The Bengal cat breed originated as a hybrid of a leopard cat ‘Prionailurus Bengalensis’ and a domestic cat ‘Felis Silvestris Cactus.’
The leopard cat resembles a domestic cat breed, they have cosmic eyes, long legs and leopard-style marking. The Bengal cat size is medium to large with a sturdy body. The head is longer than wider but very small in contrast to the body. The ears can be small, medium and short with rounded tips and a wide base. The length of the cat’s coat is short to medium with a dense texture, coat patterns have horizontally aligned spots.
The Bengal may appear to be a wild cat, but they are as friendly and lovable as any other domestic cat. They are high-spirited, lively, curious with hail-fellow-well-met personality. Bengal cat owners love their personality as they form loyal and strong bonds with their families. They are extremely vigilant, adoring, dependable and light-hearted companions. In return, they need the love they deserve.
Bengal cats are athletic and they love to climb the highest points in the room. The major attribute that makes them so special is that they are quick-witted. As they can learn new behaviours very quickly. It may include turning on and off switches, flushing toilets, and opening doors.
Bengal cat breed has its likes and dislikes when it comes to cat food. They are carnivores, so they must obtain 41 different nutrients from their food; though the portion of these nutrients largely depends on the cat’s age, health, and lifestyle. Avoid grain-rich foods and instead feed them with fish or raw meat.
Bengal cats usually shed less hair than other cat breeds. Their short and glossy coat does not require much grooming, and they usually look after their coat very well. A weekly combing session is enough to remove dead hair, they are typically considered hypoallergenic cats. Bengal cats are generally healthy but there are some diseases that can be seen in this breed. One is heart disease that is heritable in Bengal cats. This health condition related to the heart muscle is commonly found in older cats, panting and lethargy are the early symptoms of this heart related disease. Another hereditary disease is dislocation of the kneecap. Severe cases can require surgery. For this, make sure that your Bengal cat maintains a good weight as obesity can put more strain on the joints. Other diseases include Distal Neuropathy, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Flat-Chested Kitten Syndrome.
Nevertheless, it is recommended to keep your Bengal cats indoors only. This will protects them from diseases, attacks by dogs, or any other dangers.
“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.”-Colette
Rightly quoted by Colette, cats love to play and spend time with their pet parents throughout the day. If you are considering a companion, Bengal Cat can be a great choice.