Bengal

A pet owner's guide to Bengal cats

Bengal breeders have produced a striking and unique house cat that bears the spotted patterns and sleek, muscular body of its leopard ancestors, along with a completely domesticated temperament. Under indoor or natural light, the fur of the Bengal cat has a unique golden or pearly glitter effect that is found in no other breed.

History

The Bengal is a relative newcomer to the world of cat breeds. It was created in the United States from a cross between a wild Asian leopard and a common house cat. The offspring then produced several generations of descendants, which were used to filter out any remaining wildness to yield a gentle, affectionate pet.

Appearance

Size: With the breed's big-boned, muscular body, it's not uncommon for an adult male Bengal cat to reach 18 pounds, though Bengal breeders say the normal range is 9 to 12 pounds. Adult females normally weigh between 7 and 10 pounds.

Coat: The coat of a Bengal is either marbled or spotted. Symmetrical stripes or patterned spots cover the body of these cats, and their fur is soft and silky.

Eyes & Ears: The eyes of a Bengal are surrounded by what's known as "mascara," which is the informal name for the breed's facial striping pattern. Eyes are usually yellow in color. Ears are naturally held erect and are slightly larger in size than those found in other domestic breeds like the Abyssinian.

Tail: These cats have thick, strong tails, which are normally carried low.

Disposition

While Bengal breeders stress that all cats have unique personalities that are influenced by a wide variety of factors, these cats are generally lively and thrive on interaction. They love physical activity and are neither aloof nor dependent on attention. Bengals have dynamic temperaments and display a high degree of intelligence.

Health and Care

Feeding: Bengal cats should be switched to adult cat food when they reach their first birthday. Start by feeding the cat a mixture of ¼ adult food and ¾ kitten food and slowly increase the proportion of adult food. Give table scraps only sparingly, and choose high-quality food over inferior, inexpensive products – you'll see the difference in your cat's coat.

Grooming: These cats actually seem to enjoy water, so occasional bathing isn't an enormous hassle. They are average shedders and need to be brushed at least once per week.

Activity Level: The Bengal is a very active breed and will work off its excess energy by frolicking indoors or out. Given their wild ancestry, they tend to wander at night if able. They're also able to learn tricks and are happiest performing stunts such as somersaults, which allow them to engage their natural athleticism.

Health Problems: Other than typical problems such as feline inflammatory bowel disease and feline leukemia, Bengal cats have sensitive stomachs that do not tolerate bacteria well. They can get food poisoning more easily than most other breeds, so take care not to feed them anything that might contain significant amounts of live bacteria.

Average Lifespan: These cats live for 10 to 15 years, on average.

Finding Bengal Cats for Sale

Bengal cats for sale through reputable breeders are at least four generations removed from the original leopard-domestic cross. It's normal for Bengal kittens to go through a so-called "fuzzy" stage, in which their distinct marking becomes blurred. All "fuzzy" Bengal kittens will recover their spotting or striping as they mature.

This breed has a reputation for being expensive, which is somewhat but not entirely justified. Expect to pay in the range of $500 to $800 for a pet-quality kitten and $1,500 to $2,000 for a breeder-quality kitten.

