How We Chose A Bengal Cat
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.
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