Wild and Domestic: Bengal Cats and Kittens at SeaQuest

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Majestic, agile, and playful; these are just some of the qualities that define the Bengal Cat. But did you know there’s more to the history of this paw-some creature? 

Bengal Cats are a cross between domestic and Asian Leopard Cats; this classifies them as a hybrid breed. These gorgeous felines typically have a gold coat with a mix of unique markings, including spots and arrowheads. Although they are a hybrid breed, Bengal Cats are considered domesticated when they are 4-5 generations removed from an Asian Leopard Cat parent. It’s wild to think these domesticated Bengals even exist, but their origin is even more wild.


WILD History

Being a hybrid breed, these majestic cats were engineered for a specific purpose. The first recorded cross between a domesticated cat and an Asian Leopard Cat was in 1963. The pioneer responsible for this breed’s emergence is Jean Mill, who wanted to reduce hunting for the fur and pet trade. She believed that if people could have domestic pets that looked like Asian Leopard Cats, they would not want to wear leopard cat fur, and fewer wild cats would be hunted for fur or exotic pets. 

Twenty years later, in 1983, Mill was successful in getting the Bengal Cat recognized by The International Cat Association. She suggested that all breeders wait for a few generations before registering Bengal Cats with The International Cat Association to ensure that they were fully domesticated. Mill went on to promote the breed throughout her life and is acknowledged as the breed’s originator and increasing popularity of the breed. Without her efforts, we would not be able to enjoy these domesticated Bengals and their adorable features.

Pawsitively Adorable Kittens

It’s a common belief that domesticated cats don’t exert much energy. Household cats sleep an average of 12-16 hours a day, but the Bengal Cat is no ordinary feline. With their energetic personalities and need to stay active, Bengal Cats are always fun to be around! 

  • Bengal Cats are known to be full of energy and require an active lifestyle in order to stay healthy.
  • Bengal cats were called Safari Cats until the 1970s when their name was changed to reflect the Asian Leopard Cat’s scientific name.
  • Bengal Cats are incredibly energetic and love to be playful. 
  • Bengal Cats will even defy stereotypes and play in the water!
  • You won’t catch these cats meowing like every other housecat! Bengal Cats are known for their dry meow that sounds more like a bark. 
  • Unlike the ordinary housecat, Bengal Cats love to retrieve items.
  • Their athleticism means that Bengal Cats tend to have a muscular build. 

So how can you meet a Bengal Cat in-person?

Book Your Bengal Cat and Kitten Interaction Today

Bengal Cats, although domesticated, can be expensive to own and maintain. Much like other engineered breeds, they can suffer an array of health conditions that can be costly to maintain. Adding in the excessive amount of activity this breed needs and the limitations on owning them, the Bengal Cat can be challenging to own. 

But there is a solution! When you visit SeaQuest    , you will have the opportunity to see and interact with these spectacular cats! All you have to do is purchase admission tickets below, and you’ll have instant access to live Bengal Cats. We guarantee it to be a purr-fect experience. 

Want to learn more about other animals at SeaQuest? Read our blogs on the animals adopted at SeaQuest & the curious Blacktip Reef Shark. We can’t wait to SEA you at SeaQuest soon!

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