10 Fun Facts About Bengal Cats
Talk about Rolls Royce of cats, Bengal Cat is one of the fewest hybrid cats on earth. Known for their good looks and leopard skin, this cat was so sought after that in 1999 a woman in London paid nearly $50,000 for her Bengal cat. So what makes this breed so interesting? Here are the 10 fun facts about the Bengal Cat.
Fun Fact #1 : Wildlife + Domesticated Hybrid
This breed was resulted through the mating between a female leopard cat and a domestic shorthair. In 1963, a cat breeder named Jean Mill, purchased a female leopard cat and put her in a cage. When Mill felt for the leopard's loneliness, she put a domestic cat into the cage for companionship, not expecting them to mate. Much to her surprise, nature found a way and the two cats literally mated. Bengals cats were known as the Safari Cats until the early 70's, when they adopted the name Bengal as a reference to the scientific name of Asian Leopard Cat called " Prionailurus Bengalensis ".
Fun Fact #2 : " You're Not Welcome "
Apparently, this new feline was not greeted with open arms by certain groups of cat breeders. This issue occurred when Mill bred numerous Bengals and began showing them at cat shows in the 80's. The cat breeders protested that cats descended from non-domestic wild animals were considered dangerous while others said that it was unethical to breed endangered wildcats with domestic cats. Nevertheless, this breed still found a group of fans and they subsequently founded clubs like The International Bengal Cat Society. Bengals encountered issues of being officially recognized as a proper domestic cat due to their close wildlife ancestry, however, they have been improved immensely over the years including being eligible to appear at cat shows. The only discrimination they face right now is that they can't win any awards, just yet.
Fun Fact #3 : Known For Its Distinctive Coat
They are recognized for their distinctively short, silky and sparkly(through light reflection) patterned fur. Their coats come in two patterns, spot and two-toned markings called "rosettes" or long stripes that swirl around the bodies. Their coats come in variety of colours, from golden brown to gray and black. They also have glitter gene which gives their coats a bright shiny look. Their glittery look however is only conspicuous when they are under the sunlight.
Fun Fact #4 : Hyperactive and For Experienced Owners
If you're a first time cat owner, don't bother looking for Bengal as your first cat. These hyperactive cats require experienced owners to be taken care of. They are intelligent, vocal and very active unlike other cats who are commonly quiet and aloof. They love to climb furniture and leap up onto high surfaces. Furthermore, this is a cat that needs a lot of attention and yearns for entertainment. They need to be surrounded by toys to keep themselves occupied. If they are bored, they will find a way to get out of it by destroying electronic equipment or doing other destructive things they shouldn't. Their high energy dictates the level of your lifestyle, that means, if you possess low-intensity lifestyle, this breed is certainly not for you.
Fun Fact #5 : Fair To Call Them Spidercat?
As mentioned, this is a type cat that loves to jump onto high surfaces. They can jump as high as three times their height. They can also get onto a 10-foot-high ledge. Apart from their flying abilities, they are also terrific climbers and would usually get onto any shelves or tall furnitures in your house and hide in places that you can't imagine. So if you own one of these, you're not only dealing with a cat, you're dealing with a "Spidercat".
Fun Fact #6 : They Are Like Dogs
Bengals don't really meow, in fact, they make more of barky sound, like a dog. Apart from that, they love to play fetching and be on a leash, virtually defying all characteristics of a cat. And did we mention they could be destructive if left alone for boredom? Yes, that's Bengal Cat for you.
Fun Fact #7 : They Love Water
Cats are commonly known to fear water. To make matters worse, they're quite a work when it comes to bathing, but not this breed. Bengals love water and they will play for long periods in a bathtub. Even a slight running from a faucet is more than enough to attract their attention. Some would even join their owners for shower, so remember to close your door when you're showering, because these cats know no boundaries when it comes to water.
Fun Fact #8 : Sneaky Little Thieves... Hehehe
These sneaky cats might bring you a slight trouble, like a missing jewelry, or any other missing glittery stuff. That's because they have tendency to steal any shiny things that attract their attention. They would either hide them or break them into a million pieces across the living room floor. In order to avoid all of these, just keep them entertained with cat-friendly toys or hide all of your valuable jewelry stuff from them. So if you're having a hard time finding your jewelry or house key, it wouldn't be such a bad idea to suspect your Bengal.
Fun Fact #9 : They Are Immune to Feline Leukemia
Bengals are apparently immune to feline leukemia due to their inherited trait from their ancestry Asian Leopard cat. The immunity was remarkable that a number of them was used as a study at the National Institute of Cancer. Their lifespan is pretty much the same with other cats, which linger around 14-16 years. They are generally healthy cats, nevertheless, they have high risks of heart disease and chronic anaemia.
Fun Fact #10: You Want Them? Better Prepare for some $$$
You won't likely find a Bengal wandering around the streets, so if you're interested to get one, you better prepare big chunk of cash. This exorbitant breed will cost from $500 to $5000 for one cat, depending on the pedigree and condition of the cat. A premium is often paid providing if the breeding rights come with the cat. Having said that, there is an alternative way to spend less on these cats through Bengal rescue groups who can help you find a more affordable pet, if you're not picky about markings and age.