Bengal Cats 101- Top 10 Facts and Information

Bengal Cats 101- Top 10 Facts and Information

He’s King of the Jungle or at least the
living room. The Bengal is a domestic cat breed developed
to look like an exotic jungle cat such as a leopard, an ocelot, or a margay. He is an athletic, agile, and graceful kitty
with a strong, muscular body, befitting a cat who looks as if he belongs in the jungle. The Bengal could never be called delicate. But. with his distinctive spotted coat and
large size, the Bengal may look like a wild cat and although one of his ancestors is the
small, Asian leopard, he’s a domestic cat through and through. Let’s get to know this fascinating cat breed. Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
Animal Facts. Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. 10. The Bengal breed began in the 1970s, when
amateur breeder Jean Sudgen, of California, became the recipient of a group of cats that
had been bred for use in genetic testing. Dr. Willard Centerwall of Loyola University
had been testing Asian Leopards (a shy and relatively small wild cat) for their partial
immunity to feline leukemia and began cross-breeding them with domestic cats for possible genetic
viability in immunization development. Rather than destroy the cats after the program
was completed, Dr. Centerwall searched for appropriate homes for his cats. For her part, Ms. Sudgen had begun her first
experiments in cat hybridization while studying genetics at UC Davis in the 1940s. She took to working with Dr. Centerwall’s
Asian leopards hybrids with enthusiasm. Ms. Sudgen, who had by now remarried and taken
the name Mill, had been cautioned that the offspring of her crossings would be sterile,
and this did prove true for the males, but she had better luck with the female hybrids. Before she could fully immerse herself in
her new breeding program, however, Ms. Mill needed an appropriate male cat to cross with
her female Asian leopard hybrids. In 1982, her patience paid off when a curator
for the New Delhi Zoo, in India, pointed her to a leopard-like street cat that was living
on his own in the rhinoceros’ exhibit. Although the cat was feral, it proved to be
an excellent mate for her hybrid females, and shortly Ms. Mill had her successful, though
still fledgling, breeding program well underway. The Bengal cat is named after the Latin name
for the Asian Leopard Cat – Prionailurus bengalensis – and not the very distantly-related
Bengal tiger. Today, no leopards are used in breeding programs,
and most pet Bengals are several generations removed from their feral progenitors. We publish Every Monday and Friday, so hit
that notification icon to not miss a single fact. 9. The Bengal is a lot of fun to live with, but
he’s definitely not the cat for everyone, or for first-time cat owners. Extremely intelligent, curious and active,
he demands a lot of interaction. If you won’t be home during the day to entertain
your Bengal, plan to have two of them or don’t get one. When a Bengal gets bored, he is capable of
taking things apart to see how they work and opening drawers and cabinets to see what interesting
toys or food might be available for him. 8. This demand for his owner’s attention makes
him one of the easiest cat breeds to train to do tricks. With a little bit of patience, positive reinforcement
techniques, and some treats, your Bengal can be taught simple dog-like tricks such as rolling
over, sitting up or jumping through hoops. Playing fetch comes simple to him, and many
can even be taught how to turn a light switch on and off. But be careful not to make this too easy for
him if you don’t want to deal with your lights become a disco strobe. The Bengal’s flying abilities mean he can
jump up to 3 times his height and can easily gain access to all of the tall furniture in
your house. He’s also an excellent climber. 7. He may look innocent but if you have a hard
time finding your necklace or house keys, it’s probably kitty who went on a hunt to
steal all that glitters. Bengals certainly earn a capital “B” for
burglary. The Bengal is notorious for being a sneaky
little cat burglar. If you have something that you don’t want
him playing with and hiding, even jewelry, be sure to keep it in a safe and secure place
so your Bengal doesn’t run off with it pretending it’s his. 6. The Bengal cat is known for his distinctively
patterned fur, which is short, silky, and often “sparkles” at the tips when the
light hits it the right way. No two cats’ markings are exactly alike,
but the Bengal’s coat comes in two main patterns: spots and two-toned markings called
“rosettes,” or marbled, which means the cat has long stripes that swirl around their
bodies. The most popular Bengal colors are brown/black,
but the cat can come in a variety of shades, including black and silver, seal brown and
silver, charcoal, and blue. His eyes are typically green, gold/yellow,
or aqua/blue. The Bengal is a large, well-muscled feline. He isn’t enormous like a Maine Coon or Norwegian
Forest Cat, but they can weigh between 6 and 15 pounds; some people even claim that larger
Bengals can weigh in at 18 pounds. 5. Most cats do not like the idea of being leashed,
but even an adult Bengal doesn’t mind going for a stroll with his owner. It’s suggested to use a harness as not to
hurt his neck, and don’t be too surprised if he spots a bird he’d like to hunt and
kicking his wild DNA into overdrive. 4. Despite Dr. Centerwell’s intention, the
Bengal is NOT immune to Feline Leukemia. While it is thought that the Asian Leopard
Cat is immune, and some of the early hybrids were bred to see if this immunity could be
replicated in a domestic cat, in the end achieving this immunity wasn’t possible. But overall, Bengals are generally very healthy
cats if you have bought from a reputable and registered breeder. 3. Want to purchase a Bengal cat? Make sure you’ve saved up plenty of cash. Fans of the breed shell out anywhere from
hundreds of dollars for a “pet” quality Bengal—meaning he’s not meant to be exhibited
at shows—to thousands for a show-quality one. According to one tale (which might be more
fictional than fact), a British woman once paid over $50,000 for a Bengal cat in 1990,
calling the felines the “Rolls Royce” of kitties. 2. He voice might be as big as his price. The Bengal is very vocal and loud – he will
always tell you when he wants something such as food or the litter box to be cleaned out. The Bengal meow is not easily ignored! 1. Speaking of being ignored, don’t expect
to get any respite in the shower. Bengals enjoy the water and will play for
long periods in a bathtub with a few inches of water in it or in a bathroom sink with
the faucet slightly running. Some will even join you in the shower. Beware! If you’re shy and you close the bathroom
door – that loud meow will soon be heard! There’s no escaping from the curious Bengal! Want more fun, fauna facts? Go ahead and smash that subscribe button and
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38 thoughts on “Bengal Cats 101- Top 10 Facts and Information

