Bandit is a brown spotted male Bengal. He has wonderful muscle tone and small ears that accent his exotic appearance.
Sweet Spice is my brown spotted Bengal female. Spice is beutiful inside and out. She has a sweet and loving disposition. Her pelt is fully complemented with her contrasting rosettes.
Charlie is my brown spotted Bengal alter. He has taught me almost everything there is to know about sharing a life with Bengal cats.
The Bengal is a unique cat with a coat sporting the prominent leopard spots found on the big cats in the zoo except there is about a 200 lb. difference in size. However unlike the leopards in the zoo the Bengal is a domestic breed of cat and besides the size difference there is a diverse variance in temperament to. But how did the Bengal end up with such a stunning coat pattern? The Bengal original ancestry was derived from the Asian Leopard cat and a domestic Tabby. The Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) is one of the many subspecies of leopard cats. It can be found or rather it can find you in the tropical rainforests across the Asian continent. ALCs can be found in a range of brownish-red colors with dark rosettes or leopard spots. Their ears, though they can hear just a well as any other species of cat, are exceptionally tiny so that they do not get tangled in the dense underbrush found in the ALC’s natural habitat. The ALC is a small wild cat weighing approximately 10 lbs. Yes, the ALC is indeed a wild cat but you have no more cause for fear of a wild ALC than a wild rabbit. The term “wild” does not mean an animal is vicious but rather self-sufficient and untrusting of humans (Mills). ALCs tend to try and avoid human conflict. If they are cornered and feel threatened they may become aggressive. The Bengal inherited the ALC’s hostile voice but not their behavior. Bengals are bold cats that like to make their opinions heard. Their fearless attitude can sometimes be a danger to themselves but they very rarely intentionally harm others. They are, in fact, rather tolerant cats; gentle with even the roughest of toddlers. Bengals are cats with a meow much worse than their bite.The loud call of the Bengals is often heard in professional show halls. Bengals have been accepted by the International Cat Association (TICA) as a breed since 1986 and gained Championship in 1991 (TICA Website). The Bengal was first bread by Jean Sudgen Mill in the 1980’s for the purpose of protecting ALCs from the fur and pet trade. By providing the world with a live toy leopard, origonal Bengal breeders hoped that people would be less inclined to wear a wild leopard’s fur. Today Bengals are the most popular recognized breed of cats nationwide.
Do you have plenty of cat furniture? Bengals love to use their claws and if they do not have their own furniture they will not mind using yours. Bengals are high energy cats, all experienced Bengalowners know that there is no denying this fact. Bengals love to run and play. Very rarely will you catch a Bengal napping. The moment you add a Bengal to your household your floor, furniture, and any vacant laps are subject to becoming a cat highway. All laps, and might I add hands, available or not will also be treated with undeniable love and Bengal affection. With their endless energy Bengals brighten any household. Bengals release a positive energy that can cure any bad day. Just by watching a Bengal hard at play you will enjoy the simple pleasure that cats have discovered in plastic milk caps or pieces of discarded paper. OK maybe not, but Bengals are entertaining to watch. They are extremely intelligent cats. Cupboard doors, doorknobs, and other mechanisms containing a favorite toy is no match for the Bengal. Bengals are ultimately devoted to their human counterparts. If you want a Bengal purely for decoration, don’t get one. Bengals thrive on human companionship. Bengals like to think that they are tough and will put on a front that they are indifferent to love and compassion but they truly adore attention and interaction. If you treat your Bengal with love you may find you have a four legged, talkative shadow that insists you do not pet it nearly often enough. Bengals are a joy to have around the house.The occasional Bengal likes water. Not all Bengals love to swim but many relish playing in water dishes or sinks. Some Bengals will accompany their owners in the shower or bathtub, but beware a wet Bengal may rain shower water across your floor before you can say "towel". Over all, Bengals are low maintenance cats. Bengals are a generally healthy hearty breed with a particular resistance to feline leukemia and no reacuring health problems. Their coat requires little to no grooming and with their water loving habits the necessity to bathe your Bengal is significantly reduced. If you give your Bengal lots of love, you are sure to be repaid a hundred fold with affection and fun.
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