Bengal Cat Brief Description
This breed is so sought after that in 1999 a woman in London paid nearly fifty thousand dollars for her Bengal cat. This is really the rolls-royce of kitties. And their uniqueness is not just limited to their look. The Bengal cat doesn’t meow quite like other cats. It’s actually more like bark kind of raspy sound.
This breed’s most fascinating feature might just be the one thing you will never have to worry about. It possesses an apparent immunity to feline leukemia. And because of that these cats are actually being studied right now at the National Institute of Cancer. This is an inherited trait the Bengal cat received from its ancestor the Asian Leopard Cat.
In 1963 the Asian Leopard cat was successfully crossed with domestic shorthair to produce the first documented Bengal cat. The breed would be known as the Safari cat until the early seventies when the Bengal name was adopted as a reference to the Asian Leopard Cat. But just like the Asian Leopard Cat the defining feature of the Bengal is it spotted or marbled coat. The spots give them a wild look which is really unmistakable. Another unmistakable feature is the cat’s face – it’s highlighted by rounded ears, large eyes and intense facial markings. The Bengals hind legs are slightly longer than its front legs, another trait the Bengal shares with the Asian Leopard Cat. On both cats this translates into a long powerful stride. The Bengal cat was bred to look like it’s wild ancestors with a streamlined appearance.
By sharing so many characteristics with the wildcat, the Bengal cat also retains some of their behavior. Basically there is quite a bit of work to keep them entertained and contained. Bengal cats are relatively healthy breed, however due to irresponsible breeding and high demand for these cats, they can be susceptible to cataracts and heart problems. That’s why it’s important that you make sure you really carry out research on the person or people that you getting a cat from carefully.
Bengal cat is an incredibly efficient self-grooming machine whose short-haired coat is not going to require much upkeep. But because they’re somewhat wild nature, Bengal cats are only recommended to experienced cat owners who have a lot of time to spend with them. The activity level dictates you have an active family.
So in general the Bengal cat is a moderately healthy breed when bred responsibly. They’re incredibly easy in the grooming aspect. They’re only recommended for families who are experienced cat owners with enough time to entertain the Bengal`s incredible energy.