[ads1][dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of the most unique Bengal quirks is their love for water. These wild looking kitties can often be seen sneaking around the sinks and showers, playing in their water bowls, or even sailing and skimboarding. The breed inherited this unusual trait from their ancestor, the Asian leopard cat, which is known as a skilled swimmer and can even hunt in the water. (This also means it’s never a good idea to have an open fish tank if you have a Bengal.)
Considering that Bengals have a fondness for all things connected to water, and that they are incredibly intelligent and curious, it doesn’t come as a surprise that some of these felines try their hand in a variety of water sports. One of the most popular Bengals with a knack for challenging water activities is Boomer. After the viral video in which this Bengal flaunts his skimboarding skills, his owner put together another impressive clip of him and Boomer on a surfboard. While his human is doing all the grunt work (no judgment here, hands are better for paddling then paws, after all), this Bengal sits at the front of the board, making sure he won’t accidentally miss the chance to catch an unsuspecting fish. His composure is impressive and one can easily see how comfortable Boomer feels when in water.
His owner, Robert Dolwett, a professional animal trainer with an active lifestyle, can be partly credited for Boomer’s marine adventures. As an expert on training with positive reinforcements, Robert was able to teach his Bengal how to behave when he’s on a surfboard, which ensures that his feline is safe while exploring the charms of water sports. In return, his owner’s passion for the outdoors gave Boomer the opportunity to have many amazing experiences while bonding with his dad.
Although Bengals love playing in the water, there is one thing that brings them even greater joy, and that’s spending time with their favorite human. In this video, we can see how happy this spotted kitty is able to share this great adventure side by side with his human. Bengals don’t appreciate being left out from their family’s activities, and will always try to join whatever it is you’re currently doing (regardless of whether you want them to or not). Their need to share everything with their special human is one of their more endearing qualities, and it’s a trait that’s not common for cats.
In the end, we can only conclude that Boomer is one lucky kitty. Not only he has a dad that takes him everywhere with him, he’s definitely never bored!