Designer Bengal Singapore sounds like an odd name for a cat store. But nonetheless, Designer Bengal Singapore is the name of a new shop along Jalan Besar Road that allows you to play with or adopt the beautiful Bengal cats on display. Presumably they chose that name because Bengal kitties are the latest fashion accessory. Long gone are the days when everyone wanted a pooch to show off in their handbag. Especially in Singapore where most people live in apartments, cats make for the perfect pet and what could be more stylish than a Bengal?
Bengal cats have distinct leopard-like black and orange marking on their fur that makes them look like wild cats. Bengals are a hybrid of domestic cats and the Asian leopard cat. Their fur is glossy and luxurious to touch and they grow to a very large size, almost 1 meter as an adult. What makes them unique however is their perfect tameness. They are incredibly social and love to be petted and taken on walks.
Designer Bengal Singapore breeds these beauties locally in Singapore. Kittens are priced according to their perfection of colours, markings, show quality and body structures and costing between $2,000-6,000 each. They come with a Pedigree Certificate and are fully vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and desexed. However the cost is ongoing. Bengals prefer to eat raw meat and fish rather than tinned cat food. The enjoy to snack on dry biscuits. Because they grow to such a large size as well, the amount of food they consume can be quite costly.
We visited the Designer Bengal Singapore shop and paid $5 per person to be allowed to pet two Bengal cats for 30 minutes. There were two cats who were just over a year old, a male and a female, reclining on the couch in the front room. The female was more dark in colouring and the male had a strong orange hue. At the back of the store is a locked play area for the smaller kittens, which are all for sale. Visitors are unable to handle the kittens unless they are serious about purchasing a cat.
If you are thinking about purchasing a cat, or are simply curious about Bengals, it is worth a visit to Designer Bengal Singapore. It will cost you next to nothing to get up close to these regal looking cats, although to buy and maintain one may cost you an arm and a leg. If you do purchase a Bengal, you should also reconsider your wardrobe. Wearing pink, yellow and red will clash with their exotic fur coat. Dressing in light blue, black and leopard print are better choices to show off your new fashion statement.
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