Found in Bengal kittens only. Starting around 4 weeks old and lasting until the kitten is about 16 weeks old. It's at it's worst around 7-13 weeks old, right about the time the kitten is ready to go home. Bengal kittens begin to have longer "guard" hairs protruding from their coat. In the wild Asian Leopard cubs have these guard hairs to help camouflage them from predators. Many consider it a stage of being an "ugly duckling" where the Bengal is about to begin a great transformation. The kitten looses contrast and its coat takes on a dull appearance. The undercoat becomes more prominent in the weeks to come and continues to change color(becoming more beautiful) until the cat is about a year old.
What are Bengal "fuzzies?"
Bengals are extremely intelligent cats who form strong bonds with their owners. They love to interact with their humans and are always found at the center of any family activity. The Bengal's activity level is high, even more so as kittens. They love to play, run, and leap. They are great climbers and jumpers and very much appreciate a store bought or home made "cat tree" play center to climb on. This is not only fun for them but will provide you with hours of entertainment as well! They could at times be described as mischievous. Bengals are not a cat to be ignored. They sometimes demand a lot of attention, but they will always keep you entertained with their antics. They are are extremely affectionate, often described as having a "dog like" personality. They are easily trained because of their high intelligence level. Bengals can be trained to do any trick that a dog can do! Don't believe it??? Just go to our Bengal Videos page and watch!!! It's not difficult to train them to walk on a leash and many owners take them out on a leash for walks. Most Bengals will fetch without any training at all.
Many Bengals have a love of water and love to play in it or with it. They may scoop their water dishes with their paws, play in puddles, paw at a running sink, or follow their owners into the shower or bath tub. Bengals make fun, affectionate, wonderful pets and are great with children, dogs, and even other pets such as ferrets. My girls would put Bella in a tiny shopping cart just days after we got her and push her around the living room and she would stay in the cart for up to thirty minutes before she jumped out for a break! Then she would get put right back in and they would start pushing her around again. She absolutely enjoyed it! I'd never seen a cat literally "play" with my girls!
After three generations from the original crossing, the breed acquires a gentle domestic cat temperament. However, for the typical pet owner, a Bengal cat kept as a pet should be at least four generations (F4) removed from the Leopard Cat. The so-called "foundation cats" from the first three filial generations of breeding (F1–F3) are usually reserved for breeding purposes or the specialty pet home environment. It's very irresponsible for breeders to sell F1-F4 Bengals without warning the buyers that these cats are for *experienced* cat owners and can potentially have bad litter box habits. For more info on foundation Bengals click this link: Foundation Bengal Info
I have found that all my Bengal cats have been more affectionate and personable than a regular house cat or any other breed of cat.
Bengal Colors and Patterns
Bengal cats have "wild-looking" markings, such as large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and a body structure reminiscent of the Leopard Cat. The Bengal's rosettes or spots occur only on the back and sides, with stripes elsewhere. The breed also features "mascara" (horizontal striping alongside the eyes), and foreleg striping.
The Bengal cat is usually either classed as a brown-spotted or snow-spotted (although there are more colors, brown and snow are the only colors of Bengal that the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) recognizes for show. Within brown Bengals, there are either marble or spotted markings. Snow Bengals are also either marble or spotted but are also divided into blue-eyed or AOC (Any Other Color) eyes.
The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes several Bengal colors (brown, seal lynx point, mink, sepia, silver) and patterns (spotted and marbled) for competition. In the New Traits class, other colors may be shown, as well as longhairs.
Bengals are medium size and muscular cats. Some lucky Bengals carry the glitter gene, which makes them shimmer as if they were rubbed down with gold or platinum dust. Bengals should retain the look of the wild but with the temperament of a well balanced domestic cat.
Below are some of the most popular Bengal colors:
Brown Spotted Tabby- includes leopard spotted or rosetted, black or dark brown spots and rosettes on beige, tan, or reddish background
Seal Lynx- snow Bengal, blue eyes, have the lightest color, pattern brownish grey to tan or buff
Seal Mink- snow Bengal, aqua or green eyes, pattern is seal mink to dark seal mink
Seal Sepia- snow Bengal, green or gold eyes, pattern is seal brown to dark seal brown
Silver Spotted- black spotted on light silver or grey background, minimal tarnish(red-gold hues often seen on face and feet), with medium silver centers to the rosettes
The marbled pattern occurs nowhere else in nature, while called a Brown Marbled, look for the tricolor marbled kitten. Patterns should be symmetrical on both sides of the body and the pattern should swirl and flow around the body, like the colors in a glass marble. Marbled Bengals also come in all three snow variations, the Seal Sepia, the Seal Mink, and the Seal Lynx Point.