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  2. My Bengal always steals my chap sticks:D. Everytime I clean behind my bed or under the couch I'm guaranteed to find like 2 of them he stole without my knowledge ha

  3. My being OK I tried to get outside and we were thinking we would never see him again but he came back in because we have two cats and he saw him he’s

  4. Do not buy from breeders. They churn out as many kittens as possible from the mother, then when she older and all used up they sell this "family pet". How sad. There are enough homeless cats sitting in shelters, some on death row if the shelter is crowded. I got my two bengals from a family who didn't want them and had neglected them. So, yes, even Bengals can be rescued.

  5. Stop calling Bengal’s “he”, just say they.
    And also, not all Bengals are large-sized.

  6. This guy has his facts wrong. The breed was developed by a woman named Jean Mills look it up. I have had 3 Bengals so far, now down to 2 and he didn't talk about the Minx, seal point and other variations either. He should redo this video for corrections.

  7. I love the high energy and willingness to learn and explore that these cats have. I had a chance to rescue a pair of Servals and a wonderful F-1 Savannah kitty. They loved to go for car rides and the beach was a blast to. One time we went to the pet store she got loose and went bonkers playing all over the place. They really are smart so build lots of fancy jungle Jim’s and climbing spots for them to play on when your not their. They love jumping and climbing all over. Good food is very important for healthy bones.

  8. OMG I WANT ONE SoOO BAD I follow like a hundred Bengal cat accounts on insta and just met one today irl and now I legit know what it's like to be in love omgggg!!!!😍😍


  10. 2:33 – Is that decorative packing tape on top of that Drinkwell fountain?

    Our cat, Betty (non-Bengal) used to put her nose underneath the top of the spout on the lid of that particular fountain, and ~FLIP!~ — right over and down into the water bowl it would go! We think she reasoned that the water coming from further inside the fountain was fresher than that in the free-fall stream (or even at the end of the spout), go figure! She was smart a whip; and not afraid of anything or anybody. I miss her so much. >^..^< </3

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