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Posted by Kent on October 30,2013 at 05:18 PM
I am a new proud Papa of Jazzy. She is Bengal and Tabby. She is a rescue cat. I love her so much. While she is as tame as any other household cat, she is highly intelligent. And, extremely loving. I am also a proud Papa of an Angora/mix. Her name's Smoky. Jazzy has been here for only 2 full days. She growls at Smoky. (Smoky can be intimidated by almost ANY sound!) I hope, that soon all of us will be a close-knit family!
Posted by Darren on June 10,2013 at 01:40 PM
Hi in the past 4 weeks. I have got 3 bengal kittens. The first one was 6 weeks old. Then week after the second at 7 weeks old. When I got the second one home they got on like a house on fire. Like they was made for each other. 2 weeks later we got the 3rd. A snow bengal at 14 weeks old. But after 4 days see still hisses and growls at the pear of them and doesn't really want to know us. Will this get any better.
Posted by William on February 16,2013 at 11:17 AM
My bengal will be 21 next month.
Posted by Carolyn Sheffer on February 03,2013 at 11:32 AM
I had a very healthy active neutered male Bengel until one month ago. He'd never shown any kind of illness or disease - vet said he has perfectly healthy. Then one evening out of the blue had one seizure and died all with in ten minutes. No one as been able to tell me why - not even the vet. Any thoughts or ideas?
Posted by Steve on April 05,2013 at 11:44 PM
Carolyn, it sounds like it could be HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy), it is now found in many Bengal lines, as well as cats in general. Google it to find out more about it. We lost 2 Maine Coon Cats in our family due to that heart disease and many times it is instant death.
Posted by Mystre Bengals on January 01,2013 at 11:40 AM
There is a lot of information in this article that is incorrect regarding Bengals. They do not have "sensitve" stomachs, they are not supposed to have big ears like the Aby lol.. they are not large cats, they are normal domestic cats, males are 13-15 on average. A correctly fed Bengal (fed a species appropriate diet) are not "average shedders". Our cats shed very little and have zero dander.It was laughable to see it said they cannot tolerate bacteria well. All cats should be fed a species appropriate diet. ALL cats are Obligate Carnivores and need to be fed a raw meat diet, kibble is universally bad for cats and dogs and just a very little research will bear that out for you. Plenty of information avail at mystre.com
Posted by Caitlin Hall on December 14,2012 at 04:08 PM
I am looking for a gold Bengal kitten for a cheap price for my young daughter. I can't seem to find any place that has them for less than $5,000. It doesn't help that I live in the middle of no where. Is there anywhere that has Bengal kittens for a reasonable price?
Posted by Mommyof2 on May 30,2013 at 12:16 PM
We recently adopted 2 bengal kittens from 2 different breeders for under $600 although they were not shipped which usually costs about 300 more. Bengal Beautys in Kansas City has beautiful marked bengals for abour 600, or for cheeper but just as sweet gofccarol has them from 150-300 or more for savannahs. Btw Bengals do not shed as long as fed a raw diet or with some performance plus added to food. You cannot feed them or most cats store bought crap and expect them top be as healthy
Posted by Liz E on January 06,2013 at 03:20 PM
There is a breeder in Minnesota, Rising Sun Bengals, near Stacy, MN. She breeds BEAUTIFUL Bengals, and will ship (for a fee) to as far as Russia and Japan. I paid 900 for each of my kittens. Her breeding price for mine was 3000 each, but we just wanted them for pets! I do have to say that when we first got the kittens, they were very skittish because they were not used to human touch. I have 4 kids and we constantly held them and pet them. Now, two weeks later, they LOVE to be held and welcome people! They are very active!!!!! Buy a couple cat trees. And I would suggest buying two kittens because they follow each other around and look for each other constantly! Have fun!
Posted by cindy on December 11,2012 at 08:42 AM
im looking for a bengal cat for free to give to my kids for an early b-day present if any one has one that they dont need let me know please my email is kitty_kitty475@yahoo.com i live in kentucky ....plz let me know something soon
Posted by Mommyof2 on May 30,2013 at 12:21 PM
Probably not gonna happen, even bengals from rescues that are older or retired are not free. They are very expensive to take care of so you should consider if you are right for them. They need alot of care put into the preparation of their food which should be raw or semi cooked and vet visits are not cheap etc so if you cannot afford an adoption fee for even a rescue you should consider whether you can afford to properly take care of them. A better option may be to go to a humaine society where you can find a rescue kitty and only pay the 100-200 adoption fee and they will already be fixed and immunized etc
Posted by Get Real on April 05,2013 at 11:48 PM
Don't hold your breath Cindy, Bengals are not free, but you could go to any animal shelter and adopt a beautiful kitten/cat for your kids, although pets do NOT make good b'day presents.
Posted by jim on April 07,2013 at 05:07 PM
Another stupid reply, of course there are free ones. Check the shelters. And pets make great presents, man, some of these ppl need to get a life.
Posted by Mommyof2 on May 30,2013 at 12:24 PM
actually it is near to impossible to find a free Bengal even rescues have an adoption fee. If you are not experienced a Bengal is not the best cat for you. They require a lot of attention exercise and special feeding care. If you can't afford to buy a bengal from the breeder you probably wont be able to afford to properly care for the cat and would be better off with a regular dometic cat
