About the Bengal cat
The Bengal cat (English bengal or bengal cat, old German name Leopardette) is a breed of domestic cat, which emerged from the crossing of a wild cat of the species Bengal cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) with a short-haired domestic cat.
Bengalis are medium-sized cats. A female cat weighs about 4 kg, a male weighs up to 6 kg. They can reach a shoulder height of up to 40cm.
The head-tail length can be up to 110 cm.
Bengalis have a high urge to move, are relatively quiet and require little maintenance. Of course, they need attention and love. Bengalis are very muscular, but slim. Their hind legs are long and strong, which is why they are excellent at jumping. The head of a Bengal is roundish, but still does not appear clumsy or heavy.
The spotted or brindle coat is short, dense, soft and silky in adult cats.
Bengalis are lively and very confident cats.
The playful Bengal cat needs a large scratching post, a lot of exercise and variety. The Bengal is also very suitable for living with children. The coat of the Bengal cat does not require any maintenance.
Special feature kitten:
Kittens have a slightly coarser coat.
Colors are Brown, Snow, Silver, Blue and Charcoal. In the drawings (tabby) there are only two basic patterns: marbled and spotted. The marbled drawing (brindle) should remind as little as possible of a domestic cat. Spotted occurs in different forms: with monochrome polka dots (spotted) or with two-tone polka dots (rosetted).
Eye color varies between green, yellow, and blue.
Bengalis are clever and inventive, like to climb and mostly love water.
They are homozygous bred and playful and active until old age. Retrieving and clicker training, as well as walking together on a leash is fun for them!
They are eager to learn, temperamental, friendly, affectionate and enterprising.
They are also very docile.
Bengalis should definitely be kept in pairs so that they can live out their high urge to move and play.
Since Bengalis love water, they can be provided with a paddling pool.
They love to climb and benefit from climbing opportunities such as scratching posts and climbing walls.
Since Bengalis have a high urge to move, a cat balance bike is ideally suited so that they get the necessary exercise.
This cat breed is very docile. Therefore, walking together on a leash is possible.
An outdoor enclosure, a secured balcony, a cat wheel or even an outdoor area should be available.
They love hunting games (e.g. with the laser pointer) and skill exercises.
The hairdress requires little maintenance. To promote the bond between the human and the cat, you can also brush them regularly. The cats love brushing.
Bengals are considered robust and hardy.
Peculiarities of the Bengal cat:
Bengal cats are intelligent, confident, active, alert, friendly and very playful.
Bengal cats talk to their owners a lot
Allergy sufferers have no problems whatsoever with the color variant brown spotted tabby cats/kittens
Bengals have great jumping ability and love to climb and play
Bengal cats are very jumpy
If they are well socialized, Bengals are extremely people-oriented, cuddly, affectionate, good-natured and get along well with children
Bengalis generally love water