Does My Cat Love Me? 7 Signs You’re Your Cat’s Favorite

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Whether you’ve got one of the
smartest cat breeds in the world or decided to adopt an unidentifiable stray, there are a few things you can count on.

Your cat will be curious about every noise and smell, right up until the moment it’s time for several hours of napping. You cat will race madly from room to room like he’s being chased by rampaging ghost dogs. Your cat will never let you forget that it’s dinnertime.

A question that’s harder to answer is this. Does my cat love me?

After all, how would you know? It’s not like they can just say it.

As it turns out, there’s almost no end to how cats show love. They’re just subtle about most of the ways they express that emotion. You simply need to know what to look for in their behavior.

To help you answer the lingering question of “Does my cat love me?” we’ve assembled 7 signs that you’re your cat’s favorite.

Let’s jump in!

1. Purring

Purring is quite possibly the most famous noise cats make behind the meow. You’ve heard it while petting your feline companion as he lounged on your lap.

Purring is the hallmark expression of affection that cats offer. It’s a sign of contentment and pleasure. If you’ve been wondering, “Does my cat love me?” purring is a solid indicator that he does.

Like most things with cats, purring is more complex than it appears on the surface. Cats will sometimes purr because they’re hungry. If it’s near feeding time, those purrs may be less about affection than an attempt to get you to hurry up.

Some cats will purr because something makes them anxious. A cat that doesn’t like loud noises might hunker down and purr during a nearby fireworks display. If your cat finds change stressful, he might do the same when you rearrange all the furniture in your living room.

There isn’t a clear reason for why cats purr during moments of anxiety. One possible explanation is that it helps your cat soothe himself.

Another possibility is that your cat has been injured in some way. There’s some evidence that vibrations from purring actually aid in healing. It’s good for bone and muscle repairs, as well as healing up wounds.

So when you’re deciding if your cat’s purr means affection, take a cue from the situation. If your cat is relaxed, it’s not feeding time, and there’s no obvious stress from the environment, it’s probably love.

2. Bringing You Toys or Dead “Gifts”

Black cat brings dead mouse



Long before cats decided it was
easier to get humans to feed them, they were consummate hunters. Everything from rodents and birds to lizards and insects is fair game to your purring friends.

While hunting is something cats need to learn, they tend to pick it up pretty quickly. You see it when kittens and grown cats chase, bat at, and pounce on those little plush toys that litter cat-friendly homes.

What about when your cat drops a toy or dead rodent at your feet or leaves one in your bed? It may be annoying or even disgusting, but you shouldn’t punish your cat for the behavior.

It’s another way for your cat to show affection. You should read that as a signal the cat considers you as part of her family. It’s a firm “yes” to the question of “Does my cat love me?”

An alternate theory about cats bringing you toys or dead animals is also an affirmative to “Does my cat love me?” It is, however, a more parental expression of her love. That theory suggests that bringing you a toy or a mostly-dead animal is similar to bringing prey for a kitten to practice hunting.

Your cat thinks you can’t hunt and is worried you won’t survive. She’s trying to make it easy for you to hone your hunting skills. If you cat didn’t love you, she wouldn’t bother with such gestures.

3. Kitty Kisses

Do you pay much attention to your cat’s eyes? You should, because your cat may be answering “Does my cat love me?” by giving you his version of a kiss.

The cat kiss, sometimes called a slow blink, involves your cat making firm eye contact with you. Then, your cat will slowly blink at you once or twice.

It may not seem like much, but your cat is showing an astonishing amount of trust in you. After all, closing his eyes means your cat won’t see it coming if you do something aggressive.

Giving you cat kisses is another way your cat says “yes” to “Does my cat love me?” They need to feel so comfortable and safe in your presence that they expect you won’t hurt them.

If your cat does give you a cat kiss, take advantage of the opportunity to build on that affection. Make firm eye contact and slowly blink back.

It might feel a little silly to you. Since your cat doesn’t pose any serious threat to you, you’re not taking any safety risk. Your cat doesn’t know that, so it reads as a similar display of trust on your part.

Plus, it’s an easy way to tell your cat that you love them and in a language that they can understand. If you can get your cat to look at you for long enough, you can even initiate the cat kiss.

4. Kneading

Kneading with their paws isn’t a universal trait among cats. It’s a common one for cats of all ages, which means the odds are good that your feline friend does it.

Similar to purring, kneading means different things in different contexts. To help you distinguish what it means, let’s look at where kneading originates.

Kneading goes all the way back to when kittens are nursing. They knead at their mother to encourage her to make more milk.

You’d think the behavior would stop once they stop nursing, but it hangs on throughout adulthood. You’ll often see your cat kneading at a soft blanket or cat bed before lying down. This behavior is similar to one exhibited by wild cats, who do the same thing to soft grasses.

Cats also knead as part of their stretching routine. You’ve probably seen your cat with her hindquarters up and her front legs stretched out as she kneads a scratch pad. If you’re less fortunate, your cat does that to your carpets.

Kneading is a positive “yes!” to the question of “Does my cat love me?” especially if she’s sitting on your lap when it happens. That kneading shows pleasure and affection.

It can also hurt you quite a bit. As your cat grows happier, she’ll knead more enthusiastically and sink her claws into your skin.

You’ve only got two options for managing that kneading, other than making your cat get down. You can suffer through it or try to put something thick under her front paws. If she’s being enthusiastic with kneading, try to think of it as her way of answering your question of “Does my cat love me?”

5. Grooming

Cats lick themselves and their kittens for grooming purposes. Licking can also serve as a soothing or self-calming action.

When a cat turns to licking you, though, how should you read it? Is she saying that you’re not grooming well enough?

It’s possible she does think you’re under-grooming. Mother cats are responsible for teaching kittens how to groom themselves. If your cat sees you as some kind of giant kitten, she may be trying to teach you proper cat ways.

There are a couple other explanations.

Licking is one way that cats mark their territory. It’s a friendly way for your cat to tell other cats that she owns you or that you’re already part of a cat family.

The other explanation is affection. Cats lick one another to express their affection. As part of her cat family, your cat wants to do the same to you.

If your cat makes a habit of licking you, you don’t even need to ask, “Does my cat love me?” The answer is already “yes.”

If your cat wanders up and licks you for no reason, she might also be looking to get you to pet her. It’s your basic love-for-love quid pro quo.

6. Does My Cat Love Me? Does She Show You Her Belly?

As a predator animal, your cat is going to be well aware of when she’s in a vulnerable position. There are few positions more vulnerable for your cat than being sprawled on a bed or couch with her belly exposed.

Like with the cat kiss, your cat needs to feel extremely comfortable and secure to show you her belly. It’s a way for her to express deep trust in your good intentions. It’s one of the most extreme ways your cat can say “yes” to “Does my cat love me?”

If your cat is especially affectionate and exposes her belly to you, she might want you to rub it. Be aware that this is tricky ground.

If you’ve never rubbed your cat’s belly before, you’ll want to be ready to pull your hand back very fast. You might get scratched or bit if she wasn’t looking for a tummy rub. Listen to see if she’s purring.

When in doubt, don’t try to rub any cat’s belly. You can always scratch around her ears or neck to be friendly.

You do need to be mindful of the situation and other cues your cat is sending. In some cases, a cat will expose his belly when he feels threatened and cornered. This isn’t a sign of submission.

Your cat is preparing to use all of his claws and teeth against the perceived threat. Odds are good you’ll know this when you see it. Your cat will probably be making unhappy or threatening noises at you.

Basically, an exposed belly and hissing means back off.

7. Rubbing Against You

Cat rubbing against you



Picture this. You’re standing in the kitchen and waiting for the microwave to finish turning something frozen into some edible. You feel something bump against your calf.

You look down and find your cat sitting next to your foot and staring up at you. Once the cat sees you seeing him, he bumps and rubs his face against your leg again.

This odd, head butting behavior is called bunting and virtually all cats do it. In fact, they learn it from their mothers as kittens. It’s a fundamental social behavior for cats of all breeds.

It serves a lot of functions, but does it answer the important “Does my cat love me?” question. If it’s your own cat, the answer is almost “yes.”

When your cat bunts you, it’s an open sign of demand or “affection”. It’s a way of signaling that you’re an important part of your cat’s social group. It’s also another way for your cat to deposit the pheromones that mark you as his property.

If a cat you don’t know bunts you, the intention may be to get some food, attention or affection from you. The more likely purpose is to discover information.

The bunting behavior gives a cat the opportunity find out if you’ve come into contact with other animals recently. If the cat smells a dog on you, for example, he may keep his distance.

Parting Thoughts on Feline Love

It’s pretty easy to tell when some animals love you. Dogs wag their tails, bark, and jump around in excitement. Cats aren’t quite so easy.

You can’t just walk through the door and immediately answer the question, “Does my cat love me?” Cats are more reserved. That doesn’t mean the question can’t be answered.

Finding the answer to “Does my cat love me?” means paying more attention. Cats send out loads of signals that they love you, but you have to be ready to discern those signals.

They give you cat kisses and bring you toys. They purr and lick. They knead your leg or rub up against it and show you their bellies.

The signs are all there to read if you’re willing to watch for them.

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Bengal Cat’s Best Instagram Photos of Halloween 2017

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Do you dress your cat up for Halloween? Not all cats enjoy wearing a costume, but if you have one who doesn’t mind posing for a short photo shoot, there are a lot of super cute costumes out there.

Halloween is a great time for kids and adults alike, but why should your kitty miss out on all the fun? After all, cats have been one of the main symbols of Halloween throughout history! In honor of our beloved (and scary) kitties, we’ve compiled this list full of pawesome Halloween cat costumes from a couple of Bengal cat owners on Instagram.

Have any cats in Halloween gear? Then add them to the comments below!

