I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.
The ignorant woman who brought the bengal cats into her home said that she loved the leopard spots and did not know we could be so dangerous until one of us bit her husband. And then the irresponsible television station said that people who saw my fellow bengals should call the police.
All of this is wrong. This is why so called news organizations often only deserve to have their product used for me to cover up the mess in my litter box.
But you can do something. A human who wrote to these people to let them know how wrong they were got a response. The person who claims to be the news director responded by saying they strive to report all sides of the story.
Well, for this story, there are no sides to it. Bengal cats like me are not like bobcats, we are not wild animals, and we are perfectly safe. And that is the only story that should be reported.
So please do Jacey, Duke, me, and all our fellow bengals a favor. Call or email the news director and let him know he needs to correct all the false information he spread. His name is Carl Abraham. You can click on that link to send an email to the general box, and make sure you let them know the message is for him. His phone number is 570-207-2444. Be polite but firm and demand that they retract the false report.
Bengal cats everywhere send you purrs, headbonks, and happy paw taps for your help.
Hello, everypawdy. The other day, I told you a little about one of the things that makes me an unusual cat. I am a polydactyl cat. Now I’m going to tell you about my breed, bengal cats. Both Jacey and I are bengal cats. Just like diabetic cats, bengal cats are not for everyone.
All bengal cats are descended from a wild cat, the Asian leopard cat. The scientific name of the Asian leopard cat is prionailurus bengalensis. The second half of its scientific name is where our breed name comes from.
Just like with many humans, we came about as the result of an accident. Jean Mill purchased a female Asian leopard cat from a pet store in California in 1963. Mill thought her cat looked lonely, so she put a male domestic cat in the cage. Well, the cats did what cats will do, and the bengal breed had its start.
Mill decided to propagate the line, because she was concerned about the plight of Asian leopard cats who were purchased by unsuspecting humans. These humans later gave them up to zoos after the animals showed that they were wild animals when they entered adulthood. So she wanted to create a breed of cats who would retain the wild look of the Asian leopard cat but also have a domestic cat’s temperament.
She succeeded, but bengal cats like me and Jacey are still not for everyone. We are very smart cats, and we can be very demanding. And we love to talk. So combine our sometimes demanding personality with our love to vocalize, and you will hear from us a lot. Our intelligence means we will investigate things, and open drawers, closets, and cabinets. We are very active cats, too, so be prepared to deal with us running around at all hours of the day and night.
But if you can deal with our personality, we have lots of love to give to you. I love to hop up next to my human just before his alarm goes off, and give him sandpaper kisses and purr. Jacey loves to sleep in between his legs, and when she gets tired of that, she will hop into the space between his arm and his body and curl into a little ball there.
Good morning, everyone. One of the things I love to do is highlight other special needs cats. And today, I’ve got a very handsome boy to share with you. He is not a diabetic cat like me. But he’s a special needs cat that’s being cared for by Tenth Life Cats. This wonderful organization takes in cats with serious medical conditions that would likely result in them being put down by other organizations.
Sinatra’s challenge is something that makes what I deal with as a diabetic cat look very easy. I may complain about the ear sticks and the insulin shots, but my hind legs work just fine. Poor Sinatra can’t move his hind legs. This paralysis happened because of an accident that occurred before his admission to Tenth Life.
Now, only an organization like Tenth Life would have taken in Sinatra. They are committed to making sure that all cats, no matter what medical challenges they face, get to enjoy a life full of love and happiness.
And just like most special needs cats, Sinatra has returned the love that the wonderful humans who are caring for him receive a lot of love back. Due to his paralysis, he needs help going to the bathroom and needs to be cleaned after he goes. Sinatra shows that he appreciates this by rewarding his human with lots of purrs and biscuit making.
It is easy to draw comparisons between Sinatra and Anakin or Lincoln. Anakin, as you know, has no hind legs. And Lincoln suffered from quadriplegia before his miraculous recovery. But Sinatra’s case is unique and should be treated as such.
Tenth Life is looking into getting wheels for Sinatra, but with a caveat. Because he scoots around so well without them, they think he needs to have a governor put on those wheels to make sure he doesn’t go too fast.
Sinatra is another example of how special needs cats, whether they are diabetic cats like me or cats suffering from paraplegia, can be very happy and loving. We special needs cats only need a home where we’re shown the love and special attention we need. Then we will show you that there is nothing wrong with our ability to return that love many times over.