All Bengals except the Seal Lynx Point Snow must have a black tipped tail and black paw pads. The Seal Lynx Point has a bitter chocolate colored tail tip and can have a rose tinted nose and paw pads. Marbled kittens start with blackish grey coats with small streaks of lighter colored fur scattered about their coat.
The Blue and the Silver both come in Spotted or Marbled patterns.
Regardless of colors and patterns, all Bengals should display the same conformation which is reminiscent of their ancestor the truly beautiful Asian Leopard Cat.
Where did Bengals come from?
Bengal cats are Hybrid Cats, which is basically two different species of cats crossed together. The Bengal Cat was created by crossing the wild Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic cat together. Many breeders used an Egyptian Mau rather than a domestic cat because of it's bone structure which closer resembles the Asian Leopard. Bengals that are four generations and beyond the original crossing of these two cats are considered completely domestic and very suitable as pets. See our Bengal History page for more info on how Bengals originated.
How did the Bengal get it's name?
The first ALCs were discovered near the Bay of Bengal in India. Therefore, these cats were given the scientific name of "Felis Bengalensis" or (P. b. bengalensis). The name for the domestic breed, "Bengal" was derived from the taxonomic name of the Asian leopard cat "Bengalensis."
Bengals are generally medium in size compared to other breeds of cats. They are long and the males especially are very muscular. Adult Bengal males usually weigh 12-17 lbs while females are around 8-12 lbs.
Bengal Life Expectancy
The life expectancy for a Bengal cat is 12-16 years. There are factors that affect this such as type of food you feed your cat, whether the cat is kept inside or outside, and if you have proper check ups and shots for you kitty. We recommend you feed a high quality cat food such as Royal Canin, Holistic Select, or Blue Buffalo. And of coarse, after the full sets of shots are given to your kitty, that you bring them for their yearly check up and booster shots. This will insure that your leopard friend is happy, healthy, and lives a long full life.
Asian Leopard Info
The Asian Leopard Cat (or ALC for short) is indigenous to the jungles and forests of India, China, and other parts of Asia. It is now known that there are about 10 different sub-species, that vary somewhat in size, length of coat, and coloring depending on the climate. Most of the Asian Leopards that we breed with domestics to get Bengals come from the Malaysia and Thailand area.
Your kitten will need a high quality kitten kibble to stay healthy and active. They should stay on a kibble specially designed for kittens until they are a year old. At that time you can switch them to a regular cat kibble. We feed all of our Bengals Earthborn Holistic Primitive Grain Free cat food. Yes, it is expensive, but I can give you a few reasons why it's worth it. First of all the first ingredient is meat. When deciding what brand of food to feed your kitten you should always look at the ingredients and make sure the very first ingredient is meat. Cheap brands of cat foods have fillers and often the first ingredient is corn or rice. Who ever heard of a cat in the wild eating corn or rice? Kibble with fillers makes a cat have to eat more of the food to get the nutrients they need. So, if you buy the cheap food you're going to be buying more of it, thus spending more money. Second, cheap cat foods with fillers make it a lot smellier when your cat goes to the bathroom. Who needs that? And lastly, your cat is a member of your family. Would you feed your child hot dogs every meal of the day their whole life knowing that it's not even real meat and not enough nutrition for them? Absolutely not! So why would you feed anything but the best to your beloved kitty?
Feeding Raw Meat
Bengals do seem to crave meat more than other domestic cats. Some breeders feed a daily ration of very lean red beef in addition to their regular diet, and some feed only raw meet. Ordinary hamburger contains too much fat and can cause stomach upset. Ground round, ground sirloin, or beef hearts is well tolerated and very much enjoyed by Bengals.
If you are going to put your Bengal on a raw meat diet please do your research and make sure you are adding things like Kitty Bloom to the meat so they get all the vitamins and minerals the need too.
If you are serving meat raw, you must take precautions!!! Raw meat can cause food poisoning in Bengals! Do not let it set at room temperature for very long, and remove whatever the cat doesn't eat after 20 minutes.
You can cook unseasoned boneless chicken for your Bengal and they can have it by itself or mixed in with their dry or soft food.
Bengals LOVE chicken! We do feed our Bengals cooked chicken all the time.
Frosted Bengal Kittens
A frosted Bengal looks very different than it's litter mates at birth. They will be born with a coat that looks grey or silvery instead of creamy or golden. At around 7-8 weeks of age the kitten will start to show the creamy/golden(brown spotted tabby) colors like the rest of the kittens.
Once the kitten is out of it's fuzzy stage frosted kittens have proved to be incredibly clear coated, have lots more glitter than normal, and have the softest pelt ever!
Our very own frosted kitten Amy.
So you know what the heck the breeders are talking about! :)
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