2 years ago
KristynSimcox
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The Bengal is my Baby
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?
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@itsfabic that's terrible! I was thinking about getting one but idk the cost and can't find a decent breeder.
2 years ago·Reply
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@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... Bengals and Savannahs are a great choice. They will keep you on your toes and they will require you spend a lot of time working on your relationship with them. For me... Zephyr is the ideal cat. I love his personality. He's moody as a teenager on a severe hormone kick... but I can deal with that. He's so beautiful and sweet. I spend a lot of time with him each day. We have a schedule and we do things the same way at the same time each day. Like hide and seek. He LOVES to play hide and seek. I'll chase him and tag him. Then run as fast as I can into another part of my house and hide. He'll come looking for me. If I jump out at him - he'll run over and swipe at me - never with his massive - razor sharp claws out - just paw - and tag me and then he'll run as fast as he can back to where we started... and I am supposed to chase him. He'll talk to me the entire time. Like I said. He's an amazingly fun and spirited cat. He's also not quite full-grown - nearly 3ft long tip of paw to tip of paw stretched out - he's longer if you measure tip of nose to tail. And he's almost 20lbs. He's a BIG boy. If you really want one - first - be sure you want the work. Again, this isn't a cat you can leave alone in your house for 16 hours a day - then come home and sleep and perhaps spend 10-20 minutes with him. Next - think about your other cats. A Bengal will ALWAYS be dominant. And they are not always nice about it. They establish their dominance by hunting, stalking, and taking down the other cats. Their paws and claws and teeth are much bigger/sharper, etc... Only my 20lb Maine Coon holds his own against Zeph. My Siamese hates him. She tries to kill him when he messes with her. So he has learned to leave her alone. He terrorizes my tabby. She's neurotic because of him now. And that's unfortunate. I can't leave them alone together. He messes with her just because he can. He's a little evil that way. If you are OK with all of this... then look around and see if you can find a shelter that handles Bengal or Savannah rescues. When everything was said and done - I took a test. Did an interview. And allowed the adoption agency to inspect my house. After all of that and $250 - Zephyr came home with me. I'll for sure rescue more Bengals in the future. He's got me hooked. Sorry for the book. Good luck!
2 years ago·Reply
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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.
2 years ago·Reply
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@JonPatrickHyde Wow!!! I didn't know they were so particular. I don't have other cats but I do have an all brindle American Pit Bull. How bad of a scenario does that seem?
2 years ago·Reply
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.
2 years ago·Reply