Luxurious breed of Bengal cats

Want to have your own domestic leopard? Then pay attention to Bengal cats! And to avoid problems, find out in advance all the features of the nature and care of such pets.

What is this breed?

The Bengal cat is the result of the crossing of an ordinary domestic cat with a wild Bengal, that is, an Asian leopard. The result was a breed that combines the qualities of a wild beast and a pet.

But since there are usually specimens on sale that are several generations removed from their wild descendant, the positive characteristics of a domesticated cat still prevail.

History of

The Bengal breed appeared solely due to the efforts of the American biologist Jane Mill, who brought a kitten to an Asian leopard cat from Taiwan, giving it the name Malaysia. She grew up not very sociable, scared and constantly hid.

But once Jane noticed that the cat favorably refers to the usual black cat.As a result of their communication, the first hybrid kitten Kin-Kin appeared. Further work on crossing ceased, but later resumed. As a result, only in 1991 representatives of the breed became exhibitors.

Who is suitable?

Although the difficulties in the care does not arise, yet the Bengal cat is more suitable for experienced owners, since its character can not be called simple and accommodating. Sometimes it may seem that next to you is absolutely wild forest beast, and unsociable.

But if you are engaged in education from the earliest years, the pet can become understanding, sociable and even affectionate. And that is why it is desirable to have at least minimal knowledge in the psychology of animals, in general, and cats, in particular (especially such a specific and complex breed).

Appearance

Externally, the Bengal cat resembles a leopard, thanks to its characteristic color for such a wild beast. But the dimensions are quite normal. So, the height at the withers is about 25-32 centimeters, and the weight reaches 5-7 kilograms. In general, the representatives of this breed are very similar to ordinary domestic cats. Body muscular, slightly elongated and graceful.

The limbs are rather long and strong, the tail has an average length and a rounded tip. The head is quite massive, at length it is slightly larger than the width, but not too elongated. The profile has a smooth transition, and the neck is long and powerful.

The ears are slightly inclined forward, not very large, having rounded tips. Eyes oval, rather large and set wide (at a slight angle).

Color and wool deserve special attention. The coat is not long, but thick, silky and shiny, so that the pet will always look well-groomed. The main background is usually golden orange, and there are well-marked spots on the photo (brown, black, less often marbled).

Main character traits

The character of Bengal cats can be called unique, because it combines the qualities of a true wild hunter and an intelligent pet. These pets are very careful and cunning, they have well-developed hunting instincts, which they use in everyday life during games.

To some, they may seem unsociable, but in reality this is not the case. If you pay due attention to education and socialization, then from the Bengal cat will grow quite sociable pet.And yet, to strangers, he will treat with caution, for a long time looking closely, but only then deciding on rapprochement.

Bengal cats can easily get along with all members of the family and with other animals, but be prepared for the fact that they will defend their territory, so in advance, select a place that the pet will consider his own and protect (this is necessary to meet the instincts).

But children do not like such animals. And they are very wayward, so do not try to turn this beautiful and proud beast into a home toy, it still will not work.

If you are afraid of aggression, you can calm down, its manifestations will be extremely rare, and if you treat Bengal as a full member of the family and take his opinion into account, he will not be angry at all, but will become a good friend.

Such animals are very talkative; in communication and in expressing emotions, they use a wide range of sounds from a satisfied quiet rumbling and satisfied purring to a loud meow, growls (especially when eating food), and even screaming.

And this will have to get used to, this is the nature, because communication between representatives of the species in the wild is necessary. And Bengals are very active.

Care rules

The Bengal cat breed is unpretentious, so care will be simple. Sometimes you need to comb wool, although such pets practically do not shed. Also cut the claws regularly, if you do not want your apartment to suffer.

Clean your ears with cotton swabs as they become dirty. You can bathe a pet as needed, and with water it will be quite normal, so this procedure does not require effort.

Upbringing

Education will start correctly from a very early age. Characteristic features are such that you need to pay attention to socialization and training for hands. So spend as much time with your pet as possible, take it in your hands, iron and regularly provide tactile contact. And also invite guests or take a four-legged friend for a walk, so that he gets used to people and other animals.

Bengal requires territory, so be sure to purchase a lounger or better a whole cat's house, which the pet will use for active games. By the way, be sure to give him the opportunity to splash out energy, it is necessary. You can take the pet out for walks or play at home, for example, with a ball, toy mouses.

You should not try to "squeeze" the pet, he probably will not like it.So if he doesn't want to sit on his hands, let him go. Talk to him, as he is very observant and may eventually begin to understand some words. The breed cannot be trained, but still it is necessary to limit freedom of action and to designate the role of an authoritative owner. In case of bad behavior, speak strictly and use the words "no" or "no."

Food

The basis of the diet is meat, and raw, high-quality, fresh and preferably dietary, for example, beef and rabbit. Sea fish should be given only once a week, pre-scalded with boiling water or boiling. Also allowed vegetables and dairy products. All food should be at room temperature.

Diseases

In general, Bengal cats are healthy and strong, but some heart diseases (sometimes they lead to sudden death), intestinal diseases, and cat's leukemia can be inherited. The digestive system is very sensitive, so watch the quality of the feed.

How to choose?

It is necessary to purchase Bengal cats only in nurseries or from experienced, proven breeders.If you want to get a sociable friend, make sure that the pet is separated from a wild Asian leopard cat for at least 4 or 5 generations. Bengal kitten is worth an average of 35-40 thousand rubles.

Now you know how to care for a Bengal cat, and you will become an excellent owner for it.

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