Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Bengal Cats

Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Bengal Cats

Wild Ancestry

 

The Bengal cat dates only from the early 1960s, when a breeder crossed a domestic feline with an Asian leopard cat. The breed is named for this wild Asian cat, whose scientific name is Prionailurus bengalensis.

 

Water

 

Forget the adage that kitties don't like to get wet. The Bengal is an exception - many Bengals enjoy playing in water. Be careful if you keep an aquarium as your fish may have some unwelcome company. You might have a companion in the tub.

 

Glitter Gene

 

In addition to the beautiful marbling or spotted rosette features of the Bengals' coat, some cats inherit the so-called "glitter gene," which gives their coats an iridescent quality.

 

Climbing

 

Bengals love to climb. Perhaps there's a mountain-climbing gene in there along with the glitter. If you have high cupboards or very tall furniture, you may find your Bengal has gone where no cat has ever gone before.

 

Just Like A Dog

 

Bengals have several attributes found more often in canines than felines. He likes to play fetch, and if you want to take your indoor Bengal outside try walking him on a leash. Reports of barking or rolling in nasty stuff are highly exaggerated.

 

Cat Burglar

 

If you come home and some of your jewelry is missing, it might have been an inside job. Stash anything glittery away from your Bengal (maybe another version of the glitter gene?) as he loves to play with and hide such objects.

 

Tricks

 

Your Bengal enjoys learning tricks. Keep this smart cat entertained and out of mischief by teaching him tricks, like jumping or retrieving. You also should provide him with plenty of cat toys, but not ordinary ones like stuffed mice. Give him something he must figure out, like kitty puzzles.