The Bengal Cat

General Info   Bengal Colors  Bengal Coat and Patterns  Bengals with other Pets and Children  Great Stuff for your Bengal   Conclusion

General Info


The Bengal cat is a distinct, unique breed of domestic cat derived from the ancestral crossing of a domestic cat with an Asian Leopard Cat (Felis Bengalensis). The Bengal is a medium sized cat with striking exotic looks. Careful breeding programs produce friendly, loving Bengal cats that bear a strong physical resemblance to their hybrid ancestors. Bengals may be registered and with several cat associations. After four generations of Bengal-to-Bengal breeding, the Bengal cat is considered fully "domestic" and is eligible for Championship show competition. JungleKatz Bengals are registered and shown with The International Cat Assn. (TICA).




Bengals are very energetic, playful cats. Highly intelligent, they often make up games on their own and are often quick to learn "tricks" such as fetch and jumping though a hoop. In addition, many Bengals like to play in water. Some Bengals are such water lovers, they'll jump into the bath or shower with their owners! A Bengal cat is NOT for someone looking for an exotic household "decoration". They require daily human interaction and can become very attached to their owners.



Many Bengal cats are easy to leash train and enjoy walks in the yard.


Above left and below: GRC Snopride ImAnIdolToo of JungleKatz, aka "Mr. T" having great fun on his leash and sporting two types of harness:


Bengals are very loving and many have earned the nickname "Velcro Cat" because they are so demonstrative of their affection. Some Bengal cats would spend every waking moment in someone's arms or lap if it were possible :-) Others are so busy that they will only slow down long enough for a quick scratch and "hello" before taking off after a toy, bug, or imaginary object that catches their fancy. One thing is for sure: there's never a dull moment when you share your life with a Bengal!

Bengal Colors


There are several recognized colors for the Bengal breed according to the TICA Standard.


Brown Tabby : the background color can vary in color from a light sandy tan to gold, red, rust, or brown with brown to black markings, either spotted. All colors of Bengals should have spotted tummies. Brown Tabby eyes can be gold/amber or green.

Below: Variations of Brown spotted/rosetted Bengals bred by JungleKatz: Elsa, Ocelot, and Chunky Moto

Below: Brown Marble Bengals bred by JungleKatz: Italia, Maybeline and Saphira

Seal Mink Tabby, Seal Sepia Tabby and Seal Lynx Point: Commonly referred to as "Snows", these Bengals typically have a very pale to ivory background with contrasting markings and may have green, gold, aqua or blue eyes. For a detailed, up to date official description of Bengal colors please reference the TICA Bengal breed standard or TIBCS web site.

Seal Sepia Spotted Tabby, "TGC Simplysimes Donato of JungleKatz":

The newest color to gain acceptance for showing with TICA is the Silver, either spotted or marble patterned. The silver color brings with it many interesting possibilities which I won't go into here, but you can find out more about the silver color on the TICA website.


There are several other colors found in the Bengal breed that have not been recognized by TICA for showing, but which make beautiful pets.

Here are some examples:


Bengal Coat and Patterns

A Bengal's markings can be very dramatic and "Ocelot-like" in appearance. The hair is short and on some, super soft and plush. This type of coat is often referred to as "pelted", so called due to the similarity to a wild cat's coat (ie: tiger, leopard, etc). Some coats also have a desirable metallic sheen called "glitter" by Bengal enthusiasts. Difficult to see under artificial light, glitter is made possible by a hollowing at the end of the hair shaft which causes light to reflect, similar to the action of a crystal. On a brown tabby the glitter appears golden in color. On "snows", it is sometimes more of a "crystal" glitter, very pretty! Most of the cats pictured on this page are glittered, but due to the difficulty in picking up such detail in photo's, it is not readily apparent. This picture of JungleKatz Mazarati (right) shows how beautiful a glittered coat can be (thank you Bethany for the photo!).







Spotted Bengals should have a random or horizontal pattern with either solid spots or multi-shaded "rosettes". There are several types of rosettes ranging from two-tone arrow heads to tri-color "donuts" with black outlining. Chained rosettes are very desirable. (see the line of attached rosettes down "Mark's back in the photo to the left) As with the marble pattern, high contrast between the spotted markings and background color is desirable.





The Bengal marble pattern is derived from the classic tabby pattern, combined with the Asian Leopard Cat's rosettes to produce a flowing "marbleized" look. As with the spotted pattern, the marble pattern should not look like a "bull's-eye" but instead should have a horizontal flow or even more dramatic, a tri-color pattern including rosetted, outlined markings. The Marble patterned Bengals have fully spotted bellies, just like the spotted Bengals,.








Bengals with children and other pets


Bengals are wonderful family pets and most will get along very well with other pets and children. Since Bengals and children both have high energy levels, they often are perfect playmates for each other, keeping occupied at various games that some cats would simply roll their eyes at :-)



As Bengals are somewhat "dog like" in behavior, they often play and sleep with their dog pals just as they would with other cats!



Bengals in general have no problem getting along with other cat breeds (see JungleKatz Kobe and his British Shorthair buddy "Jackson" - right).


Great Stuff for your Bengal


Because they have a high energy level, a cat wheel comes in handy for your Bengal cat's exercise and stress reduction needs. One of ours came from Millwood (we added the carpet). You can also find them at and Bundas Cattery. A large cat tree or an arrangement of "KatWallks" will add to your cat's enjoyment plus help to save your furniture from sharp claws.





Interactive cat toys that you and your Bengal can play with together are a great way to "break the ice" with a new cat or to have fun with your existing cat or kitten. Pictured here is the "Da Bird" Cat Teaser. ------------>


<---JungleKatz Yoshi demonstrating athletic "Bengal moves" as he goes after a teaser toy with owner Loredana.














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As with any living creature, individual personality within a breed can vary to some degree. It is best to tell the breeder of your potential kitten everything you can about your household pets and family members to better ensure the right "match" between kitten and new family. If you are fortunate to be able to visit the breeder in person, you can also play with the kittens and observe their apparent health, social behavior and personality (as well as beauty!).


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