Character, upbringing, habits
One day while preparing an article about Bengals, a correspondent of a magazine about animals asked to explain to her readers how dangerous it is to take these animals into a family where there are small children. When she saw them at the photo shoot, she was just shocked: "they are angels, not cats! That's about right, but...
The little Bengals, in order to make them grow up to be kind and "pets", they should be accustomed to hands since childhood - to pay attention, communicate and pet them. That's all. It so happened that their ancestors were wild animals, so without constant contact with people kittens become wild. Although the problem was still relevant at the formative stage of the breed, and aggression Bengals, which many warned of the same standards, greatly exaggerated. Even if we talk about the wildest Asian leopards. That is why the breed was established, because they are not aggressive by nature!
In early publications about Bengal cats it was written that they were timid and fearful. But that too is a fairy tale. And it was invented to prevent skeptics from stifling the process of domestication that had barely begun.
The truth is that Asiatic leopards are non-confrontational. If they have prey in front of them that they can't handle, they walk away. And also, they quickly get used to humans and do not show cunning, as other representatives of the feline family.
Of course, we must not forget that by nature all cats are hunters and they need a "hunting ground". It's enough if you have a place where Bengal can play, crawl, run around without fear that some antique vase will fall on the floor. Very comfortably these cats feel at the cottage. But it's better to take care that the mischievous cat, carried away in the pursuit of prey, did not run away at all. To do this you can build a covered enclosure; it is good if it is connected to a warm house with a rope. But this is an extravagance.
Of course, the Bengal cats are agile and nimble, but very companionable. Therefore, to play and be friends with them - a great pleasure. They are so affectionate, that even at an exhibition they will lie on the table near the judge and stretch - but you have to pet them.
And they are also brave and bold. They will fight with other cats for a place under the sun to victory. Get along well with other animals, such as dogs. With other cats, too, most likely, will be friends, but will try to lead. But here you need to think how the "old-timers" of your home to the fun Bengal.
In the wild, the species Felis bengalensis, like many wild cats, are solitary. But domestic Bengals exist perfectly well in a pride - an adult cat and several cats. They can raise kittens together. But when the males grow up, the father cat will suspect them as competitors and will forcefully prove their priority. The same goes for the habit of marking territory, and if the smell left behind does not stop the competition, he will be in trouble.
It is interesting that bengals fight in a peculiar way. They stand against each other with their backs turned high, their ears pressed down, they snarl and threaten with their paws. A Bengal cat knows how to stalk its prey; it is a hunter. He freezes, squints his eyes, waits for a moment and then attacks lightning-fast from behind and from the side, grasping the neck like a cheetah on an antelope.
Tales were told that a very purebred 7-month-old kitten living in a house on the outskirts of the village, jumped the high fence and chased hares across the field. And recently he strangled a partridge, dragged it by the neck to the house and amused himself for a long time, only feathers were flying. What kind of stamina is needed to catch a big forest bird, and not a chicken or something!
The fact that Bengal cats like water is also not a fiction. Even a bathtub with a shower will do, if there is no pool nearby. Not bad and walk around the grass on a leash. Bengal cats sometimes behave like cute dogs and they don't mind puppy harnesses as much as other cats.
That's how they are, these little brigands - smart, cunning, funny, funny, gentle and affectionate.
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