We love havings cats on the farm but we’ve had mixed success in keeping them happy. Branston is our barn cat, bought from a nearby farm – he’s in the main photograph. He roams the farm by day, and then comes to the back door for a feed and a stroke late evenings when he knows the dogs are put to bed. Once he’s fed and had his fair share of TLC, he strolls back to the barn hayloft where he sleeps and chases the mice.
LiLu is more independent – she is a Bengal cat and is shown with Branston to the right. She resembles a mini leopard, and is incredibly agile as some of the small birds on the farm have found to their cost.Her independent spirit has encouraged her to roam the countryside, and now we rarely see her around the farm these days despite the fact she’s “chipped”. We miss her when she’s not here because she is very beautiful – but if she prefers to live with others, then there’s not much we can do about it, as we don’t believe in shutting them up.
LiLu is a Bengal cat – a cross between a domestic cat and an Asian Leopard
Here’s a little bit of information about Bengals, courtesy of the Bengal Cat website:
The Bengal is a relatively new breed of cat which was first bred in the USA and was originally created by crossing an Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic cat. The domestic Bengal derives its name from the Latin name of its wild ancestor, Felis Bengalensis (Asian Leopard Cat). Whilst the domestic Bengal is similar in appearance to the Asian Leopard cat, and its genetic makeup contains a contribution from that wild cat species, its temperament however is purely domestic.
The goal in developing the domestic Bengal cat breed was to preserve a strong physical resemblance to its beautiful wild ancestor and at the same time the new domestic breed was designed to be a pleasant and trustworthy family companion. Therefore, the conformation of the Bengal is definitely reminiscent of its ancestors.
The Bengal is a large, sleek and very muscular cat with its hind-quarters slightly higher than its shoulders with a thick tail that is carried low. The Bengal should be alert and affectionate and its wild appearance is enhanced by its distinctive spotted or marbled coat. The different coat patterns are either leopard spotted or marbled, on a background colour of brown, or sometimes white.
There is no other breed of cat which displays the gold or pearl dusting effect (glitter) of the Bengal. Its pelt has a rich smooth feel of satin or silk. Even the voice of the Bengal is different from that of other domestic cats. They can coo and chirp, and like to jump and somersault. They also love to play with water!
To sum up, the Bengal is self-assured, affectionate and playful, with the stunning looks of its wild ancestor.
” . . . . Bengal cats and kittens are arguably the most beautiful and engagingdomestic cats in the world . . . “