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Long haired Bengal cats come in all colors and patterns. Longhair is nonstandard plus it is a recessive gene. Here at F1hybrids cattery our Bengal cat Tum carries for long hair. We found this out after breeding a F3 female that was three generations removed from a Maine coon female.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Long hair is Non standard which means that the trait is not accepted according to the TICA Bengal breed standard. Long hair cats can not be accepted for championship status with TICA. Longhair may not be a recognized colors but a Bengal that is long haired is a purebred Bengal.

Long hair is also referred to as a Cashmere Bengal cat. It's nothing but a term used to make longhair sound more desirable. Cashmere or long hair Bengal kittens have been produced from short haired parents since the beginning of the Bengal cat breed.

Coats can vary from relatively short with only the tail looking long hair, like Somali or Turkish Angora cat breed or you can get the length of Mane Coon which seems to be more rare. Most Long hair Bengal cats are homozygous for longhair. Studies show that when breeding two homozygous you will get long hair every fourth kitten

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

As we have found out many long hair kittens are born with shorter hair than most short hair kittens. In our first litter of long hair savannah kitten we originally though we had dark charcoal short hair kitten with white googles.

Well come to find out that the kittens where brown with perfect black horizontal spotting plus black noses. Long hair kittens can appear to be born almost black, like the Somali breed.It is about 90% impossible to tell whether your kitten will turn out to be short haired or long haired.

Bengal cats have wild-looking markings, such as large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and a body structure reminiscent of the Asian Leopard Cat Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis. The Bengal cat has a desirable wild appearance with a gentle domestic cat temperament, provided it is separated by at least three generations from the original crossing between a domestic feline and an ALC.

All Bengals except the Seal Lynx Point Snow must have a black tipped tail and black paw pads. The Seal Lynx Point has a bitter chocolate coloured tail tip and can have a rose tinted nose and paw pads. Marbled kittens start with blackish grey coats with small streaks of lighter coloured fur scattered about their coat.
The Blue and the Silver both come in Spotted or Marbled patterns, both are incredible in appearance.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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