The Bengal cat (Codie EMS: BEN) belongs to the category of short-haired and Somali cats, also known as leopard cat, Bengali or Bengal, it is a feline breed recognized since 1991 and was obtained thanks to the crossing of cat specimens domestic with wild cats, respectively of the species Felis Bengalensis and Prionailurus bengalensis.
This feline can be recognized immediately: a lover of water, a characteristic leopard coat. It is thanks to Jean Sudgen that he decided to couple his Asian leopard cat with a domestic cat, to tame the breed, and to Dr. Centerwall, who studied feline viral leukemia following this particular crossing, which the species consolidated.
Coccolone, lively and lover of the company, even if the character is to be discovered slowly.
The character of the Bengal cat does not reflect its wild origins: sweet, intelligent, affectionate and loyal.
Very curious and active, he gets along very well with the man and other cohabiting animals, even if with the children it is better to be careful, and he can also stay in the apartment provided he provides him with toys and a space of his own.
Like all cats, he has the instinct of a predator and loves to climb, to stand high and hunt, like the leopard cousin.
Suffer from loneliness, so it is better not to leave him alone too many hours. If a puppy gets used to a harness and a leash, the specimen will be guided without problems.
Bengal cat: characteristics and care
The Bengal cat has one characteristic above all: its leopard-spotted coat. It has a robust and muscular body, an elongated shape, a large and powerful size.
The weight is around 8 or 9 kg if male, about 6 kg for the female. Other features are the chin and mustache cushions, the stubby tail with a rounded black tip and large almond-shaped eyes of different colors.
The coat colors are various and curious: the Bengal cat Sorrel has a yellowish to reddish-orange base, brown spots, chocolate or cinnamon, and green or yellow eyes; the Seal Linx Point and the Tabby Seal Mink Sepia are also called “snow”.
At birth, it has a very light coat and the first streaks appear after a few weeks, only after a year and a half the final appearance is reached.
The mantle, being a short-haired cat, does not need to be brushed often, only during the molt, and it is necessary to clean its ears from time to time.
Bengal cat: feeding
The feeding of a Bengal cat is the sore point because it has a delicate stomach: better to focus on raw chicken or non-fat raw meat, avoiding milk and derivatives.
You can buy cans of canned food, but better without preservatives.
Bengal cat: price
The price of a Bengal cat is really high because it even reaches 2,500 Euros: the cost is linked to the work of selecting the breed and the time, energy and money that serious farmers have invested to guarantee their purity and puppies health.