Why You Should Own a Bengal

why own a bengalBengal cats can be a great addition to any family but, are they right for your family and why should you own one?

There are a lot of highly sought after qualities that Bengals have that other cats simply cannot possess because of their bloodlines and their upbringing. They do have bloodlines with wild cats and this gives them different characteristics that extreme charming and playful.

Being playful is the first thing you will notice about a Bengal. They are not the cat that will lie around all day and hide from your guests. You will appreciate how social they are with your guests and how much they want to be the center of attention.

They are also extremely intelligent and can pick up on tricks and tips you have given them in the past when greeting and playing with your friends and family. You will never have a dull moment with a Bengal cat hanging around.

Another extremely sought after quality is their healthy nature and low maintenance lifestyle. Bengals are very good at grooming themselves and they have shorter fur so they can keep their hygiene under control. You will need to brush them and bathe them regularly but they do not require specialized care.

They are also healthy cats; they appear to have immunity to feline leukemia. This can be extremely expensive and sad to treat but good news is due to the ancestry of the Asian leopard they seem to be immune.

Because they are active cats you will not have to worry about them getting feline obesity or other related health problems. In our book Bengals are the all-around winner for the cats everyone should have.

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Bengals Are A Girls Best Friend! [Get Them Before They’re Gone!]

red maleGirls look for best friends in all the wrong places sometimes- why not have a feline friend instead who will be super loyal to you?

Bengals are the cat for you; they are all about family, are loveable and will do all they can for the ones they love. If you are looking for a new friend you may want to think about what species you would like this friend to be.

Blue male

Bengal cats are extremely active cats that always tend to be there when you need them. They are larger than some other breeds of cats and they sometimes behave more like a dog, but till have their independence.

Dogs need you to let them in and out of the house for bathroom breaks and they tend to require more grooming.

Purple Male

Bengal cats are just as big as a small dog but they use a litter box and do not require as much attention to grooming as a dog would. Bengal cats take care of their own fur and they are highly intelligent and will let you know when they would like your help.yellow female

These cats are very nimble on their feet and can get out of your way when you need them but they also show affection when you want them near. They can sense emotions in their humans and will be there for you when you need to be picked up.

orange femaleDon’t these qualities sound like great ones to have in a friend? The furry and fluffy characteristics are all a bonus!

Forget diamonds, Bengal cats are girls’ real best friends. Make sure to pick one out today! The red, blue and purple are males, where the orange and yellow are females.

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You can Train Your Bengal Cat to Do Tricks! [Video]

jesse jamesBengal cats are one of the smartest breeds of cats, not only because they are a hybrid cat but also because they tend to be more active. They thrive in high active households, they like to be challenged and they enjoy pleasing their cat guardians.

Bengal cats are extremely trainable and you can train your to do tricks for you. One thing to remember is to never force your cat to do a trick, they will be resistant and then they will not cooperate with daily tasks. Also be prepared to reward your cat with treats. At first you will need to give a treat every time they perform, but as time goes on you can cut down the treats and just make a fun game out of it.

Starting when your Bengal cat is a kitten is ideal but even older cats can learn new tricks. Here are a few basic tricks or commands you can try with you Bengal cat:

1. Come- This command is not just awe inspiring from the visitors that come to your house, but it is also a safety concern. If you can teach your cat to come on command you are more likely to keep them safe if they were walking into a dangerous situation.

To teach this trick start with a very close distance of 4- 5 inches and give a treat every time they complete the task. Then after 4-5 successful tries you can more back further and start again. After a few weeks you can train your cat to come when you are in a different room.

2. Stay- This will come in handy when your Bengal wants to greet all your guests but your guests don’t want to be greeted. To do this you will need to be quick with the rewards at first. Give the command and if your cat stays give them a treat immediately. Then slowly increase the time until they are staying or longer than 30 seconds.

3. Closing a door-This may seem like a more advanced task but it is simple just like the others. Start with a target on a piece of paper and give the command. Every time your cat touches the paper with their head give a treat. After they get the hang of this put the target on a door and give the command, now you have a cat that closes doors.


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The Intelligence of the Bengal Cat

intelligent bengalsBengal cats rank very highly over other domestic cats when it comes to intelligence. Considered by Bengal cat lovers and experts, the Border Collie of cats- the Border Collie being considered the most intelligent among Canine breeds- Bengals are thought to be one of the most intelligent cat breeds around.

