Interesting Factoids about Bengal Cats

Bengal cats are some of the more distinct cats on the face of the earth. They were created by breeding domestic cats with Asian leopard cats, and while this process garnered a great deal of headlines at the time, it didn’t take long for people to fall in love with them. Bengals cats are known for exhibiting some of the traits that you might find in a wild cat, but they also have the temperament of the average domestic cat, which makes them unlike any other type of cat you have ever seen. Check out some more facts about Bengal cats below:

They like water a lot more than other cats.

It’s rare to find a cat that likes water. Most cats are scared of water and don’t want to have anything to do with it. However, Bengal cats actually love the water and have been known to try and follow their owners into the bathroom when they take a shower. Bengals cats don’t feel threatened at all by water and will gravitate towards it if you let them.

They love to be entertained.

Most cats like to play to a degree, but there are plenty of breeds that will spend their entire days napping and taking it easy. Not Bengal cats! They need something to keep them occupied at almost all times, which is why Bengal owners love to spoil their cats with toys and other knicknacks . If you bring a Bengal cat into your home, you should be prepared to play with it and keep it active.

They can jump high and climb up just about anything.

Due to their wild nature, Bengal cats are capable of jumping incredible high. There are some that can jump three times as high as their own height. They can also climb up many different kinds of surfaces, so don’t be surprised if they figure out a way to get to that toy you tried to hide from them on a high shelf. They are amazing creatures who are strong-willed and physically capable of reaching heights that might seem impossible to you.

Bengal cats are a special breed, and they can bring years of joy and laughter to you and your family. If you have considered bringing a Bengal cat into your home, Destiny Bengals can provide you with more information on them. Call us at 561-295-5195 today with any questions you might have about beautiful Bengal cats.

How to Keep Your Cat Active and Healthy

Bengal Cats“The thrill of the chase” comes to mind when thinking about cats. It’s the excitement they feel trying to find something, like a toy mouse (or a real rodent) scampering about the floor. Cats thrive on the thrill of the chase and when they don’t have that, they can get bored, lethargic, and overweight.

We have to remember that even though pet cats seem gentle and tame, many centuries ago they ran wild and they still have some of that wild nature in their blood.

Give a cat a mouse to chase and they couldn’t be happier. It’s quite healthy for a cat to chase and catch a mouse. If and when they do, they’ll present it to their owner as a present. They feel accomplished. It’s good for their sense of emotional well-being and physical accomplishment.

Perhaps we pet owners have made life too easy for today’s cats. They don’t have to hunt and catch their food. It’s put out in bowls for them on a daily basis. It’s plentiful. They can eat as much as they want. It’s no wonder, then, that some pet cats today are overweight.

Interestingly, some people are using “food puzzles” to challenge cats to get their food. This helps get them moving and thinking, so they have to do some work to eat. This is a good thing. Simple food puzzles can involve cups, tunnels and other shaped objects whereas a cat has to, for instance, move the puzzle around in order to get food to fall out through small holes. This challenge gives them a thrill and research published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery confirms it: cats are happier and healthier if you make them work for their food.

Remember, cats were/are naturally predatory. In the old days they needed to hunt daily just to survive. Their instinct is to hunt, so human owners should afford them every chance to do just that.

Things Cats can Teach Us About Life

Bengal CatsWe love our cats and how much of an important part of our lives they become, but do you ever think about what our cats teach us about our everyday lives? No, we’re not talking about the importance of sleeping for 18 hours (though, that does sound nice) but how cats can help us in other ways to be more positive or compassionate in our interactions with those around us. Let’s explore a few of the ways that our cats make us better people.

Appreciate Kindness

Your cat has probably purred from being pet or fed, or returned the favor from time to time by nuzzling up with you when you’re cold or sick or bringing you a dead mouse. While the latter may not have been your favorite way for your cat to say thanks, it is one of the many ways that cats teach us to be thankful for the kindness we’re shown each day.