1. Fear the Walking Cat

Fear the walking cat - Zombie costume
Photo by @amonbengal

2. Proud as a Peacock

Bengal cat in a peacock costume
Photo by @wickedbengalsofthemidwest

3. Bat Cat Saves the Day

Bengal kitten with Bat Wings
Photo by @amonbengal

4. A Rare Sighting of the Catosaurus Rex

Bengal cat in a T-Rex costume
Photo by @thecattrex

5. Victorian Kitty or a Goth Feline?

Photo by @fuku.chin.radio

6. Always be yourself. Unless you can be a kittycorn!

Bengal cat in a unicorn outfit for Halloween
Photo by @juliezann

7. Cats “Au Naturel” Can Be Scary as Well

Bengal cat with pumpkins
Photo by @klauroko

8. I Put a Spell On You

Bengal cat with a witch hat
Photo by @dirtyoldmirror

9. Kibble Is My Kryptonite

Bengal cashmere kitten in a Superman outfit
Photo by @monkeyface_bengal

10. You Know I’m Gonna Squash This as Soon as I’m Home Alone

Bengal kitten posing next to a pumpkin for Halloween
Photo by @mundo_thebengal

11. Family of Steel… Lex Luthor, beware!

Bengal cats in superman costumes
Photo by @pongoandpurdy

12. I Heard You Have Arachnophobia- You’ll Love My Costume!

Bengal cat in a Tarantula spider outfit
Photo by @mowgli.kray

13. It’s Not Halloween Without Cat-o’-lantern

Bengal kitten in a Pumkin costume
Photo by @emmiethebengal

14. Obi Wan Catnobi

Obi Wan Catnobi
Photo by @finnaniganshenanigans

It’s important to note that you should never force your cat to wear a costume. The last thing you want is that such a fun holiday becomes a stressful event for your pet! If your feline friend tolerates being dressed while you take a few adorable snaps, that’s great, but if you see claws and fangs- it’s safer to retreat.

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The Snow Bengal Cat

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Cats are amazing animals. However, it would be selling them short to group them all into one huge category.

Have you ever heard of the Snow Bengal cat?

Bengal cats are an amazing breed of felines and are absolutely breathtaking. They are well-known to be athletic, beautiful cats.

The unique genetic makeup of the Bengal cat dates back to the 1970s and results in fantastic variations of colors and patterns.

Among the different colors within this breed is the white Bengal cat, described as “Snow”

Similar to the snow leopard, the snow Bengal has a white or light brown pattern. There are three main patterns: Lynx Point, Mink Tabby, and Sepia Tabby. The Snows can be Rosetted/Spotted, Marble, or Charcoal.

If you’re looking to learn more about this cat and what makes it so special, keep reading.

Let’s get started!

The Snow Bengal Cat Genetics

Snow Bengal kitten licking his nose

The snow Bengal cat is a man-made cat breed that was created by crossing gene pools in breeding programs.

An interesting aspect of snow Bengal cat genetics is that their genes are recessive. Recessive alleles need TWO copies to be “seen”.

It means that a brown spotted Bengal cat may carry the specific genes responsible for snow Bengal cat characteristics.

You can’t actually “see” it physically but it’s hidden in his genetic coding and may be passed onto offsprings.

This unique genetic characteristic means that it could possibly take generations for a snow litter to form.

The first snow lynx Bengal cats appeared early on in the breed’s development when some of the domestic cats crossed with Bengals, were carriers of recessive colorpoint genes.

This original variation of the cat was known as the “Seal Lynxpoint” snow Bengal and was the result of the albino gene in the Siamese gene pool.

This cat usually has a white fur coat with distinct spots and markings, along with striking blue eyes.

Snow Bengal Cat History & Origins

The foundation cats to look for in Bengal pedigrees for the seal mink and seal sepia snow Bengals, come from the late 1980’s, early 1990’s.

Two breeders, Gene Johnson (Gogees cattery) and Bob Dundon (Nola cattery), did an experimental breeding, since their gene pool was dangerously small.

They introduced the Burmese domestic cat gene pool into their programs by breeding Warhawk of Flyingwfarms to a sable Burmese.

The second generation from that cross gave them the first seal sepia “snow leopard” with green eyes, Kotton Pickin.

Nola Kotton Pickin of Gogees
Nola Kotton Pickin of Gogees

Kotton’s paternal grandfather was Millwood Silk’n Cinders, a Blue Mink/Seal Mink Spotted Tabby bred by Jean Mill.

His maternal grandfather, Warhawk of Flyingwfarms, was the first glittered Bengal to be shown in the early days.

And his father, Millwood Rajin Cajun, was the foundation stud for Gogees Cattery and one of the best known foundation Bengals in the breed.

Nola Kotton Pickin of Gogees, became the foundation sire for a whole new line of colors in the Bengal world: the Snow Bengal cats.

Today most mink and sepia snow Bengals trace their ancestry back to Kotton Pickin.

Gogees worked hard over the years to have the snows recognized, and they were instrumental in forming the standard for those colors.

In 1993, the Seal Lynx Point, Seal Mink and Seal Sepia colors were granted Championship with TICA.

Three Different Colors of Snow Bengal Cats

3 Snow bengal cat colors



So, there are three distinct different coloring characteristics of snow Bengal cats:

  1. Lynx Point Tabby
  2. Sepia Tabby
  3. Mink Tabby

These three groups are very similar in phenotype but they still have unique traits that set them aside from the rest.

What do those unique names mean?

Well, the seal point color pattern is largely found in the Siamese, which is among the foundation stock of several other breeds like the Bengal in its snow version.

The term “seal” refers to the expression of color within the coat of the cat — and “point” refers to the pointed pattern wherein the cat’s extremities (face, legs, tail) are different (i.e., darker) than the rest of the animal. The point pattern is expressed as “lynx” “mink” or “sepia.”

Combining the two names together makes it easier to identify the three different types of snow Bengal cats.

Seal Lynx Point cats have the distinctive “M” on the forehead and other tabby markings on the face, tail and legs. In most other pointed cats, the colored points are solid.

The three variations of the Snow Bengal tend to have warm tones if there is no inhibitor gene present. The dominant Inhibitor gene (symbolized I) or SILVER locus suppress the development of pigment (coloring) in the cat’s hair.

The Bengal standards call for very little or no difference between the color of the body (pattern) markings and point color.

The background color is ivory to cream with markings in varying shades of brown.

The tail tip on all of the snow colors is a dark seal brown.

While some of these differentiations can be difficult to identify, the easiest way to tell the three variations apart is by eye color.

A simple and inexpensive swab test (DNA) can be done to determine if a cat is a lynx, sepia or mink carrier.

However, a well-informed individual can definitely spot these three variations easily since they know what they’re looking for.

Do you want to be able to know what sets each snow Bengal cat aside from the rest? Of course, you do!

Here, we will explore each type of snow Bengal cat and what makes them so unique.

Seal Lynx Point Snow Bengal

Snow Seal Lynx Point Bengal cat

Snow Lynx Bengal Origins

Genetically the Seal Lynx is cs/cs.

Sporting the lightest of the three coat variations of snow Bengal cats, the seal lynx point Bengal is the result of the recessive Siamese gene.

This cat receives two copies of the Siamese albino gene from its parents.

Snow Lynx Bengal Kittens

Snow Lynx Bengal kittens are born completely white or with a light pattern.

All Seal Lynx kittens will develop contrast but darker coloring doesn’t appear until they are 1 to 2 weeks old.

If a lynx is bred to another lynx, only lynx Bengal kittens will be produced.

If a lynx is bred to a mink, the litter can be lynx, mink or a mix of both.

But a lynx will never produce a sepia, even if it is bred to a sepia.

Snow Lynx Bengal Appearance

The coloring of its coat and markings darken with age and it can take a few months for the final color to finally appear.

The point coloration in extremities, i.e. the face, ears, feet and tail, usually darken first and then the coat markings will follow.

Bengals displaying strong color points, similar to the Siamese pattern, are considered undesirable in the Bengal Standard.

The patterns of a seal lynx snow are a creamy cappuccino color with brown edging around its mouth.

The eye color of a seal lynx point snow bengal is always a bright blue, with a brownish pink nose.

Seal Mink Tabby Snow Bengal

Snow Mink Bengal cat

Snow Mink Bengal Origins

Genetically the Seal Mink is cs/cb.

The snow mink Bengal inherits one copy of the Siamese/Seal Lynx gene and one of the Burmese/Seal Sepia gene from its parents.

Meaning a brown Bengal cat can’t be a carrier for the mink gene.

Snow Mink Bengal Appearance

The mink tabby is usually lighter than the sepia, but not as light as the seal tabby point or seal lynx point.

A snow mink Bengal cat has a white or creme coat with milk chocolate colored patterns. These patterns darken as the cat matures in age.

The eyes of this particular cat are aqua blue, greenish blue or sometimes gold, and its nose is a brownish pink.

Snow Mink Bengal Kittens

Seal Minks are born with a visible mink-brown pattern, ivory cream coat.

Seal minks can produce all three of the snow colors, although the mink color can not be carried. 

Seal Sepia Tabby Snow Bengal

Snow Sepia Bengal cat

Snow Sepia Bengal Origins

Genetically the Seal Sepia is cb/cb.

This feline inherits two copies of the Burmese/sepia gene from its parents and is born with a creme or beige coat with chocolate patterns on it.

In the beginnings of the Bengal cat breed, this color was an intentionally introduced into the gene pool from an outcross made to Burmese, to create a more contrasted Snow Bengal.

Snow Sepia Bengal Appearance

The Seal Sepia Tabby is most commonly referred to as a “brown snow Bengal.” Be sure to notice that it isn’t actually brown; it is just darker than the other Snow Bengals.

Sepias have gold/brown or green/hazel eyes. If a snow Bengal cat has blue eyes, you know it’s not a sepia.

With white undersides, a black tail tip, and brick red nose leather. Its feet are black.

Snow Sepia Bengal Kittens

To differentiate this group from the Snow lynx Bengals, the sepias have darker markings at birth.

Sepia Bengal kittens are born with a visible Sepia-brown pattern and their eyes can range from green to gold.

A sepia will never produce a lynx, even if it’s bred to a lynx. If a sepia is bred to a lynx, only minks can be produced.

If a sepia is bred to another sepia, only sepia can be produced.

If a sepia is bred to a mink, only sepias or minks can be produced.

Other Bengal Cat Characteristics

While the above descriptions are for particular variations of the snow Bengal cat, there are a few more special characteristics that make these felines so unique.

