!Header Logo

Santaluz Animal Care

!Call To Action

Give us a call! 858-258-5590

!Give us a call button

Meet The Bengal

February 15 2022

It’s been a few days since our Rams won the Super Bowl, but fans are still celebrating. As you may know, the Cincinnati team was named after the Bengal tiger, a fierce and beautiful feline. However, there’s also a smaller kitty that bears the Bengal name. A San Diego, CA vet discusses this lovable furball below.


Basics

The Bengal is a combination of a few different breeds, but are mostly a mix of domestic cats and the Asian Leopard Cat. Fluffy’s origins date back to the 60’s, at which time Dr. Willard Centerwall, a pediatrician, began experimenting with cat breeding. He found that the kitties were naturally immune to feline leukemia, and was hoping to make progress with battling leukemia in humans. Unfortunately, his health declined, so he passed some kitties on to a lady named Jean Mill. She wanted a kitty with the looks of an exotic wildcat and the size and purrsonality of the average domestic housecat. Achievement unlocked!


The Bengal breed was recognized by the International Cat Association in 1983, but didn’t make it onto the Cat Fanciers Association roster until 2016. Kitties must be at least four generations away from the Asian Leopard Cat to be officially considered Bengals.


Appearance

Fluffy can wear one of four pretty coat patterns: ticked, mackerel, blotched, and spotted. Most Bengal kitties have black and brown fur, but they come in several different colors, including gray, silver, and charcoal. There are even blue Bengals, though they are quite rare. Another cool thing about Bengals? Some of their coats glitter in the sun. It’s worth noting that, while most Bengals are about the size of the average housecat, they can get quite large. Some of the males weigh up to 20 pounds!


Temperament

Bengal cats are curious, charismatic, and playful. These mischievous kitties have some very unique traits. For one thing, they like to retrieve things. Unlike most of our feline pals, they actually enjoy playing in water. Bengals are also known for being vocal and opinionated, as well as mischievous. They have a strong prey drive, and basically act like tiny, affectionate Bengal tigers. Don’t worry, though: while Fluffy may be a handful as a kitten, she should outgrow most of her zoomies by the time she’s three or four. 


Do you have questions or concerns about cat care? Contact us, your San Diego, CA animal clinic, today!

!Single Blog You Might Also Like

You might also like

  • All
  • Adoptions
  • Dog Care
  • General Care
  • General News
  • Uncategorized
Dog lying on grass

Celebrating The Mutt

Did you know that December 2nd is Mutt Day? Actually, we celebrate mutts twice a…
Read More

Freeze Pen Cryo Surgery

Here at Santaluz Animal Care, we pride ourselves in staying on the cutting edge of…
Read More

Choosing A Great Groomer

Is your canine buddy getting stinky? While bathing Fluffy is optional, it’s a must for…
Read More
1 2 3 19