Bengal Cats – delicate breed. They’re professional athletes: active as well as elegant with a strong, muscular body. Cat appears like a jungle elegant mini leopard. Regardless of their wild look, Bengal cats are actually affectionate with their human family members. They also have a high power and a fun-loving, playful side. They intend to remain active and require a house that can match their energy.

If you can meet the Bengal’s need, you’ll have a clever, loving cat who can maintain you on your toes.

Read below for a complete list of Bengal cat breed characteristics!

Breed Overview

Breed type: hybrid cat breed

WEIGHT: 8 to 15 pounds (3,5 kg – 7 kg)

LENGTH: About a foot and a half (around 45 cm)

ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH

COAT: Primarily short, although there is a long-haired variant

COLOR OF THE COAT: brown, silver or snow

PATTERN: Spotted (single spotted or rosette) or marbled coats with black, chocolate, or grey/silver patterns. 

EYE COLOR: Green, hazel, gold, brown, yellow, orange and blue in some breeds (Seal Lynx)

GOOD WITH: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 9  to 16 years 

OTHER TRAITS: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies

Breed Characteristics

Bengal CatsTemperament: 

Bengal cats are active and intelligent animals. They are alert but friendly. Bengal cats adore playing active games as jumping and climbing and all games that challenge their intelligence. These cats like to share a bed with owners and like all water sources. Highly active. Independent, elegant, energetic, playful, affectionate, gentle. Friendly toward humans and strangers. Loyal, easy to train and groom. From wild nature, they preserved only physical dexterity.

Physical characteristics: 

Almond eyes are rimmed with a black line and their body is muscular, large, sleek with a thick tail. Coat with a specific spotted pattern, marbled pattern or rosette markings. Lengthy legs, large bodies,  small heads. Smart and wild-looking. 

Coat variations:

Breed-accepted colors of Bengal cats are brown, silver and snow, but in this primary division, there are many variations. 

Brown color may mean grey-brown, sandy brown, tawny brown, brown and sorrel. 

Grey-brown cats have a grey coat with a black pattern of marks. 

Sandy brown shaded coat has a cool brown shade, color between warm brown and cool grey. 

Tawny brown cats have more warm and yellowish tones. If the tawny brown color is saturated enough, the cat is called brown, as the cat has a warm brown color but still not orange. Many ALC cats have this shade. Sorrel means the cat's fur has more reddish or orange tones. 

Snow color usually has The Seal Lynx Bengal, often the only Bengal with blue eyes and the Seal Mink Bengal cats. Lynx kittens are born completely white, and the Bengal cat pattern emerges with edges. The Seal Mink kitten have a design when born. Seal Sepia has a snow-like coat and sepia marks. Seal Sepia look like the real snow leopard.

Silver Bengal has a silver to white base coat with black markings. Brown tips are not welcomed on a silver coat by breeders.

Bengal Cats

Health

Mostly they are healthy cats, but some genetic problems may occur as it happens with all pedigreed cats and mixed breeds. Some of the diseases that can occur: Flat-chested kitten syndrome, distal neuropathy, hip, dysplasia, patellar, luxation, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and progressive retinal atrophy.

Care

Weekly combing to remove dead hair is optimal. Also, it is suitable for skin oil distribution. Dental hygiene is recommended, every day or weekly brushing. Wipe all dirty parts of the body like ears and eyes.  You can clean ears with a mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. It is good to trim the nails every couple of weeks and keep the litter box clean. It's good to keep them indoors to prevent them from any disease or injury.

Facts

  • patterns and personality makes this breed famous and wanted
  • The kitten of the Asian leopard and domestic cat is called an F1. Every following generation gets a numerical designation such as F2, F3, F4, etc. A genuinely domestic Bengal cat must be at least an F4.

History

Jean Mill, a breeder in California, didn't have the intention to create a new breed. She had a leopard cat as a pet and a black tomcat. Jean didn't think that these two species could be together in any other way except friendly animal companions. When kittens appeared, she took a spotted female with whom she had more spotted and solid kittens. Around that time at Loyola University, the leopard cats were being crossed with domestic cats as the leopard cats were provenly resistant to the feline leukaemia virus. Jean Mill gave up cat breeding, but she is considered a beginner in Bengal cat creation; today, you can buy a Bengal cat as a domestic cat. The Bengal cat you buy must be at least four generations removed from the wild leopard ancestor. The International Cat Association fully recognized Bengal cats in 1991. 

Children And Other Pets

Bengal cats are not recommended to be the pets of very young children, but with parental guidance, it can be appropriate. Also, it depends on the child's personality;  is the child enough careful and compassionate. The child should treat the Bengal cat with respect. School-aged children are the best for Bengal cats. Bengal cats don't care for child ageing until they are polite to them – usually, they are great with children and family dogs. 

Choosing the Best Food for Bengal cat

As Bengal cats are active and athletic, they need high energy food. Proper nutrition based on proteins and fat is vital to support their high activity levels. Grain gree recipes are the best option to acquire as their ancestors ate only meat. 

It is crucial to keep in mind that mostly all canned and dried cat food is cooked. By cooking meat degraded the nutrients. Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are losing all those nutrients in cooking processes.  Raw food maintains a cat's optimal hydration level as dehydration in Cats is usually discovered when it is too late. Some Bengal owners feed this cat only with raw meat, but for this option, consult your vet.

Choosing the Best Food for Bengal Kittens

It's good to offer them a different type of food, as they will show you which one is the best for them. In the adulthood stage, Bengal cats food should be mainly protein-based. Fat is also vital as they need it to build a healthy immune system.


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