Other characteristics of Bengals include a soft, short coat, high levels of intelligence and a constant need for stimulation.

Bengals can grow to weigh anywhere from 6 to 15 pounds, and males are generally larger than females. One characteristic that sets Bengal cats aside from the rest is their physical strength.

Bengal cats are extremely muscular and agile. They are extremely athletic and have impeccable balance.

If you’ve ever seen a Bengal in person, you may have noticed its coat to sparkle in the sunlight or its spots to look blurry.

If you’re wondering what those specific variations mean and why they’re present, we explain them below.

Glitter

Snow Bengal cat glitter coat
Glitter on a Snow Bengal cat’s coat – Photo by BengalLokiLeon

When a Bengal cat has what is known as “glitter,” it means that the cat’s coat shimmers in the sunlight. This coat characteristic should not be confused with the typical shine found on a healthy cat coat; it’s actually quite different.

The cat, in particular, has a crystal colored glitter characteristic. In the sunlight, the fur looks as though it had been sprinkled with tiny specs of a crushed up crystal. The result is a beautiful sight to see!

The result of the glitter characteristic is a beautiful sight to see! This is one of the most notable characteristics of Bengal cats in general.

Fuzzy

Fuzzies are characteristics that are present on a Bengal cat’s coat from infancy to around 16 weeks of age.

A fuzzy is a long guard hair that sticks out from a baby Bengal cat’s coat. In the wild, a guard hair would help protect an infant feline from predators by helping it be camouflaged in the wild.

Although some fuzzies can be a sore sight for eyes (they are sometimes referred to as “fuzzy uglies”), it’s important to remember that they are only temporary. Once the cat is around six months old, the fuzzies are gone and the beautiful coat is revealed.

Snow Bengal Cat Photo Gallery

Two snow Bengal cats sitting back to back

Two Snow Bengal cats playing in the snow

2 Snow Bengal kittens playing in the grass

Overall, snow Bengal cats are extraordinary felines that are quite unique from any other breed.

Not all of these cats are the same, either; there is the mink tabby, sepia tabby, and seal lynx point. These variations of the cat species all have unique coloring and markings that set them aside from the rest.

If you’re looking for more information on your furry friends (or just want to look at beautiful photos of cats all day!), we are always updating our website with plenty of information to satisfy your curiosity.

To learn more about Bengals, check out our other informative articles in the Bengal cat breed section.

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Bengal Cat Coat: Colors and Patterns

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Bengal cats are a dream come true. Not only are they beautiful, they are a domestic cat with a look that imitates the big cats found in the wild.

All domestic cats, pedigreed or not, come in a variety of colors and patterns. The popular spotted and golden leopard coats are not the only accepted color and pattern for Bengals.

Bengal cats are more than small, domestic versions of their larger cousins from the jungle. There is a wide range of colors, shades and patterns within the Bengal breed.

Depending on both parent’s genetic background, kittens within the same litter, can be very different from one another. Fortunately, the mapping of the feline genome allowed the genes that control coat, color and pattern in cats, to be studied and identified with DNA tests. Genetic testing allows breeders to predict the possible outcome of an upcoming litter and can prevent diseases to become an integral part of a breed.

Strictly speaking, there are only three basic breed-accepted colors: Brown, Silver and the three Snow colors (Seal Lynx, Seal Sepia and Seal Mink Point). Within each color category, there are two accepted types of pattern: Spotted and Marble.

With so many Bengal cat variations, you may not know where to begin when searching for your dream cat. That’s why we’ve put together this illustrated guide to Bengal cat colors.

With this guide, you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for when picking out your own dream kitty. Or, you’ll be able to identify the type your best friend just brought home.

Bengal Cat Patterns 101

Bengal cat coat colors: Spotted vs Marbled

Jungletrax Prestige photo by Kathrin Schier

Alright, class. Before we look at Bengal cat colors, the first thing you should know about Bengal cats is that there are 2 coat patterns:

Spotted and Marbled Bengal cat colors

But don’t let the 2 coat categories fool you: there are unique varieties of each type of pattern and a myriad of Bengal cat colors out there, which we’ll get to in a moment.

1. The Spotted Coat

Spotted Bengal Cat Pattern

A spotted coat Bengal cat is the most popular style of coat. Odds are, if you’ve seen a Bengal cat or are learning about what a Bengal cat even is, you’ve seen this cat in spotted form.

The brown spotted tabby was recognized for Championship status (TICA) in 1991.

The spotted Bengal has characteristic, small to medium sized spots all over their coats. Large, random, two-tone rosetted markings are particularly prized. AKA they’re the house cats that look like mini leopards.

This pattern style appeared when breeders believed that larger and sparser spots were more desirable. The original spotted tabby pattern found in domestic cats has been modified by selective breeding.

Bengal cat vs Leopard Rosettes

The coat is covered in random, diagonally or horizontally aligned spots on the torso, tummy and legs. Large dark spots on a light ground color is usually preferred.

Of course, there are variations to the spotted category and there can be many different types of spots on a single Bengal cat.

Single-Spotted

Single-Spotted means the spots are monochrome. It’s just solid spots splattered in droplets on a contrasting background, similar to those of wild cat like Cheetahs or non-hybrid spotted cats (Ocicat, Egyptian Mau, Spotted Shorthair or Australian Mist).

Single-spotted Bengals are allowed to compete in cat shows but they are not preferred. Some breeders think they should be ineligible for competition.

The most popular spotted coat for a Bengal cat is the “Rosetted Bengal“. Spots are called rosettes when the spots are two-toned contrasting colors distinct from the background color. The Bengal cat is the only domestic cat with rosetted spots!

Rosettes in Bengals only started appearing in the early 2000s when some breeders bred shadow spots to shadow spots. The rosette quickly developed.

When you see the evolution of the breed over the years, it is amazing to realize the progress that has been made by some breeders with rosetting in just a few decades.

The 3 most important types of rosettes are:

  • Arrow-head
  • Paw-print
  • Donut
Bengal cat coat: rosette types

Arrowhead Rosettes

Arrowheads can be solid and monochrome in the single spotted group or they can be rosetted with different colors fading into the background. Well-defined arrowhead rosettes are rare and sought after by Bengal cat owners and breeders.

The arrowhead rosette is not the most common one but it is probably the easiest type of rosette to identify. Arrowhead rosettes are shaped in a triangular form similar to the tip of an arrow or a drop, with all tips pointing to the back of the cat.

Asian Leopard cats have many different types of coats but the arrowhead pattern is one of their most visually spectacular one. Arrowhead-shaped spots are a great camouflage in the dappled light of a forest habitat. With such a coat, a cat who stands very still in the trees or fallen leaves can be very hard to spot.

Leopard cat coat color and pattern

The Bengal cat breed standard calls for spots to be horizontally aligned instead of the classic tabby’s vertically aligned spots. The arrow-shaped spots on a cat’s coat give them a particularly fluid horizontal appearance and create a unique illusory motion.

Donut Rosettes

Donut rosettes are spots that are darker than the background’s coat color and outlined with an even darker color.

Inspired by the Jaguar’s coat, the donut rosette got its name from it’s nearly complete dark outline around a lighter colored center.

It took years of selective breeding to achieve doughnut-shaped rosettes but they are now one of the most popular rosette.

Donut vs. Pancake
Some people also like to differentiate these rosettes according to the size of their outlining and overall size. Pancake rosettes describe huge rosetting and small outlining. Donut spots have a thicker outlining than pancakes.

Paw-print Rosettes

Paw-print rosettes are shaded spots open on one side with smaller and darker spots on the edge. A paw-print rosette is never entirely enclosed by the darker, surrounding color.

Inspired by the Leopard’s coat, paw-print rosettes earned their name as they often look  like little paw prints walking across the cat’s coat.

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Clouded Rosettes

Clouded rosettes are large, full rosettes that appear to fit together like a puzzle with little spacing (acreage) in between.

Inspired by the Clouded Leopard’s coat, this reticulated spotting has an almost snake-like appearance.

Chain Rosetting

Chain rosetting describes a connected row of donut rosettes linked together horizontally and running parallel on either side of the cat’s spine.

Chain-rosetting can also be seen on wildcats like Ocelots.

Cluster Rosettes

Cluster rosettes are small spots forming clusters around the center color.

So if you’re looking for a Jaguar, Leopard or Ocelot look, for example, you’re looking for the rosetted pattern.

2. The Marbled Coat

Marbled Bengal Cat Pattern

The marbled coat pattern is derived from blotched tabby stripes that swirl. The ideal marble Bengal cat has a horizontally flowing, random, asymmetrical pattern made up of swirls of two or more colors.

The marble Bengal cat has four official types—reduced horizontal flow, horizontal flow, chaos pattern, and sheet marble patterns.

In 1987, Jean Mill  (Millwood cattery) produced the first Marbled bengal kitten in a cat named Millwood Painted Desert:

She was a spectacular little female with an odd soft, cream-colored coat and weird pattern that looked like drizzled caramel. At the Incats show in Madison Square Garden, and all over the country, she was a sensation!!

In her first standard for the Bengal breed, Jean Mill hadn’t intended to include anything except spots. But Painted Desert was an instant success with both judges and the public and thus the marbles were included in the Bengal registry.

The descendants from these early marbled Bengals contributed the outlining gene and horizontal flow which produced the first ‘rosetted’ spots in the 2000’s.

In 1993, the marbled Bengal was granted championship status within TICA.

Bonus: The Sparbled Coat

Did you think that spotted and marble patterns wouldn’t ever meet?

Enter the sparble pattern – where spots and marble collide. “Sparbling” isn’t really an official pattern category but in breeder lingo, it is used to describe Bengals who possess both rosettes and marble markings or spotted bengals with marble-ish patterns!

The sparble is considered a spotted/rosetted Bengal and not a marbled.

Bengal Cat Colors 101

Bengal cats eye colors

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Now that we’ve looked at the types of coats Bengal cats have, let’s take a look at Bengal cat colors.

Like other breeds of cats, Bengals come in a variety of colors. There are about 6 Bengal cat colors, divided into standard and non-standard by The International Cat Association (TICA).