Posted by Linda on October 04,2012 at 10:21 AM
I am the lucky owner of both a male and a female Bengal siblings. They have been awesome since they arrived 4 years ago. They are sociable and loving, even groom our big old golden retriever. I will always own this breed; they are the best!
Posted by George L. on November 13,2012 at 10:15 AM
I am flerting with the idea of getting a Bangel kitten, 4 mos old with nice colors. The price is closer to $1500 You think it's worth it? Is it something more I should know? Thanks
Posted by Vincent Haydel on August 07,2012 at 12:27 PM
If anybody has a male bengal cat w/ distinctive markings and is preferably an F4, please contact me. Also, it has to be at a under a 1,000 dollar price because i'm 15 and I'm NOT rich. I'm in Sc.
Posted by Mommyof2 on May 30,2013 at 12:29 PM
A Bengal may not be the right choice for someone of your age especially if you are not an experienced bengal owner. They are a lot of work and responsibility and at your age too much of a commitment. They are very expensive to care for and most breeders won't sell to someone your age and unwilling to spend the money on the cats they require. I would suggest some fish, because by the time you get out of high school start college get a significant other this poor cat would be long forgotten
Posted by Jennifer on November 10,2012 at 07:42 AM
I would suggest at your age that you not adopt a bengal cat. Your life will most likely be changing a lot in the next few years and any cat is a huge commitment that a person your age may not fully comprehend. Be that as it may, search the Internet for a breeder. Pet prices for Bengal kittens can run below $1,000 and some breeders sell their "retired" cats for as low as $100. The more distinctive the markings, the higher the price will most likely be and a breeder that spends the time, energy, and money to produce a healthy, well socialized kitten will charge a premium price. There are not very many breeders and finding a good one (make sure to ask a lot of well thought out questions) close to you may be difficult. We drove six hours to pick up our kittens, so be prepared for the possibility of a road trip or spending up to $300 to ship via air. However, a reputable breeder will think twice before selling to someone who is unwilling to spend money on their cats. In the case of illness, a cat can suffer needlessly if not cared for properly and ofttimes it can be expensive. You don't have to be rich to buy or own a Bengal cat, but adopting one is a financial commitment not to be taken lightly.
Posted by jim on April 07,2013 at 04:56 PM
what a stupid reply
Posted by katie on July 21,2012 at 09:40 AM
i am looking to adopt a bengal cat, any sex or age, but would like very distinct markings. Anyone know of any. I am in ohio. Please email barnekatie@gmail.com
Posted by Michael on June 19,2012 at 04:57 PM
looking for a free bengal kitten to be a friend, theres gotta be one out there somewhere thats needs me as much as I need him...........................within 100 miles of Chicago preferably thanks
Posted by Terri on July 25,2012 at 09:44 AM
No offense Michael, but breeders spent enormous amounts on bengals. Their shots, spaying vet visits etc cost alot. When u ask for a free cat, which won't happen, u are clearly saying u cannot afford a cat. If u cannot afford to buy one, how will u afford top quality food they require and vet visits? I spend $380 month on 3 bengals. That is only food and litter. My vet visits run me over $2000 year. Last year I spent $9000 on 3 of them because they got sick. A Bengal is not your average housecat. I suggest if u want a "free" kitten, get a free domestic kitten and have $600 put aside for spay and shots. Or adopt an adult cat who is already spayed. People who buy kittens then get rid of them because they go in heat or spray because they can't afford ro fix it make me sick. Not saying this is what u will do. But it's too common and why so many Cats die every year. Please get a cat u can afford for the rest of its life.
Posted by Bailey on May 09,2012 at 09:19 AM
My cat is the cutest Bengal EVER! She is a crazy cat with a huge target on one side. Lately, he has been drinking a lot! i have to fill her bowl again every hour! :( Is something wrong or is she just thirsty?
Posted by Mr.Anderson on August 09,2012 at 08:09 PM
What are you doing going on the internet for answers, and not taking him to the vet??? Shame on you. Did he end up ok?
Posted by Dale on May 16,2012 at 03:58 PM
Sudden on-set, excessive thirst can be a symptom of diabetes.
Posted by Sharon on June 21,2012 at 12:15 PM
or renal failure, both serious
Posted by Jude on June 26,2012 at 02:51 AM
get this cat checked ASAP, we just lost our cat to renal failure.
Posted by Lisa on April 23,2012 at 03:16 AM
I have a 3 year old female Bengal, she has been a wonderful addition to our family. She was fully indoors for the first 2 1/2 years and she got out one day. A few weeks later I noticed little sores on the back of her neck and treated her with the best organic treatments for fleas. This did not help. A couple of weeks later she had torn her skin apart and has gotten so bad that she tears herself until she bleeds. The vet put her on steroids and lots of different meds over time, after confirming she did not have fleas or mites or anything of this nature. She wont come inside any more and nothing I do helps. Will declawing her help?
Posted by Ter on July 25,2012 at 09:59 AM
