A domestic cat in wild wrapping. The Bengal cat is one of a kind!
Any Bengal owner will agree that, whether you're drawn by their beautiful coat or tempted by their cheeky sense of humour, you'll certainly have a wonderful devoted new family member if you welcome one of these mini leopards into your home.
"They're full of energy and they want to do things most of the time. They won't curl into a ball and just lay there. They're highly intelligent and very active. They can be a bit boisterous, which is why two siblings often get homed together double the fun and we do offer a discount for two kittens purchased together. It works so well for owners and kittens. Especially a good idea for working families as Bengals are highly social and thrive on company. They also get on well with friendly dogs.
The striking appearance of the Bengal is often responsible for the common misconceptions about this beautiful breed's behaviour. Although their wild looks lend a certain exotic impression, Bengals are by no means aggressive, despite their intense personalities. Bengals don't prey on wildlife, Even with their history and where they've come from, they're not mass killers. Bengals are generally not good hunters; they're more likely to just watch.
You're likely to have heard of the breed's well-known love of water, and for most Bengals this is true. Owners are advised to take precautions to protect their curious kitties from riskier sources - simple things like making sure toilet lids are down will ensure Bengals can't ingest any dangerous chemicals - but don't be surprised to find them drinking from the tap or joining you in the shower!
Bengals are incredibly loyal and loving too. They do love their humans, much to their owners' exasperation! From the moment a Bengal accepts you, you can't be trusted to do anything without being supervised! They are very 'helpful' around the house, and they will steal trinkets - you'll often find a stash of goodies, like pens and pencils, lying about."
They will play with you if you let them; by this i mean body parts make great play things we suggest you always play with a toy as chewing your finger is cute from your 12 weeks old baby cub but is fairly painful by the time they grow up. They're very clever and easy to teach to play fetch and love cat puzzle toys ect. They're enchantingly vocal as well and have a wonderful range of sounds and will often chat away to their humans they chirp too which is highly cute. They'll make different noises and be very chatty to let you know what they want. They won't keep quiet if they're unhappy either - they will grumble if they are not amused to let you know.
Although Bengals have frequent 'funny five minutes', they're very adaptable and can adjust to daily routines, as long as they are kept occupied and entertained. If a Bengal is left on his own, he will do one of two things: either amuse himself by causing chaos or escape to find someone to play with. If you'll be out all day, it's best to have two to keep each other company. Give them lots to amuse themselves and cat shelves ect to play on, they love climbing and heights, boxes with hidey holes cut out ect.
They're good with dogs too and some even prefer the company of dogs to other cats! Bengals can be a bit territorial so they might not suit big multi-cat households. It's not that they're anti-social, but they do like be your number one."
The Asian Leopard Cat was bred with the domestic cat (starting with Abyssinians, Burmese and Egyptian Maus) in the 1980s by paediatrician Dr Willard Centerwall, who was attempting to transfer the leopard's immunity to feline leukaemia to its tamer cousin. Unfortunately, the resistance didn't pass on to the first generation. Most of the offspring were taken on by Jean Mill, who continued to breed them until - after overcoming a number of obstacles - the breed was recognised by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1983.
The breed's development is also said to have been an attempt to stop people buying wild cats as pets, and to dissuade them from wearing fur. Bengals were first imported to the UK in 1991 and were recognised by the GCCF six years later. They achieved full Championship status in 2005.
The Bengal cat is a 'wild' looking domestic cat. The standard calls for a large, sleek, very muscular cat with hindquarters that are slightly higher than the shoulders, and a thick tail that is carried low. The Bengal cat's head is rounded and slightly longer than it is wide.
The nose is broad and the muzzle full, with a light coloured, strong rounded chin and pronounced whisker pads created by wide-set canine teeth. The ears are medium to small with rounded tips pointing forward in profile.
Among the world’s assembly of animals the presence of a rosetted variety of spotted pattern is quite rare.
Among land mammals, only those in the order Carnivora does this pattern exist.
Within the carnivores cat-like meat eaters such as genets, civets and the cats themselves.
Even among this group rosettes are not common and those species with rosettes have been admired and even coveted since the dawn of civilisation.
The Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Ocelot, Margay, Oncilla, Pampas Cat are all routinely rosetted along with the Lion but in the lion contrast fades making markings barely discernible.