The standard Bengal colors are:

Non-recognized colors are:

Yep, your standard cat colors. But of course, the complex beauty that is the Bengal cat isn’t just 6 color options. Nope – there’s so much more to Bengal cat colors. But, no matter what the color/tone, the pattern on a Bengal cat should yield a high degree of contrast.

The Brown Bengal cat

Brown Bengal Cat Colors

The brown Bengal cat (C,C color genes) is the most popular of the Bengal cat colors and it was also the first to be recognized by TICA in 1983.

The traditional brown colored Bengals have green or gold eyes.

The ground color can range from a gray-tawny tone to a vivid orange-gold.

The spotting, rosetting or marbling color can range from black, light brown to a darker or reddish brown.

If you have a brown furry friend, you probably know that brown come in a variety of shades like: Golden, Cream, Tawny, Honey, Taupe, Tan, Beige, Caramel, Cinnamon.

All shades of brown are accepted but an orange-brown is preferred for ground color.

As you can see, there’s virtually every shade of brown available for the Bengal breed.

Now, with a brown Bengal, you can find these characteristics:

  • Brown to jet black markings
  • A black tip tail
  • Red nose
  • Brown, copper, gold, green or hazel eyes
  • A white belly is preferred

Gorgeous creatures, aren’t they?

The Snow Bengal cat

Looking for a mini snow leopard? Then this is the cat you’re looking for.

Bengals also come in a range of cream, ivory colors associated with a form of albinism that comes from Siamese and Burmese cats ancestry.

Contrary to what the name suggests, they are not pure white Bengal cats.

In fact, the snow Bengal cat comes in 3 genetically different colors (and names):

  • Seal Lynx
  • Seal Mink
  • Seal Sepia

It can be tricky to tell the difference between the three seal colors. A genetic test is always the best method to differentiate the 3 snow Bengals. Alternatively, eye colors can help determine the snow Bengal color one has.

Snow Lynx Bengal Cat Colors

A Snow Seal Lynx Bengal (Cs, Cs color genes) has:

  • A very light white cream color
  • Dark or light seal markings
  • Dark seal brown tail tip
  • Blue eyes. Always.
Snow Mink Bengal Cat Colors

A Snow Seal Mink Bengal (Cb,Cs color genes) has:

  • Ivory, cream, light tan color
  • Various shades of seal mink to dark seal mink markings
  • Dark seal brown tail tip
  • Blue-green or aqua eyes
Snow Sepia Bengal Cat Colors

A Snow Seal Sepia Bengal (Cb, Cb color genes) has:

  • Ivory, cream, light tan color
  • Various shades of seal sepia to dark seal sepia markings
  • Dark seal brown tail tip
  • Green or gold eyes

Not too bad, right? Shouldn’t be too hard to determine what color Bengal you’re after.

The Silver Bengal cat

Silver Bengal Cat Colors

Silver (I, i or I,I inhibitor genes) is more a lack of color. This gene inhibits any warm colors and gives an almost white base coat contrasted with striking dark markings.

The silver color was added to TICA championship in 2004 for the Bengal breed.

Silver Bengal cats come in different shades with backgrounds varying from white to a very dark steel color.

Silvers can also be found in any other color combination: Silver Snow, Silver Charcoal, Blue Silver, etc…

A silver Bengal also has:

  • As little tarnish (yellow/rusty brown) in the coat as possible
  • Dark gray to jet black markings
  • A black tip tail
  • A brick red nose
  • Green or golden eyes

Should be easy to determine which cats are silver!

The Charcoal Bengal cat

Brown Charcoal Bengal Cat Colors

A charcoal Bengal (Apb, a or Apb,Apb agouti genes) is darker than the traditional recognized Bengal colors. The black smoky charcoal color was particularly seen in early generation F1 and F2 Bengals.

The charcoal trait is inherited independently of color and can be seen in each color class: browns, silvers, snows (lynx charcoal, mink charcoal, sepia charcoal) and even in blues.

Silver Charcoal Bengal cat color

Charcoals have a dark greyish/brownish or carbon colored backgrounds with very little to no rufous (reddish-brown) and a very dark spotted or marbled pattern.

Charcoals can also have a darker face “mask” and thick dorsal stripe, commonly referred to as the “Zorro cape and mask”.

The mask resembles an upside-down “Y” or a peace sign without the circle around it.

These charcoal masks can be very dark and eventually match the color of the black to black body markings.

The tail is dark brown/black or grayish black with stripes and a black tip.

Charcoal browns and charcoal silvers can have a black body with “ghost” markings. They can be confused with solid color bengals. A solid “pointed” cat will have solid color on the face. Solid black bengals are called “melanistics” and solid silvers are called “silver smoke”.

The Blue Bengal cat

Blue Bengal Cat Color

The blue color (d,d dilute genes) is very rare but some breeders are working hard to try and promote the blue Bengal to championship status.

Blue Bengal cats have a powder blue/grey coat with some cream tones. The spotted or marbled pattern is a dark blue or metal grey color.

As it is a reccessive gene, both parents must carry for blue in order to produce a blue Bengal cat.

Blue Bengals also have:

  • A steely blue ground color
  • Peachy undertones
  • Blue markings that will never turn black
  • A dark gray tail tip
  • Gold, green or hazel eyes

The Black (Melanistic) Bengal cat

Black Bengal Cat Melanistic

Solid black Bengals (a,a agouti genes) have black patterns on a black ground color that remind us of the melanistic color variant of leopards and jaguars: the black panther.

The colors of the background and the pattern are the same on a melanistic Bengal. Their patterns are called “ghost markings” or “ghost spots” because they are barely visible. But you can still see the pattern in daylight like you would on a black panther.

Black colored Bengals are rare and less popular amongst breeders because this color variation is not approved by the associations.

As for the spots, they can be faint dark brown to black and can sometimes only be seen in natural sunlight.

A smoke Bengal is the silver variation of a melanistic.

If you’re looking for a mini black panther, this color of Bengal would be your best bet!

Bonus Bengal Cat Characteristics

Wow! That’s a lot of information! Did you get all that?

And we’re not done yet!

To wrap up today’s lesson, we’re going to look at special characteristics Bengals can have.

Glitter

Do you want a magical cat? Glitter is your golden ticket – literally.

While Bengals are the first domestic cat to have glitter, not all Bengals have it.

You can see the glitter by the shimmering, sparkling effect on your cat’s coat. Even in low lighting, you’ll be able to see the sheen of the glitter on the Bengal.

Snow Bengal cat glitter coat

Glitter on a Snow Bengal cat’s coat – Photo by BengalLokiLeon

But what is glitter, exactly?

No, Tinkerbell didn’t come by and pour some all over your cat.

“Glitter” is a translucent hollow hair shaft that catches the light and reflects it. It is present throughout the fur of your cat.

It’s truly a beautiful and remarkable sight. Who knew cats could be even more magical?

Patina and Ticking

Patina and ticking are two characteristics a Bengal cat can have that are slightly different from one another.

Patina is black or dark tipped hairs that blur the pattern of your cat. This blurring will show up from the shoulders all the way down the back of the cat.

Ticking, on the other hand, is where all of the fur on your cat looks blurry due to lack of contrast in the fur. This is caused by multi-colored hair shafts giving the fur a sort of “faded” look.

Essentially, the fur isn’t as bold on these cats.

Bengal Colors Summary

The Bengal cat breed offers a range of incredible colors and patterns similar to those of the big cats found in the wild.

Let’s recap everything with this infographic illustrating all the Bengal cat colors and patterns:

Infographic showing all the colors and patterns of Bengal cats

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You can find the cheetah dress in a brown spotted, the leopard and the jaguar in a brown rosetted, the snow leopard in a silver or a snow, the black panther in a melanistic (black).

Almost all big cats have their miniatures represented in this magnificent cat breed.

Bengal cats come in two pattern styles: spotted and marble.

Spot patterns can look like a cheetah’s or a jaguar’s.

Marble patterns look like elongated, blotchy tabby stripes and are the rarer pattern style among Bengals.

As for Bengal cat colors, they’re like your typical cats – there’s a wide variety.

You’ve got your browns and reds, you’ve got creams and off-whites, silver, black, blue, and charcoal colors to choose from.

There are many exotic blends and flavors to choose from with Bengal cats. You can’t help but love them all!

Photo Gallery: Bengal Cat Colors and Patterns

But naturally, we all have a favorite. Which Bengal cat colors are your favorite? Which pattern? Comment below and share with us!

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The 16 Best Interactive Cat Toys in 2018

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We all know that cats are renowned as smart and curious creatures, but Bengals are a whole nother story. These spotted felines, apart from being one of
the smartest cat breeds, are incredibly playful and have high levels of energy they need to spend productively. All
Bengal cat owners know it is essential to keep them entertained, and what better way to do that than with interactive cat toys? Thankfully, today’s market offers a range of challenging, intellectually stimulating cat toys that will help your cat stay in great shape and burn off that excess energy in no time.

Here is our list of the best interactive cat toys that will keep even the pickiest cats entertained and amused!

1. Mousr

Petronics Mousr interactive robot cat toy

This new comer on the scene of interactive cat toys, released just earlier this year, without hesitation takes the number one spot on our list. Mousr greatly improves the experience for both cat owners and their babies in ways that no other cat toys have been able to fulfill. The highly advanced artificial intelligence technology interacts with your cat by teasing, hiding, and moving in unpredictable ways, thus paralleling all the behaviours you would find in a real prey. In auto mode, Mousr can entertain your cats on its own when you are busy or away from home. For more intense play styles, you can also drive Mousr with your tablet or smartphone.
Read our Mousr review to learn more!

  • Artificial intelligence makes this toy the most sophisticated of its kind
  • New games and behaviors are being added free of charge
  • Different custom tail attachments to match your cat’s play style!

2. Cat Dancer – Cat Charmer

Cat Charmer Wand Teaser Toy
What’s so special about a piece of fabric on a wand, you might ask? Well, it seems to have magic power over felines, because this simple interactive cat toy makes every kitty go crazy over it. The bright, colorful strip of fabric will provide endless entertainment for your Bengal cat and help them burn off all the excess energy they have. Cat Dancer – Cat Charmer is a great quality toy, so don’t worry about your eager furball tearing it apart in a matter of hours. Nevertheless, rest assured, they will keep trying to do it.

