Bengal cat is a breed of pet cat produced from a cross of a domestic cat between a spotted Egyptian Mau breed with a wild cat, the Asian Star Tiger (Prionailurus bengalensis).
This breed has a feral cat -like appearance. You can see each one has a different fur coat and is similar to a feral cat i.e. a speckled, rosette, or marble pattern. In addition, the Bengal is a very energetic breed and requires a lot of physical activity as well as games.
Jean Mill of California has received recognition for the production of modern Bengal breeds. He has a degree in psychology from Pomona College and has attended several classes in genetics at the University of California, Davis.
He made the first cross between an Asian Star Tiger cat and a domestic cat, a California black cat. However, this breed begins to thrive for breeding later in the year. In 1975, Mills received a group of Bengal cats that had been bred only for genetic testing at Loma Linda University by Willard Centerwall.
The Bengal cat was first accepted as a domestic cat breed was in 1983, and since then this cat has become one of the most famous pet cat breeds in the world. Like some other hybrid breeds, Bengal cats are broken down based on their generation removed from the original wild parent (First Generation). The first generation of the Bengal breed is called the F1. And each subsequent generation gets numeric calls like F2, F3, F4, and so on. To be considered a true cat-a true domestic cat, this breed needs to be at least F4.
Bengal cats are famous for their short and thick fur coats. Their coats also have different patterns each in a variety. Their fur also very soft to the touch, it feels like ‘rabbit fur’. The most common eye colors found on these Bengal cats are brown, yellow, orange, and even green.
What caught the attention of the pet owner was the fur coat that distinguished it from all other breeds. This is because the Bengal is the only breed that has a rosette pattern that reflects the offspring of a wild Asian Star Tiger cat. Apart from rosette patterns, speckled or marble patterns are also popular. Because the fur is so short, this breed only needs weekly grooming to remove fallen hair and dead skin cells.
Look at its body, it is usually larger than a domestic cat because of its long and muscular body. Its long hind legs make it an excellent jumper, so it’s no surprise if you find it on cupboards, cabinets and even refrigerators.
- Weight: 4 – 10 kg
- Coat length: Short, dense and soft
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Hair Color: Gray, White, Brown, Gray Brown, Black.
- Pattern: Rosetted, Spotted and Marbled
Bengal cats are also known for their active playful attitude. You are advised to provide a tree for him the opportunity to climb and sit on the top floor to survey your room. Provide interactive toys with the mind to attract attention as well as mental exercise. Spend time playing along with training your cat to catch laser points. Be warned, you need to play with him for most of the day because his energy is so strong, half a day is not tired enough for this little one.
Bengal cats are also very fond of water play, a temperament rarely possessed by most domestic cats. You need to be careful if there is an aquarium or pet fish because you do not want it to be a fishing pond.
This breed is easy to get along with other dogs and cats. However, if you keep a gerbil, hamster, or guinea pig, the chances of it becoming a living toy for Bengal are enormous. It is best to separate your pet cat from its natural prey.
- Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
- Intelligence: High
- Active: High
- Vocals: High
Bengal cat needs the same health care as a domestic cat. You need to know that it can be infected against feline leukemia like its original lineage. Purebred cats are more susceptible to genetic diseases than hybrid breeds.
Some of the conditions that may be exposed to them are:
- Kidney disease
- Eyes: Glaucoma, cataracts, conjunctivitis, Entropian (rotation of the eyelids)
- Infectious peritonitis (cats), a fatal disease caused by infection by the coronavirus, COVID-19
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