I have seen a fair bit of misinformation regarding this beautiful domestic cat. Often it relates to really bad advice such as accepting a Bengal cat without registration papers for a reduced payment or, even worse, that they’re just like owning a mini-leopard. They’re not, and anyone falling for this incredibly silly nonsense is a fool about to be parted with their money.
The Bengal cat is simply a domestic cat. An interesting and altogether charismatic breed, of that there’s no doubt. But they are not to be confused with their much bigger, feral and wholly dangerous cousins. If you have any notions about a miniature leopard stalking the wilds of your back yard, eliminate them. What you will get is a delightful, energetic and altogether wonderful pet. But still a domestic one, no more, no less.
It’s worth pointing out that if you are considering one, and have never previously owned one, then you should research the breed. Providing you ignore the spurious rubbish, you should easily become more knowledgeable. This is probably the best piece of advice I can give to any prospective new Bengal cat owner. Knowledge is a powerful tool and it will help you make an informed decision.
Bengals can be very tiresome, due to the amount of energy they expend. Plus they are rarely anything less than consummate hunters; therefore predation is a large part of their nature. If you care about the local wildlife population and don’t want most of it turning up lifeless around your property, don’t consider a Bengal. Conversely, they’re incredibly loving animals and adore spending time around the family. Some appear to have favorite ‘people’ but generally, anyone will do.
They’re quirky, demanding, entertaining and altogether marvelous cats, as long as you know what to expect. Having owned what amounts to a small glare of Bengals since 1995, I’ve learned the hard way. All of my Bengals are demanding and to a paw, they’re skillful bird and rodent assassins. Further, none of them appreciate nor appear to be interested in the fact that the world does not revolve around them.
If a Bengal cat is in your future, I can at least confirm the fact that you’ve opened the door to a whole world of pleasure and entertainment you would have otherwise missed. Despite some of their less attractive traits, they’re definitely the most amount of fun it’s possible to contain within a cat. Even better, if you have a rodent problem, they’ll fast become your new best friend. Just make sure you read the small print first.
As I’ve owned Bengal cats for the last 14 years, I’ve gained a lot of insight into the breed in general. Of the five I’ve owned, three have been rescue cats. And that because of their original owners misguided reasons for wanting to own one. If you want a Bengal, buy for the simple pleasure that owning a cat can bring. Not because of the hype.
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