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3 Unique Traits of Bengal Cats

3. Bengals are Known for Their Distinctive Spotter or “Marbled” Coat

Bengal cats are mostly known for their uniquely patterned fur, which is very short, very silky, and often “sparkles” at the tips of each when any sort of light hits it in the right angle. No two cats’ markings are exactly the same, but the coat of the Bengal cat comes in two key patterns: spots and two-toned markings often referred to as “rosettes.” The other is marbled, which means the cat carries long stripes on its coat that swirl all over and around their bodies. The most famous and mostly seen colors of the Bengal cat are brown and black, but the cat can come in a whole palette of differing shades, which include silver and black, silver and seal brown, charcoal, and blue. The eyes of Bengal cats are usually gold and yellow, aqua and blue, or green. Bengals happen to be big, muscular kitties. They are never as big as Norwegian Forest Cats or Maine Coons, however, according to some popular research, Bengals can weigh anywhere between 6 and 15 pounds; some cat scholars even suggest that the bigger Bengals can weigh in at around 18 pounds.

2.) Wildcat/Domestic Cat Hybrid

In this day and age, having your own leopard cat, which is a tiny spotted wildcat that comes from South and East Asia and is also known as the Asian leopard cat can sometimes seem like a very intense proposition. Although things were much simpler in 1963 when a cat breeder by the name of Jean Sugden bought a female leopard cat from a local pet shop. Sugden apparently assumed the spotted kittie cat looked so lonesome inside its cage, so she put a domestic male kittie cat in there with him, with no intentions of the two reproducing. One other rendition of this story is told so that Sugden was purposely looking to breed a domestic cat that looked more like a leopard in order to get women to wearing coats made out of leopard-skin, however, nature found a way, and the two cats reproduced with each other. Later on, the leopard cat would give birth to a whole litter of kittens. Unfortunately, only one female kitten made it out alive, however, the leopard cat was impregnated one more time and eventually did give birth to two more little kittens.

1.) This Was Temporarily a Problem

  As soon as 1985 came around, Mill had already figured out how to breed several Bengals, and she would begin to show these new creations at cat shows that were hosted by The International Cat Association, which is one of the world’s most well-known registries of pedigreed feline creatures. However, this new crossbred cat wasn’t greeted with welcoming reactions: Protests by cat breeders were erupting, people shouting that it was dangerous to show cats cross-bred from non-domestic wild animals, while others simply claimed that it was unethical to breed endangered or dangerous wildcats with domestic ones. However this rather exotic cat found its own fan base, and these fans created fan clubs such as The International Bengal Cat Society.

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