The Breed’s Diary: Bengal Cats

Meet Chester, a young gentle cat with a strong character. He is a Bengal cat neutered at  Lincoln Avenue Cat Hospital . Chester was very outraged at his lack of freedom, and expressed it in every possible way.

Beautiful Bengal Coats

Chester, Bengal CatThese cats have amazing looking coats – soft and vividly marked. There are two basic fur patterns in bengals: spotted pattern and swirl marbled. Bengals have a clear “M” on the forehead, like many domestic cats. Bengals have a super glossy coat, some cats inherit the so-called “glitter gene”. Their fur shimmers in the light, as if it were sprinkled with gold dust.

Bengals  love to  climb, jump and are great hunters, not only for small animals, but fish too, so watch your aquarium!  Bengals are very intelligent and  learn tricks easily. They are great companions for kids and cat-friendly dogs. They are one of the few cat’s that love the water so be prepared they may visit while you’re in the bath or shower!

The original Bengal cats are a hybrid of the Asian Leopard Cat and brave domestic cat.

Bored Bengals might be a bit investigative and sometimes can be destructive and dangerous. So watch out for small objects (like keys or jewelry), that can be hidden in the most unexpected places.

Bengals Health Issues

Bengals usually have good health, but the following diseases are sometimes seen in the breed:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease.
  • Patellar luxation, a hereditary dislocation of the kneecap. Some of it can be alleviated with surgery.
  • Distal neuropathy, a nervous system disorder that causes weakness.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy, a degenerative eye disease.

Chester Coat
Caring for your bengal is simple-weekly combing, daily dental brushing, monthly nail trimming and a daily diet of premium dry, soft-moist, or canned food. They also need regular check-ups at your veterinarian and lot of attention.

Each Bengal, like each domestic cat is unique.

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