Bengal Cat Care: The Domestic Bengal Cat is a Unique Breed. Do you own, or are you thinking of getting a domestic Bengal cat?
This breed of house pet is both beautiful and unique. Taking care of a Bengal cat is different in many respects than that of normal domestic shorthair cats.
We have owned a Bengal, but its inherently wild nature, combined with our busy lives, led to a cat that was bored and longed to be outside. Once Romeo had more freedom, it was difficult to persuade him to return to the house. We’d see him hang out outside every few weeks, but our pet just didn’t want to be a member of the family.
First, they are quite smart and entertaining. Second, they are remarkably healthy and require little if any grooming. In the end, they are actually more dog-like in nature than other domestic breeds. Bengal cats will walk on a leash, love to be trained, they love to bathe and play fetch!
The beauty of the domestic Bengal cat is simply undeniable. Keep reading to learn more about this breed and how to do Bengal cat care.
Make Sure You Get A Bengal Cat From A Reputable Breeder
Bengal cats have such distinctive characteristics, with regards to both appearance and behavior, that you will want to be sure to get a Bengal from a reputable breeder.
When the coat of a Bengal cat does not turn out to be in show quality, some Bengal kittens may be available for much less. If you are not going to show your cat, you can still enjoy the personality benefits of a Bengal provided that the breeding stock is of high quality. As you can see in the photo to the right, our Romeo’s coat is not as rich and beautiful as the picture above. Nevertheless, they have all the characteristics of a Bengal cat’s personality and health.
Be sure to research ahead of time to buy from a reputable Bengal cat breeder. This person or organization will provide a written health guarantee, can demonstrate optimal conditions, and must belong to professional associations. You can generally tell from the condition of the field and the personality of the breeder whether they love cats and want to make sure to have the highest quality kittens available.
Better yet, check to see if there are Bengal cat rescue organizations in the area. Volunteers are usually quite knowledgeable about the breed. Enjoy knowing that you adopted a rescue cat.
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About Bengal Cat Breed
In the related hub, I have given the following information about the Bengal cat breed, which has been recognized as a registered breed since 1984:
The Bengal breed is fully domesticated, although it was originally from a cross between an Asian leopard cat (a small, wild cat that lives in forests) and a “regular” domestic cat breed such as the Abyssinian, American Shorthair, or Burmese was reared. Now, only its markings are wild-looking. Must be accepted for registration by the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA), The International Cat Association (TICA), or the Governing Council of Cat Fanciers (GCCF), Bengal Cats. Four generations (F-4) away from its Asian leopard cat ancestor. The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) considers Bengals to be “wild”, however, and will not accept them for showing or registration.
Despite their name, Bengal cats are not related to Bengal Tigers. They are not unusually large, wild, or dangerous. Heritage is one aspect of Bengal cats. Not only do they generally have beautiful, velvety-soft coats, but they are also more active, affectionate, and busy than other pet cats. If you want the ease of cat ownership with the companionship of canines, consider this breed.
What Makes Bengal Cats Different?
Compared to ordinary domestic cats, Bengal cats differ in the following ways, which means you must take care of this breed in a unique way:
Physiology: Bengal cats are built “different” than their other domestic feline cousins. They have a foreign appearance in the shape of their faces and their ears. They are generally stronger and more athletic than other cat breeds.
Love of Water: A cat that loves to play in water or even swim? Incredible, right? Nevertheless, Bengal cats are renowned for their love of water. They can jump in the bathtub or take a shower with you!
Activity Level: These cats are high-energy! Also, they are extremely shiny and attractive. Forget all you might think about lazy cats, lounging around all day long. If you are thinking about getting a Bengal cat, be sure to have a plan in place to house them so they don’t become bored and potentially destructive!
Fidelity: This is my favorite trait of the Bengal cat. They are very affectionate, friendly, and loyal. Not your typical affectionate pet. A Bengal will greet you and interact with you like a dog.
Trainability: Bengals are very trainable as they are smart, agile, and loyal. Just watch the first video. Can you believe a cat that can be trained to roll over, walk on hind legs and heels next to its owner?
Appearance: Look at a Bengal and you know you are looking at an exotic cat breed. Their surprisingly soft coat is adorned with “wild markings” such as rosettes, soot, and stripes.
Bengal Cat Care Tips
You are probably familiar with the different needs of different breeds of dogs. For example, Labs need to run, Terriers are shedding and like to bark and dig, Beagles tend to howl and can be neurologic. Now, apply that thinking to the different breeds of cats. Granted, there isn’t much difference between domestic cat breeds. Nevertheless, with a cat-like the Bengal, you may want to consider the following tips when integrating them into your home:
- Bengal cats need a lot of exercise, but they don’t necessarily have to be safe to go out. Luckily, they move well on a leash and harness. Walk your Bengal cat for 10-20 minutes in the morning and at night, as you would with a dog.
- Consider a Bengal cat’s high activity level and intelligence, and buy interactive toys, such as a laser light. You will need to play with your cat, even after a walk, for at least 1/2 hour morning and night.
- Bath the cat with water. Bengals love to go to the sink, shower, and tub.
- Train your Bengal cat by yourself or with professional instruction. It will also help in meeting their activity and intelligence needs
- A Bengal cat does not require special feeding, grooming, or veterinary care. Experts say they are generally healthier than other domestic cats and are not susceptible to transmitting leukemia.