“I always want to call them Belgians.”

Weller week continues!

In response to my birthday post for Jake’s dad the other day, Padre de Jake thanked me with more cats. (Perhaps the raddest thing ever.) Cats for cats! How long will this go on!

(I suspect this is it, for now.)

If you think back, waaaay back, you might recall that for Christmas, Jake’s parents made a vital contribution to welltailoredsuit— CAT FIELD GUIDES.

Upon receipt of these precious objects, we spent the morning enjoying their finer points. Hands down, one of my favorites was the section on Bengals.

Picture a leopard stalking through the jungle, then picture a smaller version stalking through the wilds of a suburban backyard– and you’ll be imagining the Bengal…

How did this breed come to be? Gracious me, it’s from Science!!

Hoping to reproduce the distinctive spotted pattern, colors, and facial features of the Asian Leopard Cat in a domestic cat, California breeder Jean Mill obtained eight females– the offspring of leopard cats and domestic shorthairs– from a University of California geneticist and mated them with a male from an Indian zoo an another domestic cat from a Los Angeles animal shelter.

Specifically, the most excellent part about Bengals is their supreme wildness….another book cautions that they need to be FIVE GENERATIONS REMOVED FROM THEIR WILD CAT ANCESTOR…also they like taking baths with you. Apparently.

And Jake’s dad happens to know a few! I am pleased to present the contribution. For real boat cats– they actually live on one. For real.

ugh. WANT.


About bearicaquinn

Smallish, smushy in the sad parts, certainly destined for cat-lady-dom. Enjoys boats, bikes, black coffee, pug faces, sourdough bread, the morning when you have slept long enough, beards, mountainsides, art, rooftops, etc. Will continue to live in things that are interestingly shaped. So octopus.
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4 Responses to “I always want to call them Belgians.”

  1. Clau must have some bengal. She loves the shower, man.

  2. Pingback: Tossing the Salad. | welltailoredsuit

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