The Bengal cat: a mini fawn at home!

One of the most beautiful cat breeds that can be acquired is undoubtedly the Bengal cat, sometimes called the Bengal cat although it does not come from this region of the world exactly! This unusual breed was indeed created for the pleasure of the eyes: it sports an exotic dress that makes it look like a small leopard. It’s a real feline with a strong character … If you plan to adopt one, be careful, you should think carefully before capsizing. 

  • Size: 30 to 35 cm in length
  • Hair: short
  • Colour: orange to light brown tones
  • Life expectancy: 10 to 16 years
  • Gestation period: 56 to 71 days

Description and characteristics of the Bengal cat

The Bengal looks exactly like a small wildcat: its coat, typical, has dots and rosettes (two-tone spots) like those of a leopard. It also has mottling, especially on the legs, chest, and around the face. The reasons vary from individual to individual. The Bengal is medium to large in size, often larger than our usual domestic cats; the males, in particular, have strong bones and powerful bodies.

The finer females, however, have a drawn musculature that gives them a wild look. The head is rather elongated, with a fine nose reminiscent of the Siamese and the tips of the ears are rounded. The dress can have various colors, in brown tones, but there are lighter shades pulling towards gray-white. The eyes are yellow or green.

History and origins of the Bengal breed

The breed was developed in the United States and was born more precisely in California, the fruit of the work of a geneticist, passionate breeder, Jean S. Mill. She wanted to create a cat that would look as much like a wild cat as possible. Crosses between American Shorthair and Asian wild cat (Bengal leopard cat) made it possible to achieve this breathtaking result, for the first time in the 1960s; then marriages with different breeds of cat (Siamese in particular) gave the Bengal that we know today. 

These hybridizations made it possible to refine the silhouette and to test the resistance of the breed to certain diseases. The Snow Bengal Cats was recognized as a breed in the United States in 1983 and imported to France in the 90s.

Character and behavior of the Bengal cat

It is better to be warned: it is in a way here that the beauty of the Bengal is paid for… Indeed, its curiosity and its liveliness make it an adventurous cat that is capable of putting its life in danger. It is, therefore, preferable to keep it in an enclosed environment, indoors or outdoors and under the supervision of its owner to prevent it from running away because its “wild” blood pushes it to extend its territory ever further.

The Bengal is not shy, it is even sociable and gets along well with other pets. On the other hand, cohabitation can be difficult with other cats: he has a strong and determined character, with a dominant tendency, and does not hesitate to show it to his congeners. With his master, he has an exclusive temperament but his sociability makes him pleasant to live with his family. Note, however: that it is a great mower!

How to take care of your Bengal cat?

The Bengal are playful and love to exercise; small apartments are not well designed for him unless you give him time and give him toys, cat trees, and why hang buildings when he can climb and jump from one platform to another. She is curious, loves to see the truth and character of her masters and participates in family life.

Her ingenuity will amaze you: she rarely learns to open the doors and even fold! Of course, it says it is attracted to the water and it is possible to find it in the bathtub … On the safety side, regular care should be given to it so that it is not damaged by infections. Regular brushing is required as well as cutting nails once a month. But above all, we must provide her with proper and nutritious food.

Bengal cat food

The Bengal cat has a fragile stomach and has a specific energy and caloric requirements: you can’t help but give it kibble specially designed for the breed. Major brands offer them, and it is also possible to order them on the Internet on specialized sites. A regular feeding rhythm is necessary, once a day at the same time, and he must have access to fresh water at will.

We can offer him treats to make him wait during the day, at best presented in the form of a game in order to combine business with pleasure: playful distributors exist in the trade, it is for example a ball that the cat must roll to knock out the kibble contained inside. Thus, he will not be bored and will not think of complaining!

Health and pathologies of Bengals

The Bengal breed is unfortunately prone to certain genetic disorders, such as hip dysplasia or nervous system conditions. Despite these hereditary diseases due to bad luck, the Bengal is of good constitution, and the problems which can appear in the first months of life often resolve themselves without leaving traces in adulthood (kitten tremor syndrome for example).

To avoid any risk of infection, regularly check the condition of the claws and ears and clean the corners of the eyes of their impurities with a clean cotton ball for each eye. If the ears are waxy, they can be cleaned with a cotton ball soaked in warm water and a little vinegar. Good dental hygiene (weekly brushing) is required to prevent gingivitis and the appearance of cavities.

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