A Beginner's Guide to the Bengal
Exploring one of the most exotic and elegant breeds, this blog post will examine the stunning Bengal cat.
- The Bengal Coat
The Bengal has two different types of coat, both of which are unique to this breed and are the most defining trait that sets the Bengal apart. A spotted Bengal’s coat starts with a ‘M’ shaped-letter on the forehead, which leads into rosette markings on the body that are similar to a leopard or jaguar. These rosette markings carry on right down until the tip of the tail, which ends in a solid colour. Marbled Bengals are similar in physical appearance but have more random markings which are not symmetrical, and are instead spread down the body in flowing shapes. The Marbled Bengal also has a ‘M’ shaped-letter marking on its forehead.
All Bengals have an athletic, muscular build and a shiny coat gene that keeps their short hair in pristine condition. They are medium-to-large sized cats and are deceptively heavy due to their muscular build. One final distinctive trait of the Bengal is that they carry their tail low, much alike to how a wild cat would.
Bengals are a confident, active and playful breed that keeps a kitten-like energy well into adulthood. Couple these traits with a highly intelligent cat, then Bengals are a breed that need plenty of opportunity to play, socialise and be kept active. Bengals also have an infinity for water and their elongated, muscular bodies are the perfectly adapted for hunting and stalking.
One of the most surprising features of a Bengal cat is how social they are. Despite their short history and relative closeness to wild felines, they are an incredibly affectionate, loyal and vocal breed that will be quick to form a bond with their owners. For these reasons, a Bengal is a great family cat that will thrive in human company.
Bengal are known as territorial cats however, so care needs to be taken when introducing other cats into the home unless they have grown up together. Bengals are well-known to get on with dogs and children though.
- Health and Grooming
Bengals are renowned for being low maintenance and tend to keep in good physical health well into their twilight years. Regular check-ups at the vet are always recommended though. Bengals need to be given plenty of opportunity to stay active and need to be stimulated to ensure that they don’t become bored. They will also seek out high spaces and will will remain active for long periods of the day (they are not couch potatoes). Their coats will need to be groomed once a week and a continuous clearing out of wax build-up in their ears is also recommended. It is also important that Bengals are fed high-quality, nutritious food at regular intervals.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful breeds, the Bengal is the new kid on the block that has made quite the impression in its short lifespan. Looking at the photo below, it’s easy to see why.