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Ben­gals are of­ten com­pared to dogs be­cause of their high IQ lev­els. They can be taught to stay, heel, sit, and even play fetch!

Be­yond their phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, Ben­gals are well-known for their vig­or­ous per­son­al­ity. They have a side to them that is highly in­quis­i­tive and en­er­getic, yet they can also be sweet and af­fec­tion­ate when they want to.

“Very play­ful nga, ac­tive and sweet,” Chris­tine at­tests. They are also known to be chatty, seem­ingly hav­ing the need to con­stantly com­mu­ni­cate. Wild­cat­sanc­tu­ary. org re­ports that Ben­gals are “usu­ally much more ac­tive and talk­a­tive than the typ­i­cal do­mes­tic house cat.” Think of them as ther­a­pists, but cuter!

Hav­ing a cat with such a ram­bunc­tious char­ac­ter, one would won­der if there are any chal­lenges in tak­ing care of them. With her years of ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing with Ben­gals, Chris­tine an­swers, “Wala eh, kasi very easy. Basta ma-pro­vide mo lang yung food, ex­er­cise, okay na sila (There’s none, it’s very easy [to take care of them]. As long as you pro­vide them with food, ex­er­cise, they’ll be fine). Very in­de­pen­dent.”

How­ever, de­spite their in­de­pen­dent na­ture, Chris­tine shares that since Ben­gals are not ge­net­i­cally far re­moved yet from their wild cat rel­a­tive, the Asian leop­ard cat, they still ex­hibit wild in­stincts as man­i­fested in their in­tense mark­ing be­hav­ior and hunt­ing drive – traits which some peo­ple might find chal­leng­ing to deal with.

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