The Truth About Bengals....
I promised a little more information on the Bengal Cat, and what I am doing with them, for those of you who might not have been reading all along. I think the first distinction I want to make is between a "Leopard" and an "Asian Leopard Cat". Two different species. An Asian Leopard Cat, also known as ALC is not a Leopard, as we think of them. You cannot breed a domestic cat to a Leopard (Or a tiger or a Lion). These ALC are very close to Domestic Cats, and can inter-breed.
Bengals are descended, some directly as in Magic, from the ALC. I am not sure I want to debate the right or wrong of people having bred Bengals in the first place. I know they are cats, even the Early Generation, or EG Bengals, so for that matter is the ALC, albeit a wild one. My Concern is for the ones who need help NOW. The picture above is King Lear, one of my Fosters.
Here is Queen Mab, another foster, and friend of King Lear. When I got my first Bengal, Freaky Venus, she came from a horrible breeder with no sense of responsibility. Venus lived in a cage and was terrified of people, it took a long time to gain her trust, as with a feral cat. My second, Mim, came from a lovely breeder, who raises her kittens in her home, with the family, she was as kittenish as one could wish. With EG cats, (or any cats) the experience will be the same. They will love and trust as they have reason to. Responsible breeders make good cats. Sadly, there are a lot out there who are not responsible for the animals they breed. Therein lies the sadness.
I got into Fostering after I learned that there were many Bengals in need of homes and help. No more than any other cat, or breed of cat, but these are the ones I love. Bengals are a lot of cat. They need a lot of understanding. They are very active, and very smart and do have some special needs, and need a certain kind of person and home. If you take one to your home, you need to know about them. (this, by the way is true of ANY animal you take in.) There is a lot of mis-information about the breed out there. Mostly spread by people who do not know what they are talking about, sad to say.
Try these for some true facts.... The International Bengal Cat Society The International Bengal Cat Connection The International Bengal Breeder Association The Bengal Rescue Network Great Lakes Bengal Rescue
Magic is a Rescue, as in last chance here. He started out a loving social kitten, but was then sold on to a series of inappropriate homes where the people simply did not understand his needs, and EG cats do have very special needs. No one who does not understand this should ever have one.. At some point someone de-clawed all four of his paws. He had, and has some litterbox issues. It's his way of telling me something is Not Right in his world. It's my job to make it Right. And I am.
Somehow, I managed to become the Hard Case Foster home, I help the ones who need it the most. My first fosters. Jungle Loves 1&2 had been living in a motel room with a family of four, and were very afraid and would not be touched. They are now the joy and delight of a women in Northern MN. My current fosters (As seen in the four pictures above) had some issues, very frightened, when they came. They are ready now to find their Person. And they will be loved. And they will be someones heart and joy and delight too.
And then I will find another Bengal. And I will make it right for him, or for her. I can help them. I know what they need.
And I can help Magic. I know what he needs, as an F1 Bengal, and I have a lot of help doing it. Magic, by the way, is not a foster. He is home.
If you have read everything you can find, read it twice, and still find Bengals in your heart, and think you might be the Person I am looking for for King Lear and Queen Mab, drop me a note. We can talk.
I'll leave you with a picture of Venus and her Sheepskin. See? A Cat. With Asian Leopard Cat in her background. There's Mim in the background of the shot. Only LOOKING like some sort of Demon from another dimension..
Love and The Truth About Bengals,