The Bengal cat can be considered as one of the most unique breeds of cats that you can find out there in the world. For the third year in a row, the Bengal cat is the world’s most popular feline breed, according to The International Cat Association — the largest feline genetic registry worldwide — These cats are born through crossing of Asian Leopard cats with domestic cats.
As a result, they are blessed with an eye-catching appearance. The Bengal cats are much different when compared to other breeds of cats. Therefore, it is important for you to keep few facts in your mind before you get a one for your family.
The Bengal cat is still considered a relatively new breed of domestic cat. Many have heard of the breed and are curious regarding its characteristics and breeding, especially because Bengal cats are not cheap cats to buy. Despite its name, the Bengal cat is not a tiger. Nor is it a leopard—mini or otherwise.
It’s a domestic cat. For a “Pet” Bengal… You can expect to spend anywhere from $1000-$2000 for a quality bred kitten from a good reputable breeder.
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There are kittens for less. You usually get what you pay for. There is a range of prices with breeders and their kittens. Breeder kittens will be more and price is usually based on markings and coloration.
Most people seem to prefer the bigger markings or rosettes. Breeding Bengal kittens is challenging, stress full, expensive, yet rewarding.
Any breeding is a true passion and love… or you wouldn’t do the work. You never get a day off.
Animals are demanding and need constant attention. They depend and rely on you for everyday food, water and care.
A good breeder will not allow their kittens to leave before thirteen weeks old. The kittens should be wormed, vaccinated, FIV tested along with a vet check and TICA registered. A contract and health guarantee should also comes with purchasing a kitten.
Here is a list of some of the most important facts out of them.
1. Pelt-like Coats
The Bengal’s pelt-like coat is also quite different to the touch because it feels more silk-like and plush. It also has quite a sheen to it which is magnificently captured when these sleek cats lie or walk in sunlight. It’s when their coats really glisten and when their markings are the most striking.
The beauty of their pelt-like coat is that is requires very little to no brushing because Bengals take care of themselves by licking their fur in shorter and less frequent self-grooming sessions.
Because there is less dried saliva left on their coasts, there tends to be far less dander floating around in the air which makes life a lot easier for anyone who has an allergy to cats.
2. Coat Colors
No matter the color or pattern, the Bengal cat is known for its wonderful outgoing personality. They are fearless and love to play! Their curious nature makes the Bengal the perfect pet for children and their adaptable nature makes them fit easily in to homes where resident pets already live.
There is a high degree of variance in color intensity within the Bengal breed. No two Bengal’s are the same.
The traditional brown colored Bengals have green or gold eyes and are never to have blue eyes. Other colors include Snow, Sepia, Silver, Marble, Blue and Black or Melanistic. Other colors include variations such as blue and charcoal.
3. Bengals tend to be fairly high maintenance
Bengals do as a rule tend to be demanding and fairly high maintenance cats. They often bond strongly with their families and can be very demanding of their time and attention, which is just what many people want-but of course, this is not for everyone, and can drive some owners mad! If you don’t have time to devote to a Bengal every day,then it may not be the cat for you.
Owning a Bengal can in many ways be more like owning a dog than a cat, as they will often follow you around the house, yell for attention and want to get involved in everything that you are doing-and they very much dislike being ignored!
4. They can be noisy
Before you welcome a Bengal cat to your family, you should keep in mind that they can get noisy at times. They can be extremely vocal as well. If you are willing to bear the noise of these cats, you can go for a one without keeping any doubts in your mind.
5. They are very energetic
The Bengal is very athletic breed of cat, which tends to be very active and energetic. They do sleep just as much as any other cat will, but when they are not asleep, they are apt to be tearing around or demanding that you find them something to do.
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They are going to climb and or jump anywhere and everywhere they want to go, including counter tops and kitchen cabinets. They will get into EVERYTHING.
This means that you might find yourself woken up in the middle of the night by your Bengal leaping on you to demand attention, or racing around the house chasing imaginary prey!
Owning a Bengal can really liven up your house, so make sure that this is what you want from your new pet and that you are not biting off more than you can chew!
About the author
I Have always had a deep love and devotion to animals. Married to my husband Steve Burdine for over 35 years. Started out breeding Border Collies and Australian Shepherds in 1987… The bengal cat caught my eye.
We added them to our Program in the spring of 2007 and haven’t looked back. We breed top quality Bengals that are sought after around the world. We are Licensed with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and inspected yearly.
When I am not working with the cats full time… I work my second full time job as an Engineering Supervisor at WCCO-TV in Down Town Minneapolis.
Becky Beckmann & Steve Burdine
Breeder of Merit ~ AKC Breeder of the Year