I looked into them a while ago, but they can be hyper alerginic for some people, and I am allergic to cats. They can be wonderful kittens/cats, but they are also still alittle on the feral side. Depending on the age of your childern I would really think about that breed of cat. Unlike most regular domestic cats, bangals were bred from wild cats. I have known people who have had great ones that just love being in your lap. I have also known one that love to climb the drapes. Find a good breeder, and make sure you do plenty of research. They are wonderful and beautiful. I would just worry about your childern getting a playful scratch or bite if they are young.
Bengal Cats are a cross between a wild cat and a domestic cat.Why not get a domestic cat?I have 6 cats that are crazy enough i sure wouldnt want a half wild cat in them.One of them is Half bengal we think.That cat is CRAZY lol.I sure wouldnt get one.Go to your shelter and save a cat's life.There are hundreds die daily in shelters
If we ban Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are humans some dont like next ?
We have a bengal he i think is a F5 bengal and the sweetest cat ever he will follow you like a dog and even plays with our dogs its really cute. He wasnt raised around kids but lets them pick him up and carry him. He doesnt shed much and is wonderful another breed that is good with kids is the Sphynx
I have a 6 month old Bengal, Chloe, who is seriously the coolest cat actually seems more like a dog. Chloe and my dog, Bunny, run around and wrestle every night. If you do not have patience or time for animals I do not recommend a Bengal because they require LOTS of attention. Sometimes she sounds like a broken record with her meowing but it's charming at the same time. I leave the backdoor open so Chloe and Bunny can play in the backyard and when I don't see her for a while I call out her name and she pokes her head in quickly to say "I'm here". She picked up how to play fetch by watching the dog.
Anyway, I'm pregnant so I will be finding out soon if she is good with kids. They are supposed to be great with kids. Good luck!
I fell in love with the bengal breed after we bought a kitten for our daughter and started breeding them. They are the best companions for children. They play fetch, love water, follow you around and are very interactive - qualities that kids love. My daughter and friends spend hours playing with them and never become bored. They also seem to recognize different people in the household. For example our cats have a special greeting for our daughter and won't stop until she acknowledges them by petting them. I think they are the coolest cats
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Please excuse my for saying but several of the replys you got are very misinformed. I am a bengal breeder myself and have two small children. I have NEVER had a problem with any bengal around my children no matter what age the cat was. Bengals are derived from crossing an asian leopard with a domestic breed of cat. They are not considered a "bengal" and registerable through TICA until they are at least 4 generations down. Only then are they considered "domestic". Therefore they are not "wild, and crazy" cats. They are domesticated cats with a gorgeous pelt. They do tend to climb a lot, play with water, and "talk" more than your average house cat but they are no less loving and make fantastic companions. They actually tend to get along with people, children and dogs better because of their playful nature than a mixed breed alley cat that wants to hide from strangers or sleep all day. I have had several kittens go to homes with children and they say its the best cat they've ever had! "We must first not blame the breed as to the type of owners" If your looking for a purebred cat I always encourage to completely research your breeds information and the breeder before picking a family member.
It is said once you are owned by a bengal, no other cat in the world will do
I'm not sure if this will have exactly what you're looking for, but this cat personality test</a> might help. Take it for the cat you're talking about and see if it mentions children/kids in the "cat matching" section. http://www.cats-tell.com/index.php/personality
We have a male bengal who is almost two years-old (& 24lbs) that we recently purchased. We have two boys, ages 6 and 11, and three boxers. I've never seen a cat take up so easily with dogs and kids. If you are looking for a cat that can handle rowdy dogs and children, then a bengal is the cat for you. He is a very affectionate cat most of the time and sleeps on the end of my bed snuggled up to my feet every night. Bengals are very vocal cats, regardless of mood, and do not come with the typical meow. I would recommend bengal cats (from a reputable breeder) to anyone with children, as long as the children understand how to treat pets.
The only issue I've had with Scarr is his fetish for eating my houseplants (he has devoured 3 in the last two months)!