Bengal Cats

Bengal cats and kittens

Bengal History

Bengal cats are beautiful, smart, and wild-looking cats. This hybrid cat breed is growing in popularity due to its patterns and personalities, and it stays about the same size as a large domestic house cat. They were developed by breeding an Asian leopard cat with a domestic house cat such as an Abyssinian, Egyptian mau, or American shorthair.

Bengal Cat Care Facts

As most Bengal cats today are several generations removed from the African leopard cat, they require no special care but are considered one of the more active breeds...

  • Bengal cats love water a trait most other cats don't possess.
  • Bengal cats get along well with dogs and other cats
  • Bengal cat thrive with lots of cat specific activity
  • If you have gerbils or hamsters you might want to consider a different breed.

Bengal Health Issues

Bengals can have hereditary health issues that can be a concern. One possible condition is polycystic kidney disease and may be more prone to some infectious diseases such as feline infectious peritonitis and trichimonas foetus...

  • Autosomal recessive disorder, which causes early blindness in young cats
  • Rolling in of the eyelids (called Entropian)
  • Feline infectious peritonitis from coronavirus.
Bengal Cat Overview

Bengal Characteristics

  • Affection Level High
  • Friendliness Medium
  • Kid-Friendly High
  • Pet-Friendly High
  • Exercise Needs High
  • Playfulness High
  • Energy Level High
  • Intelligence High
  • Tendency to Vocalize Medium
  • Amount of Shedding Medium

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