The cats are very specific animals and their authenticity, hyper sensibility and intelligence make them attractive pets and beloved among people. Not everyone is born to understand cats but those who are, almost like cat whisperers are almost intuitive like so admired cats. There is something special between cats and their chosen cats, that strong and invisible bond that challenge all wind of the life.

There are so many breeds of cats and each of them is special and has amazing attributes. Some cats are more talking and approachable, playful and easy going, so you would think they are cats with dog personality. However, there are some cats that are more mystical, analytical and see behind that what could be seen. My advice always is to let cats choose us because it is always the right choice.

One friend told me he will gonna get a Bengal cat. I was curious to research more about this beauty queen and to try to find out what is behind the adorable house leopard because I am sure that this breed is not enough described and still a lot under veil. So, what do we know about the famous Bengal? You would think it is the micro tiger from Bengal but actually this cat has a lot common with the wild cats since it is a result of interbreeding of domestic cat and the Asian leopard cat, in America, in the 1900s. Officially is recognised as a cat breed, first in 1983. The experts for feline psychology biology share the opinion that this cat inherited a lot of characteristics of its wild ancestors and those are all facts that need to be studied before this cat is brought into the family. Matching of the cat breed with the human family is must and the preventive of further problems and eventually neglecting of animals later, due to the misunderstanding.

The Bengal cats are among the most expensive breeds because the price could go up to £5,000. That is not all since there are also some maintenance costs and if someone couldn’t afford it or risk that the cat is harmed due to the lack of basic needs, it is better to consider what are the real options and the expectations. In any case, the wellbeing of animal should be on the first place, like always.

These cats are known to live from 12-16 years and they will be the part of the family and joy for a longer time. The little leopards are very affectionate and they are so close to their owners. This means, they are more active companions that follow you everywhere and try to smuggle into your bed than to be cat thinker and observer. They are also friendly which means they are ideal for different pet family and especially where the dogs are also family members. They ground the special relation with their humans but also with dogs since they have many similarities with dogs. Their personality is 80% the dog personality and you can take them for daily walks and train them. Their interest is to please their owners so it is not a wonder if they learn tricks, traits and adapt to new training methods. Like dogs, they enjoy performing and having an audience and attention so you will indeed never be bored with those intelligent animals.

What you need to research deeper is the time you do(not) have for this cat. If you work long hours and you aren’t home for many hours, you need to know that this cat doesn’t like to be alone and could be easily depressed. This dog-like cat loves to be around its people and to share life blessings with. Even if you don’t want to give up on this cat but also not on your demanding job, make sure you have a cat sitter or the person of trust who can take care of kittens when you arent there. The Bengal cats love to move and they have high energy level. They love to observe and to search the ways out and the simulations. This means when they are bored, they can ruin your furniture if it is not enough settings for their entertainment. You can avoid this by organising enough ground for playing and gymnastic, like scratch pads, toys and architecture for climbing. Those games and toys should be replaced regularly since they are getting bored very fast and they look up for new mental challenges and drives.

Their coat is so soft and beautiful with all those typical wild cat markings:”The tri-colouring is what can give spotted Bengals ´rosettes´ – where each individual spot has an outline of a darker colour, giving a look similar to that of a Jaguar, for example. Not all Bengals have defined rosettes – they have spots more like a Leopard, with no outline of colour. Both spotted and marbled Bengals come in a variety of colours: Brown, Snow, Silver and Blue are the most common though newer colours such as chocolate, charcoal and cinnamon are also becoming more popular. Snows are also known as Seal Lynx Point, Seal Mink and Seal Sepia. Seal Lynx Points have Siamese cats in their ancestry, so will always have blue eyes, whereas the Seal Sepia was derived from Burmese and will never have blue eyes. A Seal Mink has both Lynx Point and Sepia genes so the eyes can be any colour, though they will never be as bright blue as the Lynx Point’s. Just like in the wild with Panthers, you can also get black Bengal cats, these are known as melanistic. They do have spots or marbling, though you may only be able to see their markings in certain lighting conditions. It’s desirable for Bengals (except melanistic) to have light or white tummies, just like many of their wild cousins!”

I love the thought about Bengals like energetic, sporty and fit cats with lots of muscles. They complain when something is not as they like and they could be naughty, demanding but never annoying. Above all, they are in love with water so they will use any chance to jump into the tub or shower and play with water or even swim. Social and communicative as they are, the best is to provide two of them so the the feeling of loneliness will be avoided. If you have time and desire, you can work and train them because they are intelligent creatures, highly adaptive, great climbers and jumpers. It will be such a pleasure to choose the best way to train them and see the result of it but before you get it, check if your state doesn’t have a ban on this hybrid cat. For example, Bengal ownership is prohibited in Hawaii and NY. Cities like Seattle and Denver have specific restrictions on the ownership so it would be a great advice to check in advance all legal hints.

They are amazing hunters, predators and their diet based on the raw meat or should be based on lean raw meat. There is no universal formula which food would be the best so you need to compare many options and find that one that is the best for you and for your cat, providing all what it needs in daily nutrition menu. Those all actions can follow and be researched once you are sure that Bengal is your soul cat and it is the right one for your type of life. If always is yes, you will wake up every day with big smile and love for this world like always when some feline gives us attention.


  1. Sarah’s delightful and informative article reminded me of the emergence of professional cat shows in England…

    The English natural history artist Harrison Weir (1824-1906) organised the very first cat show at Crystal Palace (i.e. exhibition location), London, England, in 1871. The show was extremely-popular with the general public, and other shows followed (e.g. dogs, birds)…

    In addition, to promote better public understanding of the needs of domestic cats, Harrison Weir created ‘The National Cat Club’ in London, so that owners of cats could easily access (i.e. via subscription) literature from veterinarians and other scientists associated with cat issues.

    In actuality, it was Harrison Weir who first referenced the hybrid cross-breeding of the Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat called the ‘Bengal cat’ in his treatise entitled ‘Our Cats and All About Them: Their Varieties, Habits and Management, and for Show, the Standard of Excellence and Beauty, Described and Pictured’ (1889).

    It was Scottish scientist Dr Robert Kerr (1757-1813) who first proposed the appellation ‘Felis bengalensis’ for the Asian leopard cat in 1792, during The Age of Enlightenment studies and analysis of newly-documented species.

    The phylogenetic analysis of the nuclear DNA of Prionailurus bengalensis (i.e. Asian leopard cat species) reveals that the species reaches back to c. 17 million years ago, in what was then Asiatic regions.

    It enhances the bond between human and domestic cat when the human comprehends more about the evolution of the cat species, as a deeper appreciation tends to emerge…


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About Sarahowlgirl1982

I am a master of Political Sciences, with special focus on Security Studies, Islamic Counter Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. I enjoy discovering and commenting things which are " in the air" but still not spoken.I also do like science writing and planing to move myself into the pure science journalism !