Phil Mireles
Phoenix, AZ
The bengal cat is a distinct, unique breed derived from crossing a domestic
cat with the Asian Leopard Cat. This was done in an effort to preserve the
stunning beauty of the small forest dwelling Leopard Cat th
at resembles
the Ocelot or Marguay. The first three generation are Domestic/Leopard
Cat hybrids. The fourth generation and on are SBT bengals. "Bengal" is
derived from the Latin name of the Asian Leopard Cat,
Felis Bengalenis.
What is believe to be the first documented cross in the U.S. is recorded as
1963, however there are referrences to domestic and wild crosses in earlier

The first three generation of a hybrid require special attention in their care.
Their feral, wild beauty makes them striking cats, but consideration should
be given to their temperment. Females are used as foundation breeders of
the domestic Bengals.

Domestic Bengals make loving, intelligent house cats with normal  litter
box habits. They enjoy the companionship of both adults and children and
adapt well to other family pets. Their nutritional and immunization
requirements are the same as for all domestic household cats.

Kittens are categoried as to their quality when compared to the accepted
standard. The standard for the Bengal Cat describes the ideal. The
closeness of each individual cat to that standard defines its quality. Kitten
are sold as pet to be altered, breeders or show quality cats.

We have been breeding bengals since 1995. We chose the breed for its
unique beauty and wild essence, but the bengal won us over for its friendly
personality., high intelligence and out going nature. Our goal is to produce
clear coated, colorful, rosetted, healthy and well socialized loving Bengal
Credit to Peggy Johnson of Cactus Run
When not caring for my Bengal cats, I like
to relax by watching my Discus fish.  They
appear to be in suspended animation.  :)
Not all cats and/or kittens pictured on this
web site reside at Spothaven at this time.