About Bengal Cats

History
Bengals are a hybrid domestic cat created from crossing an Asian Leopard cat with several types of domestic cats. Asian Leopard cats are a small wild cat located in the jungles of Southeast Asia and some pacific islands. They are characterized first and foremost by their spots which when crossed with a domestic tabby modifies the mackeral (stripe tabby) pattern and created the rossetted spotted pattern that makes Bengals so striking. Their large round eyes and small close set ears give them the wild look that is passed onto their offspring. Because we feel that most residents of Southern California in the area that we love are looking for the look of the wild cat without the additional responsibilities of caring for a wild cat, we have chosen to work with Bengals that are at least 10 generations removed from their ALC ancestors.
Behaviors
One of the most common questions that I get asked is if Bengals are wild or need special care. The truth is all domestics should get the same attention that we give our Bengals. Cats should be played "excersized" every day to keep them active and healthy. 20 miniutes of play a day will keep the Vet away ;) Bengals do seem to have an increased ammount of playful energy but my theory is that this is the result of the high quality diet that most Bengal owners insist on giving them. The Asian Leopard cat does spend a great deal of time in the trees as their natural habitat in teh jungle. I find that my bengals benefit from several high places where they are allowed to relax from a comforting vantage point and practice their vertical leap. Many bengal owners will even purchase a cat wheel for active running time. These play times will allow them to expend their energy and keep them from restless activities such as biting or darting.
Daily Care
Bathing, brushing and general grooming will be very minimal with Bengals. Their silky single layer coat will give you the low maintenance cat you have always wished for! Bengals do not seem to mind water and some even seem to relish it. Bathing can be beneficial if you are sensitive to cats. Giving a vitamin supplement treat can be a great training method to enforce good behaviors and also excersize the teeth. If you want to go a step futher you can find many feline toothbrush kits. Giving your cat a frequent through examination will help you ward off any issues that could otherwise go un-noticed. For flea control we use Revolution when needed but reccomend ridding the environment of fleas & eggs rather than continued use of topical flea contriol. Long term effects of these spot treatments is still unknown.

Bengal Colors

Browns
Black is the Wild Type or dominant genetic color in Bengals. It is more commonly referred to as Brown because visually they present in shades of brown, but is techinically black. This is a differentiation between Chocolate which is a different genetic color and maybe hard to distinguish. Browns range from the very Warm tones almost Red or called roufessing; to the very cool almost dark gray color. The Rosettes in all shades of brown should have a dark brown almost Black color. You will find descriptive words to describe these shades such as Tawny, Sorrell, Rufoused. There are also different words to describe the markings. Rosettes, arrows, chaining these factors combined allow breeders to evaluate the kittens for overall quality.
Snows
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Dilutes
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Silvers
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Charcoals

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