What F1 bengal cat is?
F1 cat is a hybrid cat, first generation of crossbreeding asian leopard cat and a
domesticated bengal cat. Breed itself was originally bred of little predator - asian leopard
cat (ALC) and american shorthair cat. All males out of this link are infertile, that is why
they are sold only as pets. Females are fertile and are offered exclusively for breeding.
Why do we breed F1 bengal cats?
Why do we breed F1 cats when bengal breed was already bred? The reason is, of course,
the efforts to improvement. Over time the painting was improved at domesticated
bengals, from the spots to beautiful, dark-rounded rosettes. On the other hand, the type
of wild asian leopard cat disappear from the domesticated bengals. F1 cats with rosetted
painting, small rounded ears, small and strong tail, strong chin and nice narrow profile
are my dreams and goals. It is neccessary to choose bengals with beautiful painting,
exclusively rosetted cats to mate with ALC. Then there is hope that dreams and
resolutions will come true....
What are F1 kittens like?
In many ways they are similar as other kittens, but of course they do have specifics. In
the moment of writing this article, we have our first F1s. That is why some information
has been taken from breeders from abroad, but some of them are my own experiences
and observation. I will upgrade the article over time as kittens grow up and develop.
When the F1 kittens were born, they started to sizzle after two days when they couldn´t
distinguish smell or voice. After they opened their eyes, they didn´t sizzle as much as in
the first days, they learned to recognize who or what is getting close to them. Kittens
have much stronger clutches and teeth than „normal“ kittens of the same age. They are
also much louder when they are calling mum or us. In 5 weeks of age they start to drink
water from bowl, tasting wet food, start to use cat toilet. They find objects in their range,
we have to remove all of electric wires from the computer, lamp, etc. They also can climb
to scratcher, for now up to ½ metre. They bite everything they find. In the age of 9 weeks
they are vaccinated for the first time, of course with very loud protest. But they handle it
without any negative reaction. In this phase F1´s diet consists of raw meat, wet food for
cats without grain, dry food for cats without grain and of course the breast milk. Kittens
can climb up to the chairs, table, windowsill, but also up to our backs when they think the
food preparation lasts too long time. The second vaccination went well, kittens also got
their microchips and EU passports.
Our first F1 kittens went to their new homes. We are staying in touch with new owners
because we want to see kittens development and their behaviour. Now we can say with
certain that the kittens incorporated to new pack very fast just like domesticated bengal
kittens. We also checked that F1 kittens can handle travelling by plane and car.
What to prepare for?
F1 kitten needs a lot of love, patience and tolerance. They do have wild blood in their
veins after all. We breed kittens at home, we introduce them to regular voices of
household, we take them to our hands, fondle them, teach them to right habits. Yet they
are very active, need a lot of initiative for games and their mental development. F1s can
be very stubborn and it is difficult to talk out their plan sometimes. The best is to redirect
their plan to preferable activity. F1s love water, and not just for drinking but they like to
play with it. It is possible that F1 will use water (bath, sink) also as toilet. ALC uses
flowing water or leaves as toilet in nature. That is why we can see similar behaviour in
case of their offsprings, it is the matter of natural instincts and so this is not
uncleanliness or error in education. It seems advantageous to F1 have animal friend. F1 is
loyal to its person, does not like to be alone. I´m sure that you get as much love as you
give in return.
Please, Inform in your country if breeding of F1s is allowed, and right before you contact
us. Every country has its own laws and it is impossible for us to know this information
about every country. Every kitten of our cattery is gonna be sent with all required
documents and permission. Our breed is officially allowed, we do have all registration.
F1 kittens are registrated in TICA database