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Appearance

When you look at a Bengal cat, you will see a cat that looks like it has just stepped out of the jungle. The Bengal is not a small cat, as it has a strong, muscular body that weighs between 8 and 15 pounds. A hybrid of an Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic house-cat, the Bengal is anything but ordinary. The most noticeable quality of the Bengal cat is its beautifully exotic short-hair coat. It either has a spotted coat that looks like a leopard or a swirl marble pattern with rosettes that make it look similar to a jaguar. It has rounded ears, large eyes and distinctive facial markings. Bengals are unique in that they have an M shape on their forehead. You will find Bengals in a variety of colors such as brown, snow, silver, blue, chocolate, charcoal and cinnamon.

Personality

If you are looking for a mild-mannered lap cat, the Bengal is not for you. Quite mischievous by nature, Bengal cats can be a bit of a handful. They are recommended for experienced cat owners. Bright and intelligent, the Bengal cat requires lots of interactive playtime. You will hear plenty of meowing from your Bengal friend. They are likely to let you know when they want food or their litter box to be cleaned out.

Fun Facts

  • In 1999, a woman from London paid $50,000 for her Bengal cat.
  • Bengal cats are immune to feline leukemia. Because of this, they are being studied at the National Institute of Cancer.
  • A Bengal’s back legs are slightly longer than their front legs, giving them a long, powerful stride.
  • Bengals like to play games such as fetch and some will even learn tricks. Bengals like water, so you may find yours trying to jump in the tub with you.

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