  • Inexpensive but sturdy
  • Incredibly entertaining and great for exercise
  • Great fit for the temperament of Bengal cats

3. Catit Design Senses Play Circuit

The best interactive toys for cats engage at least some of their hunter senses- sight, touch, smell and sound, and Catit Design Senses Play Circuit covers all, with the exception of the smelly part (thankfully). With a smart, cat-specific design, this play circuit with a peek-a-boo track design will intrigue even the pickiest of felines. The ball, that’s partly hidden and can be accessed only through random holes will entice your cat and entertain them for hours on end. The layout of the tracks can be changed in over a hundred different variations, so you can even mix it up a bit to ensure your kitty won’t get bored after a few months. One thing is for sure, when you get this toy, it will be all your cat thinks about!

  • Versatile and engaging
  • Your kitty won’t be able to keep their paws off it
  • Built from high-quality materials

4. The Ripple Rug Play Mat

Ripple Rug Play Mat
Although a brownish rug with holes certainly doesn’t look like anything special, in feline eyes it’s a remarkable toy with endless possibilities. Consisting of two non-fray, safe polyester carpets, this interactive cat toy can be a perfect spot for your Bengal cat to hone its hunting skills, take a nap, or just play hide and seek! The ripples can be arranged in an infinite number of different combinations, and the thermally insulated, non-slip material is both pleasant to cats and easy to maintain. However, consider yourself warned: your Bengal with sticky paws will definitely hide your prized possessions in The Ripple Rug as soon as you get it!

  • Non-toxic, resistant to mold, mildew, and stains, really easy to clean
  • Easily stored away and moved from room to room
  • A multifunctional, interactive cat toy suitable for all ages

5. SmartyKat Feather Whirl

It’s well known that feathery toys guarantee lots of feline fun. The teasing feathers kick off their inner hunting instinct and make them want to chase it around, and there’s simply no way a cat won’t be interested in a toy that has feathers. And when that toy whirls around on a bright green ball…. Well, I don’t have to tell you how kitties react to that. The random swirling patterns and durable materials allow your cat to pounce, chase and ambush SmartyKat Feather Whirl without fear of breaking it or it becoming boring. This automated toy moves around on its own but it’s also very quiet, so it won’t irritate either you or your cat, as some automatic or motorized toys do.

  • Unpredictable moving patterns keep cats amused
  • There are replacement wands available (for those particularly feisty kitties out there)
  • Whisper quiet

6. Petcube Play

The Petcube Play is as much intended for the owners as it is for their cats. A new and improved version of the Petcube Camera, Petcube Play lets you interact with your beloved cat wherever you are! This Wi-Fi, 1080p HD camera will allow you to keep an eye on your furry friend through your smart phone. You can talk and play with them by controlling a built-in laser toy with just a finger swipe on your phone. With the help of this great gadget, it’s definitely going to occupy them while you’re not at home. It comes with a 3x digital zoom, an autoplay mode for the built-in laser and night vision, for those of us who want a peace of mind when they’re away for the night.

  • Non-slip bottom and chew-proof cord
  • Lets you talk to, watch and play with your cat in real time
  • Great for pets with separation anxiety (or owners suffering from the same affliction.)

7. Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree

Bengal cats simply adore challenges. They are an intelligent, extremely curious breed and cracking the mysteries of how stuff works is one of their favorite things. This is why the Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree, designed to stimulate cat’s natural hunting instincts, is guaranteed to keep them on their paws for a long time. Through various side openings, your cat will try to reach the food kept inside. Even the laziest, most disinterested cats out there will be fascinated by a toy that doubles as a food bowl. You can insert pellets, treats or even a toy into this interactive cat toy. It’s also compatible with Catit Design Senses Play Circuit, if you’re looking to make a luxurious play center for your favorite feline.

  • Stimulating and challenging- perfect for Bengals!
  • Suitable for households with multiple cats
  • Easy to clean

8. Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy

Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy
Were you ever wondering how sometimes the simplest things amuse your cat to no end? Well, Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy is one of the seemingly simple toys that will completely mesmerize your feline. With an enticing plastic ball that your cat can nudge around the track and the middle part that doubles as a scratch pad, this unpretentious yet amusing toy will provide hours of fun for your cat. The scratch pad, that’s made from cardboard (and we all know how cats go crazy over it), is double-sided, and can be replaced when, eventually, your kitty manages to rip it to shreds.

  • The scratch pad will keep your cats from sharpening their claws on your furniture
  • This is a great way for your cat to be entertained when you’re not around
  • The ball and organic catnip are included in the pack

9. SHRU – The Intelligent Cat Companion

If a simple cat toy simply doesn’t cut it for your precious feline, then SHRU – The Intelligent Cat Companion might just be the thing for them. This interactive cat toy is egg-shaped with a feathery tail, but what makes it special is that it has a mind of its own. Created in collaboration with feline behaviorists, SHRU is designed to awaken your kitty’s inner hunter by mimicking struggle, and even playing dead. This smart, modern toy is USB rechargeable and the perfect gadget to keep your Bengal cat occupied while you’re off working. The 3 modes of play, Frisky, Sneaky, and Scaredy, are definitely going to keep any feline amused when they are home alone!

  • Intelligent design tailored to suit feline behavior
  • Virtually indestructible
  • Entertains your cat while you’re away

10. Petlinks Electronic Motion Cat Toy

Petlinks Electronic Motion Cat Toy
When it comes to automated, interactive cat toys, Petlinks Electronic Motion Cat Toy is one of the best. With a feathery tail that seems to move of its own accord and in an unpredictable pattern, it’s no wonder that kitties go nuts over this gadget. Battery operated, the automated toy is concealed under a round, plastic sheet, and the fact that they can’t see anything apart from the tail of their imaginary prey, keeps cats focused for hours. If you have ever noticed how your cat will pounce on you if you dare move your hand under the blanket, you can rest assured that this toy is going to be the center of their attention!

  • Durable and sturdy
  • Mimics the erratic pattern of actual prey
  • Suitable for cats of all energy levels

11. Petmate Crazy Circle Interactive Cat Toy

Petmate Crazy Circle Interactive Cat Toy
Interactive cat toys don’t have to be complicated to keep felines interested. The Petmate Crazy Circle is a great example of how sometimes the toys with simple designs can be the ones that your kitty falls in love with. The ball is enclosed in a circular tunnel with an opening on the side, which will inspire your feline to spend hours trying to pry the ball out of its round prison. You know how cats, especially Bengal cats, loooove the things they can’t get to? Well, this cat toy offers them exactly that, with an added bonus- you don’t have to worry that their forbidden obsession is one of your valuables. It’s a definite win-win!

  • Doesn’t need the owner’s supervision
  • Cheap but good quality
  • Guaranteed hours of fun

12. PetSafe Bolt Interactive Laser Cat Toy

PetSafe Interactive Laser Cat Toy
Anyone who’s ever had a cat knows how much they are fascinated by lasers. However, the owners rarely share their enthusiasm, as laser chasing requires them to be the ones who are straining their wrists while pointing the laser for hours. Thankfully, the PetSafe Bolt and Dart Interactive Laser Cat Toys do all the grunt work for you. This cute, robot-like toy shoots out laser beams in a randomized pattern, fulfilling your cat’s lifelong dream to chase lasers until they fall asleep from exhaustion. And, don’t worry, it has a fifteen-minute shut-off point so your eager feline won’t go crazy chasing that elusive red dot.

  • Great for energetic cats like Bengals are
  • Felines adore it
  • Suitable for kittens and adult cats alike

13. PetSafe Pounce Pet Toy

PetSafe Pounce Pet Toy
There’s nothing like the good old-fashioned cat and mouse game to keep your feline going for hours. This automated interactive cat toy will enchant any kitty with an unpredictable mouse that moves at 4 different speeds and in different directions, zipping and hiding under obstacles all around the circular tracks. The cats love toys with random movements, which makes this toy super fun for them, and the little hidey holes for the mouse make it only more interesting. And if you sprinkle some catnip on the mouse…. Your cat will not want to get away from this toy!

  • Unpredictable and challenging
  • Cats don’t get bored with it easily
  • Sturdy enough for a feisty Bengal

14. Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy

Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy
If your cat loves chasing balls, this tower with three levels and three colorful balls will mesmerize them. Apart from offering your spoiled kitty triple the fun as the more basic, one-ball models, it’s also suitable for multiple cats.  A new twist on the classic toy, Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy will entertain even the most energetic kittens and adult cats equally. There is definitely something magic about these cute balls, as cats can’t seem to stop swatting them around!

  • Suitable for households with multiple cats
  • Improved design with a safety bar in the middle
  • Doesn’t require supervision

15. The Peek-A-Play Toy Box

There’s nothing better to incite curiosity of a cat than hiding something away from them. The moment they think something is out of their reach, that very thing becomes the most interesting object in the known universe. That’s why The Peek-A-Play Toy Box is an instant favorite with felines. This interactive cat toy looks simple, as it’s a big, sturdy box with numerous holes in it, but the concept is very challenging and enticing. It comes with two balls (although you can add treats or some other toys), which your cat will (desperately) try to fish out. If your cat tends to be a little obsessive and too persistent, you can add softer or smaller balls that they can eventually dig out, but for lazy cats, this setup is ideal. They’ll be bouncing and running around this mesmerizing wooden box for hours!

  • Works with many different toys
  • Engaging and stimulating
  • The wood it’s made of is quite tough and durable

16. GoCat Da Bird

Da Bird Cat Toy
A modern version of the classic favorite, GoCat Da Bird is a realistic feather toy that is bound to captivate your furry friend. With the feathers that have the feel, appearance and the sound of real bird wings, this interactive cat toy is a perfect fit for Bengal cats which have a strong hunter instinct. This is the Easy to Store version of the Da Bird teaser, which means that the rod pulls apart and takes much less space than it usually would. And, when you have a spoiled little Bengal, you need as much space for their toys as you can get!

