Bengal cats are a relatively new domestic cat breed. They were originally bred by crossing a wild Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) with an American tabby cat. This means they were initially hybrid cats. The cats that are bred to the fourth generation from the wild ALC and beyond are considered to be domestic cats.
All of the cats and kittens at Adore Cats Bengals are domestic. They were bred to maintain the look of a wild cat with rosettes (spotting) similar to those of Leopards, Ocelots and Jaguars. Bengal cats were officially recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1986. The popularity of the Bengal cat grew by leaps and bounds. As of 2010, the Bengal cat has been recognized by TICA as the most popular cat breed due to the large number of Bengal cat registrations. If you admire the beauty of a Bengal cat, you are certainly not alone!
Characteristics of Bengal Cats:
Bengal cats love to play. They will often follow their owners around the house more like a puppy does. They are very intelligent, high energy pets and love to run, jump and investigate. They will come snuggle with you for a few minutes, then they are off again. They are very inquisitive. They like to climb into boxes, cupboards, closets, hide underneath things and have been known to play peek-a-boo. Bengals love to play in water, so make sure you keep your toilet seat lids down! They will play in water in the sink or in the bathtub. My cats do not consider water from a squirt bottle a deterrent – to them it’s a game!