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Videos We Love: Why Bengal Cats Are So Impressive

Who doesn't love a cat who "barks" and likes water? Learn more about this vivacious breed.

Angela Lutz  |  Jun 5th 2015


A cross between a domestic house cat and an Asian leopard cat, the Bengal cat is about as close as you can get to having a tiny leopard in your house without, you know, actually adopting a leopard. Known for their beautiful spotted coats and playful, adventurous personalities, Bengals make great pets — and there’s a good chance they’ll even be down for a walk around the neighborhood on a leash.

Learn a little more about this vivacious, one-of-a-kind breed in these videos — particularly if you’re thinking of adopting a Bengal. And check out rescue groups including the Bengal Rescue Network first. These cats are sought-after, but plenty of Bengals still need homes.

1. The Rolls-Royce of kitties

According to this Animal Planet segment, one woman paid $50,000 to adopt her Bengal cat. (Remember what I said about checking with rescue groups?) Other fun facts: Bengals “bark” along with meowing, and they are immune to feline leukemia. They’re also recommended for experienced cat owners who have plenty of time to keep these energetic cats entertained.

2. Big talkers

Turns out Bengal cats have a lot on their minds, which they express by meowing, “barking,” yowling, and chirping. These proud Bengal parents condensed two years of footage of their cats, Pixel and Sushi, talking up a storm.

3. Some experience required

This experienced cat owner shares important tips to consider before adopting a Bengal cat, including the need to buy a lot of DVD players, be excellent at hide and seek, and never tire of cleaning up unrolled toilet paper. These Bengals can even flip a light switch. Their antics are amusing and amazing but could be frustrating to a first-time cat owner.

4. Life’s a beach

Among their many dog-like qualities: Bengals don’t hate water as much as your average, everyday feline. I’m not sure what’s better here: Watching Diego the cat go for his first swim, or listening to his family’s pure joy as they watch their cat learn to paddle.

5. Who wants to go for a walk?

This guy takes his Pit Bull and his Bengal for a walk at the same time, as one does. It’s hard to tell whether the cat or the dog is more jazzed about getting out to explore the neighborhood.

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About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.