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Bengal Cats the Lap Leopards of Today
Bengal's are Beautiful and exotic cats that are loved by
so many people around the world. With their graceful movements
and unusual intricate markings its like having part of the
wild in your own living room. Staring up at you with their
green or golden eyes as they are true Lap Leopards to be
enjoyed by everyone of any age. In my findings these beautiful
cats are every bit the same in behavior as your average
house cat with normal litter box habits. They are inquisitive,
curious, and explorative and adapt well to other household
They have the same nutritional and immunization requirements
as regular domestic cats. Bengal's are relatively large
cats with a short haired coat. Males can range from 18-25
pounds and females 7-15 pounds. The face has a feral look
with small rounded ears and exotic facial features. with
colors ranging from Snow which are varying shade of white
cream background with light brown pattern, to the Brown
which is various degrees of Rufus, Golden, Light Brown to
Black-Brown Carmel colors, and the new accepted color the
Silver which is a white back ground with a black pattern.
There are various other degrees of colors not recognized
yet which are Blues, Chocolates.
Bengal Cat is a wonderful cat to own and love. They have
wonderful temperaments while retaining beautiful exotics
feral patterns and characteristic that is unique to only
the Bengal Cats. These beautiful creatures have a few
unique qualities for instance they love water and don't
have a problem jumping right into the shower with you.
And they love to go on long walks on a leash or car rides
to go shopping. Mainly they love to be with people they
are very social and like most cats they are very entertaining.
Bengal Cats range from highly exotic being closer in
generation to their hybrid ancestors The Asian Leopard
Cat all the way to being domesticated with exotic markings.
The Bengal Cat is a cross from the Asian Leopard Cat
and the domestic cat. The most commonly used domestic
crosses were the Abyssinian, Egyptian Mau and the Ocicat.
This was done to preserve the effort of retaining the
stunning beauty of the Asian Leopard Cat. The first three
generations are called foundation cats. By the time they
reach the fourth generation they are considered SBT which
is the domestic cat resembling characteristics of the
Asian Leopard Cat. The first documented cross between
the Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic cat in the United
States is recorded in 1963 by Jean Mill.
The Asian Leopard Cat is a small wild spotted cat, weighing
about twenty pounds. The general build of the Asian Leopard
Cat (Felis Bengalensis) is similar to a normal domestic
cat, but with somewhat longer legs and a longer back.
They have a fairly small head with a short narrow muzzle,
large eyes and a thick tail. Body length varies between
25-32 inches, and they weigh between 7-25 pounds. There
are around ten sub-species all showing different variations
in body color and can be found in southern Asia, across
India, threw China, Korea and the Soviet Far East. It
can be also found on islands such a Sumatra, Philippines,
Taiwan, Borneo, Bali and Java. Since the Asian Leopard
cat dwells in so many regions they have acquired many
different names such as the Javan cat, Wagati cat, Chinese
cat or "money cat", because of the -so called-
spots resembling Chinese coins.
NOTE: This article is for information only. See your
veterinarian for medical advice.
About the author: My name is Jody Hewitt I breed, raise,
and show Bengal Cats I am located in Gilbert Arizona with
a passion for all animals wild or domestic. Please come
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Bengal Kitten Photo: By Nickolas Titkov from Moscow, Russian
Federation [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)],
via Wikimedia Commons
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