Routine Care: Bengals need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water.
Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.
Dental: Bengals have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Check ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Bengals are affectionate and love to cuddle up next to you for a nap after exhausting their energy exploring and playing.
Highly interactive and playful with owners
Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks
Alert, curious, and busy
Loves jumping and being in high places
Outgoing and friendly personality
Laid back - gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids
Very talkative, has an opinion about everything
Can be destructive and eager to get into trouble
Strong prey drive - will chase small animals and moving feet
May be mischievous if not given enough attention
May be hard to break territory-marking habits
May resist being picked up and carried
Whether you are considering adding a new Bengal to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bengal will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bengal you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Bengal could encounter:
The Bengal is an American hybrid developed from crossing the Asian Leopard cat and the American Shorthair. The result was a cat with an exotic look and a domestic temperament. The intelligent and athletic Bengal is an entertaining companion that demands human contact and can be very vocal in their pursuit of attention. The Bengal can be aggressive with other cats and needs to be socialized at an early age. They are highly active and agile, usually in constant motion. Bengals enjoy climbing, jumping, and a good game of fetch. Be sure to provide them with plenty of toys and a tall climbing tree to keep them amused and out of trouble.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Bengal shows signs of the following:
Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing
Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait
Lethargy, pale gums