Bengal

Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Vocal
Intelligence
Health
Grooming & Shedding
Kid Friendly
Other Pets

Size

Eye Color

Fur 

Male: >12lbs
Female: >12lbs
Blue
Green
Short
Glossy, Smooth

Colors

Patttern

Longevity

Brown, Seal
Tabby, Ticking, Spots
9-13 Years

Overview

You can’t miss a Bengals distinctive spotted coat. They are large for a domesticated, house cat and look like miniature versions of the big cats you see in the wild. The Bengal cat was bred from the wild Asian Leopard Cat, but make no mistakes, Bengals are domestic cats by nature. They don’t actually get their name from the Bengal Tiger. They get their name from the Asian Leopard or Felis Bengalensis

Originally mixed with the Asian Leopard Cat and domestic shorthairs, the Bengal have become one of the most beloved breeds for cat owners that like an exotic looking animal. Bengals are considered to be the same as any domestic short hair and any Bengal that is purchased should be at no less than four generations away from any wild ancestors.

Bengal cats are very sought after and have been known to fetch prices upwards of $10,000 for the right coat pattern.

Personality

Bengal cats, due to their wild ancestors, are very active and very intelligent. The Bengal is a great breed if you are looking for a fun cat, but can be challenging when not given the proper time and attention. As a general rule, The Bengal is a chatty, friendly cat that is always on the prowl. Nothing going on will get overlooked and they enjoy games of chase, fetch and routinely learn tricks. Bengals are extremely nimble and have great dexterity in their paws.

A Bengal cat that is bored is a cat that is going to cause problems. When Bengals are not given enough activities to do, they can in to some destructive habits. Bengals are not shy to scratching at furniture, tearing up bathrooms and running rampant if not given enough toys and play time. They are also fond of water so you must make sure that you leave all toilet seats down and secure any Aquariums or Ponds from their reach. Bengals are expert hunters and will have no problem grabbing pet fish if given the opportunity.

Bengals enjoy getting to the highest point in the house possible. High shelves and ledges are no match for this cat, so make sure that you have plenty of cat trees for them to climb on. The Bengal is affection and when they are done playing jungle cat, they will happily rest on your lap or share your bed.

Health

Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Bengal is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:

  • Flat-chested kitten syndrome - a deformity that kittens can grow out up
  • Hip dysplasia
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    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - a heart related disease
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    Patellar luxation - hereditary knee problems
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    Progressive retinal atrophy - a degenerative eye disease
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    Distal neuropathy - a nervous system disorder that causes weakness.

Care

The short, thick coat of the Bengal is easily cared for with weekly combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. Bengals should be kept as indoor only cats unless you’ve have the ability to build an enclosure for them. Keeping them indoors or in a secure enclosure can also protect your cat from eating local birds and wildlife which can expose them to other diseases.

The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.

Children And Other Pets

The active and social Bengal is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. As long as children treat him with respect, they are great companions. Younger children will love the Bengals seemingly endless amount of energy. Bengals do not scare easily and will get along with dogs provided they give each other mutual respect and space.

Breed Recognition