Posted by Cat Mama on Wednesday
The Bengal cat is one of the most charming and stunning cat breeds. To many people, they are thought of as "wild cats" but they are completely domestic. I have fostered many cats but the Bengal cat has different personality traits than your average house cat. They are extremely intelligent and can be very demanding if they don't get what they want. They are also very vocal and can impersonate what you do. They are very loving and playful. Bengals are not meant for every cat owner, so research thoroughly before attempting to adopt one.
What is a Bengal? Bengal cats are descended from Japan. The wild Asian Leopard cat was bred with a domestic cat to make the Bengal. This happened sometime in the 1940's. It wasn't until the 1970's that the Bengal cat appeared in North America. Most Bengals have a very athletic, muscular form. They have the look of a wild cat, with different markings then you've probably seen on other cats. Their coats are either leopard printed or marbled. Most have the "mascara look" around the eyes. The Bengals I fostered all looked like leopards. Some cat associations refuse to accept Bengals as a breed. The cat fanciers Association does not accept "hybrid breeds" such as the Bengal.
They are absolutely gorgeous animals but they should only be in homes where they can receive a lot of attention. This is important and something that many people overlook. There are many Bengals in shelters because they were adopted by people and then they changed their minds. So please, think very carefully before considering adoption. I may sound like a broken record but it's something I feel strongly about.
A Bengal cats temperament will vary on it's development. Bengal cats are classified on the level of their filial (or offspring) generation. A F1 Bengal would be the first offspring from cross breeding and would therefore not be as tame as an F4 (fourth generation). It's important to research your Bengal cat's development. Many people don't take this into consideration when adopting a Bengal and are unprepared.
Right. Back to the Bengals and their unique personality. As stated before before, Bengals are vocal. I should clarify. A Siamese is vocal, A Bengal can raise the roof if it wants to. They love conversation and will speak with you quite easily. They also love water. Most cats avoid water at all costs, but Bengals enjoy playing in it. They love to play hide and seek and are very kittenish in their games. Obviously, they are not your typical cat. They only look wild, however. They should not be adopted just because you want a "wild cat". They are energetic, social, extroverted cats that love human companionship.
If you are considering a Bengal, please look into adoption. There are so many Bengals that need a loving, forever home. Here are some links for those interesting in Bengal cats:
Bengal Cat Rescue
Great Lakes Bengal Rescue
California Bengal Cat Rescue
I hope you've learned a little about the Bengal cat and it's personality traits. They are lovely pets and there are so many in need of a good home. If you're serious and patient, consider adopting one of these beautiful animals.