Know Your Surroundings

Cats have a tendency to always be on the lookout for anything around them, whether it’s a potential prey bird or rodent or just you sneaking around the corner trying to surprise them. In this way, cats teach us to always be mindful of everything around us because when we’re not we may be unpleasantly surprised!

Ignore Annoyances

How many times have you placed stuff on your cat or kept brushing your finger on his or her ear or whisker to get a response. And how many of those times has your cat just ignored you or walked off? There’s a lesson in that: If something is bothering or annoying you, don’t let it. Just ignore it or walk away.

Fish is Delish

Your cat probably loves seafood-flavored treats and food – especially if you’re making a tuna sandwich. Cat’s love fish, and we should too. Fish is full of healthy omega fatty acids and fish oils that have been shown to be good for our bodies. Maybe your cat doesn’t get all the fish he or she wants, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

Stretch

When your cat wakes up – or even sometimes while they’re asleep – do they sprawl out as far as possible, seeming to extend every possible muscle as far as they can go? The reason they do this is because it feels good to keep your muscles loose and limber, as you can probably relate when you stretch yourself. Keeping flexible and stretching before and after a workout feels good, relives tension and can help from causing sprains or other pains. Take a page from your cat’s book and stretch regularly.

At Destiny Bengals, we’ve learned a lot about cats and from cats, and want to share those lessons with you with our adorable Bengal kittens available for adoption. Our kittens offer that uniquely distinctive Bengal look, which makes them appear exotic and wild while being friendly, playful and loving. To learn more about our currently available kittens and how you can add a beautiful Bengal to your home, call us today at 561-295-5195.

 

Cats Are the Ideal Pet for Busy Homeowners

Bengal KittensIf you were thinking of getting a pet and the decision was between a dog or a cat, one of the main reasons to choose a cat is quite practical: cats can do their business in a litter box indoors. Dogs, on the other hand, must be “let outside” to theirs, which means, for the most part, someone has to be home to facilitate their toilet time. How many dog owners have you met who had to curtail their time with you because they had to rush home to let the dog out? It can be frustrating! Cats, on the other hand, don’t require as much attention, which is a huge advantage in our chaotic modern world where time is at a premium.

Cats make great pets for other reasons, too. They don’t require much room to live, so they adapt well to smaller homes and little apartments. Unlike dogs, you don’t have to “walk the cat” everyday. Besides feeding them and tending to their litter box, and perhaps some attention to grooming, cats are fairly easy to care for.

Just like kids want to surround themselves with plush, stuffed animals, people of all ages tend to love cats because they look and feel nice. They’re generally soft, pettable, warm and cute!

When they’re not resting in your lap with a hypnotic purr, cats can be quite entertaining as they chase after various objects and play with them. You’re likely to get a lot of laughs out of your pet cat’s various antics.

While dogs require lots and lots of attention, cats are more independent. They like attention– sure– but they don’t bother people for it as much as dogs do. Rather than loud barks, cats keep pretty quiet so they won’t bother you or your neighbors. And, best of all, cats are fastidiously clean creatures who are always grooming themselves and they don’t stink!

Finally, cats make great pets because they offer both companionship and unconditional love. When people let people down, who can they turn to? Their pets of course, who can make add a ray of sunshine to even the bleakest of days.

If you’re interested in adding a beautiful Bengal cat to your home, contact Destiny Bengals today.

Ways Cats Show Affection to Their Owners

CatsFor centuries people have enjoyed keeping cats as their beloved pets. They’re cute, cuddly, warm and when they purr, they can soothe even the savage beast.

What are some ways cats show affection to their owners? For starters, cats like to bring their owners presents in the form of dead mice and birds they “caught” for you. While those aren’t necessarily gifts you want, it’s still kind of cool that your pet cat thought to bring you what they caught as a present.

If and when a cat looks you in the eyes or rolls on its back to show you its belly, those are two signs they like and trust you. Since they’re defenseless on their backs, when a cat shows you its belly that’s a sign they feel protected and loved by you.

Have you ever been head butted by a cat? If a person did that to you, you’d be mad, but when a cat does that to you, it’s a way of showing affection. Did you know that through their head butt, they’re depositing facial pheromones on to you– leaving their scent on you!

