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I love this breed of cat. They are gorgeous and playful. They also have a little bit of a wild streak.
The gray Bengal cat. Just another beautiful color.
In this picture you can see the Bengal's amazing spots.
Look at those eyes! How can you not love this cat?
BTW - to be clear... I adopted Zeph when he was 7 months old. Bengals take a little over 2 full years to mature. He's just now a year and 7 months. Another 6 or 7 months and he'll be mature. Maine Coons take 4 years to mature. I suspect that when it's all said and done - my solid black Maine Coon will still be the largest cat I own. Zephyr will be a close 2nd.
@KristynSimcox - Look at the rescue shelters near where you live - My Bengal - an F4 (from a breeder he would have cost several thousand dollars) was a rescue. But I want to warn anyone thinking of adopting or purchasing one of these beautiful cats to be careful. F1-F4 Bengals are NOT house cats. They are powerful, willful, often destructive animals. Here in the Los Angeles area - there's been a trend that these hybrid exotic pets are "stylish". People buy these animals and spend a fortune on them, then when they are no longer cute little kittens, but they are 20lb adolescent wild-cats who tear their houses up - shredding furniture, rugs, even wood doors and floors... they end up dumping them off at their nearest shelter - or worse, they just turn them loose. My Bengal, Zephyr, was dropped off at a shelter when he was 5 months old. I adopted him when he was 7. I've had him a year. I had to take a written test with some pretty intense questions - they gave "if your Bengal does this, what will you do?" - there were no multiple choice questions. I had to write out what my response would be. I have a degree in psychology and I studied animal behavior in college. I have owned cats, rehabilitated abused cats, tamed feral cats, for over 20 years. I am an expert cat owner and I can read their body language and know what they are thinking before they act. The issue with Zeph is that his instincts and thought process is much more instinctual and it did take me a while to understand him. He's motivated by different needs that a typical house cat. He's by far the most intelligent cat I've ever owned. He's VERY communicative. He talks all the time. And through the length and the tone of his "chirps" and "whirs" - because this cat doesn't meow or sound like any domestic I've ever known - I can tell when he's bored and frustrated. That's when he's likely to act out - by bullying one of the other cats or by challenging me. The point to all of this is that with the exotic looks comes a BIG personality and a lot more responsibility. Ignore a Bengal to your own detriment. They'll get offended and they'll seek out something they have observed you really like and they'll tear it apart. They are a handful - but the reward is that they are extremely affectionate and they are ALWAYS - and I mean A-L-W-A-Y-S ready to play. They will play until they pass out from exhaustion. If you want a cat experience that is much more like owning a dog... Bengal...
@itsfabic that's terrible! I was thinking about getting one but idk the cost and can't find a decent breeder.
I have a beautiful bengal... he's an amazing cat for sure. the Bengal is s wonderful breed.
I actually start college on June 29th and I'm majoring in psychology with a concentration of military resilience so it's pretty cool that you have a psychology degree.
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