I just watched an episode of the SPCA rescue show from Houston and it bothered me even though I don't own a Bengal cat or ever even seen one other than pictures or videos. They rescued over 100 Bengals from a backyard breeder, they were scared and obviously hadn't been very well socialized but they weren't feral. I heard several times about even though they are considered domesticated from F4 on they still maintain their 'wild' instincts. After spaying and neutering them they took them to a sanctuary where the person who runs it is supposed to be an 'expert' on Bengals was going to evaluate them. The ones that she deemed could be put in private homes would go to homes with no other cats, no dogs, and no kids because they still retain 'wild' instincts from their ancestor. The rest would go into an enclosure by her other big 'wild' cats. It drove me nuts so I can imagine how it would bother someone who breeds, shows, or owns a Bengal. They are supposed to be a network that people can learn about animals from but I think they got it completely wrong this time.
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12/5/07 at 8:56pm