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 Post subject: Is Benji a bengal mix?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:25 pm 
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I have a kitten named Benji, and he’s super vocal. He also makes weird noises when he’s eating and he is also a constant ball of energy. Once he jumped into the sink and got all wet. He really loves water and always plays with his water bowl, so that seemed strange to me.

He does have strange copper and yellow hairs on his pelt along with spots.

It’s not letting me post images because it says the files are too big, what do I do? I tried using BBCode too, it said the same...


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:59 am 
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Benjithekitten wrote:
I have a kitten named Benji, and he’s super vocal. He also makes weird noises when he’s eating and he is also a constant ball of energy. Once he jumped into the sink and got all wet. He really loves water and always plays with his water bowl, so that seemed strange to me.

He does have strange copper and yellow hairs on his pelt along with spots.

It’s not letting me post images because it says the files are too big, what do I do? I tried using BBCode too, it said the same...

You could get a free account at somewhere like www.imgbb.com and upload the photos there, from there just copy and paste the links to your post on here.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:16 pm 
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Welcome to the forum. We won't be able to offer an opinion without a picture. Many other cats have similar traits as a bengal. And many bengals do not love water. You did mention a "pelt" and bengals have a very soft and silky pelt. I know it's a pain that this forum has a limit on the size of the photos. Many do not post pictures for that very reason. Just make sure any photo account you get online is set to public viewing or we would not be able to see the photos.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:57 pm 
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Okay, here’s my picture. I guarantee he’s not a full bengal, but I’m wondering if there is any bengal blood in him just for fun? Not sure about the pelt, but I know he does have quite interesting spots and yellow hairs along with copper hairs...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:51 pm 
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Thanks for the picture. What I see is a rosetted cat -- not a spotted cat. Bengals have rosettes. I would say this cat is a bengal. Not a mix. The copper and yellow colors in the pelt may be glitter. If the pelt feels silky soft, you can bet this is a bengal. I can't see the tail, but bengals have ringed tails with a black tip. If I saw this cat in the street, I would definitely say "there is a benga." Now .... that's just my opinion and someone else may come on here and see things differently. Regardless, this cat definitely has bengal in him. And he is super handsome.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:43 pm 
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Interesting! His fur does feel quite sleek. His tail has black stripes and they slowly turn into black at the end of the tail, here’s an image of that: Image


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:15 pm 
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I'm surprised nobody else has come on and commented. I would say you have a 100% bengal. Most bengal mixes have other characteristics from the other cat -- some white, or other distinguishing marks. This cat looks like a purebred bengal to me. I don't see anything to tell me otherwise. Benji is just stunning!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:28 am 
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Agreed, he definitely looks Bengal to me.
Where did you get him?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:19 pm 
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My friend lives in a large city in Canada, and she found this little abandoned kitten and nursed it to health. She couldn’t find a home for it until she contacted me. He was healthy, she had dewormed him, etc. Nobody really knows of his background but he does have a little tiny bit of white on his chest that almost blends into everything else.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:20 pm 
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Also, thanks for the compliment Sherry!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:35 am 
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The tummy of a bengal is lighter and there are white tummied bengals. Some of the bengals have inherited the whited tummy from their ALC ancestors, which adds to their wild appearance. There have been many bengals lost - some from breeders, some from owners. Just enjoy all the adventures Benji take you on.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:18 pm 
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In addition to the coat coloring, Benji appears to have the stocky frame and thick bones typical of a Bengal.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:51 pm 
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I agree. Bengal paws are slightly different from your regular cat. Truthfully I don't see any other characteristics that would make me believe even a Bengal mix. I say pure Bengal.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:05 pm 
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As he grows up it will become very evident with a larger size. If the pads on his paws are all black ( no pink ones ) then that is another sign, not conclusive on its own, but it is a trait of Bengals. The patterning on his sides should also be different on each side. Looks like a healthy kitten, just make sure to provide a good place for him to climb or you may quickly be replacing quite a few things.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:57 pm 
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Wizzard wrote:
If the pads on his paws are all black ( no pink ones ) then that is another sign, not conclusive on its own, but it is a trait of Bengals.


My Quasar is a TICA registered, pedigreed Bengal but has pink paw pads with a few tiny dots of black. He had black pads at 3 months old but they turned pink at about 10 months.

A Bengal cat does not have to have black paw pads.

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