Though cats are often thought to be somewhat elusive, when one hangs around you he or she is showing they like you. They may playfully nibble on you in a ticklish way or use their paws to knead you like pizza dough. When they get a loud and deep purr going, they’re saying they love you.

Finally, when a cat’s tail is casually up and flipping its tip around you, that’s yet another way they’re showing you affection.

Destiny Bengals is known for supplying people with affectionate Bengal kittens. A cross between a domestic cat and an Asian leopard cat, Bengals are loving, beautiful and friendly. If you have any questions about Bengals, please call 561-295-5195.

Reasons to Choose a Cat Instead of a Dog

Cats vs. DogsWhy choose a cat over a dog for your pet? One of the main reasons has got to be the fact that cats can stay indoors and do their business in a cat litter box whereas dogs have to be let outside to relieve themselves. Do you want to be dealing with a dog running around outdoors when it’s freezing cold outside at some ungodly hour? Do you want to have to rush home from a party because you have to let the dog out? Cats are so much easier– they can be left alone, do their business in a convenient-to-clean box in the house, and they don’t require nearly as much attention as dogs typically demand from their owners.

Cats consume less food than dogs; saving you money at the grocery store. Cats don’t slobber all over you like dogs and their tongues tend to do. Cats are actually more efficient at drinking water compared to dogs who make a mess, smashing their tongues into the water’s surface with such force that splashing typically occurs. Cats are tidy; dogs can be messy.

Did you know that research has shown cat owners to be highly intelligent and–get this— 40% less likely to die of a heart attack than those who’ve never owned a cat. Having a cat cuddle up to you can be a great stress reliever. If you have hypertension and want to lower your blood pressure, pet a cat– that can actually help!

Financially, it costs less money to own and keep a pet cat– expect to pay about $300 to $800 more per year if you choose a dog instead. Dog expenses add up– their crates, collars, training classes, toys and vet expenses end up costing a person more money than owning a cat.

If you’re ready to choose a cat over a dog, congrats– you made a smart choice. Bengal kittens and cats make especially nice pets, and Destiny Bengals has been breeding these exotic, distinguished animals for many years. Docile and lovable, Bengals make loving, friendly pets. Call Destiny Bengals today at 561-295-5195 to inquire about having a cute and cuddly Bengal cat in your home as your beloved pet.

A Guide to the Colors and Patterns of your Bengal’s Fur

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While it might be easy to spot a Bengal cat (pun intended) there are actually many variations that can be prevalent in your Bengal’s fur.

There are two categories of colors that can be found. There are recognized and non-recognized.

Recognized Colors

Your three basic recognized colors are brown, silver, and snow.

When it comes to brown fur, this color can have a lot of different background colors. You can find everything from gold, honey, and beige to caramel, red, and cream. Brown Bengals will have a marble pattern that is either black or dark brown with a spotted and marble pattern. Generally, their eyes tend to be green or gold.

For those Bengal kitties with silver fur, they tend to look almost white of silver in color with a spotted pattern. These Bengals will also have green gold eyes.

Snow is a little different. This is actually a group of colors with three distinctive genetic variations:

  • Seal lynx point: this is the lightest color of the group, typically born white with some faint markings. As they get older they tend to develop their unique color. One of the coolest things about this color, however, is that they are the only Bengals that develop icy-blue colored eyes.
  • Seal mink: Unlike the seal lynx point, this Bengal is born with some markings on them, although they will darken as they age. Their backgrounds tend to be cream, ivory or even a caramel/chocolate tone with spots and a marble pattern. They usually have aqua/green eyes.
  • Seal Sepia: These are the darkest of the snow group, and generally are born with a distinctive pattern. Generally they brown colored and have a marble pattern. Their eyes are either golden or green.

Non-Recognized Colors

Non-recognized colors tend to be rarer than the recognized colors.

