Large, strong and agile, the Bengal cat may be wild in appearance, but this leopard-like feline can be an active and affable member of the family. An intelligent breed that needs lots of stimuli, the Bengal cat personality is one of constant inquisitiveness.
Descended from cross-breeding of wild Asian leopards with domestic shorthairs, these large felines still have a rather active hunting instinct. Because of this, Bengals shouldn’t be left with smaller animals, such as hamsters and rabbits.
A sociable cat, Bengals make great family pets and will love being the centre of attention. Staying true to their leopard-like roots, these furballs love water too.
Bengals require plenty of space and you should only consider this breed if you are willing to allow it to roam around. If outside, then preferably away from main roads and busy environments.
If you decide to keep them indoors, make sure you’ve got plenty to keep them entertained and busy. These felines can be territorial , so it’s best to give them lots of room. That said, they are quite comfortable sharing the house with other pets and won’t mind another cat they can get used to.
The Bengal is a relatively new breed, the first having been born in the mid-1970s.
Bengals have a long lifespan when cared for correctly. Though they’re a strong and active cat, they can be more prone to some common problems than other breeds.
You should give your cat a weekly health check yourself, making sure there are no noticeable differences with their paws, ears and eyes. Should you notice any change, call your vet.
These are a few of the more common Bengal cat health problems and how to spot them:
Being such an active breed, Bengals can be susceptible to injury and lameness. Left untreated, this can lead to health problems so keep an eye on your pet’s movement.
Abscesses and swellings are caused by infections and bacteria getting into cuts and grazes your cat may already have. Check for lumps and bumps when you’re grooming them.
This joint issue is caused by abnormalities in the hip, left untreated it can lead to arthritis.
Like many pet breeds, Bengal cats can be affected by a range of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy. Be sure to check your Bengal’s eyes regularly.
This inherited condition is caused by a defective gene and means red blood cells cannot release energy properly. This can lead to anaemia, so try to understand your Bengal’s family history before you buy them.
As a large, active breed a Bengal cat needs plenty of the right food. A full-grown cat can be fed multiple times a day. A diet rich in protein, vitamins and fibre is best and you should opt for mix of dry and wet food.
Bengals are known for packing on the pounds, so keep an eye on their weight. Follow the advice on your cat food regarding portion size and adjust it if they become overweight.
Your cat’s dietary requirements will change as they age. A younger cat or kitten will require more food to fuel their growing, while older cats are usually less active so need smaller portions.
Should your Bengal ever need to visit the vet, having pet insurance will cover you when it comes to paying for treatment and medication.
The cost of insuring a cat depends on their age, previous health problems and even where you live. It can also vary with provider. For more information about pet insurance, read our handy guide.
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