If you’re after a cat that is absolutely stunning, playful, and quite doglike in nature, the Bengal could be the perfect breed for you. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of a Bengal
The Bengal is a medium to large sized cat that has a long, muscular body and a robust skeleton. The head is longer than it is wide and they have small ears, pronounced whisker pads and black rimmed, almond shaped eyes. Also, the tail is quite thick and it tapers to a black tip. The most distinguishing feature of the Bengal however is the coat. The coat is either spotted or marbled in pattern, and it is thick, sleek, and soft. The belly is paler than the rest of the coat but it should also have spots. Whether the Bengal is spotted or marbled, the contrast between the spots or swirls should be very good. Bengals come in a range of colours including tabby, sepia tabby, mink, and silver.
The Bengal Temperament
The Bengal cat is well known as being intelligent and active. Many Bengals love water, and it is not unusual to see them near the taps, or splashing around in their bowls. Bengal cats are excellent climbers, love to be up high, and are very agile. Because of their intelligence, they are easily trained to walk on a harness so that they can enjoy the outdoors in safety. Bengals love to have company, particularly human company, but they also get along well with other pets.
Caring for a Bengal
Because the Bengal is so active and such a good climber, it is important that they are provided with plenty of climbing trees, scratching posts, and ledges to play on. It is also recommended that you have several toys that your Bengal can play with, rotating them so that they don’t get bored. The Bengal is also a low maintenance breed in that they do not require too much in the way of grooming.
Who is the Bengal Suited To?
The Bengal is suited to an active household. Because they love human company, it is best if someone is home for a lot of the time, but if this is not possible, you should get your Bengal a companion so that they don’t get lonely. The Bengal is a very interactive, playful breed and they will not “grow out” of their playfulness so you need to be prepared for how “in your face” they can be.