Bengals are great listeners, fast learners, and are more than able to figure things out for themselves.

Unlike many domestic cat breeds, the Bengal thinks in a more detailed manner. For example, most cats learn where their food and treats are stored in the home, but Bengals know the difference between food stored in the cupboards and food stored in the refrigerator. They are able to assess that one is better than the other, in their minds. They will note that the humans eat from the refrigerator and they get what’s in the cupboard, while the average cat will simply hang around you and beg for anything you may be handing out.

Because Bengals appear to be able to actually make decisions and communicate preferences, they stand out among other cats in the home. A Bengal will know how and where to seek out the warmest place in the home if it’s a bit chilly in the house. Most domestic cats lie wherever they are used to lying, no matter the temperature. A Bengal also knows when it wants to play and how to communicate this fact. The average domestic cat may just wait for a ball to show up, or better yet enjoy play time in a paper bag. The Bengal will drag a ball or toy over to its owner when it feels like having play time.

It is much more difficult to trick a Bengal than most other cats. If they find a way to get out of the yard through a low spot under the fence, or find a way to get into their favorite cabinet because they have noticed that the lock or hinge is broken, even if you cover the low spot under the fence and place a new lock on their favorite cabinet, they will still go back to the exact same locations just to check things out.

Bengals seem to know what they are doing and why. While many cat breeds function out of habit, if a Bengal sees that you have moved his/her snacks to a different closet, you won’t find them lurking around the old location. Bengals know exactly what’s going on.

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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.

Do Bengal Cats Shed?

bengal cats shed

Cats are lovable creatures and it’s pretty hard to find anything negative about them, until you’ve met a cat that sheds like there’s no tomorrow. If you love the idea of happy playful kitten, but are turned off at thought of cat hair taking over your life, you’d love the companion of a Bengal cat. Since they’re linked to Asian leopard cats, they have a thick pelt, not necessarily a thin fur coat. It will occasionally, and lightly, shed, but it’s nothing compared to the average amount of cat hair.

Some Bengal breeders will swear that Bengal cats never shed, while some admit that Bengals shed, albeit very lightly. Regardless of the reviews, you can always go by the average Bengal cat you see and feel. The pelt feels very soft and doesn’t shed when you pet the Bengal kitty.

Grooming your Bengal cat regularly will keep him or her happy, relaxed, and clean, and it can help reduce or even eradicate shedding. Regular bathing and proper shampooing will help promote the health and aesthetics of the Bengal kitty’s fur as well. Shedding is so minimal for these cats that you’re unlikely to notice it when they do lightly shed on things. It will take a Bengal cat much longer to cover clothing or furniture in hair, and shedding is so infrequent that it doesn’t have the time to build up into large piles.

The best thing is that most people with allergies don’t even have to avoid Bengal cats. Most allergies are caused by loose hair and dander, which are not an issue with Bengal kittens. Contact us to learn more about adopting a Bengal kitten today!

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Tips for Choosing a Cat, Specifically a Bengal Kitten

Choosing a Bengal Kitten

When picking out a kitten, there are many things to think about before you make the big pounce! You will need to take other household members and pets into consideration, as well as the amount of time you have to raise a kitten. The new addition to your family should also compliment your personality. Deciding on a Bengal kitten will definitely enhance your unique qualities! Here are some tips for choosing your new Bengal:

Gender – This is strictly up to you! There is no real definitive difference after they have been spayed or neutered.

Picking “The One” – Choosing to go through a reputable Bengal breeder is the best way to ensure your new friend has been purr-fectly cared for and is in good health. From there, you should observe the litter. Witnessing how the kittens interact with people and their siblings is important to consider. Pick them up and see how they respond. A kitten that hisses and squirms might indicate behavioral problems. This could indicate that they might have a hard time adjusting to its new family and home.

Cost – Bengals are a bit more expensive than a regular kitten, but that comes with the territory of owning a beautiful and unique breed! The cost of the kitten itself also depends on the type of Bengal. There are typically three types of breeds including Pet Quality Bengals, Breeder Quality Bengals, and Show Quality Bengals.

Shopping for your new Bengal is a job in itself but you won’t be disappointed. In fact, you might have a hard time choosing just one! Check out the latest litter from Summerbrees and Gangster, born April 21, 2013.