Welcome to our monthly blog page, for cat enthusiasts to learn and discover more about the Bengal breed!

May 2024 Blog

Dreamstone Amber.

Bengals & water!

Common belief is cats hate getting wet! But not a Bengal!
Another amazing unique characteristic of a Bengal cat is their relationship with water. They love to
play with, swim in and watch water. The fascinating world of a Bengal sets them apart from other
feline friends. Their love for water originates back to their ancestors, the Asian leopard cat. Asian
leopard cats are natural swimmers, living in southeast Asia they need to cross rivers and marshlands
in their natural habitats. Bengals have inherited this natural love for water adding to their
uniqueness amongst domestic cats.
Water play can be added to your Bengals routine and helps provide mental stimulation, preventing
boredom and provides a sensory experience, keeping their minds engaged. Water play may include a
running tap, a large bowl with toys in to catch, a water fountain or even a bath time! Be warned
most cat water fountains are not Bengal proof! And can lead to large puddles in the house if not


April 2024 Blog

Female bengal kitten

Bengal cats glitter

Do you know Bengals are the only cat breed that glitter? But not all Bengals.
Bengals are a remarkable breed and their striking appearance is one of the many reasons we
are attracted to the breed. A Bengals coat shimmers and sparkles in the sunlight like a
diamond due to a genetic gene. Not all Bengals carry the gene, but all Dreamstone Bengals
do! It is a truly remarkable sight watching a Bengals coat shimmer with glitter.
It is known that there are two different types of glitter found on Bengals: mica and satin.
The glitter gene is a naturally occurring mutation which is not harmful but adds to the
wonders of a Bengal cat.
Mica is a type of glitter that only affects the tips of the hairs. This produces a reflective
effect in the tips of the fur. Whereas Satin affects the whole hair shaft, which contains
pockets of air along their length, giving a pearlescent effect.
Glitter is a highly sort after feature in a Bengal as the glitter gene helps produce a clear
pattern and those without can develop a more ticked coated.
A DNA test can be completed to test if a Bengal carries one or both of the glitter genes.


March 2024

Indoor vs outdoor debate!

It is a HUGE topic that requires a lot of consideration. We hope by sharing the pros and cons of this valuable debate families feel confident in making a constructive decision to help keep their fur friend safe and healthy. We trust that families giving a loving home to a Dreamstone kitten will consider all these relevant points to find the right conclusion that meets the needs of their new kitten and the whole family.

The Indoor debate

Lack of exercise– going outside accommodates healthy exercise. For indoor cats, families must consider a Cat wheel or Catio to meet the energetic needs of a Bengal.

Lack of mental simulation– this can easily lead to anxiety, depression resulting in behavioural issues. Indoor cats (particularly Bengals!) require a wide range of toys and activity puzzles to keep them mentally simulated. Its best to consider rotating toys and puzzles to help promote interaction.


Not allowing them a diverse environment to explore and express their natural instincts can lead to frustrations. Bengals love to climb and be up high, you will need to consider high shelves, tall cat trees for your cat to explore and feel content.


Require support from there owners– Many indoor cats create exceptional bonds with their humans and often rely on them for more attention than typical cats who can explore outside for socialising.


Control over food consumption and diet– You are in full control of your cats diet and food intake, outdoor cats can often be fed by neighbours.

Indoor cats can certainly benefit from a playmate to keep them occupied and reduce the risk of feeling lonely when their family is at work/school etc


The Outdoor debate

Parasites– regular prevention treatment must be applied to keep your cat protected from parasites which they can easily encounter exploring outdoors. Although it is recommended to keep indoor cats protected too!

Disease– All cats must receive annual boosters to keep fully protected against cat flu (fHV, FCV), feline panleukopenia (FPV) and feline leukaemia (Felv) Outdoor cats pose a risk of encountering other cats carrying disease.

Lost or stolen– It is now a legal requirement for all cats to be microchipped but that does not stop pet theft or your fur friend getting lost.

Road accidents– families need to risk asses their local area, traffic congestion etc to ensure risks are low of possible road accidents. You can never guarantee your cat is safe exploring outdoors.  

Cats are natural predators– unfortunately Bengals love to hunt and are fantastic hunters! This does impact local wildlife!

Our conclusion

Here at Dreamstone Bengals we allow our retired cats to live freely in the family home and explore the great outdoors. We feel that risks are low in our local area from road accidents and pet theft, with our cats rarely leaving our acre of garden. Parasite control is paramount to make sure they are protected from fleas, ticks, mites and worms but this is equally important for indoor cats. Bengals are great natural hunters and yes, we have been left ‘presents’ which we do not appreciate but unfortunately this is part of an outdoor cat’s life.

Of course, all our Studs and Queens live a happy indoor life, they have access to large living areas including cat wheels, swings, climbing trees, toys and harness walks to help support their happiness. We offer a rotation of mental simulation toys to help keep their minds busy and to prevent boredom!

Theres no right or wrong answer- you must consider all the facts and risks to reflect on making the right decision that works for your fur friend and family.


February 2024


Dreamstone Bengals uk

What are the 3 main differences between a Bengal cat and a domestic cat? 

People often ask, why do we love the Bengal breed? And the simple answer is, Bengals are not your typical domestic cat. Their striking appearance, energic behaviour and magnificent intelligence makes them such a fascinating breed. Let me explain further…


The most noticeable distinction between a Bengal cat and typical domestic cat is its appearance. Although Bengals are not the largest cat breed, they are close with most males reaching approx. 8kg, although females are slightly more petite, they are still typically larger than a usually domestic cat. A Bengal cat does not reach their full growth development until 2 years old. They have a strong muscular body structure with longer hind legs, much like their Asian leopard ancestors, which provides them with a powerful but graceful stride. Their coat resembles a wild leopard, with rosettes on a silky pelt. Most Bengals shimmer in the sunlight due to the ‘glitter’ in their fur. 


