The Bengal is a hybrid cross between an Asian Leopard cat and a domestic cat. They can have the coat of a leopard but a gentle, tender and friendly personality. Word to the wise: they aren’t lap cats. They’re active and playful and love to explore. Expect objects to be knocked to the floor and cupboards to be opened. Bengals are attracted to water and known to jump into the sink, toilet and bath to investigate. They will be gentle with kids but need their freedom. They aren’t cuddly and hate being confined. However, you better not ignore them. They’ll meow, chirp and howl until you provide the attention they crave.
Price Tag: $1,000–$4,000
Fun Fact: The Bengal cat is a closer relative to the Asian Leopard cat, bengalensis, than to the far more distantly related Bengal tiger.
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