INTELLIGENT – YES.
These felines are exceptionally intelligent and they like the process of learning. They respond to tricks at a faster pace and you should plan the tricks for them in order to keep them busy as they are hyperactive and can get their energy utilized in negative activities.
When they get bored – THEY GET INTO THINGS!
Bengal kittens can also have destructive nature. So you need to make special arrangements for rescuing your furniture, electronics and other stuff. For this you may provide with activities to divert their attention and some posts for scratching that will help them release their negative energy. MINE loves to break items up on shelfs. In 6 months she has broke about 6 items, totaling $900. I HAVE LOTS OF THINGS in my home.
BENGAL CATS need nonstop mental stimuli for which you need to buy them interactive and intelligent toys like puzzles. And the worrisome element is that they get bored from the toys easily and need new toys after some time. You may also have to design some games and toys for them.
These have helped us with our cat –
AND THIS – LESS THAN $3! She has 3 of them. She carrys them all over the house!
Tigger, the Maine Coon, was born in the back of a Pet Smart. Someone had dropped of a pregnant cat and the kittens were born at this store. I fell in love with him at first sight and brought him home.
He had long hair – so you know what that means. Lots of brushing and hair flying about and dander. So this time I wanted a cat more “hypo allergenic”. I don’t think any cat is 100% hypo allergenic, the Bengal I was told, sheds very very little, if you pick the right one – and has less dander, allegedly, than most cats.
So we began our search. We found a reputable breeder here in Chicagoland. She had just had some kittens and there were 2 left. We sent her a deposit based on a photo and a video we saw. The breeder was 2 hours away and we could not get there for a couple days. So she held the cat for us.
WOW! Love at first site! And this kittens coat is magnificent! Like VELVET with hues of glittery gold that sparkle in the sunlight! This is so exquisite, yet so hard to capture in its entirety on film! The golden glow of a Brown bengal or the pearl dusting effect on a lighter coloured Bengal must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Now I am told, the glittery fur is usually softer and more like velvet – but I don’t know that for fact. Some find the best way of describing it is that it’s more like a pelt than fur with its feel of satin or silk, being short and plush.
They are SUPER inquisitive and want to explore and examine EVERYTHING!
We were told females usually run 8-12 pounds. Sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller. Their bodies are large, lean and muscular with substantial bones. Their back legs are slightly longer than their front ones, reminiscent of their wild ancestors. Their heads are relatively small in relation to their bodies and should be a little longer than wide, with medium to small ears. And the ears have this “thumbprint” on them. It’s very unique.
So we are still learning a lot about her, but we love her to death! Another good site we found with useful information, is Bengal Cat World.
So stop back soon and see us — the site is just starting to grow!
The back story –
We had a big cat named Tigger. 15#. He was a Maine Coon. When Tigger was about 9 years old, our best friend bought us a Yorkie, who we named Trixie Lee. All Trixie Lee wanted to do was jump and play with Tigger – but Tigger wasn’t having it! For about 1 year. Then when the Yorkie could jump up on the couch with Tigger, he kind of slowly gave in, and they became great best friends.
As Tigger got older, she was really slowing down. At 18 she became less active. And at 19 she started having health issues and suddenly started losing weight. And we had to say goodbye to sweet Tigger 🙁
Baby Trixie above….
Trixie at about 7 above….
That was earlier this year. And Trixie was now 9 years old. So what do we do – we get a kitten for her. A beautiful Bengal we call Symba. Now the roles were reversed. All Symba wanted to do was play with the dog. Trixie lee was not really having it. We thought it would be good for her, since she and Tigger bonded so well. We have had the cat now about 3 months. And Trixie Lee is starting to come around more and more. Trixie just wants to be the Alpha Diva! And most want to be dominate, I am told. But Symba is willing to be passive and gentle with the dog. They will be best friends I am sure, in a few more months.
Trixie has her own site for about 8-9 years now I think….www.MiniatureYorkshireTerrier.blogspot.com
And it is quite popular! She gets about 1500-2500 readers a month. It’s mostly cute photos and we share some information and news. So we thought we would share our Bengal experience here, with all of you!
This Bengal kitten explores, climbs, jumps – you name it!
She discovered the open washer last week and now loves to climb in and spin! WATCH