I’ve always been fascinated by the Bengal Cat, in large part because:
A: They look awesome.
B. They’re hypoallergenic, meaning they are less likely than other cats to produce an allergic reaction.
The allergic reaction most people associate with cats doesn’t come from their hair, as is often assumed, but rather from their dander. Dander is a combination of dried skin and saliva, which when floating around in a living room, can produce the sneezing and watery-eyes we associate with cat allergies.
So why do Bengal cats produce less dander than other breeds? Theories vary, although no concrete scientific studies have ever been conducted (Perhaps this will be Splendid Beast’s next venture). Some believe it is because of the Bengal cat’s short coat, which requires less maintenance than longer-haired felines. Others believe it is because the Bengal sheds less than other cats, which keeps dander from spreading throughout the house. Maybe it has something to do with their wild ancestry – Bengal cats are the result of cross-breeding domestic felines with the Asian Leopard cat, which gives them their trademark spots.