Zana’s kittens were born in the early hours of Sunday 26th June. We have 3 Brown spotted and 3 marbled, one of which looks like a Blue marble, fingers crossed! They are all doing well and Zana is looking after them brilliantly. Well done Zana.
This is a Bengal that is at least 4 generations removed from an Asian Leopard cat. This cat is now classed as a Bengal instead of an Asian Leopard Cat Hybrid.
Asian Leopard Cats have light coloured ‘thumb prints’ on the back of their ears; these are known as ocelli. Most Bengals do not have these, although some may, particularly early generations.
Sparble Bengals possess a combination of both the spotted and marble patterns. It is also a term used by some breeders to explain a cat with chain linked rosettes and funky markings. True Sparbles are incredibly rare and keep people guessing as to which type they actually are!
A ‘sheeted’ marble is a term used to describe a marble cat which doesn’t have the open, flowing pattern desired in marbles. They are often a result of rosetted breeding programs, where cats aren’t bred for their marble markings. Sheeted marbles, although not as desired as marbles with flowing patterns, can still be beautiful and have great type. They often produce fantastic rosetted kittens.
Sheeted marbles can also come in silver, snow and blue.
‘The fuzzies’ is a term that Bengal breeders use for a time in the Bengal kitten’s life when it gets covered in fluffy white hairs and so you can’t see its true pattern. Wild cat cubs have this and we believe it is for camouflage. Bengal kittens tend to be in ‘the fuzzies’ from about 4 weeks to 3 months old, although it varies from cat to cat.
A ‘bullseye’ is a circular marking on a Bengal’s coat. Often found in marbles, it means that the pattern doesn’t flow smoothly and so it is undesirable.
A locket is a cluster of white hairs on the cat’s body, usually on the neck or on the belly, although they can be anywhere. Kittens are not always born with lockets they can appear at any stage, although usually before the cat is fully grown.
Lockets are thought to be genetic and are undesirable for breeding and showing.