If you decide to welcome a cat to your family, it’s also a fun time to consider what kind of cat you want to welcome. If you look it up again, you may be surprised at the variety of cats and the many differences. Here, we would like to introduce you to Bengal, which has a distinctive leopard print and is full of wildness.
Bengal cat is a cat species born by crossing wild Bengal wildcats and domestic cats. Although it looks wild, it has a friendly personality.
By the way, the ancestral Bengal wildcat is a small wildcat that lives in southern Asia’s forest areas. It is an endangered species that have been overfished due to its beautiful fur, and its number has dropped sharply.
The first thing that catches your eye is the beautiful leopard print. The thick, tightly attached hair is soft and has a smooth, silky feel. It has a muscular and solid body, and the small head creates a wild atmosphere, but it is also elegant. The movement is powerful and agile. It is medium to large among cats and weighs about 4.5 to 8 kg for adult males.
Contrary to his wild appearance, he has a loving and friendly personality. By mating with various cats before it was established as a cat species, it became a character suitable for living with people. The Bengal always wants to be in the center of the family and with people most of the time. It is active with a lot of exercises and requires a lot of stimulation.
The mating of wild Bengal wildcats and domestic cats, also known as the Asian Leopard Cat, began with the dual purpose of studying leopards and protecting wildcats, and eventually ended up in a cat species called Bengal.
In the United States in the 1970s, human genetics researchers attempted to mate a domestic cat with a Leopard cat to study leukemia. Since leukemia in cats has a similar course to leukemia in humans, they thought that by clarifying why Leopard cats do not develop leukemia, they could understand leukemia’s mechanism in humans. Unfortunately, the study went awry, and the mating cats were taken over by enthusiasts trying to protect the wild Leopard cat. Later, this hybrid was crossed with various purebred cats such as Egyptian Mau, Abyssinian, Bombay, and British Shorthair, and a cat species called Bengal was born.
According to Anicom’s White Paper on Home Animals 2017, all cats’ average life expectancy is 14.2 years. The life expectancy of the Bengal breed itself is not clear, but how long the cat will live depends on the qualities and environment in which it was born. Keep it carefully and aim for longevity.
How to keep Bengal
Bengal is by far the most energetic and active cat, loves to move around, climbing up and down high places, playing hunting, and sometimes even playing in the water. Let’s look at the points to be aware of to live with such Bengal.
Creating an environment
Bengal is said to have “excessive energy,” so it is necessary to play with it a lot and inspire it. Please prepare an environment where you can exercise a lot. Since I was a child, I like to climb high places and play, so cat towers and cat steps are essential. Prepare as many toys as possible. And don’t just have one for a long time, spend as much as possible together, and play actively.
Bengal also loves playing in the water. It has the advantage of getting used to shampoo, but it can also be a problem if you get lost in the kitchen or toilet. Also, take measures such as not storing the hot water in the bath so that you do not accidentally fall into the bath and drown.
What about the meal?
There are many different foods available, but choose a good one and give it the right one for his growth stage. In Bengal, it’s easy to get bored with food. If your cat gets tired of eating and he can’t eat well, try mixing several kinds of foods to make changes. It is also a good idea to use both the dry and wet types to change the texture. When changing foods, add new foods little by little to the foods you have been giving, and gradually switch.
Bengal looks like a wild cat but has a friendly personality gap. It is also a cat species with a beautiful leopard print, energetic and curious, and a brilliant personality. If you welcome this cat, you will love and treat your family and bring a lot of happiness. The owner should also give more love than a cat and keep it carefully forever.