About Ben the Declawed Bengal
- Status: Adopted!
- Adoption Fee: 105.00
- Species: Cat
- General Color: Brown (Mostly)
- Color: Spotted
- Current Size: 20 Pounds
- Potential Size: 20 Pounds
- Current Age: 11 Years 7 Months (best estimate)
- Microchipped: Yes
- Declawed: Yes
- Housetrained: Yes
Ben is a pure bred third generation Bengal. Unfortunately for Ben he needs a new forever home as his owner is no longer in a position to care for him. Typical of his breed, Ben loves water and will join you in the shower if he can! He loves to perch on high places such as a cat tower and survey his surroundings. He hasn't been with other animals so we don't know how he would react to them but he is good with children. He likes to be held and cuddled once he gets to know you and you gain his trust. His favorite toy is anything attached to a string. He eats a high protein dried food - doesn't care for wet food and tries to bury it!
Ben is a fabulous looking cat and has a wonderful personality.
The Bengal cat is an exotic breed of domestic cat created by breeding a small, wild Asian Leopard cat to a domestic cat such as the Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Burmese, or Egyptian Mau in the early years.
Although the first recorded cross in the United States between an Asian Leopard cat and a Domestic cat was recorded in the early 1960's. During the late 1970's in California, genetic research began using the wild Asian Leopard Cat. F1 (or first generation foundation offspring) females and were created as a result of this research program. The foundation for breeding programs was begun. The first Bengal Cat was registered with the International Cat Association (TICA) in 1983.
The ASIAN LEOPARD CAT is a small jungle cat that can be found in the forests of Southern Asia, India, China, Korea, and has also been reported to live in Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Java, Bali and Sumatra. Some subspecies are a bit large while others remain smaller (10-15 pounds). Because of the smaller size, the Asian Leopard Cat is a scavenger and has been reported to be somewhat nocturnal. They have a fondness for playing in the water and are expert swimmers. Asian Leopard cats come in a variety of different colors and spotting patterns.
FOUNDATION BENGAL CATS are the first three generations resulting from the Asian Leopard Cat/Bengal cross. The first generation is referred to as an F1, the second an F2, and the third generation as F3. Male Bengals born of these first generations are sterile while the females remain fertile.
DOMESTIC/LATER GENERATION BENGAL CATS are 4 generations or more away from the Asian Leopard Cat. “SBT” Bengals are the most common Bengal cat. They are registered and referred to as "SBT" Bengals. Both male and females born of these generations are fertile. Bengal females are smaller than males and tend to weigh in the 7-10 pound range. Males are substantially larger and often obtain weights of 15 pounds or more.
BENGAL PERSONALITY TRAITS & CHARACTERISTICS
Many Bengals love water and may try to shower or bathe with their owners. Some may like to stand in their water bowl when drinking and will scoop the surface of the water with their paw to clear it as if drinking from a stream. Bengals do not move like normal cats. They will prowl around your house with their tail held low and will stalk their toys like a Leopard going for the kill.
They are excellent climbers. Most Bengals do not have a normal meow, but can chirrup and almost bark with a raspy voice.
Bengal kittens are born very spotted and go through the 'fuzzies'. This correlates with the camouflage stage that wild cubs go through in the jungle. Bengal kittens can take up to a year to develop their full color and pattern. The more stable temperament can be found in SBT kittens. This lettering indicates 4 generations of Bengal to Bengal breeding. No out-crossing to other breeds or ALC's this far back assures you of the true Bengal kitten and domestic temperament.
Bengals are awesome pets and will grace any home with their exotic appearance and nonstop personality!