A little independence, a little affectionate, a lot of movement, a lot of intelligence, let it look like a little leopard, be a complete family pet, let's add a beautiful silver color last... Here is the recipe for making a little grey Bengal kitten. When these beautiful animals come into your life, you will understand why they are one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. Now let's get to know them closely.
The Bengal cat is a breed of cat native to Arizona, USA. This breed was created in 1963, when a young geneticist with a passion for cats, Jen Mill, obtained a small hybrid female named Kin-Kin, by bringing together a domestic cat and the Asian leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis). The University of Davis proposed to Jean Mill a few years later, that eight females born from this same cross, which were then married to Egyptian Maus, Abyssinian, and Burmese cats: the Bengal cat was born! Jean Mill presented his first cats in an exhibition in 1985. Attracting immediate interest, the TICA recognized the Bengal cat breed in 1986.
The Bengal cat is often referred to as the domestic leopard or leopard cat. A real little miniature animal that is also a very good pet. This cat has a robust frame, visible musculature, and a very athletic body, especially in males. The latter weighs on average about seven kilos, while the females weigh only three and a half kilos there also on average.
The Bengal cat's head is known to be longer than it is wide, with rounded sides. It is a bit small compared to the rest of the body. The large eyes are well spaced, with colors that can vary between individuals from green to aquamarine, passing through gold and blue. Its thin muzzle is reminiscent of the Siamese cat.
Coat and fur:
A breed of cat that has extremely soft and silky fur to the touch, its main characteristic is the presence of color patterns on its spotted coat. This makes it the most obvious Bengal cat characteristic. Two types of patterns are accepted with always an extreme contrast. In the first, called "spotted", the spots of color are either dots or rosettes arranged randomly on the body. Rosettes are more or round colored spots, open or closed, with a dark outline and a tawny interior. In the second pattern, called "marble", the rosettes are elongated until they produce patterns similar to those of the long-banded panther. In addition, dresses sometimes have a shiny appearance called glitter.
Behavior and character Of Grey Bengal Kitten
This little leopard is a real family cat. He can be affectionate, and sociable, but will have a well-marked feline facet, sometimes refusing to let himself be carried away because he likes to "decide", on the other hand, he seeks contact. Males have a reputation for being more affectionate (cuddling) than females, the latter being more independent. The Bengal cat is very lively, skillful, and leaping. Do not hesitate to invest in sometimes aerial cat trees that will delight his need to behave like a panther cat!! The Bengal cat is a cat that is not afraid of water and sometimes finds pleasure in playing (grrr !!!). He is curious, sometimes reckless. Its meow is rather weak.
Proper Diet for a Grey Bengal Kitten
With its active temperament, the spends a lot of energy and therefore calories. He, therefore, needs a diet rich in protein with little fat so that he develops his strong muscles while preserving his fine silhouette and remaining in good health. For its fur, favor unsaturated fatty acids (omega 6 and 3), which will allow the production of sebum, wax secreted at the base of the hairs and which protects the coat. With a fairly close hybridization, its digestive system, which is different for each cat, can present some difficulty in digesting "cheap" industrial foods. A specific top-of-the-range diet or the introduction of poultry meat or fish may be necessary.
A word of advice: buy kibble dispenser balls, your Bengal cat will appreciate having to extract the kibble by exerting himself.
Maintenance & Hygiene
The short and silky coat of the grey Bengal kitten does not require special brushing. However, the implementation of brushing will allow you to create a moment of complicity with your Bengal cat.
The Bengal cat has no particular problems with the eyes and ears. In terms of dental hygiene, the consumption of kibble or "chewable" food will allow a natural "cleaning" of the teeth by abrasive effect.
The Best Living Conditions
Apartment life is entirely possible for a grey Bengal kitten, but it will be much less monotonous if you consider installing toys, such as a modern cat tower, to meet its needs as a feline athlete.
You can also install suspended platforms on which he can climb and jump. They also need heavy duty cat scratchers. Especially wooden and sturdy ones are perfect for Bengal kittens. It is also necessary to know how to devote a little time to your little companion.
No particular concern between Bengal cats and other carnivores, or mammals that he will have taken care to know from a young age. Naturally curious, the Bengal cat can even put himself in danger with an unknown dog. With feathered animals, small mammals, and aquarium or pond fish, his feline hunting instincts can reveal themselves and it is advisable to be careful with certain connections.