Popular Cat Series: Bengal
History of the Bengal cat
The growing attraction of wild cats sparked the efforts of breeders in the United States to create a domestic cat with the appearance of a wild cat in the early 1960’s.
The breeding of the Bengal cat, a hybrid of the Asian Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and the tabby cat, did just that. However, there were concerns that the feral part of the Bengal could never be bred out of the domestic cat.
The Bengal is now one of the most popular cat breeds amongst cat lovers – a loving and loyal friend.
With a gold shimmer and spotted short coat, the Bengal is a large muscular cat yet surprisingly light for its size. The Bengal has a large, triangular shaped head, a thick neck and tail with large feet. The trademark spots on the coat are randomly placed not perfectly aligned.
Although it’s a domesticated cat, its appearance truly does resemble a wild cat.
Personality of the Bengal cat
While many people still consider the Bengal to be a wild cat at heart, the breed is actually very sweet and caring. The Bengal attaches closely to their owner and is a loyal but curious friend. As a large, high-energy cat, the Bengal needs a lot of exercise and play each day.
The Bengal has very few health issues however, it can develop polycystic kidney disease, but DNA tests are now available to help stop affected cats from breeding. Bengals are also prone to some infectious diseases such as feline infectious peritonitis and trichimonas foetus.
One of the most common health problems is obesity, so keep your cat at an appropriate weight to protect its overall health.
Bengals have a short, soft coat that is easy to care for but weekly brushing is still recommended. The breed is low maintenance, so other than keeping their coats clean and brushed, the usual maintenance routine such as brushing teeth, regular visits to the vet and clipping nails is all that is required.
Bengal Cat – Quick look
|Size||Average to large|
|Weight||3.5 – 7.5 kilograms|
|Coat||Short, rough coat|
|Colour||Brown or seal with tabby, ticking or spots|
|Temperament||Loyal, alert and curious|