Pyewacket the Bengal
A celebration of Pyewacket (born December 23, 2007), resident leopard. Pyewacket is a Bengal Cat for whom Pyewacket Press is named, and a delightful handful. At eight years old she is just as playful and active (and devious) as she was at six months. She races around and up and down stairs, fetches thrown objects like coiled pipe cleaners, and bounces off of walls with tremendous energy every day. She actually hauls her toys to me when I am at the computer, surrounding my chair, inviting me to play with her. If I don’t notice or cannot stop in my work, she sinks a well-placed claw into my knee until I pay attention. She’s an indoor cat with free access to our roof deck and large balcony – and on both surfaces she snags low flying or otherwise unsuspecting birds on the wing. Like all Bengals she is highly intelligent and thus easily bored. I take her out for walks twice a day with her harness and lead. She absolutely requires the mental and sensory stimulation of being on the ground outside, and ends every walk by clambering up the twenty foot high wisteria vine leading back into the house. She is also very affectionate and loves to cuddle. Pyewacket was bred by Karen Shaw of Askari Bengals.