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Marble Bengal Cat — 4 Comments

  1. Good Morning Michael, I came across your site and was astounded at the beauty of your photograph of Sundog and those excuisite black lines down its back. I have never owned a cat before, and I live in a condominium in Tamarac, Florida. They do not permit dogs, but there are no restrictions on cats. I am 69 years young and would so love to have a cat to love and for companionship at this point in my life. I believe Sundog is a Marble Bengal and is from Zendada Bengal Breeders. I would like this type of Bengal strictly to love, play with, sleep and cuddle with. I would appreciate any feedback you might offer on a first time cat owner and this breed. Would love a Bengal with the attributes that Sundog has. Thank you for any info you might provide me with. Bruce

    • Hello Bruce. Indeed, Sundog, is one of those exceptional purebred cats who stands out from hundreds of millions of others. As you state Sundog is a marble tabby Bengal cat. This cat breed is a wonderful companion just like any other cat breed or random bred cat. Many people keep them in apartments as you suggest. One of my neighbours kept a third filial Bengal cat in his apartment. He used to take his cat for trips around the communal gardens off the lead. I found it a bit difficult to watch because the cat would frequently escape the boundaries of the garden, jumping over the brick wall, whereupon my neighbour had to chase after him and discover where he had hidden. It was quite difficult and I thought fraught with difficulties and potential dangers (e.g a nearby road). But the owner was aware that Bengal cats are very active and being aware of that fact he wanted to satisfy his cat’s needs and desires as best he could in a compromised way. It certainly was a compromise and it wasn’t very successful in my opinion but he would no doubt dispute that fact.

      The bottom line is that the Bengal cat is perhaps not the ideal apartment cat because of the activity level. There are better choices like Persians and Ragdolls or American shorthairs but if you have your heart set on a very classy looking Bengal cat and provided that you are able to interact with him regularly which you no doubt are because you are retired it seems to me then it should work out just fine. I sense that you have the time and commitment to make the life of your Bengal cat happy and content. Elderly people are better cat caretakers in general because they can spend more time with their cat. Bengal cats like that because they tend to need more stimulation and therefore interaction with their owners is the best form of stimulation together with things like cat condos and cat trees et cetera.

      Don’t declaw him. Adopt him as a kitten and teach him to enjoy having his claws trimmed.

      I think you will find it difficult to purchase such a stunning cat as Sundog. This is a rare cat but there are some fantastic looking Bengal cats around in America so I am confident that you will be able to find a cat to your liking and love him/her beautifully. Good luck. Thanks for asking and thanks for commenting.

  2. I have a black marble Bengal cat that came to me with 5 yet to be born kittens. Two of them were either muted calico bengal mix or tortie bengal mix. I kept one of the babies and it has unusual bengal markings on the back of the head and back. The face is half red blonde and the other half grey to black and both are tabby type striped. When you watch the mother and daughter walk, they look the same from that top view, with markings very similar albeit one black and beige/white and the baby golden brown/beige/grey to black, and the are the same size, and walk the same. The kitten bengal type ends there with a white chest and underbelly, but as a pair they are unique. Have you any comments you can offer regarding these two … is this a similar pattern to expect if a bengal has mated with a non bengal?

    Thank you for any interest you can show me.

    Patricia Zahler

    • Hi Patricia. My reading of your comment is that you adopted a pregnant Bengal pedigree cat and she gave birth to Bengal kittens that were neither pedigree nor purebred because she had mated with a random bred cat. Is that correct or have I misinterpreted your comment?

      If am correct the outcome of the mating depends of course on the appearance of the other cat. If you have pictures please upload in a new comment and if I am wrong please clarify. Sorry to be unhelpful.

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