General Information about Bengal Cats:
The Bengal cat is a breed native to the United States. This medium to large breed, compared to other cats, is characterized by its fur resembling that of the Bengal leopard cat . A species of wild cat from which it comes, by crossing with domestic cats.
The Bengal is unique among cats for its short and extremely soft fur . The exceptional leopard-like areas on the Bengal home cat is generally arbitrary . Placed horizontally with rosettes that form a half circle , or in a marbled shape . The favored colors are black or brown spotted , and black or brown marbled . But breeders have in addition engineered Bengals which are snowfall spotted ( white ) , and snow marbled . The areas ought to be in clear distinction to the back-ground color .
BENGAL CAT PERSONALITY AND TEMPERAMENT :
The Bengal may perhaps seem like a wild cat , but many says that this breed is as lovably sociable like any domestic cat . Brimming with life , Bengals cats are playful , lively with a comprehensive dose of feline interest . Fans of the Bengal talks regarding their character and playful charisma . Bengals develop strong ties of love and faithfulness with their families , and become friendly , kind , fun-loving friends ,as long as you provide them with the love they need in return .
Athletic-looking and agile , Bengals really like to climb tending to climb all the way to the highest point at any place . Bengals are usually perfect sources of amusement . Among the major qualities which make them so unique as pets is their intelligence . It’s not unexpected that Bengals are clever with fast reflexes .
Bengals learn very easily , and take pleasure in mastering new behaviors. Actually , they may learn about tricks you will not think about . Like switching on and off light , opening doors , and flushing toilets . The interested Bengal makes it into everything .
Also due to the leopard cat’s habit of suppressing in water to conceal their scent from larger predators . Some Bengals really like water and learn to use the toilet .
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND:
The Bengal Cat breed is unique in the feline family as being one of a few successful pairings of a wild cat species and a domestic cat breed . Here you can discover all about cat hybrids , including ligers and tigons .
There is some anecdotal testimony that the pairing of the Asian leopard cat with domestic cats can be traced to the 1960s . But the facts is that the Bengal breed was created in the 1970s , when beginner breeder Jean Sugden from California , in the USA of America , acquired cats that had been bred to be used in genetic testing . Meanwhile , Dr . Centerwall of Loyola University was testing Asian leopards for their immunity to feral leukemia and started cross-breeding them with domestic cats for the best results .
Instead of get rid of the cats after program completion , the doctor left his cats at Ms . Sudgen’s home . Sugden decided to accept only those cats that have a domestic characteralong with desired spotting patterns .
When Sugden wanted to test , resulting in the creation of the Bengal cat as a special species , the Cat Fancier’s Association denounced the move . Nevertheless , the International Cat Association approved the Bengal breed even with its wild and feral ancestry .
Sugden was informed the cats may not have progeny however this proven to be false for female hybrids . Sugden also mated a street cat with her hybrid females in the 1980s , resulting in the birth of the Bengal cat . The reason behind the name was simply because the feral cat was from the New Delhi Zoo in India .
Either pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have various incidences of health issues which may be genetic naturally . Bengals are usually healthy , but the following illnesses have been seen in the breed :
- A heart illness , hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ,is frequent in Bengals . This sickness of the heart muscle usually happens in the older cat . The heart muscle thickens , so the organ have to work even harder , leading to several problems .
- One illness that breeders are unable to screen for is gradual retinal atrophy , as no test exists for the carrier gene . This disorder results in the weakening of the retina’s rods and cones , eventually causing blindness .
- When your Bengal is going in for any type of surgery , such as spaying and neutering , your vet has to be careful concerning the use of anesthetics . Bengals , incredibly sensitive to anesthetics , may experience allergic reactions that cause cardiac arrest .