27 Facts About Bengals

Cats rank first in the list of the most coveted pets around the world. This may be due to the fact that they have got along well with people since ancient times. Cats have already lived with people for about 12000 years. Bengal cat is the most revered, exclusive breed because of its magnificent, luxurious wool and sociable character. We picked up 27 facts that you should know about Bengal cats.

1. Wild ancestors Incredibly beautiful Bengal cats are a hybrid breed that originated from crossing an Asian leopard cat with a domestic cat. So do not be surprised by wild habits if you are going to buy a Bengal kitten.

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2. Bengals can be friends with dogs Friendship of cats and dogs! Sounds incredible, right? This is undoubtedly the most interesting and surprising fact that you should know about Bengal cats. These wonderful cats are friends not only with dogs - but also with other domestic pets (of course, except for small rodents and finches).

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3. Bengal cats love to swim You must think how can cats love water? It is not often possible to see how happy a cat is when it comes into contact with water, but you will be surprised to learn that Bengals love to play with water. If you have an aquarium, you should be extremely careful, since Bengal, as a rule, cannot withstand water, and just like their wild ancestors, they like fishing. Bengals even drink unusually - they dip their paws in water, and lick them, they do not drink directly from the plate, like typical cats. Some Bengal cats also like to swim, which is amazing, isn’t it?

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4. Bengals – thieves Another amazing feature of Bengals is that they like to hide things in order to gain your interest. It can be anything, from shiny adornments and keys to paper money and pens. You can find important documents broken into a thousand pieces. The most favorite things for theft - hair clips and hair bands, pens and pencils, small children's toys. So know who is to blame if you notice the loss of things when you have Bengal at home.

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5. The Perfect Hunter These amazing cats have an amazing ability to hunt birds. If you have a bird at home - be very attentive and careful to avoid consequences.

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6. Like a dog (CatDog) It's surprising, but Bengals have a lot of qualities that make them look like dogs. They like to play dog games, love dog toys, and they love to be taken out for a walk.

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7. Follow their hosts Bengal will follow you close on your tail, especially in the bathroom, and he will be pleased to watch you taking a bath. Perhaps even Bengal will want to join you somehow. Be sure, if you want to close the door to enjoy solitude while bathing - get ready to hear a plaintive, Bengali meow.

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8. Bengal can easily be taught to leash Bengals are much friendlier to leashes and harnesses than other cats. It is better to accustom the cat to the leash from an early age.

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9. Bengal everywhere This is another important piece of information about Bengal cats that you should know. Bengals are very active, and they get access to any place in your house, unlike ordinary lazy domestic cats who like to sit, folding their paws for hours.

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10. Mountaineering Bengals have extraordinary abilities - they can climb even where you would never have thought. They like to jump and climb like their wild ancestors. Also, Bengals love trees and high shelves and cupboards.

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11. Attention seeker Bengal behave in such a way in order to achieve the maximum amount of attention, unlike most sluggish and lazy cats. They always want to play actively with someone.

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12. Bengals often need new toys This feature is no less important than others, because it will cost you a lot of money. You will need interactive and intelligent toys, balls, mice, catchers. Cats quickly get bored with toys, so you will often have to buy new ones and change them.

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13. The temperament of Bengal depends on its development There is a close relationship between the temperament of Bengal and the level of their development, from the point of view of its generation. The most recommended generation, for keeping as a pet, is from the fourth generation, that is, F4, which are considered to have a better, soft, domestic character, compared to the first generation or F1.

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14. Bengal cats are very smart This is one of the most attractive features of Bengal cats. These cats are very smart and they like the learning process. They are easy to train like dogs.

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15. Bengal kittens can have a spiteful temper In case if you decide to have a Bengal kitten; this fact can change your decision. Bengal kittens can have a spiteful, destructive character. Therefore, you need to take special care of saving your furniture, electronics and other things. To accomplish this, you need to get a cat scratcher for a kitten. And what else is needed for a kitten in a new house - read in our article.

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16. Brilliant fur (glitter) Glitter - a very beautiful effect of shiny, sparkling wool, inherent in Bengal cats. This feature makes Bengal a more luxurious pet.

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17. Bengals are picky while visiting a toilet Bengals are very clean, so you need to have an impeccable and clean litter tray. You have to clean the tray several times within 24 hours, otherwise, they can find their own toilet place that would not be pleasant for you. Also, you can train Bengal to the human toilet to avoid permanent procedures for cleaning the tray.

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18. The habit of biting Bengal cat likes to bite, including a man. If the cat has become bored - she will start to bite and gnaw everything that she finds in front of her. Therefore, be careful during the games, so as not to damage furniture and other household items. Do not allow a kitten to bite yourself, do not play with your hands with them, use toys for these reasons.

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19. Friendly nature Bengals are very friendly, they get along very well with a human. Usually Bengals choose one master, and remain loyal to him.

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20. Bengal should be combed weekly Bengal has short and thick wool. It should be combed every week in order to comb out the dead hair and spread the natural skin oils evenly.

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21. Bengals are territorial Bengal must have its own personal territory. Therefore, you must provide the cat with catio.

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22. Bengals need large spaces Bengal usually requires a lot of space to run, climb, jump and play. They use their energy positively, having access to the street or living on a large territory.

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23. Bengals are talkative One more special fact - Bengals are one of the most talkative cats. They like to communicate very much, and will certainly let you know about their needs when they want. There are many sounds on their repertoire - from soft and gentle meowing, to sharp, growling sounds. In such a way, they express their love or ask for something. When they get angry or frightened, they growl or howl. Purr of Bengals is very loud, sometimes you can hear it from another room.

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24. Tenderness Most Bengal cats are very tender and affectionate towards humans. Basically, they will play with you with their hidden claws, so you will not get a single scratch.

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25. Bengals enjoy food Bengals love food; even the appearance of food drives them crazy and makes Bengal do whatever they want, just to get food. While you are pouring food - they will get into the bag with food. If you leave the closed packing of a feed at night in an accessible place - do not doubt that the cat will try to open it. Bengals often require food with a loud, plaintive cry.

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26. Reproduction Bengal has a very strong instinct for reproduction. Therefore, if you do not castrate / sterilize Bengal - it will bring many negative consequences, ranging from annoying screaming cries to the marks in the room. Therefore, if you are not a breeder, you need to sterilize Bengal.

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27. Fuzzy spots in kittens (fuzzing) If you got a Bengal kitten at the age of 3 months, you may be disappointed to see that the hair is blurry, the stains are not as contrasting as you expected. However, do not give up such a kitten - be aware that this is just a natural evolutionary process in which the wool changes its color and blurs it. It starts at the age of 3 weeks to 8 months. This is another sign that they inherited from wild leopard cats. Read more about fuzzing in our Fuzzy and Foundation Page.

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