Felines

The Bengal Barn is home to a small number of Bengal cats. No not Bengal tigers, but small domestic cats that are the result of breeding an Asian Leopard cat to a domestic cat such as an American Shorthair, Egyptian Mau, Indian Mau, Burmese, or Abyssinian. They got their name from the scientific name of Asian Leopard cat Felis bengalensis. They are often marketed as "lap leopards" or having a "wild appearance." But today's Bengal is a far cry from the jungle dwelling wild cats of its ancestry. This athletic, exotic looking feline is now one of the most popular domestic breeds in the US and is one of the only hybrids widely accepted by cat organizations. But this little hybrid is not necessarily the cat for everyone.

The Bengal breed has retained some of the physical and behavioral characteristics from the founding Asian Leopard Cats (ALC). While some of the traits have been removed through generations of domestication, some have been diluted somewhat and still others have remained intact. Some may still display the elusive, independent, shy traits of the ALC. Some are very distrustful and uneasy. They often flee to high ground until the threat goes away. Some are fearful of loud noises or new people. These cats typically exhibit very strong instinctive behaviors that can require drastic changes in the owner's lifestyle.

Because there are very few Bengal sanctuaries we receive numerous requests to take in Bengals that display a number of issues such as inappropriate litter box use, noise, aggressiveness, destructiveness, health issues or they just don't fit into the owner's lifestyle.

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