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Bengal Cats the Lap Leopards of Today

Bengal's are Beautiful and exotic cats that are loved by so many people around the world. With their graceful movements and unusual intricate markings its like having part of the wild in your own living room. Staring up at you with their green or golden eyes as they are true Lap Leopards to be enjoyed by everyone of any age. In my findings these beautiful cats are every bit the same in behavior as your average house cat with normal litter box habits. They are inquisitive, curious, and explorative and adapt well to other household pets.

They have the same nutritional and immunization requirements as regular domestic cats. Bengal's are relatively large cats with a short haired coat. Males can range from 18-25 pounds and females 7-15 pounds. The face has a feral look with small rounded ears and exotic facial features. with colors ranging from Snow which are varying shade of white cream background with light brown pattern, to the Brown which is various degrees of Rufus, Golden, Light Brown to Black-Brown Carmel colors, and the new accepted color the Silver which is a white back ground with a black pattern. There are various other degrees of colors not recognized yet which are Blues, Chocolates.

Bengal kittens sleepingThe Bengal Cat is a wonderful cat to own and love. They have wonderful temperaments while retaining beautiful exotics feral patterns and characteristic that is unique to only the Bengal Cats. These beautiful creatures have a few unique qualities for instance they love water and don't have a problem jumping right into the shower with you. And they love to go on long walks on a leash or car rides to go shopping. Mainly they love to be with people they are very social and like most cats they are very entertaining.

Bengal Cats range from highly exotic being closer in generation to their hybrid ancestors The Asian Leopard Cat all the way to being domesticated with exotic markings.

The Bengal Cat is a cross from the Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic cat. The most commonly used domestic crosses were the Abyssinian, Egyptian Mau and the Ocicat. This was done to preserve the effort of retaining the stunning beauty of the Asian Leopard Cat. The first three generations are called foundation cats. By the time they reach the fourth generation they are considered SBT which is the domestic cat resembling characteristics of the Asian Leopard Cat. The first documented cross between the Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic cat in the United States is recorded in 1963 by Jean Mill.

The Asian Leopard Cat is a small wild spotted cat, weighing about twenty pounds. The general build of the Asian Leopard Cat (Felis Bengalensis) is similar to a normal domestic cat, but with somewhat longer legs and a longer back. They have a fairly small head with a short narrow muzzle, large eyes and a thick tail. Body length varies between 25-32 inches, and they weigh between 7-25 pounds. There are around ten sub-species all showing different variations in body color and can be found in southern Asia, across India, threw China, Korea and the Soviet Far East. It can be also found on islands such a Sumatra, Philippines, Taiwan, Borneo, Bali and Java. Since the Asian Leopard cat dwells in so many regions they have acquired many different names such as the Javan cat, Wagati cat, Chinese cat or "money cat", because of the -so called- spots resembling Chinese coins.

NOTE: This article is for information only. See your veterinarian for medical advice.

About the author: My name is Jody Hewitt I breed, raise, and show Bengal Cats I am located in Gilbert Arizona with a passion for all animals wild or domestic. Please come visit me anytime [http://www.DreamersLegacy.com] http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jody_Hewitt

Bengal Kitten Photo: By Nickolas Titkov from Moscow, Russian Federation [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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