While plenty of books, journals, magazines, and newspapers describe the characteristics of Bengal cats, only a few tend to describe what it’s like living with them and how they react when kept inside cat enclosures.
Most of these publications focus only on these creatures as animals and not as pets. They do not give much detail about them being raised by humans.
So in an effort to help people who are planning to adopt this type of feline at home, here’s everything you need to know about it:
What is a Bengal Cat
Also called the Asian leopard cat, the Bengal cat is a feline resulted in crossbreeding selected cat species like ocelots, clouded leopards, and margays. It is noted for its markings similar to those cats that are seen in the wild.
These felines have two common fur patterns – the typical spotted pattern and the lovely swirly marbled. Both patterns come in varying shades that form distinct markings.
On average, a Bengal cat becomes mature after 1-1/2 years. At this age, the males weigh 8 to 10 pounds, while the females may weigh between 20 to 22 pounds.
Since the 1960s, this cat has become very popular with pet owners. Unfortunately, a certain disorder became prevalent among them, which caused majority of them to become blind within their early years.
Bengal Cats as Pets
Compared to other cat breeds, Bengals have lots of advantages, such as being easy to care for. But if you are the type of owner who is looking for a lazy and quiet companion, might as well look for another cat breed. This is because these felines are known to be athletic, smart, and energetic. And you wouldn’t want to keep them bored.
Also, these cats are good entertainers. They always do things that will amaze you. They make sure they help ease your problems. They even see to it that they become a part of your life. Therefore, if you want a pet that is a couch potato, a Bengal cat won’t be an excellent choice.
Known for its unconditional affection and independence, Bengal cats survive in all sorts of families. But then again, if you have other existing pets at home, be sure you know how to introduce them properly into the household.
How Much Does It Cost
The price of a Bengal cat is affected by a number of factors, such as age and pedigree. But normally, it is sold with a contract that requires spaying or neutering by the time it reaches the age of 7 months.
Although adult Bengal cats are less expensive than the younger ones, they still make great house pets. In fact, if you only know how to choose, you can still get one that is of show-quality, meaning it has great looks and appearance.
What They Feed On
Like any other domestic cats, Bengal cats feed on raw meat. However, they still thrive on typical commercial cat food.
Since they are very active, it is advised that pet owners must feed them with cat food that contains lots of meat ingredients. If you are uncertain about the food you must give them, you can always consult a vet.
Using Harness or Leash Bengal Cats
If you’re asking whether they walk on leashes, well, the answer is “yes” and “no”. While some of them walk with a harness, others don’t. But how do you know if your Bengal is comfortable with a leash?
Most of the time, cats act as if they have a broken back whenever they don’t feel like wearing a harness. But you need not to worry so much because over time, when they get used to wearing it, they’ll soon be fine with it.
Though there are different types of harness that can be used for Bengals, the most popular is the one with the Y-shaped collar and a strap that goes around the body. But, be careful in using this type because sometimes, it is too large for them.
For pet owners who want to make their cats look cool, there is a walking jacket available on the market. However, it is not recommended to use them when the temperature is too hot.
Bengal Cats and Their Love of Water
Apart from having access to clean drinking water, Bengal cats also love to spend time in places near fresh and running water. They love to play with it, even if it is placed in a small bowl. They usually stoke their paws on the surface as if they are clearing away some debris. In some instances, they’ll dip their paws in and lift it up eventually so as to create a splash.
Bengals also love to get in the tub during bath time, especially if they have toys around them. Whenever they see an inflatable swimming pool, chances are they’ll swim in it and have fun.
At the end of the day, the decision to adopt a Bengal cat depends on you. But if you really want to have a cat that possess a strong personality, this is definitely a breed for you.