Charcoal is one of the non-recognized colors. These Bengals tend to have darker patterns and have fairly dark pots with a marble pattern. Charcoal Bengals have dark masks and often times have what’s called a cape- or a long stripe that goes down their back.

Melanistic or black Bengals are those who have a black background with a dark brown or black spotted pattern which at times could only be seen in the sunlight. Truly a unique looking Bengal!

Blue Bengals, as the name describes, have a bluish-gray spotted or marble pattern, which sits atop the buttery peach colored background. Their markings will not turn black.

Bengal Cat Myths- Debunked!

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There are many misconceived notions about Bengal cats, ranging from their personalities to their behaviors. Here are the top five myths about Bengal cats that simply aren’t true:

  1. Bengal cats are wild and destructive, and they will destroy your home. Just like any other cat, they have been known to misbehave from time to time. Many think that Bengals are more likely to act out on primitive behavior. Nope, sorry. Bengal cats are well behaved, especially with the proper training. Bengals are pretty energetic so they will want to play, but they are not vicious or destructive cats.
  2. Bengal cats are not cuddly or lap cats. This isn’t true. Some cats like to sit in laps all the time, but Bengals are going to be wherever the action is. Bengal cats have been known to greet people at the door, and will even follow people around as they go. Bengals on many occasions tend to be cuddlier than other breeds of cats.
  3. Bengal cats are related to the Bengal Tiger. The name of the Bengal cat is actually Prionailurus bengalensis, which is actually the Latin name for Asian Leopard Cat.
  4. Bengals are more aggressive than other types of cats. They are no more aggressive than your domesticated kitty. All breeds of cats need to be well socialized from the time they are young, and if you do, your cat regardless of the breed will play well with others.
  5. Bengal cats can cause allergic reactions. In reality, there are people who have reported not having reactions to Bengals, when they have had reactions to other cats. While it would be hard to say that any animal is completely hypoallergenic, those with cat allergies have had better luck with Bengal cats than other breeds of cats.

5 Signs You Need a Bengal Cat

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You know you are willing to commit to a cat for the next 18+ years. You know that a cat is a big part of your future, but how do you know which cat is best for you? It all comes down to personality and lifestyle, of course. Read the five signs that you need a Bengal Cat and be sure to check out our new litter!

You are Unique:

Bengal cats are perfect for the person who loves to be unique. They are unlike any other cat. Bengal cats love water and they are very playful and affectionate.

 You are Energetic:

Your Bengal cat will let you know when he or she wants playtime, and you may get a decent work out from it.

You Love Exotic Things and Feral Animals:

Bred form a mix of a domestic house cat and an Asian leopard, the Bengal cat is adorable with exotic spots and a beautiful, shimmery coat.

You want a loving companion:

Bengal cats will surprise you with playtime or a loving cuddle session. Either way, your Bengal cat will take as much care of you as you do of him or her.

You Love Laughing:

Your Bengal kitty will be happy and playful, making you laugh often. You may come in and find your Bengal cat sitting on top of your cupboards, or playing in a silly position on the ground. You’ll never know until you adopt your very own Bengal kitten.

 

Destiny Bengals Welcomes a New Litter of Bengal Kittens

New Litter of Bengal Kittens Born on August 1, 2013, Destiny Bengals welcomes a new litter of Bengal kittens. Products of Autumn and Gangster, we have no doubt these kittens will grow to be amazing additions to your home.

Autumn, the mother of the kittens, has wonderful color, a remarkable tight coat and great contrast. A motherly cat through and through, Autumn is very sweet and loves to be held. Gangster, one of our prized studs, is father to the kittens. He has an energetic and contagious personality, great contrast and lovely rosettes.

As you can see, with a winning mother-father combination, this litter is bound to grow up to be loving and fun cats. Please contact us today to reserve one of our Bengal kittens, or for additional information about this incredible breed!

True cat lovers, Bengal cat lovers to be more specific, if you are on the fence about purchasing a Bengal cat, check out the infographic below about the healing powers of cat purrs. The facts are astonishing and it makes us wonder, why aren’t there MORE cat owners?

The healing power of cat purrs

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