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About Bengal Cats

Zawadi Aphrodite

Zawadi Aphrodite

  Why is a Bengal Special? 

Bengal cats come in a range of colours with a spotted, rosetted or marbled coat which comes with a background colour ranging from golden browns through to the palest cream and white, or in some cases the currently unrecognized blue or silver. The rosettes are black, brown, tan, chocolate, or cinnamon. The short to medium coat is thick and soft to the touch. Bengals are divided into three colour groups: brown, snow and lynx. Many of these cats have a distinctive glitter to their coat, unique to Bengals. This glamorous coat is also delightfully silky to touch, making other cats fur feel rather coarse. The large eyes are outlined in white, which I think accentuates a wildcat look, and they carry an ‘M’ mark on the forehead.

Crossing an Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic cat originally created the Bengal cat. A domestic Bengal cat will be at least four generations from a wild cat, carrying only a small percentage of wild genes . Although the Bengal has a wild ancestry, its personality is amiable, alert, affectionate, playful, independent and not the least aggressive. This has produced a stunning cat with a charming and friendly nature

This breed has a fascination with water. Watching a running tap will amuse Aphrodite for ages and she has taken a shower learning how to drink from it. Some Bengals will even swim.

They are long legged and long bodied which enables amazing agility. ‘You Tube’ has many videos of Bengal cats performing where you will see these behaviours.

I hope you enjoy being stalked. They are compulsive hunters! Garden wildlife would surely take some damage if Aphrodite were an outdoor cat.

The Bengal cat has one more surprise, magnificent vocalizing. They may chirrup and trill when excited playing or sharing a chat with you, with a rather strident NaOOO if they object to something, having to wait for the tin to get opened at breakfast time, for example. This can be an unbelievably loud sound for such a small creature; fortunately this is saved for special occasions.

Your Bengal baby will follow you around; keen to join in, especially with any tasks involving water or fridges. If you want a really laid back companion you probably should be looking for a different breed. As their activity and play requirements are high, this is not a cat best left to its own devices for long periods. Young Bengals are quite hyperactive and excitable and take a few months to learn their manners. These miniature leopards have some dog-like characteristics and can be trained with time and patience.