Bengal Cat Breed – A wild look on a cute house kitty
F1 Bengal Cat – the highest degree = one parent is an Asian Leopard Cat (ALC), one a house cat
F2 Bengal Cat – the second highest degree = a grandparent is an ALC.
F3 Bengal Cat – a great-grandparent is an ALC.
F4 Bengal Cat – a great-great-grandparent an ALC.
F5 Bengal Cat – a great-great-great-grandparent an ALC.
So you see, the higher the number, the less “wildcat” will be in it. They are still beautiful, graceful creatures, but much more calm and “catlike” than the closest two degrees after the Asian Leopard Cat.
F1 $ F2 Bengals are more rare due to some past restrictions on their breeding. Beware of scammers in the U.S. and overseas!
Bengal Cat Prices
How much do Bengal cats cost? That depends on its lineage, or more how close it is to its wild ancestor, the Asian Leopard Cat.
The higher the pedigree, the higher the cost, basically. But that of course also depends on where the cat/kitten is bought. As a rough idea on how much the cats go for, on average, here a short list:
F1 – $1,500 – $10,000
F2 – $1,500 – $5,000
F3 – $1,200 – $5,000
F4 – $400 – $2,000
The reason that these numbers are so wildly different and then even possibly go up towards the F2 and F3 pedigrees, are easily explained by markings and breeder potential. Basically – the prettier and more likely a good breeder the kitten would make, the more it will cost, no matter who sells it to you.
F1 male kittens are infertile, so many breeders will actually use a male F2 or F3 to breed with a female F1 or F2, so the F2 & F3 males will most likely be more expensive if the markings are perfect.
Watch out for scammers! If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a scam! (No no one will sell you an F1 for $500 unless there’s something seriously wrong with it or there’s no cat to sell!)
Bengal Cats as Pets
Considering a Bengal as a pet? No problem, as long as they’re legal where you live (for U.S. check here), and you can provide for them properly. Remember that some states have specific laws for Hybrid cats that are next to indistinguishable to their “wild” ancestors – which could include your F1 Bengal.
Although Bengals are mostly considered domesticated cats, they are Hybrids, so don’t be fooled by their wild look and fluffy baby coats. They WILL get bigger, more mischievous, and wilder. They are very loving and affectionate, and just as their Asian Leopard Cat ancestor, might only bond to one human family for life – especially F1. If you cannot take care of it anymore, it will be very hard to impossible to rehome it with another family/person. It might have to go to a wildlife sanctuary, and they are NOT happy about that for a reason.
Bengals do not necessarily need lots of raw meat to eat, but bigger toys to play with are adivsed (think durable small dog toys they can’t swallow). Lots of space to run and be wild (but safe), and LOTS of attention are important. And I mean LOTS. An unhappy Bengal will be just as unhappy as any other house cat when not played with and ignored. It will be rebellious and pissy. Literally.
Bengal cats might spray. A lot or a little, or none at all is all depending on the individual cat and it’s generation. The closer to the ALC, the more it might spray.
They are litter box trainable. But it’s hardwired in their nature to mark their territory, and your home will not be an exception. It is possible to try to contain it, to prevent damage and (too strong) smells around the house by placing these where it will go. But nothing is 100% and it will be your job to check the Bengals’ home regularly and wash/clean/sanitize everything that was in its pee-path.
Bengals are very active cats, they will thrive with an outdoor enclosures with protections against harsh weathers.
They make absolutely lovely pets, as long as you know what you’re getting into and are prepared to deal with it.
Bengal Cat Breeders
To buy a Bengal cat, I most definitely recommend going through a TICA (The International Cat Association) registered breeder to make sure they have health guarantees and up to TICA’s standards, which will only benefit you and the cat, especially considering the investment that it is.
Bengal Kittens for sale
Another good website where to find Bengal kittens and cats is here. Some are certified breeders, others might not be, please make sure to ask them if that’s important to you.
Bengal Cats for Adoption
Interested in a more mature Bengal in need of lots of love for a possibly smaller pricetag?
Bengal Cat Diet
The diets of Bengal cats depend, just as their lifestyle and temperament, on their pedigree. F2 and higher are calmer and house cat enough to be handled and treated just as any other cats, meaning their diet can consist of the same foods and they can play with the same toys as others.
F1 cats however do well with a more “wild” diet, meaning more raw foods and exotic feline supplements. They will be more active and hyper, not to mention a tad bit larger than their house cat friends.
Click Here to find foods that will help you satiate your Bengal cats and keep them healthier and happier! Good for all generations!