Bengal

Read our comprehensive guide to the Bengal cat breed, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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17 Oct 2023

History of the Bengal Cat

The Bengal cat comes from the USA and is a relatively new breed. Created by Jean Mil, the Bengal has the looks of a wild leopard but the nature of a sweet domestic cat. Its leopard-like looks come from the Asian leopard cat, giving it beautiful spots or stripes on its fur. The breed found popularity worldwide for this unique appearance along with a lively and fun personality. The breed was given fully recognised status by the International Cat Association in 1991.

What to expect when caring for your bengal

Common Bengal Health Issues

What common health issues could you encounter as a Bengal cat owner?

 

Luxating Patella – Bengal cats are prone to this condition and it involves the kneecaps dislocating out of their normal position.

 

Progressive Retinal Atrophy – This condition occurs when the eye cells deteriorate over time. Eye conditions such as this can lead to blindness if left unchecked.

 

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy - This is a condition that Bengal cats are susceptible to but it can be prevented by purchasing your pet from a reputable breeder who will screen for this disease.

How Much Grooming do Bengal Cats Need?

The fur is the Bengal cat’s most distinctive physical feature and they are blessed with a luxurious coat that comes in various colour and marking combinations. They usually love water so bathing can be fun for both you and your pet. Due to the short coat, they are fairly low maintenance when it comes to grooming and will just need regular brushing.

How Much Exercise do Bengal Cats Need?

Bengal cats are an active breed and are a great match for owners that live an active lifestyle. A Bengal has high energy levels and this cat requires at least 30 minutes of active play per day. They have excellent climbing abilities and can jump up to three times their height. This means you can often find them in the oddest of places. They like to play with their owners and if they aren’t stimulated can display destructive behaviour. Cat trees and indoor toys are a Bengal’s best friend.

  1. Bengal Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Bengal

    Friendly and fun, this breed is adored for its unique appearance and personality. Bengal cats are intelligent and mischievous and can even learn how to open doors and turn light switches on and off. There isn’t a dull moment when you are a Bengal owner. They are vocal and chatty and won’t hesitate to express their wants and needs. They are mischievous and aren’t afraid to push boundaries. They can be demanding pets so you should always make sure a Bengal cat is the right fit for you and your lifestyle before you commit to owning one. If you want a more mellow companion, this may not be the best breed for you.

  2. Are Bengals Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Bengal cats are loving cats that form strong bonds with their families. They like to be at the centre of every family activity and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. If they are left alone, separation anxiety can set in. They make a great playmate for children, they are tolerant and are dog-like in the way that they like games such as fetch. Bengals are territorial so they won’t get along with all pets but they can live alongside other pets as long as they are the more dominant one.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
8-10 inches
Weight:
3.6kg-6.8kg
Temperament:
Affectionate and Playful
Lifespan
9-15 Years
Average Cost:
£1153-£2306

Bengal FAQs:

How Long Do Bengal Cats Live?

Bengal cats are a relatively healthy and hardy breed and have an average life expectancy of around 9-15 years.

How Much is a Bengal Cat?

Bengal cats are one of the most expensive breeds around. Of course, you have the option to adopt a Bengal cat for free but you may prefer to buy one from an accredited breeder. The price of a Bengal cat will depend if you want a show-quality Bengal or a standard Bengal cat. Even if you’re not looking for a Bengal with championship bloodlines, you can still expect to pay between £1000 and £2000.

How Big Do Bengal Cats Get?

Bengals are medium sized cats and usually grow to around 8-10 inches. If you don’t have the space to house a big cat, Bengals are a good option and females tend to be smaller than males.

 

While generally healthy, Bengal cats are prone to certain health issues but the right insurance policy can help to cover you against unexpected vet bills. Take a look at Asda Money Cat Insurance to see the cover options for your feline friend.

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