What Exactly Is A Bengal Cat?
The name Bengal was derived from the name of the Asian leopard cat (P. b. bengalensis), and not from the Bengal tiger. The Bengal breed began with a breeding of a domestic cat to an Asian Leopard, then bred down from the females. The first, second, third, and sometimes fourth generation male cats are infertile. Breeding now is strictly Bengal to Asian Leopard and Bengal to Bengal. Asian Leopards are slightly smaller in size than domestic cats, although Bengals generally weigh between 6-18 pounds, males being larger. The 1st through 3rd generation from the Asian Leopard are called F-1s through F-3s, 'F' standing for Filial,or the 'Foundation cats'. After the 4th generation they
are called SBT's (Stud Book Tradition) and can be eligible for showing and are considered domestic. Bengal cats are friendly outgoing and energetic companions. They will follow you like a dog, come when called, learn to play fetch,and can even be taught to use the toilet eliminating the need for a litter box!
What About Cat Allergies?
Bengals are a wise choice for people with allergies; their sleek, tightly pelted coat seems to hold less allergens. Sufferers claim that they can tolerate close facial contact with no reactions. Let me clarify that when the claim is made that the Bengal Cat is hypoallergenic, the dictionary definition of hypoallergenic is
"Having a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction" Therefore, we are saying that Bengals are not as likely to cause the same type, or level, of allergic reaction as do many other domestic cat.
What Is The Typical Bengal Cat Personality?
Bengals are not for people who just want a leopard-print cat for decoration. They are extremely active and intelligent, they love to explore and are alert to anything new in their environment. Bengals are very social cats who will follow you around the house and talk to you. This is a breed that can be taught the rules of the house with minimal training, and adapts well to other pets in the home. As with any breed of cat, they will scratch if mistreated, however, they are dependable, predictable pets that do not lash out when unprovoked. As long as your companion is neutered or spayed, there is not much difference between the sexes. Usually, males tend to be more affectionate, and females are more independent, but females can be extremely affectionate and loving as well. You can have shy males and really extroverted females, and vice versa.It all depends on their own personality.
Litter Box Training, Is It Different?
Our bengal kittens have been litter box trained before leaving our home. Accidents may happen as your kitten is young and may be nervous in a new environment. You must show your kitten where she/he can take care of business. Often times cats like having their own cat box so if you are sharing and having one of the cats expelling outside the box, try providing each cat their own box.... You may be surprised to find your problem is solved.
If kittens find an undesirable place to expel their feces or urine there are measures you can take to correct this. Please contact us if you have trouble
When your bengal kitten is raised around water, their curiosity will get the best of them. In our experience they seem to be especially curious about running water. They will play with any stream of water, eventually getting in! Some Bengals even like to swim! It all depends on how they are raised and what they are exposed to early on.
Do Bengals Really Enjoy The Water?
with this! It is recommended to isolate your new kitten in a smaller environment for a few weeks (like a bathroom) until it gets used to its new surroundings and caregivers. After that initial time period it will be more suitable to allow him/her to get familiar with the larger atmosphere of your home. This is a good way to adjust a new kitten into your home and be sure she/he will use the litter box while in a time period of adjustment.
We are ALWAYS here for you after you purchase a kitten from us, Our care for our kittens last their entire lifetime and does not end with the sale.