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.

 

The Benefits of Being a Cat Owner

Owning a CatDestiny Bengals breeds beautiful Bengal kittens. These loving and docile felines make loyal, loving pets. It’s no wonder so many people have cats like Bengals for pets. Cats are excellent companions who brighten up the daily lives of millions of people around the world with their playful and loving actions.

Why have a cat? Well, for starters, they can improve your overall quality of life. A cat becomes a member of your family– you look forward to seeing your cat and spending time with him or her, just like you would a son or daughter.

Cats make good companions. Sure, many people “think” cats are anti-social or distant when it comes to being around people, but that’s a myth. Ask cat owners and you’ll discover that they love when their cat cuddles up on their lap during a cold winter’s night. They’ll probably want to show you a “cute cat video” of their cat or someone else’s, because cat videos are quite entertaining. Cats don’t require that you walk them (like dogs do) but they do enjoy a little exercise now and then. Therefore, you can play with them, tossing around a toy mouse, for example. It’s so fun to watch cats scamper about the room chasing rolling or moving objects!

It has been said that cats are important to their owners, especially the elderly or those who don’t have a spouse or anyone else living in their home, because cats are something to nurture. Taking care of a living being gives many adults and kids a sense of greater purpose in their lives. After all, cats depend on their owners in order to live.

Finally, owning a cat can lower your stress levels considerably, especially when you pet them with your hand and they start to purr. Cats seem to help people heal from their injuries– having them around brings the sick and injured extra comfort, and helps take their mind off their own problems.

If you would like to know more about Destiny Bengals, breeder of Bengal kittens, please email DBGM26@aol.com today. Bengals make great cats.

Holiday Safety for Cats

Christmas Bengal KittenAs Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, we humans will be busy decorating our homes, searching for new recipes and shopping for presents. During all this hustle and bustle, our cats have plenty of opportunities to get into mischief while exploring all the exciting new additions to the home. Here at Destiny Bengals, we recommend taking some extra precautions while preparing for the holiday season this year, to ensure that you and your kitten have a safe and happy winter together.

Parties

Although your furry friend probably loves the occasional house guest, a crowded room full of strangers may leave them a bit nervous. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas brunch, we recommend setting up a quiet, cozy area where your cat can escape from the festivities if they become stressed. Place their litter box, bed and some of their favorite toys in a quiet room away from the party area to provide them a place to relax and nap away from the crowd.

Decorations

Inquisitive in nature, cats are quickly attracted to the Christmas tree, strands of lights and decorative items placed about your house throughout the holiday months. As you begin decorating this year, we recommend placing your tree securely in its stand and using fishing line to keep it from falling. When decorating the tree, remember to place glass ornaments high on the tree where you cat will not be able to reach them.

For families who love the look of tinsel, we recommend choosing an alternative like garland. Bright and shiny, tinsel is extremely attractive to cats and can get caught in the digestive tract if swallowed. Also take care when placing lights around your home. Keep cords out of reach of pets to prevent electrical shock or burns, or use a product like Bitter Apple Spray to discourage chewing.

Poisonous Plants

When it comes to holiday plants, a few of our favorites can have some toxic effects on our furry friends. Holly leaves and berries can cause nausea and diarrhea, while mistletoe can lead to cardiovascular problems. Instead of including live plants in your Christmas arrangements, consider artificial plants or a cat-friendly option from the ASPCA’s list of non-toxic plants.

For more holiday safety tips for your Bengal kitten, visit Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Education and the ASPCA. Interested in adding a Bengal kitten to your family this holiday season? Visit Destiny Bengals online to view our available kittens. Contact us via email at DBGM26@aol.com or by phone at 561-295-5195 to learn more about our cats. We hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season!

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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Keep Your Bengal Cat Warm This Winter

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Your Bengal cat loves being warm as much as you do! The winter time is rough for everyone. Bitter cold temperatures and icy snow conditions can make it treacherous for any of us to be outside, especially domestic pets.

There are quite a few ways to create warmth for your indoor cat this winter; some require purchasing some well-needed items, and others are pure common sense.

Heated Beds

Heated cat beds are a wonderful and effective way to keep your cat warm at night when the temperature is most often the coldest. They come in various sizes and price ranges, so it’s pretty easy to find one that suits your cat and your budget.

Check for Drafty Windows and Doors

Checking your home for drafty windows and doors is a wise thing to do in the winter for your entire family. If your cat loves to sit in a window or look out of a glass door, be mindful to fix any areas where air may be coming in and heat going out. It could get really uncomfortable for your cat if he or she spends their days relaxing by drafty windows and doors.