  • A great choice for active Bengal cats
  • Perfect for bonding with your kitty
  • Easy to store away

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How a Raw Food Diet Can Benefit Your Cat’s Life

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Did you know that your beautiful Bengals are obligate carnivores?!

What is an obligate carnivore? It’s an animal that is designed anatomically and physiologically to consume meat, organs and bone exclusively.

Do Bengal Cats Eat Raw Meat?

With Bengals being carnivores they have a much different anatomical lay out than herbivores. Orally cats have lots of teeth which are pointy and serrated, designed specifically for holding on to and ripping flesh and meat from bones. The mouth opens wide and moves in a vertical manner.

If we compare the oral cavity with an herbivore, their teeth are flatter than carnivore teeth and the jaw moves horizontally to break down the plant matter they are consuming.

While humans, other omnivores and herbivores have a very long digestive tract, felines have a very short one. Food items must be in an easily available form, requiring little time for processing.

Plant matter, unlike fats and protein contain a cell wall that is hard to break down which means plant matter often just passes through the system untouched. We know this true when we see bits of fruits, veggies and grains in the feces that is often bulky, quite smelly and produced often.

Why Feed Your Cat a Raw Diet?

The panaceas is responsible for producing amylase, an enzyme required to breakdown starch and other carbohydrates. While cats do produce a very limited amount of amylase, it is only there to finish the digestion of the stomach contents in prey animals. Cats overall do not produce the enzymes to breakdown fruits, veggies or grains, but do for fats and proteins.

Another issue with plant material is a feline’s inability to draw nutrients from this food source. Most importantly Taurine an essential amino acid that is required for heart health, eye health and other important functions is not found in plant matter.

Furthermore, very few plant products contain a complete amino acid profile. All meat and organs contain both Taurine and a complete amino acid profile. While the components of meat and plants are the same, the levels of these nutrients and the ability for your feline friend to process them are completely different.

No way you say, cats have been living off of dry pet food for years!

But did you know the pet food industry has only been in operation for 80-100 years?! This actually isn’t long enough to develop a totally new digestive system.

The Bengal breed was developed in the 1980’s. This makes the breed only 30 years old. Unless you are a virus or bacteria, it is nearly impossible to develop a completely different anatomical and physiological system, adapted to a diet that is plant based, not fresh and devoid of most moisture.

Commercial pet food especially dry food is actually one of the worst food types to provide a cat for several reasons:

  1. Commercial food is cooked at such high temperatures nutrients, fat and enzymes are destroyed and protein structure is altered. This not only results in pet food companies having to add artificial vitamins and minerals to their food but also why many animals suffer from digestive issues.
  2. It lacks moisture. While the Asian Leopard Cat or Prionailurus bengalensis are seen in tropical evergreen rainforests and plantations, Bengals like many other cats tend to only drink 50% of their daily requirement of water despite constant access or how much you see them drink. Dry food only has about 7-10% moisture in it which means if your cat isn’t drinking it and they aren’t consuming it where are they getting hydration from? This is why many cats suffer from UTIs, crystals and stones as well as kidney failure.
  3. Finally, as mentioned above carbohydrates are an inappropriate food source for cats, however almost all commercial pet foods contain carbohydrates, which include fruits and veggies in addition to grains making up often 30-50% of the food. Many of these are low quality ingredients like corn, soy, rice, wheat, potatoes and peas. They act as fillers and more times than not just tax the body as it cannot produce enough enzymes to break the carbohydrates down.

Benefits of a Raw Food Diet For Cats

  • Is appropriate for your specific species
  • Teeth are clean and white and breath is fresh
  • Improves the immune system and keeps it high
  • Helps prevent and even reverse illness such as kidney failure, urinary tract infections, allergies, cancer, obesity, diabetes, digestive problems and much more.
  • Saves you money on potential prescription diets, medications and other vet related bills
  • Feces is less frequent, smaller, firmer and has virtually no smell
  • Contains more moisture (kibble is only 7-10% moisture)
  • Companion animals are less likely to steal or beg for food
  • Raw feeding is ECO friendly and green
  • Often less expensive
  • Softer and shiny coat
  • Cats don’t need to eat as much because food is nutrient dense
  • Higher ability to avoid dyes, preservatives, artificial ingredients etc.
  • Cats have more quality energy without a crash

Some Basic Questions Answered:

What do I feed?

Meals and batches are based off of the prey animals that felines would eat in the wild. This includes 80% muscle meat, 10% secreting organ meat (5% of which must be liver, 5% other secreting organ) and 10% appropriate raw meaty bones.

Are there any proteins my Bengal can’t have?

Our feline friends should not consume other carnivores due to biomagnification where toxins can build up as animals eat smaller animals via the food chain. They should also avoid wild boar, fox or bear which a parasite that cannot be killed during the freezing process. They can otherwise have:

Beef

Chicken

Cornish Game Hen

Salmon

Pork

Lamb

Duck

Turkey

Rabbit

Mice

Bison

Venison

Goat

Quail

Sardines

Mackerel

And more!

What kind of Bone can I Feed?

You do not want anything too small they can simply swallow nor nothing too big that they can break a tooth or jaw on. This means no weight bearing bones like femur bones.

Also, do not feed any cooked bone. This degrades the bone and can cause it to splinter. Great bones for cats include chicken necks, rabbit ribs, day old chickens and quail as well as sardines.

How much to Feed?

Adults Bengals should be fed about 3% of their ideal body weight however if your Bengal is extra active, pregnant or nursing you may need to feed more.

Kittens, should be allowed to eat as much as they would like until adulthood or free fed from a balanced batch.

Do I need to rotate proteins?

Variety is the spice of life. It can prevent food imprinting, boredom and food intolerances. All meats organs and bones of varying nutrient profiles so feeding at least 3-4 proteins on rotation is ideal to prove a balanced diet.

Don’t Bengals Require Taurine?

Taurine is required in the diet of all cats. Taurine is an essential amino acid that cats are not able to produce sufficient amounts of thus it must provided in the diet.

It is essential for numerous functions in the body including the health of the eyes and heart as well as for reproduction, growth and development.

Providing Taurine in the diet is simple. All hardworking muscle meats such as the heart, thigh and shoulder meat, tongue and small prey like mice are fantastic sources.

What About Bacteria and Salmonella?

Your companion is more susceptible to bacteria in commercial pet food (this is evident by all the pet food recalls of salmonella and listeria)

Cats when on a species appropriate raw diet have the digestive enzymes, high stomach acidity (a pH of 1-2 on raw, 4-5 pH on carbohydrate based diets like commercial food) and short digestive tract to neutralize and destroy bacteria. Humans are the only species that cooks their food.

Every other species including felines eat a raw diet in the wild.

As long as you practice normal hygiene you and your family will be perfectly fine:

  • washing hands
  • washing utensils and preparation surfaces
  • refrigerating and freezing meals/ingredients
  • providing clean bowls at each meal
  • clean up around eating locations
  • cleaning up waste in the litter box and outside immediately

Regardless of food type you should be perform these normal cleaning practices.

If we just look at nature we can see that wild animals of all kinds are thriving on a raw diet, even tens of thousands of pet owners are raw feeding with amazing results.

While this information may seem overwhelming, and contradicting to the veterinary community, there is clear proof that a species appropriate diet free of processing, dyes, chemicals and inappropriate ingredients provides our companion animals with a life they can truly thrive in.

All we want is for our Bengals to be happy, healthy and live a long life, so why not give them a foundation in exceptional nutrition!?

Meghan Leah Waals is the owner of The Nutrition Code, a comprehensive resource for all companion pet owners to learn about species appropriate raw diets. She has a degree in Psycho Biology, Pre-Veterinary with a minor in Evolution Studies as well as years of hands on and research experience devoted strictly to feline, canine and ferret nutrition.

You can find her on Facebook and Instagram as well on her website www.TheNutritionCode.info

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Feline Environmental Enrichment – The Basics

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Pay attention, Bengal lovers.  This is the important stuff.

When we bring these exquisite predators indoors, we are protecting them.

But, we are also depriving them of their natural habitat.

A human home is made just right for humans, but it lacks some things that are essential to the health and happiness of a cat.

Veterinarians (like me!) and behaviorists have devoted entire careers to figuring out exactly what these essential things are and how we can make our homes into a habitat where cats can thrive.

For Bengals, this is particularly important.

Cats that don’t get their environmental needs met suffer.

They show their suffering by being aggressive or destructive, urinating/defecating outside of the litter box, and/or waking you up at night to be fed.

These cats can become food obsessed. Some gobble up their food and regurgitating it (scarf and barf!), others become lethargic and overweight, and some shut down and struggle to eat.

On the face of it, feline environmental enrichment can seem overwhelming. Simply put, when we understand the natural state of the cat, we can create an indoor living environment that fulfills his or her physical and mental needs.

Bengal cat hunting prey

And you can do it in 3 easy steps!

  1. Give your cat places to climb and hide.
    Your cat has the instincts to climb to heights to survey their surroundings and to hide in small spaces to feel safe.So, give your cat climbing shelves, cat trees, boxes and beds to make them feel safe and sound.
  2. Play with your cat.
    Short and sweet. Cats like short bursts of activity and they want you to play with them.So, schedule 5 minutes of active play with your cat twice a day.  It will make you both happy.
    And here’s a little tip – Finish your play session by letting your cat “catch” the prey and give them a treat.  This lets them know that the hunt is complete and they can relax.
  3. Get rid of the bowl.
    Your cat is a hunter. It was born to hunt, catch and play with at least 5 small meals a day, not to be served from a bowl.  Meet your cat’s natural instincts to hunt with and Indoor Hunting Feeder.

Follow these steps for a happier, healthier cat!

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7 Warning Signs of Feline Diabetes in Cats

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Older and obese cats are prone to developing diabetes mellitus or feline diabetes, according to an experienced
veterinary hospital. Just like human diabetes, the condition is characterized by having insufficient insulin produced in the pancreas.

The rise of diabetes is not just a trend with humans, but a trend in cats too. Between 0.2 and 1 percent of cats in the general population are believed to suffer from diabetes.