By 1993, Bengal Cat breeders had been able to appreciate rosettes in their cats.
All of the rosetted cats were either first or second generation crosses from the Asian Leopard Cat.
Bengal Cats now have the benefit of nearly thirty years of experience in producing rosettes.
The examples of rosettes combined with the other much sought after traits in the Bengal Cat continue to exceed even the most optimistic expectations.
The beauty of the rosette on the Bengal Cat is but one aspect of these amiable and remarkable animals we are fortunate to share our lives with. Here at Allikatz we pride ourselves in producing beautiful large two toned rosettes well defined a beautiful coat pattern. A eye catching change to the more common spotted and arrow or ticked Bengals although the spotted and ticked Bengals are also stunning its individual choice but for us as well as the other correct attributes we specialise in large rosettes..
Colours, brown spotted, brown marble and snow spotted Bengals can be shown at championship status. Other colours are Silver spot, mink spot, sepia and melanistic. Bengals can have closed spots, arrow ticked spots, rosettes which are large two toned spots. Striped legs and tail and a white under carriage that is also spotty. Brown Bengals are solely classed as ‘brown’ but there can be a wide variety in colour types. These can range from sandy, light brown hues to the more orange or red, whilst still being classified as brown.
Grooming is easy! A regular brush then rub over with a chamois leather to get rid of any loose hairs. Bengal cats are the best breed for allergy suffers as they are hypoallergenic. They have a silky velvet coat and are super soft, There is also a very desirable trait on brown Bengals known as glittering, where the tips of each hair are a very light brown or gold shade. It is a very attractive effect. we strive to achieve this here at Allikatz.
Bengals are a beautiful breed of cat and are gaining popularity in the UK and worldwide due to their good temperament and exotic appearance.
Bengal cats are said to be loyal, loving and will quickly become part of your family, mixing well with children and other animals. Some of the Bengal cat's wild instincts have been retained, including a love of water, so owners are advised to keep toilet seats closed and expect to see their Bengal cats drinking from a tap.
Other traits include intelligence; Bengal cats are said to be adaptable and sociable, and they can often be talkative. They easily learn to please their owners and will even enjoy a game of fetch.
When buying a Bengal kitten, you should look for a bright-eyed, playful kitten from a recognised breeder . Always see the litter with their mum. All our cubs are socialised properly, they will be outgoing and willing to be handled all over. We put many hours, unlimited care, quality food and supplements into all our cubs and adults.
Bengal cats don't like to be left alone for long so if you're going to be out at work all day it's best to get two so they will keep themselves amused. The challenge is keeping up with their energy levels and intelligence. Discount given for two siblings purchased together please ask and this will depend on availability.
Bengals are generally healthy and quite robust. Their health is quite stable now that they have moved away from earlier generations..
Due to their shorter coats, Bengals don't have a particularly intensive grooming regime, and most owners find that a weekly brush is enough to get rid of loose hairs and keep the coat beautifully lustrous. So are Bengal cats really hypoallergenic.....
There actually are some cat breeds that exist that might be considered to be “hypoallergenic” or low allergy cats. This is mainly because these particular cats produce fewer allergens than most other cats. Bengal cats happen to be on that small list of cats.
The reason why people often are allergic to cats is because they all produce what’s known as pet dander . This pet dander contains a common allergen that is said to affect about 10% of the population that are allergic to cats. This allergen is a protein called Fel d 1 and it is found in all cat saliva. Cats groom and wash by using their tongue, transferring their saliva onto their coat, they then shed hair which has a coating of saliva on the shed hair.
Bengal cats are one of the few breeds who produces less of this protein in their saliva and this is why a lot of people seem to be able to adopt a Bengal cat into their homes without suffering the common symptoms that suffers allergic to cats normally have to deal with. However it is always worth noting no cat is ever completely free of causing reactions in people allergic to cats. We ask you tell us in advance if anyone in your home suffers from cat allergy.
Bengals are quite different in personality to other breeds and moggies. They're inquisitive - they think nothing of jumping on you, the worktop or wherever they like to see what's going on. They're vocal and will let you know when they want something, or when the service they're receiving from their humans isn't up to standard! They're agile but can be clumsy at the same time. They'll leap after a fly or a toy with no thought of where they're going to land - or what they'll knock over in the process. They're very active and love water. They never fail to keep their humans amused. They are also highly intelligent, loyal to their human family and love human company.
