Bengals are a new breed that have soared to high demand in the last few years. People are recognizing the unique desirable differences compared to a common domestic. Gone are the days when you only see your cat when it wants food or attention. Bengal Cats and Kittens want to be part of the family at all times and are very loyal pets. Their intelligence and ability to reason are uncanny. They can figure out what would be almost impossible tasks for a normal cat.
The athletic abilities of these cats are a sight to behold. I won't make unwarranted claims, but from personal experience, my cats have leaped onto my pot/plant shelves which are approximately nine feet up
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A Bengal is always entertaining you, and will follow you from room to room. Most love to cuddle once the energy wears down. Almost all of them will sleep on the bed at night if allowed. My kitten contract stipulates that any animal adopted will remain an indoor cat obviously for the safety and longevity of the pet. However, these animals are very easy to leash train.
Some Bengals will go into a swimming pool now and then for a quick swim. The love of water is inherent as the Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) hunted for food in the water. They will bat and play in water while keeping an eye out of everything around them to make sure that they don't miss anything fun.
Another consideration in choosing a Bengal is that Bengals seem to be more easily tolerated by people suffering from allergies. It is a dried saliva protein that causes dander, and allergic reactions in people. The cats are not totally allergen-free, but some find relief owning a Bengal compared to other domestics. I have placed Bengal kittens with people who had several allergic reactions to other cats. They have tolerated their Bengals well, and several have come back for a second, and even third, Bengal kitten.
Bengals usually like other domestic cats and dogs, often treating them as if they are siblings, even though they are another species. Two Bengals are even more fun than one! I sometimes tell my buyers that Bengals are like potato chips. You can't stop with just one!
Bengals require lots of human attention and exercise. If you are gone for 10-12 hours a day then it would not be a wise idea to add a Bengal Cat to your family. They will become bored and destructive if left alone for long periods. Being the athletes that they are, a high quality diet is of vital importance. High protein foods are necessary as they should eat the same as their wild ancestors. You can supplement by sharing a piece of chicken, fish or beef with your cat at dinner. If you want something more than just a "looks" cat then a Bengal is for you.