Understanding diabetic symptoms for your cat is critical. Diabetes is often underdiagnosed and if it’s left untreated, it can be fatal for your cat.

How does insulin work? The insulin hormone works in balancing blood sugar levels and glucose in the cat’s diet. Needless to say, your cat is more likely than not to develop the disease if his body’s not producing enough insulin that leads to the accumulation of glucose in this body. When left untreated, diabetes can become disabling and worse, life-threatening.

There are a couple of symptoms and signs commonly seen in felines with diabetes mellitus. Keep reading the following guide to learn how to spot the signs of diabetes in cats.

Losing Appetite

Bengal cat losing appetite

Aside from signs, such as vomiting, lack of body part coordination, lethargy, weakness and abdominal pain, diabetes mellitus in cats can also lead to a decreased (or increased) in appetite (in the late stages).

Notice for anything out of the norm regarding your cat’s eating habits and behavior because they are gluttons or fussy eaters by nature.

Raised Level of Thirst and Urination

Both increased urination and thirst are common among diabetic cats. It happens when there is high blood glucose (BG), increasing the level of glucose in the urine.

Following, this high concentration of glucose results in the pulling off too much water into the urine (frequent urination).

As it does happen, there is also much water loss that results in frequent thirst (or even dehydration).

Cats don’t normally drink much water throughout the day. If you notice that you’re refilling his water bowl more often than you used to, you might want to take him to the vet immediately. It might be a sign of feline diabetes.

It is understood that releasing higher urine volumes also means losing much water – that makes him thirsty more often.

For example, you might want to take note of your cat’s drinking behavior. If your 5kg cat is drinking more than 7.7 fl oz of water, you must be concerned. The numbers should be less for cats with a mixed or wet diet.

Drinking too much water and making frequent visits to his water bowl can be a sign that he has the disease and a reason to take him to your vet immediately.


Excessive thirst, along with weight loss, is a first sign of the disease among our feline friends. Weight loss is later replaced by weight gain. This pattern is very specific. You must visit the vet right away even in the absence of other symptoms, including increased appetite and frequent/excessive urination.

Losing Their Weight

Weight loss (despite an increased appetite) is one of the clinical signs of feline diabetes, occurring when his body is making use of other energy sources, such a fat and protein instead of glucose to feed the cells. It happens because the cells of diabetic cats cannot absorb the glucose in the blood; thus, they’re energy starved.

But then, obesity often follows weight loss in diabetic cats, a common and early sign of diabetes mellitus.

In early diagnosis, some diabetic cats are overweight, but sudden weight loss can be later noticed. Other medical disorders can also point to the reasons for this rapid weight loss.

Decreased Activity

Older cats can sleep in the most part of the day, sometimes up to 20 hours. For this reason, lethargy is hard to detect as a symptom of diabetes mellitus in cats.

For example, if you notice that your feline friend used to be energetic but suddenly lost interest in playing or performing physical activities, then you can tell that he may be having feline diabetes. Or there can be something wrong with his health that calls for immediate vet attention.

Weakness is also connected to the lack of or loss of interest in activities. Your cat will not have much energy because he cannot use the calories that he’s getting from food.

In addition, they may lose muscle mass and become disinterested/lethargic. So if your cat stops playing, hiding often or sleeping longer than he used to, he may be suffering from diabetes. Schedule a visit to your vet immediately.

The Litter Box Connection

As you may already know, cats do not drink water often, and it’s normal. So it may be a helpful sign to take note of his frequent urination habits. You may also notice heavier and wetter litter when changing his litter.

Do you change his litter box more often than you used to? Do you notice inappropriate elimination of stools outside his litter box, where he used to be very clean? If you do, you might want to take him to the vet right away.

But then, your cat may also be suffering from chronic urinary tract infection. But still, you may want to go to your vet and have him screened for diabetes.

On the other hand, the disease is commonly ruled out for any improper elimination during accidents such as slipping on the rugs or bed. But then, some cats have been misdiagnosed only for the behavior problem when the actual cause could be feline diabetes.

Feeling Weakness & Vomiting

Cat feeling weakness and vomiting



As the disease progresses, it makes the cat’s legs increasingly weak aside from possible complications, such as vision loss and coma. For that, you may also notice that your cat may be walking with his hocks almost touching the ground.

Vomiting also becomes more frequent especially with an acute hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar level. This can also happen even with careful feline diabetes management.

And while vomiting is not a common sign of the disease, it must be taken note of when the treatment begins.

Vomiting may also be a sign of uncontrolled blood sugar – and that your cat is developing ketoacidosis, a diabetes mellitus complication with often severe and concurrent metabolic derangements that have to do with other diseases, such as hyperglycemia.

Ketoacidosis is potentially fatal, requiring urgent vet care and treatment.

On the other hand, vomiting does not necessarily mean that their diabetes is worsening. The best thing for you to do is to take him to the animal doctor for proper diagnosis.

Some signs of ketoacidosis to watch out for include appetite loss, extreme lethargy and increased thirst level.

What is “Diabetic Neuropathy”?

This condition is characterized by nerve damage occurring in diabetic cats because high blood glucose can harm and eventually damage the nerves throughout the body especially in the feet and legs.

If you notice a change in gait, such as when he’s walking as if he’s sitting, you don’t have to worry that this is already a case of diabetes. You may want to take him to your vet for correct diagnosis. Such gait change may also be from an injury.

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary based on the scope of the affected nerves. A few include numbness and pain in these areas. Other signs may also include problems with the urinary tract, digestive system, heart and blood vessels.

Other cats may have mild symptoms, but the rest may suffer from disabling and quite painful symptoms that need urgent attention.

You should take your feline friend to the veterinarian immediately if you notice any of the above-mentioned signs.

Over time, the high levels of blood sugar and triglycerides and other types of fat collected in the blood gradually damage the nerves (diabetic neuropathy).

Final Thoughts

Maintaining good communication and coordination with your veterinarian, you can help your feline friend live a really happy life, even when you’re not with them all the time. Moreover, you can also assist them in living a healthier life even with diabetes mellitus. After all, feline diabetes management and treatment can have higher chances of success and lesser adverse effects with vigilance and proper monitoring of these things.

As mentioned, excessive thirst and urination, loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness and lack of activity are signs that your beloved feline friend has diabetes. If you notice any of the above signs and symptoms, take your pet to the nearest veterinary hospital today!

Portrait of a Cat: Blaze Achew Panda-monium

https://katzenworld.co.uk/2018/10/25/portrait-of-a-cat-blaze-achew-panda-monium/

I hear a sudden crash and I go numb.
I hope that no one’s hurt! Another lamp?
Aw, Blaze! You manic moth-hunter, you scamp!
How many have you shipwrecked, smashing chum?

Do you expect some high encomium?
Some florid phrase to glorify your stamp,
Wherein, you dashing enemy of the amp,
I celebrate Blaze Panda-monium?

The trick is you’re so passionately sweet!
You with your pink nosed decent panda face
Are so devotedly affectionate
That even though you in your madcap race
Bring lamps, drapes, crystal to a sad defeat,
You charm us so that we don’t mind one bit.

Written Feb 19, 2009 © Anissa Nedzel Gage, All rights reserved

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Mousr Review: The First Intelligent Robotic Cat Toy that Moves Like a Real Prey

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Mousr is the most engaging interactive toy to challenge your cat like a real prey does!

We as cat owners have a tendency to forget that our furry companions have needs that are not being met on a day to day basis.

Cats are born with a high prey drive and they are biologically programmed to stalk, hunt, pounce, chase and catch everything that’s moving.

In our homes, we don’t give them the opportunity to express their natural desire for hunting and that needs to change.

I have been a cat guardian for more than a decade and the classic feather toy is truly the only one that has never failed to provide the stimulation all cats need.

But there are major problems with feather toys:

  1. You can’t always be available at your cats disposal to control the feather wand whenever they are in the mood to play – like, right meow!
  2. It can be very challenging to mimic the motions of what a live prey would do and if you don’t do it correctly, it won’t feed their hunting instinct
  3. Feather toys require you to act like a prey animal but you’ll never be small enough or fast enough to disappear, which eliminates the element of surprise during the hunt

So, over the past several years, I have been on a quest. A quest to find the ultimate cat toy that can double as a play partner for my indoor cats.

After five years of research and development, three cat lovers came up with a solution whose name is Mousr.

Video by Laurent Jaccard – Music by Danny Rayel

Mousr with charging dock and bundle of tails

Quality

Price

Value

Excellent

Pros: – Cats go crazy over it
– Sturdy build
– Intuitive app
– Easy to set up and get started

Cons: – Not dog friendly

Key Features: – Fast charging
– Interchangeable tails

PURRCHASE NOW

Mousr Review

Ordering Mousr

I first found out about Mousr when I stumbled upon Petronics website on May 15th, 2018.

As a graphic designer, I instantly fell in love with the branding, the name and the product design.

As a tech enthusiast, I was impressed with the high level of engineering behind this robotic cat toy.

And as cat lover, I was excited to finally see a product that could deliver what every indoor cat is being deprived of.

I am definitely not an impulse buyer and I do my homework before any purchase but there were no reviews or videos online.

I wasn’t too worried about that because Petronics was in a pre-launch phase and only a few Mousr units had reached their homes at this point.

After reading about the company’s history and how this promising product came to be, I decided to take the plunge.

I found myself making a sales pitch to my girlfriend who wasn’t to keen on adding another object to the pile of forgotten cat toys.

Fast forward… I ordered my Mousr and the big bundle of tails 3 hours later.

For the first time in my cat guardian’s life I was excited about a pet product like a little boy on Christmas Eve.

My human experience with Mousr

Mousr packaging and unboxing

From the start, Mousr tapped into my childhood memories: the love of little remote-controlled cars and the Tom & Jerry chases on TV.

The very first impression was that the packaging is absolutely adorable, which makes receiving it even more exciting.

Petronics Mousr mouse hole packaging
Mousr sits in his dock, encapsulated in a box that looks like a mouse hole.

The box contains a Mousr robot, a charging dock with USB cable, 1 flick tail and 1 bounce tail.

After unboxing Mousr, I placed it in the charging dock and waited a couple of minutes until his LED light turned green.

