WHERE ARE WE?
ETHEREAL BENGALS is located at
1005 Paynesville Rd, Eagle Point,
about ten kilometres south-east of Bairnsdale, in East Gippsland.
This is also the home of Katz Wizkerz Cat Resort, Ethereal Bengals and Infinity British Shorthairs.
Contact us on (03) 5156 1443 or 0431 623 845
A Bit About Bengals
The Bengal cat, which derives its name from Felis Bengalensis, the wild Asian leopard cat, is a hybrid originating from crossing the small forest dwelling leopard with the domestic cat. Bengals must be four generations removed from their wild ancestors to be recognised. As a result the Bengal is unique, retaining those wild and natural traits of the untamed cat combined with the gentle and affectionate disposition that we love in the domestic cat.
Bengal coat patterns
Bengal cats are known for their short, velvety and highly patterned coats. The coats are usually made up of two or three colours and are categorised as ‘spotted’ or ‘marbled’. Those with a two-coloured spotted coat, like a cheetah, have darker spots on a pale background, while those with a three-coloured spotted coat, ie with a pale coat with dark spots with paler centres, like leopards, are referred to as 'rosetted’. For those people who harbour a ‘leopard fetish’, it is the rosette-coated Bengals which most closely resemble the pelt of their wild relatives.
Bengals should have a ‘white’ belly featuring darker spots and an unbroken darker band around the underside of their neck, known as a ‘necklace’.
Bengal pelts also feature ‘glitter’ which is generally golden in the brown and snow coated cats and silver in the silver coated cats. This enhances the already exotic appearance of their coats.
Spotted/rosetted cats should have their markings spread horizontally along their body. Vertical barring, like you might often see in tabby cats, is undesirable if you’re planning to show your Bengal.
Bengals come in three main coat colours - Brown, SIlver and Snow - although variations and dilutions of these over their relatively short breeding history has added several new - but still relatively rare - colours to the mix. these include Lilac, Chocolate, Fawn, Melanistic, Blue, Charcoal and Cinnamon.
Brown Bengals, whether spotted or marbled, have a light beige background adorned with dark chocolate to black markings. The colour tones can vary from cool, greyer tones to hot, more orange tones.
Silver Bengals, both spotted and marbled, have a white or pale grey coat featuring black or dark grey markings.
Snow Bengals, both spotted and marbled, come in three variations: Seal Mink, Seal Lynx Point and Seal Sepia.
Seal Mink Bengals have milk chocolate markings on a warm creamy background;
Seal Sepia Bengals tend towards dark chocolate markings on a creamy background.
Seal Lynx Bengals are the palest of the three and their pattern can be hard to see at birth as they are born virtually white; their marking, using a weak, milk-chocolate develops as they mature.
Seal Mink and Seal Sepia cats usually have deep hazel eyes, while Lynx cats have the unusual trait of retaining blue eyes throughout their life.