Often the Bengal cat is misunderstood mainly because of it’s name and it’s past history of breeding. Some people may be scared off from them and often even wonder if they are domestic cats or not. This is why people will wonder whether or not the Bengal is suited to be around children. In this post we will answer the following:
Even though it is true that Bengal cats were bred with the wild Asian Leopard cat, this does not mean that a Bengal cat is not a domestic cat. Bengal cats are very much considered to be domestic cats because they are either fourth generation or way beyond from the actual breeding with the wild Asian Leopard cat.
What this means is that generations 1-3 are called Foundation Cat’s and they are not even considered to be Bengal cats. Once they got to the fourth generation and beyond they then developed all of the qualities and traits that we all come to believe that all domestic cats should have. Such as loving personalities, attachment to their owners and good temperaments. When it comes to the Foundation Cat’s however, they will tend to still display qualities and traits that tend to be more on the wild side and they generally don’t make very good pets because they tend to be shy, very nervous, are not easily trained and so on.
So, if you are afraid that a Bengal cat is not a domestic cat you just need to make sure that the cat you are interested in is one that comes from a fourth generation litter and beyond. These wonderful cats are just as domesticated as any of their cousins you will find in the domestic cat kingdom.
One of the most wonderful things you will discover about the Bengal cat is just how extremely intelligent they are. In fact they are one of the top in intelligence when it comes to all the different cat breeds. This means that they are highly trainable and some say they are quite similar to dogs in the way that they can be trained. There are not many cats in the cat kingdom that can be trained to do some of the things that Bengal cats are willing to learn to do.
Bengal cats can be quite demanding and want what they want when they want it. They have no issues with vocally letting their owners know what they want. The best way to get along with a Bengal cat is to understand what they are trying to tell you. One of their favorite things to do is to make noise and let you know just how they feel about something. But for those who love Bengal cats this just adds even more to their charming personalities.
Bengal cats love to be active and it’s important that you allow them to do so. They love to have their own special areas they can call their own so that they can have plenty of fun, things to do and to play with as well as being able to access high places where they love to jump from. They enjoy people who are active and will follow their owners all over the place to try and join in with what they are doing. They never like being left out of the action.
Never expect your Bengal cat to be happy just laying around on your lap or be lazy and laying in the sun all day. This is just too boring for this energetic cat. But, don’t take that the wrong way. In no way does this mean that Bengal cats don’t love their families. It’s just the opposite. In fact they love their families immensely and are often far more loyal than a lot of other cat breeds.
If you are thinking about getting yourself a Bengal cat and you have kids, more than likely you are concerned about whether or not this type of cat likes kids. Well, again, don’t be scared off by their name, because it has nothing to do with who they really are. Truth be known, once a Bengal cat is gently introduced into the family, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with just how much your Bengal cat will love your children.
One of the biggest reasons why Bengal cats get a long so well with children is that children are quite often much like the Bengal cat. This is because kids love to play, Bengal cats love to play. Kids are extremely curious, Bengal cats are also very curious and inquisitive, just like their counterparts, kids. Since kids love to play all kinds of fun games, Bengal cats tend to gravitate towards children because they too love playing all kinds of fun games that keep their minds active and not bored.
One of the best things about Bengal cats when it comes to playing with people, especially with kids, is the fact that most of the time while engaging in physical play they will keep their claws in so as not to scratch whomever they might be playing with. This is something that many other domestic breeds often don’t do.
Check out this great video of a Bengal cat playing around with his friend:
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