by Brooke Day
Bengal Cat - Photo added by Michael (Admin) to illustrate this article.
I went to the Animal Shelter and got the cat that had been there the longest - 6 months. She looked strange to me. She had huge wide set eyes and a nose like a wild cat, large with a flat profile. She was beautiful with the softest silky coat.
She also had a funny meow - very loud. She was a shy cat but that changed! Talka was amazing to look at. Her bone structure was fine but she was all muscle. Like an athlete/cheetah. Her face was captivating and I could only describe her as wild.
On our first visit to the vet I was told she was some kind of wild cat mix probably Bengal. She was in good health except for her teeth that later had to be pulled. Talka was a pain in the a** but I will love her forever.
I can't say Talka is a Bengal. She came from the pound with no info. I can only say she resembles pictures and profiles. I love Talka. She taught me patience, endurance, and what it means to live!
If Talka was a Bengal I was uniformed how to care for her and others need to know how special these cats are. She was the smartest cat I have ever met. She was not a happy apartment cat. She needed stimulation at all times. She could pop the locks on windows and jump two stories.
Everything I tried to STUMP/STIMULATE her she conquered. She would not be ignored or she would YELL. I moved to a house with more room just for her! Still she jumped 5 feet to get out a cracked window.
My fiancee said he knew when I was 5 min. away from home because Talka would go to the door. When I got home she proceeded to tell me about her day of bossing the dog. Age 12 Talka developed Irritable Bowel Disease.
I have come to find its common in Bengals. THEY NEED A RAW FOOD DIET.
I euthanized Talka after a three month fight. She couldn't eat without throwing up. She had constant diarrhea that meds couldn't stop. We went to specialist with tests. No one could stop her demise. Not many know about Bengals. If I had known what she needed I would have given it to her. Bengals cats need special care, in my opinion.
All I wish is that people who sell or purchase Bengales are informed about their dietary needs and their emotional well being.
I will love, admire, and remember Talka forever. I will forever remember her eyes when she was so sick and I had to let her go. Her pain was preventable and her life could have been better if I had been informed as well as my three different vets.
Please let people know what they need to do to care for these amazing cats. They are different. I will answer any questions about my experience with a Bengal cat.