Bengal – The Curious Cat

This guide was written by Joe Francis
Updated: March 4, 2018
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In this guide

Bengals are one of the most striking cats because of the unique large spots on the back and sides of their coat and the beautiful stripes covering the rest of their body. They are also more massive than the typical domestic making them conspicuous.

So where exactly did Bengals come from?

The word Bengal originates from an Asian Leopard cat which is quite intriguing since this cat is a hybrid of the Asian Leopard and a domestic cat. I know you are wondering who would be crazy enough to think of that, but one Willard Centerwall was courageous enough to do it.

He aimed to eradicate feline leukemia in domestic cats by crossbreeding them with the Asian Leopard cats that were immune to the disease. He passed on the hybrids to Jean Sudgen Mill who continued to crossbreed the cats with the aim of coming up with a cat that had more domestic features than wild features.

Thanks to her effort and sleepless nights, the Bengal cat has become popular and is widely appreciated because of its unique features. It is a cat that resembles the leopard regarding body structure, but it has the attributes of a home cat making it easy to relate to. The Bengal cat can live up to 16 years.


Apart from the massive spots and lovely stripes that extend to the fore legs, the Bengal cat also has large eyes and small ears that are rounded at the top. The hind limbs are taller than the front arms and it has a thick medium sized tail with a rounded tip that is attributed to the leopards. The Bengals can have four different colors;

  • Black
  • Ruddy
  • Brown
  • Cream

The spot patterns can also be divided into two groups. Marble tabby and spotted tabby. The marble tabby is centered on the domestic tabby cat while the spotted tabby is focused on the Asian leopard cat.

The curious Bengal personality

Bengal cats are fun pets to have, and they love being the life and center of every room they walk in. This contributes a lot to their naughtiness and curiosity. If you have a Bengal cat and you can’t seem to find it anywhere in the house, be sure it is up to no good.

Apparently, curiosity killed the cat, but Bengal cats are immune to that famous saying, and they might have nine lives since they thrive on curiosity. They hate getting bored, and they are always up looking for something fun to do.

Bengal cats are the best cats for owners with an extrovert personality. They can easily be trained on how to play with different toys, and they are not the best indoor cats. They are brilliant cats, and they know how to manipulate their owners.

Bengal cats can be fussy at times, especially if they want something. They will nag and whine until you get it for them. They are termed as the ‘talkative’ cats since they are very loud and can be rowdy at times. For some weird reason, Bengal cats love water and most often than not you will find them next to a water source.

The best part about having a Bengal cat is that despite their mischievous character, they are very affectionate. They love being around people, and they don’t mind playing with kids or the kids carrying them around.

Surprisingly when they are trained well, they can also warm up to cat-friendly dogs and co-exist with them peacefully. With the Bengal cats, you don’t have to worry about continually being the referee between a cat and dogfight. Their dynamic nature helps them to stay fit and healthy, and they rarely become obese.

Bottom line

Bengal cats make perfect pets. They suit as outdoor cats since they quickly get bored indoors and their affectionate side makes them a great addition to any family.

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