"Bengals love heights - they want to peer down on all the comings and goings around them. A few empty wall shelves in your living area they will be very appreciate of and you will often find your Bengal perched up there watching the world go by. Give him a cushion on his shelf and he will feel safe and happy to snooze away on his favourite perch. They're also very naughty. We don't recommend you have too many houseplants as they will get knocked over or destroyed, be warned have a strong desire to go up chimney if you have one !
Make sure you've researched the breed as the Bengal is not a laid-back lap cat! Loving and loyal yes but they like to be kept busy. You need to have lots of time to amuse them with toys and activities especially if you have a solo Bengal. When Bengals get bored, they can become destructive. You need to invest a bit more effort into owning a Bengal......... Is it worth it?........ Absolutely! If your able to have two cubs this is always the best option as they will keep one another company. Allikatz do offer a discount for two cubs purchased together going to the same home.
AT Allikatz your welcome to view our playroom where our adult gang safely hang out and have many stimulating boredom busting activities like their cat wheel multiple shelf's, play tunnels and interactive cat toys. From the playroom they can exit to their enclosed outside catio where they can spend time outdoors puddling in the shallow kitty pond, playing in the water fountain and climbing tree branches. If they are lucky catch some rare Scottish sun rays stretched out on their large sunbench and flagstones. Our cubs are well socialised. happy. active and confident little cubs who have their own cub safe nursery/ playroom. Expectant mums and tiny cubs have their own baby nursery within our home where cubs are born and raised untilold enough to spend time in the bigger kitten playroom with lots to explore.
Average Lifespan, 10 to 15 years
Temperament, Bengals are friendly and affectionate, intelligent, lively and playful into adulthood.
Loyal to their human family.
Can form a very close friendship with friendly family dogs.
Weight, Males 6.8 to 9kg and Females 4.5 to 5.4kg
Bengals love water and if your not on your guard you will likely find yours sharing a shower or bath with you. Put a tap on and they are sure to come running.
Bengals love height and will appreciate a nice cat shelf to survey their living space.
The good news is, Bengals are no different than any other domestic cats so they can eat a diet to suit you and what your comfortable feeding. Any change when bringing your kitten home should be made very gradually as a new kitten has enough to cope with moving into its new family. We wean our cubs on a wide range of tastes and textures .
When buying food for your Bengal cat, try to stick to a meatier brands to fit the diet of a Bengal cat. We always recommend giving the best quality food. Grain free if possible or complete raw is ideal.
Whatever brand you choose to buy, avoid cat food with a lot of fillers, such as grains and corn. Cats require more protein and meat in their diet than other animals.
Be aware that wet cat food is more expensive than dry cat food but it’s also much healthier. Our adults have a varied diet of raw chicken cooked chicken complete wet food and Royal Canine biscuits to graze on plus home made complete raw mince.. They will enjoy meaty top ups every now and then some cooked chicken, a raw drumstick a tin of sardines in oil or a boiled egg. Your cub will have enjoyed all of these things by the time he or she goes home we also give our weaned cubs goats milk.
If you feed cheap food, you may end up with avoidable veterinary bills in the future if your cat develop urinary or intestinal problems. Bengals can be prone to sensitive tummies so changes must be done gradually.
What Else Should I Know?
Bengal cats are a breed unlike any other.
Their behaviour has been classified as very “dog-like.” They’re social and energetic, and some will even happily go for walks and easily adapt to walking on a harness.
This means that owners looking for a “low-maintenance lap cat” breed should avoid Bengals. They are great family cats and loving companions they form close bonds with their human family, but are active and playful. They need to be stimulated and like lots of company. Often owning two Bengals is a better option than a lone Bengal especially for those working households where they may be alone for longer periods. They do however get on very well with friendly dogs.
Bengal cats are also very intelligent. Expect them to find their way past “obstacles” you set for them, also get into places you may not think they’re supposed to be. They are easy to train and can successfully be trained to do tricks and even play fetch..........Any questions about Allikatz Bengals or to join our waiting lists just drop us a message.