Utilize the Sun’s Warmth

In many areas of the world, the sun is strong and bright in the winter. Though the wind chill may be frightening outside, if your home gets a lot of sun in certain areas, guide your cat to those areas. Your cat may also seek out, and find these streams of sun on their own, as they are naturally attracted to natural warmth.

Other Ways to Keep Your Bengal Warm This Winter

Keep as much moisture in the air as possible inside your home. A humidifier is the best way to do this or an old fashioned tea pot on a wood iron stove works well if you live in rural areas, and will keep the home warmer and moderately humid.

Make sure your Bengal is taking in enough calories during the winter. Your vet, of course, will be the best judge. And how about a nice snuggle with your Bengal on the sofa with a blanket? This is a great way for you both to stay warm this winter.
 

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You Can Have a Conversation With Your Bengal Cat! [Videos

During your searches for your perfect kitty, you may have stumbled across Bengal cats. While there are many things that make them unique, like their lineage, gorgeous fur and their playful personalities, there is something else that sets them apart too.

They are known for being talkative.

This could make them the ultimate companion for those days where you just need someone to talk to, and someone who just understands you. While you tell your Bengal about that boss that is getting on your nerves, they can meow back to you to agree. “Yes, that person is in fact a jerk. Oh, and can I have some food?”

The fact is there are different noises your Bengal will make. They have a distinctive “yowling” sound when they want to draw your attention to something, possibly including when they’re waiting patiently for some petting!

Of course, once they are satisfied, they purr like other cats do. They also have some trills and chirrups laced in, and what a wonderful sound it is! When you get more than one Bengal together, you may hear them chatter and talk to each other, as if they were planning something.

You might even hear your Bengal make a “nya!” noise when they are frustrated, such as not being able to reach something they are jumping for.

Not only are Bengal cats able to show their personalities in their actions, but even in their voices as well. Who wouldn’t want to talk to this pretty kitty while curled up and snuggling on the couch?

Yes, Your Bengal Cat Will Get Along With Other Pets! [Videos]

One of the questions that many people looking to bring a Bengal cat into the home is “will it get along with the rest of my family and pets?” and you will be happy to know that the answer is yes.

Bengal cats are very sociable and love to have other people or animals to play with!

This is yet another reason why Bengal cats are great to have as pets. Even though Bengals are felines, they love to play fetch and horse around like your dog does! They will have great times together and never be bored. This will be especially useful on days where the weather isn’t the best and you can’t go for a walk with everyone.

Bengal cats are fiercely loyal to their owners and their family, so this will mean that they are loyal to you and your pets. Regardless of the species, your Bengal cat is sure to accept them into the family and treat them as one of their own.

If you have a small child, it is very easy for Bengal cats to be trained to treat them gently, and you might even catch your Bengal giving your children the gentle head-butts that signify their affection and love.

Lastly, people get very concerned over bringing a Bengal cat into a home with a dog. It’s been known for a long time that cats and dogs are supposed to be enemies and that they chase each other down. Well, this isn’t the case with your Bengal cat. They will shower your canines with love, too!

See some wonderful examples here:


 

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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.

Do Bengal Cats Love Water?

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If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you may have noticed how often we refer to Bengal Cats as “unique.” From their cosmetic patterns to their quirky attitudes, these cats are truly rare. But we don’t mean that a Bengal cat is simply a rare breed. Each Bengal cat shares a few similar, yet uncommon characteristics; however, each one has something different that makes him or her special.

While you can generalize about Bengal cats, it’s hard to say that “all” Bengal kittens like to do one thing or dislike another. However, you can take it from us. Since we’ve seen many different Bengal kittens and cats, you better believe we have a general idea of what most of them do and do not like.

One common question about Bengal cats is whether they enjoy or loathe water. Most cat breeds have an unfavorable opinion of being submerged in or sprayed with water. However, you’ll often hear that Bengal cats “love” being in water. Is there any truth to that? Well, it depends on the cat.

Most Bengal cats do love being in water, due to their bloodlines. They’re bred from Asian Leopard cats, which will mean that most love to swim and play in the water. Some Bengal cats even like to fish and hunt in streams.

Don’t be alarmed if your Bengal jumps in the shower or tub with you. If you want to avoid this, you’ll have to shut the door because the only thing Bengal cats like more than water is their human!