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Bengal

Bengal

An Outgoing Cat

Active, Alert, Intelligent

Bengals are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Bengals, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Bengal and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Long and substantial, muscular Coat:Short to medium length, thick, luxurious

Length of fur
1

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

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!


  • Care

    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!


  • Characteristics

    Bengals are affectionate and love to cuddle up next to you for a nap after exhausting their energy exploring and playing.

    Positive Traits:

    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

    Negative Traits:

    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


  • Health Concerns

    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:

  • History

    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.

  • Watch Out For

    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


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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Cat Breed Guide References here.

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