Once fully charged, I installed one of the tail attachments into the slot and pressed the pushbutton on his chin.

The last step was to launch the Mousr companion app on my smartphone to begin the Bluetooth pairing process.

The operation was pretty quick and once connected, Mousr was ready to entertain our three kitties… and ourselves.

Holding the Mousr interactive cat toy in my hand for size comparison

A tiny and adorable creature with a life of its own just settled in with a certain arrogance on our cats territory.

When you see Mousr moving for the first time, it feels like you just brought a new pet home.

And that’s also how our cats seemed to take it.

My cats experience with Mousr

I had no idea how our cats would react when I placed Mousr on the floor for the first time.

I started with the auto mode in slow speed because I didn’t want to drive it just yet.

I also wanted to let our cats get used to this newcomer before engaging in fast-paced chases.

As soon as Mousr started moving on the floor, we were all mesmerized by his presence.

It was nothing like all the automated mice and cat toys I had seen in the past.

Burma, Bailey and Baby were all curious, cautious and intrigued by this little robot that was moving like a prey animal.

When the cats started becoming more confident around their new… frenemy, I decided it was time for me to join in on the fun.

The companion app allows you to control Mousr in so many different ways, making it the most versatile cat toy I have ever tried.

I chose to sit comfortably from a distance with a good view of our entire cat’s play area, formerly known as the living room.

Once you get the hang of the remote control mode it opens the door to an endless amount of intense or challenging play styles.

Who Invented Mousr

The problem with cat toys

Mousr is the brainchild of three cat-loving Ph.D. students in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois.

Michael Friedman, Dave Cohen and David Jun came up with the idea while trying to figure out what games and toys their cats would really love to play with.

They were inspired by the fact that indoor cats don’t get to spend enough energy and the existing automated cat toys on the market aren’t cutting it.

After observing how excited their cats would get playing with them, and how bored they were with their automatic toys, they decided to come up with a smarter solution.

To build a reactive toy with the kind of intelligence needed to truly outsmart and challenge a cat, you need expertise from robotics, signal processing and artificial intelligence.

As engineers who specialize exactly in these areas, the solution was clear – robots with artificial intelligence!

Mousr charging his battery in the dock

The birth of a robotic mouse

For the past 5 years, they worked on developing an entirely new class of robots: small, autonomous, smart devices that navigate their way through the home.

They really wanted Mousr to be as small and fast as possible, but they also wanted him to have a personality.

The team worked with several experienced designers and engineers in order to ensure Mousr’s industrial design would be able to handle all the physical and technological requirements while remaining cute.

In 2014, they tested the concept through a Kickstarter campaign, confirming there was a demand for that product after raising over a hundred thousand dollars.

A.I. Meets Meow

Petronics was born and the team started working on this little robotic mouse designed to play automated games of hide and seek with house cats.

Their first prototype demonstrated the advantages of a toy that can react automatically and accordingly to your cat’s movement.

They wanted Mousr to be able to understand his environment in a way that would let him learn how different cats play. Mousr would then be able to change his behavior in order to match different play styles.

The challenge for them was figuring out what set of technology, hardware and components they could put inside Mousr to keep it entertaining for cats and affordable to humans.

What’s Inside Mousr

Petronics Mousr body shape seen from above

Mousr is the first and most technologically advanced robotic cat toy ever to exist.

It was designed from the wheels up to reproduce the hunting experience for indoor cats.

Thanks to an impressive array of new technology and some incredible engineering, Mousr has the ability to sense and react accordingly to your cat’s movement.

Mousr features

  • DISTANCE SENSOR
    Mousr’s forward-facing distance sensor provides measurements to the nearest obstacle with mm-precision up to 1.5m. This sensor allows Mousr to avoid unexpected obstacles and gain awareness about his environment.
  • PROXIMITY SENSOR
    Located on the top of his head, Mousr’s wide-angle proximity sensor allows him to detect when a cat is approaching and wants to play. In addition to alerting Mousr to the presence of a cat, it can detect when he drives underneath the couch or near a wall.
  • INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT
    The Inertial Measurement Unit(IMU) is a system that measures linear and angular motion with gyroscopes and accelerometers.The IMU powerfully combines motion sensing technologies to tell Mousr when it has been captured or to let him move precisely and stay on track.
  • BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY
    Connect Mousr to your smart device to control it via Bluetooth with a 10-meter (30 foot) wireless range. Additionally, with wireless firmware upgrades being pushed automatically via Bluetooth, Mousr keeps getting smarter. He can learn new behaviors and escape tactics as the designers improve its artificial intelligence.
  • MOBILE APP
    The free accompanying Mousr app lets you take control of it remotely with a smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android. You can engage and bond directly with your cats with the Remote Control function or you can let them play on their own with the Auto Play mode. Both options allow you to tailor-fit a variety of games to match your cat’s play style and personality.
  • BATTERY
    Mousr comes with a charging dock, which plugs into the USB port on your computer or any standard USB outlet. Mousr is powered by a Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) battery that charges from 0—100% in about 30 minutes or less. It usually takes about 15 minutes to charge on average! The battery lasts about 40 minutes, but it depends on how Mousr is used (auto, manual, speed, etc…) and how frequently your cat plays with it.
  • SPEAKER
    Feline hunting behavior relies heavily on sight and hearing to locate prey. A hidden speaker enables the robot to mimic a variety of realistic sounds that attract your cat, and signal if it is “lonely”, “happy” or “scared.” The app allows you to mute or un-mute Mousr’s sounds at any time.

 

Mousr Appearance

Mousr sitting in his open charging dock



Mousr is, of course, shaped like a mouse, and moves around on small wheels powered by a powerful electric motor.

It sports an interchangeable fluffy tail, a hidden speaker to attract your kitty with cute noises, and a multicolored LED eye which change color to communicate his needs and current status.

The  team managed to make the robot small and light enough to not harm cats, human feet, walls or furniture while cruising through your living room at around 5 meters per second (18km/hour).

Mousr weighs in at just 60 grams — which is roughly equivalent to the weight of a tennis ball — but the materials are strong enough to avoid any damage when it crashes into walls.

Closeup of the Mousr robot cat toy

BODY

Made from an ultra-tough polycarbonate material, Mousr has been thoroughly tested in extreme conditions by Petronics to make sure it can withstand any abuse your cat can dish out: bite, scratch, crash and drop. We strongly recommend against using him with dogs though.

The problem with cats is that they have a tendency to hide or loose their toys, but Mousr comes fully prepared.

The body was designed to be too large for common hiding spots, like under the oven or fridge.

Mousr is equipped with an upward facing proximity sensor to help him avoid getting stuck under larger furniture, like couches and beds.

That said, if your cat is a hoarder and you are still having trouble finding Mousr, simply connect to your robotic mouse from the mobile app and press the sound button to help you or your cats locate him.

TAILS

Of course, the majority of cats won’t even play with Mousr’s body at all because for them, it’s all about the tail and it’s movements.

Variety is the spice of life for our feline friends and a typical cat will get bored easily playing with the same toy over and over again.

Rotating toys keeps play fresh and exciting, makes the hunt more interesting and should be done as often as possible.

Knowing this, Petronics made the tails easily interchangeable.

You can customize Mousr with 10 different custom tail attachments to match just about any play style so your cat can keep chasing it’s favorite prey.

Different string chase tails for Mousr

4 different bounce tails for Mousr

Whether your cat likes to stalk, chase, jump, bite, or swat, they’ve got a tail for it.

They’ve even optimized remote control and auto modes for each tail style!

  • Bounce Tail –  This long springy tail is best suited for stationary games. The Bounce Tail is ideal for the bug swatter that’s attracted to wild, jerky movements or knocking things out of the air.
  • Flick Tail – This medium length string is perfect for high energy play sessions. The Flick Tail works best with confident cats who love to chase mice.
  • Chase Tail – This tail features a long string waving in a snake-like manner across the floor. The Chase Tail is ideal for more timid cats that prefer a little distance when playing.

The various lengths and styles in tails enable Mousr to accommodate each cat’s personality.

By switching to a new tail once in a while, it’ll be like your cat is meeting Mousr for the very first time!

In case your cat gets a little too rough with her favorite tails, replacement bundles are available.

WHEELS

Instead of feet and legs, the robotic mouse-looking device has large wheels (3.5 cm diameter) to ensure Mousr can drive on any household or indoor surface like carpet, wood, tile, linoleum, including high throw rugs.

Mousr is able to cross fairly large transitions between hard floors and tall rugs and it’s near silent when running on carpet. So, no matter what floor you have in your house, Mousr should work great in any room and on any surface.

The wheels and body were specifically designed to let Mousr flip on his back in order to keep driving upside down, so he can crash and tumble without any interruption in game play even when it’s been flipped over.

Mousr is also equipped with a collar system that prevents your cat’s fur from winding around the rods. Hardened steel screws can be removed and replaced in case hair build-up does become a problem in the future.

Conclusion

Of course, starting at $149, it’s not a cheap cat toy but when you see what Mousr is capable of, you realize you just got yourself a robotic cat sitter for a fairly decent price.

Keeping an indoor cat happy as well as healthy means providing more than just good care with proper nutrition and regular veterinary checkups.

All cats need exercise, entertainment and stimulation, particularly those who don’t have outdoor access.

Eliciting an indoor cat’s natural behaviors with foraging and hunting games can do wonders for your kitty’s mental and physical well-being.

Having toys to chase or pounce is an absolute necessity for any cat!

The average cat toys are not engaging, too predictable and they don’t react to an attack like a prey does.

What I like the most about Mousr is that the team is really dedicated to improving the product and Mousr periodically receives free device updates over-the-air when connected to its companion app.

And because I talk regularly with their founders I can say for a fact that they have some pretty cool stuff about to be released soon.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored review. This post contains affiliate links. I didn’t receive the product for free and I wasn’t asked or paid to make this review. I only share information that I feel is relevant to my readers and is in keeping with my website’s mission. Petronics is not responsible for the content of this post and my opinion is based on 3 weeks of testing and daily usage by me and my three cats. The review will be updated with any new information or if problems are being encountered with this product in the future.

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