Bengals are the most inquisitive and curious of cat breeds. Their high energy and athletic nature requires lots of physical exercise to maintain a happy Bengal. They have an increased need for daily exercise and metal simulation. Have you heard of the ‘Zoomies’? This is the nickname given to a Bengals crazy hour of the day, where they love to burn off their energy, to race and jump. Bengals love to climb and explore high spaces; they require tall climbing trees and window perches to satisfy their urge for height. Bengals have unique personalities and tend to show their emotions very clearly. A Bengal loves to chat and certainly let you know when they want something. They are extremely loyal to their families, wait to greet you when you arrive home and make the perfect fur friend.  


A Bengal is regarded as one of the smartest cat breeds! They have dog like traits due to their high intelligence. You can train a Bengal to come on command, clicker train, walk on a leash, use the toilet, and play fetch! Their high intelligence means they require mental simulation, they thrive on puzzles and challenging toys. Their excellent hunting skills and curiosity of surroundings is all due to their high intelligence. Having an intelligent pet is defiantly fun!


January 2024

Dreamstone Bengals UK

What does a life of a Bengal breeder look like?

Bengals are a remarkable breed! The creation of the Bengal cat breed was founded by Jean Mills in America. Jean had a vision of crossing a wild Asian leopard cat with a domestic cat, to create this new hybrid. Bengals have a striking beauty resembling a wild Asian leopard, their fur is like silk, covered in glitter and are a larger cat breed. Our boys range from 7-8.6kg! 

We were fascinated by this new stunning cat creation and quickly knew we wanted to help develop the Bengal breed. Dreamstone Bengals was established in 2004. 

We pride ourselves on importing the best bloodlines from around the globe to create our exceptional kittens. Our kittens are raised in a family home, where we have three age-appropriate rooms, each room specifically designed and adapted to cater for the growing needs of our kittens. RHR cat trees are an important element to our kitten rooms, making sure the kittens have opportunity to climb, play and burn off their Bengal energy. Bengals need to be mentally stimulated and require lots of interactive stimuli to keep them happy. It is very important Bengal kittens are well socialised from an early age due to their wild ancestor’s nocturnal instincts.

Life being a Bengal Breeder is extremely hard work as it means being dedicated to early mornings and late nights, 365 days a year. With breeding brings anxiety and anticipation waiting for the babies to arrive safely. We also have to focus on the mothers wellbeing as well as the kittens, to make sure mum is happy, content and feeding. There are lots of difficulties that can be experienced after the birthing process, for example, kittens are weighed daily to make sure they are thriving and properly feeding to get the nutrition they need to grow healthy, if not we will intervene. Sometimes this requires hand feeding a kitten/s every 2 hours throughout day and night. 

Although breeding is a stressful job, it is balanced with the joy of raising kittens from birth to 13 weeks old, when they are ready to leave us. Watching them reach milestones such as starting to be weaned, watching the slow-motion play fighting around 4-5 weeks old, to their little personalities developing and confidence building. We capture their growth and development weekly on videos and photographs, which are shared with families so they have the pleasure of watching their new kitten grow until home time. 

Bengals are known for their striking beauty and breathtaking, wild aesthetics, magnificent character, and high intelligence. A typical Bengal has a mischievous personality, that is intrigued by everything! They are not your typical lap cat because of their high energy levels but they certainly love a cuddle when they are ready to relax. Families do ask us, ‘How did you create a lap cat?’ as Dreamstone babies have the balance of a fun personality and loving nature because of the playtime and love received from our three children. 

Bengals make the perfect fur friends with most other animals. Our Bengal cats and kittens adore playtime with our cocker spaniel and two Rhodesian ridgebacks. This helps kittens build confidence around dogs, and is particularly important for kittens joining a family with a dog. Bengals are certainly the ‘Boss’ of the dogs! 

Bengals are very trainable; and have dog like traits, such as playing fetch and walking on a leash. Some of our kittens have even been trained to use the toilet! They just haven’t learnt to flush yet! We start leash training from 10 weeks old. This gives families the opportunity to continue the training and take their kittens on adventures, to explore beaches, woodlands and much more. Some of our kittens/cats even go on holiday with their families! 

What character traits does a bengal have?

  1. Active: Bengal cats are generally very active and playful. They love exercise and are often involved in a variety of activities.
  2. Intelligent: These cats are smart creatures who quickly pick up new things and enjoy challenges. 
  3. Curious: Bengals are curious cats who enjoy exploring their surroundings. Bengals are constantly on the lookout for discoveries.
  4. Social: Many Bengal cats bond strongly with their human family members and enjoy being be involved in daily activities.
  5. Energetic: No dull moments with a Bengal cat in the home. Their energy level remains they need lots of attention, playtime and mental stimulation. 
  6. Communicative: Bengal cats can be very vocal and make different sounds to communicate with their owners. 

We get to meet wonderful families and some of our Dreamstone kittens are privileged to join high profile families, jet setting across the globe on private planes to their new homes. The latest high profile family includes Jos Verstappen. Jos and family now have three Dreamstone babies.

Beware though, Bengals are addictive! We have many families that start with one Bengal baby and now have 3! 

Here at Dreamstone we have our own retirement village, which includes two retired stud boys and two retired queens. Most of our retired studs and queens go to live with their offspring, which is always beautiful for a mum to stay with their baby forever but unfortunately, we are aware some of our cats will struggle to adapt to new environments and new people, so they have a family life with us. We offer all
our cats a lifelong commitment of a home with us!

Tory – Dreamstone Bengals

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