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.

California Bengal Cats Need Your Help

This Sweet Bengal Cat is NOT a "Franken-Feline"

I am sorry to keep coming back to this story, my furiends, but it is very important. I started to talk to you to raise awareness of feline diabetes, but before I became a diabetic cat, I was a bengal cat. And now some humans wish to have bengal cats, and other domestic hybrid breeds, banned in California.

This Sweet Bengal Cat is NOT a "Franken-Feline"
Oppose the Ban on Bengal Cats Like Marley

My furiends, they are relying on lies about us to scare uninformed humans. Their press release announcing the petition for the ban starts by calling us “franken-felines.” Then they go on to say that we are larger than other domestic breeds and that we exhibit aggressiveness, spray more often than other cats, and are at higher risk of abandonment due to us being “wild” cats.

They lie more when they say that we cannot go to shelters because the shelters will not accept us. Someone needs to tell the San Diego Humane Society this, because they took in 30 bengal cats when a breeder died and placed all of them within a week.

The petition for this ban on hybrid domestic breeds is going to be on the agenda of the California Fish and Game Commission’s October 8 meeting. They will not decide whether to adopt or reject a ban at this meeting. Instead, they will decide whether there is a reason to begin the rule making process for a ban on bengals like me, Jacey, and Marley as well as our fellow domestic hybrid breeds of chausies and savannahs.

If they decide to begin the rulemaking process, there will be multiple public sessions and a 45-90 day public comment period.

We Bengal Cats are not "Franken-Felines"
Jacey and I are Not “Franken-Felines”

Furiends, I ask you to take a look at me, Jacey, and Marley and ask yourself if we should be banned.

I know you do not believe we should be banned. We are domestic cats with lots of energy, intelligence, and athleticism and for humans like ours, we make for great companions. Some workers came to the home to paint the balcony railing, and they could not stop talking about how cool they thought we were.

If you agree, please write the commission to let them know you do not believe we domestic hybrid breeds should be banned.