Bengal breed information

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Own a Bengal cat, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

  • Size: Large
  • Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
  • Coat: Shorthair, weekly groom required
  • Exercise: High, Very active

Bengal personality

The Bengal look like they belong in the jungle, they are muscular, agile and have very strong bodies. They have a high prey drive and so can't be trusted around small animals such as hamsters or rabbits.

Bengals were bred by crossing an Asian leopard cat with a domestic shorthair. They're very active cats, they love to play in water and climb, seeking out the highest point in the house, and if that's your light fitting then so be it!

The Bengal needs a sociable home, they love to learn new tricks and will do anything for your attention.

Did you know that the Bengal is an expensive breed and are often referred to as the Rolls Royce of kitties!

Common health problems and illnesses


Look out for any changes in your pets mobility, the Bengal cat is susceptible to lameness which can be caused by a number of underlying medical conditions such as arthritis.


Abscesses happen as a result of pus gathering under the skin and causing a large swelling due to the bacteria in the bite. If you notice any swelling than it's worth taking your Bengal to the vet for a check-up.


Our pet policies explained

Time Limited pet policies

  • Our Time Limited policies cover an illness or condition (and their related conditions) for a maximum of 12 months from the date of the first treatment up to the limit you choose 

  • No more claims will be paid once the 12 month limit has been reached 

  • This cover is most suited for short-term illnesses and injuries 

Lifetime pet policies

  • Our Lifetime policies provide cover for all illnesses or conditions that occur in the policy year, up to the policy limit you choose

  • The policy limit is then refreshed and applied again at renewal, so you know your furry family member is always covered

  • This covers illness and injuries needing cover for longer than 12 months

Don't forget: if your pet has any pre-existing medical conditions when you take out your policy, we won't cover these or any condition linked to them.