us, shelters are full.

Can you afford a cat? 
It’s not just food that cats need. Other expenses are: neutering, microchipping, vet bills, pet insurance, etc. Not to mention when you go away. Can you afford to board your cat or pay a sitter to look after them?

Does your lifestyle suit having a cat in it?
If you are away a lot will there be someone there to care for your cat in your absence? What about when you are out at work all day? An indoor cat can get lonely in an empty home. Getting another cat to keep him company is advisable here of course. And do you have children? Not all children and cats can get along. That’s why it’s important to check with the shelter if the cat you are intending to adopt is suitable for both you and other members of your family.

Are you committed enough?
Think hard about this. Are you sure you can commit to being a pet parent? Yes, it is like being a parent and you can’t send a kitten back just because it knocks over an expensive vase. Kittens (just like children) can be naughty. As soon as I got Athena home, she was already strutting about the place as if she owned in and started clawing up the walls. There are scratch markings on our wallpaper everywhere. But I don’t care. Those are material things. But if you do though, think again. Perhaps an older cat would suit you better. There are so many adult cats in shelters in urgent need of loving homes too.

Athena the playful kitten

Make sure you and your cat are compatible.Read the personality profile of the kitten (or cat) you have in mind. Ask the shelter staff about it too. Do your research into the breed. However, if it’s meant to be, the cat will definitely choose you. Athena wanted me as her mum as soon as I walked into that cat shelter. I had already seen her online and went into the shelter the next day to view her, and there she was, leaping onto the door of her pen and licking my finger straight away. It was love at first sight for both of us.

Cat proof your home.
So you’ve decided you are getting a shelter cat. Before you bring your little fur ball home, you will need to cat proof (or kitten proof) your home. Common sense is needed here. Treat your home just like you would if you had a toddler crawling about the place. Like children, kittens are inquisitive. It’s how they learn.
Here are some tips I found on the Purina website on how to cat proof your home.

Other helpful links:
http://www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat
http://www.woodgreen.org.uk/rehome/cats
http://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/cat-adoption/

My book A Forever Home For Athena tells the story of my rescue cat. I am donating some of the proceeds to three of my favourite animal charities.  You can order it from Amazon and it’s available in e-book and print format.

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