Three Bengals Bond Over Human

Jacey Talking on The Bed

Last night was a sleepless night for the human. Not because he was worried about anything, but because three bengal cats were determined to make sure he did not sleep much.

You know that Jacey and I are good furiends, and that when Koji gets too rough with her, I step in to protect her. Koji has learned that when I start to yowl at him, it is time to back away. And Jacey is starting to tolerate Koji more and more.

Jacey Talking on The Bed
Jacey Talking on The Bed

Last night was a test for all three of us bengal cats and the human. You see, Jacey likes to snuggle with the human when he is sleeping. And while I do not snuggle with the human, I like to sleep by his head. The human would often wake up with Jacey by his right side and with me off to the left of his head.

Koji also likes to sleep on the bed. You can often find him there, and he likes to nestle against the human as well.

This has resulted in some growling and arguing between Jacey and Koji. Usually, it ends with Jacey going under the bed so that Koji cannot bother her. But last night, Jacey was determined to snuggle with the human.

That meant that when Koji hopped onto the bottom of the bed, by the human’s feet, she was not moving. And she told Koji to stay away by growling at him. That woke the human up, and it also brought me to the bed to protect Jacey. So the human was trapped between three bengal cats who were growling and yowling at each other.

Eventually, Koji solved the problem by turning his head away from Jacey and me. The human was then able to sleep for a while. But when Koji woke up and stretched, he woke up both Jacey and me and that started the cycle again.

I have often joked that we three bengal cats make a very good furry alarm clock. Well, last night, that alarm went off many times and the human was not happy about it!

Bengal Cats Going for a Swim

A Bengal Cat Playing With the Shower

“Human, Jacey, Marley and I think you humans are strange sometimes.”

“What is it now, Bagheera?”

“Well, we saw this video of a bengal cat swimming in the ocean and we thought the reaction of the humans was very amusing. Many of us bengals love to swim. After all, we are descended from Asian leopard cats and they do not mind water at all!”

“I know, Bagheera. I’ll bet you didn’t know that some of your Asian leopard cat ancestors colonized off shore islands that are close to the mainland.”

“Well, I do not know if I would swim that much, human, but it does not surprise me that some of my ancestors did.”

As the human said, many of us bengals do not mind water and some of us like to swim. There are many videos of us swimming, and it is quite amusing for me, Jacey, and Marley when humans react with such amazement over something we bengal cats do all the time.

Things like this are what make us bengal cats distinctive from other felines. Many of us can be taught to walk on a harness. And while many cats do not like getting their fur wet, we bengals often do not mind. Just ask the human.

“Bagheera, are you going to tell them about how I jump on the top of the shower door when the human is washing himself? It’s so fun and then I bat the water at him!”

A Bengal Cat Playing With the Shower
A Bengal Cat Playing With the Shower

“Well, Jacey, I think you just did. I am not as interested in doing this, but Jacey loves to ‘help’ the human when he is cleaning himself. She will bat the water at him to make sure it gets where it needs to go. It is funny to hear the human sigh when she does this.”

“Oh, tell them about playing with the swirling water, Bagheera!”

Two Bengal Cats Playing In the Tub
Two Bengal Cats Playing In the Tub

“Yes, Jacey is right. This is another thing we bengal cats like to do. We like to play in the water in the tub when it is draining. This amuses the human, but then when our wet paws track water around the apartment, he is not so amused.”

Do any of you humans with bengal cats have stories to share about us playing with water? Please share them!

Bengal Cats Are Safe In California!

A Bengal Cat Happy With the Commission's Decision

I am sure you remember when I shared with you the story of a petition to have hybrid cats, including bengal cats like me, Jacey, and Marley, banned. The humans behind the petition made outrageous claims about us.

They said that no matter what, we would spray inside of homes, and that we are aggressive wild animals that would even attack our larger feline cousins like tigers. They insulted us by calling us “Frankenfelines.” And they said that it is impossible to find homes for hybrid cats like bengal cats, savannahs, and chausies.

The Only Franken-Feline I Know Of
The Only Franken-Feline I Know Of

The human went to a meeting of the California Fish and Game Commission in the summer, when it was held here in San Diego. At the meeting, the vice mayor of a neighboring city spoke to the Commission about how bengal cats and other hybrid cats are not the dangerous creatures we were portrayed to be.

At that meeting, one of the Commission members said that humans who share their homes with hybrid cats were likely going to be very happy when they rendered their decision on whether to move forward with the regulation of bengal cats and other hybrid breeds.

That was good news, but humans who like sharing their homes with hybrid cats did not give up the fight. My human sent a letter to the commission and also signed a petition to the Commission to deny the call to regulate us. And yesterday, our efforts paid off.

A Bengal Cat Happy With the Commission's Decision
A Bengal Cat Happy With the Commission’s Decision

The Fish and Game Commission unanimously decided to follow staff recommendations and to deny the petition to have bengal cats and other hybrid breeds regulated. One of the Commissioners said something that should prevent future attempts to ban us.

“If someone brings us a petition to preclude other people from enjoying something they do, I think it is very incumbent upon them to be loaded with information as to exactly why that does pose — not might pose, not could pose, not maybe will pose — but poses a risk. Anything less than that I regard as just mean.”

He is right. It was very mean to attempt to take bengal cats and other hybrid breeds away from humans who love them. The humans pushing for the ban said that they would exclude any current cats, but we would need papers to prove that we are four or more generations away from our wild ancestors. Jacey, Marley, and I are all rescues who do not have that paperwork.

I am very happy that the human will not have to break the law to make sure Jacey, Marley, and I can live happily with him for a long time to come.