The Bengal Cat
The Bengal Cat Breed draws a lot of attention. People are always asking questions about this breed of cat and no wonder why. The striking, marbled coat reminiscent of the wild cats of its ancestry truly makes this breed an eye catcher. It has a personality to match its intriguing coat, as well. It is, therefore, a highly sought after breed of cat.
The Bengal cat breed was brought about by people’s admiration and curiosity of wild cats. A cross between the small wild Asian Leopard Cat and domestic shorthairs. The breeding of Bengals began in the 1970’s, by Jean Sudgen Mill. A relatively newer breed, this breed has only been recognized by the International Cat Association since 1991.
Appearance of a Bengal Cat
Most noted by its coat, the Bengal cat’s coat has many different background colors. Brown, sand, orange, buff, rust and ivory are colors you can come to expect for the background to the beautiful rosettes. The rosettes themselves are made up a few colors. The inside color such as rust, brown, charcoal or black is outlined by another darker color. The shiny coat appears is eye catching with its glittering sheen. Also, Bengals are larger cats, growing to upwards of 15 pounds.
Personality of a Bengal Cat
The Bengal is an interesting and active breed. Often understood, this breed must be researched before you go on a whim and bring one home. The Bengal needs a lot of attention and one on time. Failing to do so will lead the Bengal to act out a little bit, just like you would expect a dog to. As natural climbers these cats can open cabinets and drawers and get into so many things you wouldn’t expect them to. So, along with attention, the Bengal needs a lot of appropriate ways to jump and climb, such as the use of cat trees. A Bengal cat is even well suited for learning tricks and walks on a leash!
Grooming a Bengal Cat
Grooming of ca Bengal cat should begin as soon as possible, preferably when the cat is still a kitten. The Bengal has an interesting coat. Short, yet plush. Silky and dense, too. Regular weekly brushing of your Bengal cat’s coat is a must. This will prevent matting and hairballs. Nail trimming should also occur weekly or every other week. Ears should be cleaned out with a damp cotton ball and saline when an odor or redness presents itself. A Bengal will come to look forward to regular grooming. He will love the attention and it is another way to bond with him.
Health Issues of a Bengal Cat
Any breed, no matter what a breeder tells you, comes with its own set of potential health issues. It’s all about genetics. Just like humans have genes that may or may not lean towards the development of a specific health issue, cats are no exception. The Bengal cat may be susceptible to developing certain diseases and health issues such as kidney disease, feline infectious peritonitis and protozoal. DNA testing is done by reputable breeders to remove cats with kidney disease so the likelihood of developing it is lessened. That is just another reason why you should seek a reputable breeder. Bengals can also develop hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This is essentially a thickening of the heart muscle. This often times results in blood clots and congestive heart failure. Allergies, joint problems and diseases of the eyes can also be common in Bengal cats.
The Bengal Cat is a beautiful, highly regarded cat with a unique set of needs. Fully research this cat before bringing one home. Be sure to purchase from a reputable breeder or Bengal rescue if you are serious about bringing one into your family.