Bengals combine the physical characteristics of a leopard and the soft nature of a domestic cat.
On the one hand, bengals are very independent and show with their whole appearance that they are predators, strong and dexterous. They are excellent hunters, and their behavior is greatly influenced by instincts. Therefore, if there are smaller animals in the house that a bengal can take for prey, sooner or later it will happen.
On the other hand, it is difficult to find a more affectionate and sociable breed. Moreover, constant contact with the owner for these cats is very important: with a lack of attention, they run wild and turn into small leopards. But, if from "childhood" a kitten is played with and held, she will become a faithful and affectionate friend.
Originally developed from crosses between the domestic cats and the Asian Leopard Cat, the Bengal is the only domestic cat that can have rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots.
Bengals are generally confident, curious and devoted companions.
The character of Bengal cats combines the temperament of a wild predator and the friendliness of a pet. Bengal cats are very active cats. They study the actions of people, learn to open cabinets, doors and even windows. The Bengals have a highly developed hunting instinct, so they love outdoor games: rolling balls, and tracking down “prey”.
Despite their growing popularity, the Bengal breed is certainly not a cat for everyone. A Bengal cat gets along better with an experienced owner who is ready to devote quite a lot of time daily to communicating with his pets. These cats need attention. They are very talkative, able to make a wide range of sounds, from a twitter to squeaking and screaming. Some of them growl when they eat. Bengal cats love to walk on a leash and play in the water.
Bengal cats are very intelligent, which is not surprising, since their ancestors needed to have enough intelligence, as well as sharp claws and fangs, to survive in the wild. Bengal cats learn quickly and can learn many tricks, including how to play various games. True, the owners of Bengal cats are not always happy with some of the skills of their pets, especially such as turning the lights on and off, opening doors and flushing the toilet.
Remaining playful even in old age, a Bengal cat will attack everything that moves. Mice have no chance to get away from a Bengal cat, but sometimes fluffy toys, and toes and hands become the subject of hunting.
Like their wild ancestors, Bengal cats honor their freedom. As a rule, they do not like to be picked up. This does not mean that they are unfriendly or that they will scratch you to let them go, they just will love you even more if you do not limit them. This is not unique to these cats, many breeds of active cats do not like to be held for a long time.
In 1961, American geneticist biologist Gene Mill, engaged in cat breeding, went on a business trip to Bangkok. In the local market, Mill saw little kittens of wild bengals, which were sold to tourists as live souvenirs. Poachers hunted for the valuable hides of adult bengals, and the species was on the verge of extinction. The scientist acquired a kitten and brought it home, calling it Malaysia. The graceful animal with a leopard color inspired Mill to create a completely new breed, and as a result of the phased interbreeding of wild Bengal cats from India with domestic cats of different breeds (including Burma and Mau), a new species was created with the character of a domestic cat and the spectacular appearance of a wild predator.
The Bengal is considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds among cats. They are easy to train, and carry out simple commands. Regular training helps the animal to pour out its irrepressible energy, create a trusting relationship with the owner.
Pet training is best started at three months. For each executed command, the cat must be awarded a treat and stroked. For example, you notice that a kitten loves to carry something in its teeth. Try at this moment to say “bring it”, pick up the item and treat it to a delicious treat. You need to work with the cat about two times a week, gradually increasing the training time to 15-20 minutes. If the pet is tired or does not want to carry out commands, it is better to postpone classes until another day.
Bengals do not require special care: it is enough to regularly cut the claws and comb out the hair once a month.
Bengals are very energetic and love to play. Therefore, it is important to equip them with personal space in such a way that they can occupy themselves. Climbing columns and hanging ladders, platforms at different levels - the more opportunities a cat has for jumping, climbing and other activities, the better.
A very important condition for keeping a Bengal cat is a sufficient number of toys, climbers, play houses, so it will not climb on the curtains, tear the wallpaper and spoil the furniture.
Separately, it is worth mentioning the most widespread myth among bengal owners that raw meat is the most suitable food for this breed. We hasten to reassure you: raw meat can be harmful and dangerous to your cat's health! Also do not forget about a bowl of clean water, which should always be in the pet's reach.