Over the last decade, bengal cats have risen in fame to become one of the most popular cat breeds in the world.
There are many reasons for this trend, such as their unique look, their personalities, and their wild ancestry.
While most other domestic cats are far removed from their ancient wild cat ancestors, bengals directly descend from the Asian leopard cat, meaning they share far more genes with wild cats than other cat breeds.
Unlike fully domestic cat breeds, bengal cats are more of a hybrid breed – making them part wild, part domestic.
This does not mean that bengals can not be household pets, on the contrary bengals are excellent pets for the experienced owner, however this does mean that bengals have higher energy levels, more curiosity, and a less docile nature depending on what filial generation they are.
What Makes Bengal Cats So Special?
Bengal cats are so special because, unlike other domestic cats, they are directly related to the wild leopard cat and tend to need more activity and stimulation.
Bengal cats are also highly intelligent and will not be as easily entertained as some other cats might be.
Bengals will need more human interaction and need to be played with frequently in order to get enough physical activity, especially if they’re kept indoors.
Not only do bengal cats require more attention, they will also need room around the house to climb and explore, often attempting to reach the highest point in any room if their curiosity is allowed to be satisfied.
Bengal cats love to play fight as well and will be eager to interact with any other animals or people in your house.
For some owners, this might be overwhelming at first, especially when the bengal is still a kitten, however, most bengal cat owners will find that in fact, bengals will lighten up your life with excitement and fun as opposed to wearing you down.
Do Bengal Cats Live Up To the Hype?
With all this praise given to bengals in addition to their price, some may question whether or not bengals actually live up to the hype.
In the case of bengals, even though there seems to be more hype than they can live up to, bengal cats definitely deliver and are just as fun and adventurous as they are described as being.
While, of course, every bengal cat will be unique and have it’s own individual personality, generally, bengals tend to be more curious, playful, and lively pets than most other domestic animals.
To truly answer this question, however, one would need to experience what bengal cats are like in person.
Since not everyone has the luxury of meeting a bengal in real life, the next best thing would be to watch videos and read content online to determine if owning a bengal is something that makes sense for you.
Becoming a bengal cat owner means taking on more responsibilities, so before making the decision, it is best to ensure you have enough time and energy to properly take care of a bengal.
If you’re sure that you’re able to, then you can rest assured that becoming a bengal cat owner will be one of the most rewarding changes to your life you can make.
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