The Bengal is a cross breeding descendant of a domestic cat and a wild leopard from the South East Asian jungles. This hybridization allows exotic lovers to own a fully exotic animal with the loving temperament of a domestic cat.
Modern Bengal cats are large shorthair breeds famous for their marvelously spotted coats with a nice contrast between the pattern and background colors. Their coat colors may be black, rusty, mahogany and ivory with a spotted or marbled pattern.
When the Bengal kittens are between 2 and 6 months of age, they often undergo a stage when their colors become gray with blurry markings. Though, after some time, depending on the season, their original rufous color will return.
A Bengal is a sporty, inquisitive, confident cat with balance and vigor. They are exceedingly smart; always curious about their owner’s whereabouts. They can play fetch and enjoy climbing and running around. A unique trait of the Bengal cat is its love of water. They enjoy playing in the shower and diving in a tub. The Bengal cats often use their paws like hands. They hold their toys against their chests and hide them from other pets.
As their activity and play requirements are high, this is not a cat best left to its own devices for long period of time, as they can be quite mischievous and naughty when bored. If an owner is likely to spend much of the day away from the cat, having another high-energy pet companion to occupy the Bengal is an excellent idea. The Bengal cats tend to vocalize when conversing with their owner, and are quite capable of jealousy and spitefulness if they feel that another pet is getting more attention, or if they are being ignored.
Own a Bengal kitten? See our list of Bengal cat names.