Bengal Cat

Also known as: Asian Leopard cat
  • Bengal Cat
  • Bengal cat

General description

The Bengal is incredibly affectionate towards its family and friendly towards children. This breed is very tolerant towards strangers and intrigued by interaction with other animals. Bengals don't require particular care in relation to their coat care and they are capable of maintaining in great shape throughout their entire life. This type of cat enjoys gaining the owner's attention and it is fond of a playful interaction with all family members. Maintenance expenses are within an ideal average.

Bengal Cat in short

  • Group 3: Terriers
  • Height from 10 to 110 cm
  • Weight from 4 to 8 kg
  • Longevity from 11 to 12 years

Aspect and attributes

Characteristics accepts by FCI:

  • Colors: black, brown, cream, ruddy
  • Hair: short
  • Coats: spotted, tabby

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Costs and maintenance

As it regards maintenance cost, the Bengal sits on an ideal average when compared to many other cat breeds. This feline doesn't require special attention in relation to coat care, not more than the regularly provided ones. The Bengal must be taken care of in relation to its health although it is capable of maintaining a good standard throughout its entire life. As it concerns its diet, the Bengal can be quite voracious and a decent level of monitoring is required by allowing your pet to only eat high quality food.

Maintenance cost within average

Characteristics Summary

Friendliness and sociability

Affection towards family

The Bengal is a particularly reactive cat breed that enjoys interacting with all family members. The ability to widely vary this kind of interaction makes the Bengal more inclined towards a relationship with people that is as interesting as possible. Bengals are able to display interest for any activity that involves family members and they enjoy actively engaging in these, sometimes even in a disruptive and over the top manner. However, this is a widely welcomed trait that makes this breed adorable.

Absolute affection towards family

Friendly towards children

As with different members of the family, the interaction between a Bengal and children is also defined by quite an intense interactive bond in relation to the chances that the time spent together is dedicated to something compelling and positive. This quality is really appreciated by kids and places the Bengal amongst the favorite breeds within the feline world that are involved in a child's upbringing. This kind of interaction can even turn quite boisterous and represent a danger to sensitive objects within the house. Be careful!

Absolutely friendly with children

Relationship with strangers

Rather than a distinctive tolerance towards strangers, Bengals are actually driven by a healthy curiosity. When it's time to interact with them inside the house, the Bengal will have no issues of sort. The attraction is mutual and justified by the unique appearance of this type of cat as well as its tendency to be lively in many circumstances. Sometimes even too much. A little concern if the stranger is a person scared or intimidated by the presence of pets.

Absolute tolerance towards strangers

Friendliness towards other dogs

While making a distinction between the cases where the difference is in the animals interacting with this type of cat, we can say the Bengal is capable of sharing its everyday life with other pets without too many concerns, and engaging in a mutually respectful relationship with them which can sometimes be considered even affectionate. This particular aspect is directly connected to the opportunity the Bengal has of experiencing an early socialization with other pets, especially within the home environment which is an extremely sensitive area within this type of relationship.

Utmost friendliness towards other pets

Care and health

Coat care and shedding

The Bengal is generally equipped with a very short fur that doesn't cause any problems in relation to shedding. This cat is capable of keeping itself clean and doesn't require multiple brushing sessions throughout the week. An advantage for those wanting a cat that doesn't leave dirty spots in the house and wish to keep the number of direct action to an ideal limit in this regard, maybe by brushing their pet once every 4-5 days and using specific products such as moisturizing oil to keep it beautiful.

Relatively low level of shedding

Easiness to clean

Cleaning a Bengal is limited to a series of fairly customary tasks. This breed doesn't tend to get very dirty and it doesn't require special attention in this respect. In fact, there will rarely be the need to give your Bengal a bath to clean its coat and skin. Common advice must be given in relation to the cleanliness of a Bengal's mouth to prevent the onset of periodontitis, and including targeted inspection of the paws trying to avoid an excess growth of the claws.

Extreme ease in cleaning

Health and diseases

The level of health of a Bengal is generally good and it can be placed in an ideal average compared to other cat breeds. This breed is capable of staying healthy throughout its entire life span and it can be subject to a series of health problems that are considered quite common in the feline world. Amongst these it may be useful to note issues relating to progressive retinal atrophy, a degenerative disease that affects the cat's eye area, and luxating patella which can affect the Bengal quite severely. Regular veterinarian checkups are recommended in order to maintain your Bengal in good shape.

Average health level and standard illnesses

Tendency to gain weight

As far as it regards the Bengal's inclination to gain weight this breed displays almost zero chances in this respect. This type of cat consumes a decent amount of food but, with a regularly active lifestyle and care in the choice of food quality the Bengal is capable of easily maintaining a perfect shape. Bengal owners will need to be mindful of the possibility their pet may have access to alternative sources of food that may include low quality ingredients which are damaging to this cat's shape and wellbeing.

High inclination to remain fit

Learning skills

Intelligence and training

The main feature of a cat like the Bengal is to be extremely clever and hardly ever miss any activity happening around it. This trait is also enhanced thanks to the Bengal's need to feel a part of any interaction involving the family. A way of demanding attention and facilitating a practical and functional development of the Bengal's intelligence which doesn't disdain a direct involvement in these types of activities, and in fact often searches for it.

Great intelligence displayed during training

Inclination to bark or howl

Another way that allows this amazing breed to gain the owner's direct attention is to meow. This type of cat tends to be vocal during this particular type of interaction and it can become quite annoying if ignored. This type of event will occur in specific times of the day which can span from recalling the owner's attention to satisfy its needs such as a meal all the way to a simple request for a fun moment.

Average tendency to meow

Exercise requirements

Tendency to play

The Bengal is active and, in certain situations hyperactive. This breed tends to engage in any activity that will keep it busy, allowing it to develop and satisfy its intelligence and curiosity. The Bengal can engage in a very high number of various and unique playful activities, both within the home environment and outdoors. A further way to enable the Bengal to fully integrate within the family and provide extra motivation to initiate a game in various contexts. Engaging.

Maximum drive to play

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