URBAN EXOTIC BENGALS

WHAT IS A BENGAL CAT?


There are so many false claims and believes out there!  It's very important to us to make sure everything described on our website are facts that are backed by science and approved by USDA accredited veterinarians.


The Bengal cat is a man-make cat.  It does not exist in nature, Bengals are designer cats! Bengals are bred to look like miniature leopards. This should not come as a surprise to people, as we humans have "made" lots of animals and and vegetation that we now see them as the norm or standards.  Just think of all the the different breeds of dogs, horses, rabbits, cats, apples, roses, carrots, corns, chickens, cattle, goldfish, koi...etc. Just to name a few.  


Bengal Cats are originated by breeding the Asian Leopard Cat with domesticated short-hair back in the early 1980's.  Through proper breeding programs, today's Bengal Cats are recognized by The International Cat Association and The Cat Fanciers' Association as a domesticated breed of cats. Today's Bengal Cats retain the wild and exotic looks of their ancestors, but their temperaments are very much domesticated and none aggressive, not wild.  Despite false believes, Bengals are NOT wild cats, they only "look" wild. Adult males are about 8-12 lbs. and adult females are about 7-10 lbs.   


There are basically two types of markings on Bengals.  They are the spotted/rosetted and marbled Bengals.  Both markings appear in brown, snow/white, gray/silver, blue, and charcoal colored Bengals.  At our cattery, we mainly breed Spotted/Rosetted Bengals.  Huge irregular Spot/Rosettes are called Clouded Leopards, and they are highly prized because of their dramatic markings. Brown Bengals generally have green or golden yellow eyes, Snow Bengals have blue or aqua eyes, Silver and Charcoal Bengals usually have golden yellow eyes.  


The first 3 generations (F1,F2,F3) from the wild are considered "hybrid" and they are not recognized by The International Association (TICA) and The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) as a domesticated breed of cat, therefore they are not Pedigreed Bengals.  The early generation "hybrids" have no official breeding records or pedigree. In most cases, they are false claims with no official proof. In many countries and US states these "hybrids" are illegal to own, because they are not recognized as a domesticated animal.  Make no mistake, there is no such thing as F4,F5...etc.  If you see those, they are false advertising, and it's not recognized by TICA and CFA.  Starting the 4th generations, they are considered as a domesticated breed, an official breed.  They are called SBT (Stud Book Tradition).  A pure bred Bengal is a SBT Bengal. All our Bengals have 5 generations of pedigrees of SBT Bengals, which means they are at least 8 generations away from their wild ancestors. 


Bengals are a healthy breed.  Unlike some breeds of cats, Bengals in general do not have any genetic health defects.  It is also rare for Bengals to have feline leukemia.  But as a standard practice and pre-caution, all our cats have been screened and tested by USDA accredited Veterinarians and all are in perfect health before we breed them. 


The word "Hypo-Allergenic" has been used a lot when describing Bengals.  People who might be allergic to cats might be surprised to find themselves not allergic to Bengals.  The best way to find out if you are allergic to Bengals is to visit a legit breeder and pet a pure bred Bengal for yourself to find out.  If you are allergic to cats, we highly recommend you to see an allergy specialist before you decide to own a Bengal.  As a breed, Bengals do not shed much compared to other cats. A high quality Bengal have very fine, tight, slick, shiny, silky coat. Some have said, Bengals feels like mink! They do not need to be taken to a groomer, which makes them easy to care for.  As a good practice for those with pets, maintaining a clean household is always the best thing for the health of both pets and their owners. 


Bengals are easy to care for.  They do not need any special care or special diet.  Our Bengals are fed with high quality cat foods that can be easily found in your local pet stores. They use standard litter boxes and litter.  


Bengals love to play with water, especially running water.  A large shallow bowl of water or a small pet water fountain with running water will keep your Bengals entertained.   


As a breed, Bengals are very friendly and affectionate towards people.  In many ways Bengals are like puppy dogs, they are very active and playful, loves your attention. They will wait by the window to see you come home and run to the door to greet you as you walk in.  They love to snuggle up to you while you are watching TV on the sofa or sleep with you in bed. Bengals can be trained to walk on a leash with a harness.  Bengals are active athletic cats, they love to run and jump, a tall cat tree is recommended. It is ideal to keep Bengals as indoor cats, because of their beauty and sweet nature, if you let a Bengal out running free, some people might take it and you might loose your beloved pet.  Outdoor cats live a shorter life because they are exposed to many elements from wild animals to deadly diseases and accidental death.  We encourage all cat owners to keep their cats indoors for safety.