Dante is an F1 Bengal who was privately owned and surrendered by his owner when life circumstances changed. Caring for him had become too much of a challenge for the family. It’s sad that we hear this story over and over again. Luckily for Dante, we were able to accept him into our program.
When he arrived in 2014, it was estimated he was approximately 5 years old. He had a history of chewing cords and material, a problem that a lot of hybrids have.
When caring for cats like Dante, caretakers must assure there’s nothing dangerous for him to ingest since it can lead to intestinal blockages. We’ve seen this happen with many of the wild cats people try to keep as pets in their home – something they, of course, are never meant to be.
Dante’s one of the most vocal of the hybrid cats here and is always the first outside to greet his caretakers in the morning. He’s always seeking attention, but physical interaction is not what he wants.
He’s adapted well to life in the Hybrid Haven section of our sanctuary, enjoying the freedom to go inside his bungalow to enjoy climbing and napping opportunities there, or to explore his outdoor habitat that’s safely roofed.
Though we tried introducing him to another Bengal named Kasha, it wasn’t a good match, so we’ll try to introduce him to another friend in the spring time.
For now, Dante likes having neighbors on both sides that he can interact with and learn from. We’re pleased that we’re able to offer him the opportunity to live among others of his species, thanks to our wonderful sponsors and supporters.