Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
6170, South Africa
Posted Jun 11, 2016
I first met Sassie when I went to the local animal shelter looking for a new companion. Sassie (the largest of his litter), was instantly drawn to me and refused to leave my side. He was described as a mix breed, however he has proven he really is a Bengal through and through. It has mostly been all positive while having him- he is highly intelligent and I was able to easily train him; he also is comfortable around dogs, even when they aren't yet comfortable with him; and considering he is a full outdoor cat, he has not been seriously sick since I've had him, although he did have a mild case of dust allergy as a kitten, which fortunately cleared up. He is also an extremely loyal cat, he knows who his owner is and unfortunately is known to pine if I go out without giving him the heads up.
He is also extremely vocal and will often announce his entrance into every room, as well as when he wakes up and thinks I should too. He is also an intense attention seeker and when left unanswered and ignored tends to nip at you. This is one of the characteristics that is the most unpleasant and I often have to reprimand him for it.
These cats are definitely not ones for being left alone for very long, and tend to be extremely loyal to one owner in particular. They also require quite a bit of attention and love to have long conversations with you.