History Of The Beautiful Bengal Cats is very interesting to say the least and even though they are a domestic cat they look like they belong in the jungle where they can be seen roaming around the forest hunting for their next meal.
Now the Bengal cats are curious creatures with coats that are absolutely beautiful as they glisten in the sunlight they are full of energy and will attach themselves to their owners.
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Bengal cat toes are webbed so they can swim in the water and they are a very expensive breed one must prepare to dish out some bucks for this cat!
This breed has an abundance of energy therefore you need to keep them entertained and show them tons of affection or they “act up”!
Let’s go back a few years…
Back in the 50s and 60s, you could purchase them at any pet store and this caused the Bengal cats to become more expensive.
Bengals almost became extinct at one point due to being hunted and killed for their beautiful coats.
An unhappy, bored cat = a cat looking for trouble, just to amuse themselves. 🙂 So the buyer beware!
History Of The Beautiful Bengal Cats – Where Do They Come From?
In my last post “The History of Cats- Did They Domesticate Themselves? we learned about Hybrids and that the Bengal cats are a cross-breed “man-made” hybrid.
A breed created from hybrids of domestic cats’ and the Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and their ancestors are the small Asian Leopard Cat which is a small wild cat.
Let’s take a trip 5,000 years ago to be exactly where archaeological evidence shows that the leopard cat was the first to be domesticated in Neolithic China in Shaanxi and Henan Provinces.
The Asian Leopard cat is a native of Asia and lives in the east and southeast of the continent from Indonesia to the Peninsula of Korea and east Russia to Pakistan into eastern Afghanistan.
This species is derived from Felis Silvestris Lybica from the Middle East – thus the Egyptian Granaries 12,00 years ago!
Purchasing The Bengal Cats – How To Pick The Right One?
One thing to remember when purchasing a Bengal cat is that you have to make sure they are at least 4 to 5 generations removed from any ancestors with wild blood!
Sadly, this doesn’t make for a great cat and they are wilder than tamed and do NOT make great house pets so please keep this in mind if you have small children.
Ask all the questions that you have and get the cats’ history of their parents and also their great grandparents and so forth because you don’t want a wild cat in your house!
Try to get a Bengal kitten whose parents are two Bengal cats and so forth be 4-5 times removed to make sure you find out what breed types and their genetic illnesses that one particular breed is prone to get.
Find out before you buy it!
Be careful because some breeders have poor breeding habits that can lead to certain genetic health problems that are hard to deal with so, just do your research and ask questions.
It’s better to be safe than sorry my friends!
History Of The Beautiful Bengal Cats – Known Personality Traits
This type of cat is:
- Full of energy yet graceful.
- They are a very “talkative” friendly cat
- They love water and wouldn’t hesitate to get into the bathtub or shower with you.
Find out how much the kitty likes to “talk” because they are on the talkative side and if you don’t have the patience for a cat that meows all the time then get one that isn’t known to talk as much.
On the other hand, if you want your cat to be “talkative” with you then find out if they are talkers and then also, make a list and ask as many questions as you want!
History of the Beautiful Bengal Cats – Talkers or Walkers?
Bengal kittens are friendly and will tolerate big hugs from you and your kids, however, animals of any type must be watched around your children but, I’m sure you already know that!
With this stronger energetic cat, don’t leave your kids alone with them.
This breed can get very large if cared for in the right way and may grow anywhere from 8 lbs. to 15lbs.
Some Bengal cat parents have reported their cat weighing in at around 20 pounds and that they hold a lot of strength and lean muscles and are very strong animals!
In the first 4 weeks you should be the only one to interact with the feline due to the fact that they tend to bond with the one who interact with them more.
After 4 weeks are past you can start to introduce the cat to your kids or other pets and other people.
While the kitten is young, if left alone with one of your other pets it will bond with that particular pet and you will be a secondary need of companionship!
History of the Beautiful Bengal Cats – What Toys Do They Like?
Toys: What kind of toys will be the best for this type of kitty?
- This cat needs a wide selection of toys and scratching posts with different textures otherwise they will claw your carpet and/or furniture
- Cat tree with lots of landing pads to jump on, climb on and with vertical spaces with different levels
- Offer interactive play toys and make sure you take off any buttons, eyes, strings, ribbons, twine anything that they could swallow!
- Walk them on a daily basis with a harness and leash
- Lots of exercise is the key to these felines
- They are highly intelligent and can grow bored easily
- They need lots of brain stimuli to keep them out of trouble in a big cat way 🙂
How Do I Feed My Bengal Raw Meat – No Really!
What kind of diet do I need to feed my Bengal cat? Well, for instance, start them off with nutritious, high-quality dry food and as they grow older, introduce them to canned food and since the cat is more active with lots of energy they tend to need more food than your average domestic cat.
A domestic cat needs to eat half a can of food per day but a Bengal needs to eat a whole can per day. Now here comes the shocker! Bengal cats crave raw meat.
Offer them fresh meat for a change and then high-quality dry food, leaving the dry food accessible all day.
Yes, they do and you have to be extra careful when feeding them raw meat to make sure you throw away what’s left in the bowl after 20-minutes.
History of The Beautiful Bengal Cats – What Kind of Raw Meats?
- Beef: Ground Round, Beef Hearts Ground Sirloin, hamburger with high-fat content
- Chicken: Bengals love their chicken cooked or raw
- Plenty of water: Give them fresh water every day.
- I use bottled water because it tastes better, albeit my cats will drink more water especially if it tastes pawsome
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The average lifespan of a Bengal cat is anywhere from 16 to 20 years!
Awesome right, and if you take care of all your cats needs and wants and you feed them the right your fur baby will be around for a very long time!
Bengal coats come in several colors:
- Brown/black is the main color
- Black and silver, seal brown
- Silver, charcoal and blue
- Vibrant green eyes
They’re just so beautiful and I would love to have one but I live in a small apartment for a growing kitty and their wild nature needs.
History Of The Beautiful Bengal Cats – Foods To Avoid
Cats can have “people” food, however, one must be careful because the last thing you want to do is make your cat sicker than a dog?
Now, that would be super traumatic for a cat to feel like a dog haha
Here is a list to use as a guideline:
- Sweet potatoes
- And asparagus
- Swiss chard
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