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Meet the legend- Rajah Khan…Our resident leopard hybrid. The unofficial, default taste tester. Chaser of moving things. Keeper of sun puddles. The monster under the bed.
Rajah Khan’s breed is called a bengal, and they are most definitely different from “normal” cats. Bengals come from Asian leopards, the white or silver kind come from Asian snow leopards. He has retained a lot of the wild, instinctive side of the leopards as well as their spots.
Fun facts…although the most common bengals have spots, some are “marbled” instead. There is also another color-the snow bengals- they are a white/silvery color with gray/silver spots or marble. Bengals are generally considered hypoallergenic. However, I would recommend spending time around one before you rush to purchase. I spent around an hour at the home Raj was born in to make sure I didn’t have any reactions. Luckily for me, I didn’t! (I am very allergic to normal cats, but not stop breathing bad.)
Rajah Khan or Raj/Raji as we call him is now three years old. He became a part of our family when he was three months old, and was adorable. He was super shy at first, but quickly warmed up to us, just me and hubby then. He has developed into the biggest personality I have ever seen in a cat! Raj is always up for play, especially the stalking/chase type games. Some of his wild traits really shine when he goes on the prowl, it is truly terrifying, but he is a super friendly cat. He loves the girls and is always right where we are in the house.
Raj, and bengals in general, have a lot of “dog” traits like- playing fetch, wanting to be by you at all times, running to greet you at the door, etc. They are much higher in energy and maintenance than a “regular” cat. They LOVE to play, pretty much anything with you and are some of the best cuddle buddies ever! When I was on bed rest with my first daughter, Raj literally stayed in bed with me for those last several weeks straight!
Raji and “his girls” spend lots of adorable time together. He is absolutely wonderful with them! He and my youngest actually have the sweetest bond. They just cuddle, and he lets her use him as a pillow. He wouldn’t even consider doing that for the rest of us…but with her, he can’t say no. Kind of like her Daddy. 🙂
Eventually, I may put together a little book with some of their adventures. But for now, I will just let you know…if you are in the market for a cat, I cannot recommend a leopard hybrid enough! Please make sure to do some research if you are considering getting a bengal, as they are different from normal cats. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting into! If you have any allergies, spend some time around one before you buy one as well.
I would be happy to try and answer any questions you may have! Please note, I am not an expert by any means, just an owner. If I can’t answer a question, I do have breeders I can refer you to for specific questions. Seriously, leopard hybrids are the BEST CATS EVER!!!