The Wild And The Tame - The Bengal Cat
By Ryan Joseph
A relatively new cat breed first bred in the U.S., the Bengal cat was created by crossing an Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic cat. Over time, this breed has become a visual and temperamental success-preserving the strong physical resemblance to its beautifully wild ancestor while inheriting a pleasant, domestic disposition. Talk about best of both worlds.
Large and sleek, this cat is as alert as it is affectionate. Its distinctive leopard spotted or marbled coat enhances its wild appearance as it roams the house. Unlike any other breed, some Bengals appear as if they were dipped in gold or silver glitter. Their voices are distinct and versatile, from a coo to a chirp. They love to jump, somersault and play with water just like wild and feral cats.
These cats have beautifully crafted personalities and are a joy for family-filled households. Lively and interactive, these cats are not known for their aloofness, haughtiness or dullness. They're not only zany, they're affectionate. They may come and nuzzle your face in the middle of the night, purring softly or spend hours pleasing themselves by stretching frequently or rolling on their backs in pure, uninhibited rapture.
The Bengal's athletic ability is downright astonishing. Not only can they climb doors and cupboards, but they can also turn light switches on and off with a single leap.
These cats tend to be really picky about their litter boxes and can have less than desirable toilet habits if their litter boxes aren't changed often enough or if the litter is not the sand type that they tend to prefer. Other than that, there are not many drawbacks to this delightful breed. They are buoyant, acrobatic and will always give you a sense of awe.
Did you know. Although Bengals are widely considered domestic cats, because they are a hybrid between a domestic and a wildcat, owners need a CITES permit in order to import or export their Bengals because they are still considered wild. A CITES permit is the equivalent of a passport for personally owned wildlife.
Did you know. Bengals are one of the few breeds that are fond of water! Some play quite contently in deep water and some even like to go swimming! They also love to take baths!
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