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Bengal Cat FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions )

Bengal Temperment and Personality

Answer : Yes, Bengal cats are excellent family pets, and they love to play and sleep with the children of the family. Numerous Bengal breeders are themselves parents of small children, and they can attest to this being an excellent combination. However, please remember that children must be taught to treat animals correctly – this applies to all animals, and it is of course the parents’ responsibility to teach them. Please check this page out.

 

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO LIVE WITH A Bengal ?

Answer : In most respects, the Bengal behaves more like a dog than like a cat! It will follow its owner everywhere and is interested in the family doings. It enjoys helping with floor washing or doing the dishes and may even accompany its owner in the shower. It is curious and playful (many Bengals will entertain themselves for hours playing with a drinking straw) and it loves being cuddled when it has finished its chores. It likes to be in high positions – in this respect, their wild ancestry does not fail them. A tall cat tree is popular, but a Bengal will make do with an open door (not without danger), a tall bookshelf, or other tall piece of furniture. From this high position, it will survey the activities of the household.

 

Does the Bengal liked to BE WALKED ON A LEASH ?

Answer : Yes, numerous Bengal Cat owners teach the cat to walk on a leash, in order to be able to give the Bengal exercise, if the cat does not have an outdoor run – and because they love when people swoon at the sight of their beautiful cat. All cats can be taught to walk on a leash and love the adventures they experience on a walk in the park.

 

I have children and other pets. Would a Bengal fit into our household without causing complete chaos ?

Answer : Bengals are active and enjoy human interaction. (Some, actually enjoy hours of “playing fetch” just like a dog!) They enjoy children and other household pets. I have even placed a kitten in a household that breeds New Foundlands, and the kitten “ruled” from day 1! Most animals require a period of adjustment to new sights, sounds and smells in their new home. If you have other animals, we recommend getting the animal used to your home one room at a time, usually starting with a bathroom. This way, the animals can get used to each others’ smells under the door before they meet face to face.

 

I have heard that Bengals don’t shed, and I am allergic to cat hair.
Are Bengals hypo-allergenic ?

Answer : Bengals have a short coat that is more like a pelt than cat hair. The coat is generally very silky and low-lying. They tend to shed less than other cats, so some people who are allergic to cats do not show signs of allergies with this breed. Please don’t get me wrong… all animals with hair shed, even Devon and Cornish Rex’s, but Bengals tend to shed to a lesser degree than most. Contrary to popular belief though, no animals have ever been proven hypo-allergenic. As a matter of fact, most cat allergies are caused by cat saliva and dander. I have a friend that is one of the fortunate ones who is allergic to most cats, but not Bengals.

 

What are some characteristics of the Bengal breed ?

Answer : Bengals are active and enjoy human interaction. (Some, actually enjoy hours of “playing fetch” just like a dog!) They enjoy children and other household pets. I have even placed a kitten in a household that breeds New Foundlands, and the kitten “ruled” from day 1 ! Most animals require a period of adjustment to new sights, sounds and smells in their new home. If you have other animals, we recommend getting the animal used to your home one room at a time, usually starting with a bathroom. This way, the animals can get used to each others’ smells under the door before they meet face to face.

 

Do Bengals meow a lot ?

Answer : Bengals are middle-of-the-road talkers, with some being fairly quiet and others talking as much as do Siamese. When they meow, it tends to be a garbled, wild sound as opposed to a simple “meow.” They also “chirp” a lot, which is the short sound that is something between a meow and a purr, and is very enchanting

 

Will my Bengal grow to be a huge, unmanageable cat ?

Of course not.  Bengals are a breed originating with the crossing of the Asian Leopard Cat  and the domestic shorthair.  Myth has it that this breed will grow to huge proportions, but that is simply not true.  Most female Bengals range from 8-15 pounds, and most males top off at 15-25 pounds.  Granted, the top end of this scale makes for a big cat, nonetheless

 

Which is better… a male or a female?

Male or female is a tough choice. Some say that males are sweeter, and some say the opposite. You also have to take into account how large of a cat you are looking for. Females will generally grow to 8-10#, while males can top off in the 10-15# plus range. It is purely a matter of taste.

 

What are Rosettes?

Rosettes, are “the dark outlining of coat markings (both spotted and marble) around a third rich color found in many Asian Leopard Cats and other wild cat species.” Rosettes can resemble doughnuts, arrowheads, pawprints, or be primordial (no distinct shape; random). Rosettes are difficult to describe, but are beautiful when achieved.

 

Will a male “spray” if they are neutered?

I have never known a male to spray as long as they are neutered we neuter our males at 12 weeks old.

 

What is the benefit of buying from a breeder that takes their cats to cat shows?

Taking cats to cat shows is VERY important as a responsible breeder. As breeders we are striving to improve the Bengal breed and going to shows will show breeders the direction that the breed is going in and where the standard is headed. Bengals have been changing (improving) very fast. Most of the judges travel internationally and they teach us what we should be striving for in the breed. There are some breeders that are actually selling show quality kittens that do not even go to shows. I feel that is my obligation as a breeder to go to shows to keep informed.