Declawing will make things worse. I just went through this with my bengal. After 6 months of wearing a cone, I had to put him down and he wasn't even a year old. It was heartbreaking. First of all, your cat needs to come inside, period. ignore how much it cries, outside is the worst thing for her. Give her a bath and put a cone on her head. Feed her a grain free diet, preferably wet food. Dry has alot of fillers bengals are allergic to. I can tell u different steps I took , and $3000 in vet visits . I believe I can help u if u do alot of work to keep this under control. I have alot of stuff left over I used on my baby that will help. First step is getting her inside permanently Cone and bath. If u want help email me back and we can talk through email. I've helped a few people through this, but unfortunately lost my baby :( send me yiur email if u are still having problems with your girl.
Posted by Ellie on May 13,2012 at 06:01 AM
It really does sound like she is allergic to something. I had this issue with my cat and I had to switch her food. Iams is the only thing that worked for her. Your vet should have run tests to find out what is wrong.
Posted by Danielle on May 10,2012 at 11:59 AM
SOUNDS LIKE SHE IS ALERGIC TO SOMETHING!! So take different things out of her diet one at a time for a week apiece. If this doesnt help, have her allergies tested. She might be alergic to grass!
Posted by Judith Good on March 28,2012 at 11:44 AM
I have a 14 year old Bengal that isn't eating or drinking. I took her to the Vet after 7 days of this and she spent the night getting fluids and meds. All blood tests came back okay with a slightly elevated white blood cell count. Vet did xray of her intestines, they were fine so she's treating her for a viral infection. Brought her home and she's back to laying on the back porch in a chair which was what she was doing previously and not eating and drinking again. Is it possible she's trying to pass on?
Posted by Bailey on May 09,2012 at 09:22 AM
Well sorry to hear that. My cat is doing the exact opposite of your cat! She is eating a lot and drinking gallons of water a day! So crazy.
Posted by Angela P on March 29,2012 at 12:44 PM
i have heard this before. I know you don't want to hear that...sorry. its is known that when an animal is dying they stop eating and drinking. I hope that's not the case with you. You can try a syringe with water in it and give her little squirts in her mouth. try enticing her to eat. i don't recommend tuna but if that's all she will eat then give it to her just to put something in her system. Try KMR milk Replacer 2nd stage or whatever is the equivalent product you can get in the pet store. getting nutrients into her is your focus for sure. i hope she comes around. 14 is a long life for a cat so i am thankful for you to have her around so long.
Posted by Ian G. on March 26,2012 at 03:43 PM
Bengals often have food allergies such as corn or gluten (celiac). Try feeding them grain-free foods (as indicated on the can/packet/pouch.) It's more expensive, but emphatically worth it. Also, no dry foods. Some of the brands that we've had good luck with: Weruva, Solistic, and Wellness. It's made a world of difference for our beloved kitty.
Posted by hank on June 08,2012 at 03:13 AM
2012 june 8th :Our bengal had diarrhea at 7mo's, she always had soft stools. At 7 mo's she began to have diarrhea we had been feeding her life's abudance from day 1. after 2 weeks of diarrhea I tried grain free diet blue buffalo, Core dry food , she loved it but the diarrhea continued. After 4 weeks we took her to the vet he gave her flagyl for 5 days + prednisone for 5 days + and we change the wet and dry food to Hills W/D it has been 1 month and her stools are normal finally and even though she was picky at first she now eat the Hills brand wet and dry food. It is a prescription diet available through vets and online. I was great to see her soft coat of hair and her personality come back........
Posted by Angela P on March 29,2012 at 12:46 PM
I totally agree. i use wellness core for wet and Orijens for dry. grain-free is important. apparently dry food is bad for cats because its not good on their teeth.
Posted by Harley Chambers on January 21,2012 at 11:13 AM
My female Bengal cat is two years old and I have had her since August of 2011. She coughs sometimes. Her vet says its not URI but maybe a food allergy. I feed her Purina one indoor advantage. Any suggestions on what else I could feed her to eliminate her allergy?
Posted by kalaya on April 30,2012 at 01:01 PM
we feed out Bengal a Dry food call Taste of wild. its worked very well and also we feen her the meat you can buy at the pet stores. they usually keep it in a cooler.
Posted by Angela P on February 02,2012 at 09:42 AM
I feed my kitten (almost 4mths old now) Orijens dry food (free-range and grain free). Cats are carnivores and much of the food products out there contain grain fillers which cause all kinds of allergies and other health related issues in cats. we also feed him 1/4 of a tuna sized can of wet food (Wellness Core). this food is also grain free. i guarantee your cat will thrive off of this food! Hope this helps! Angela.
Posted by Angela P on February 02,2012 at 09:43 AM
Oh I forgot to mention that he is a pure bred Silver Male Bengal
Posted by Chantal on January 30,2012 at 04:34 AM
My breeder recommends Blue Buffalo brand Wilderness formula as it is high protein and not grain-filled. I have had no sensitivities with this product for my 4mo old Bengal.
Posted by joie on January 21,2012 at 07:03 PM
I have two bengals, they are sisters.Dotte is a snow and stella is a brown marble...Dottie is chunky, and Stella is very thin...The vet said she was fine...no worms...she is healthy, just skinny! Is this common with bengals?
Posted by Mindi on February 07,2012 at 09:54 PM
We feed our two bengals a mixture of royal canin active adult fit 32, and Maine Coon 31. the female is picky and enjoys both foods, and our male normally gobbles up the smaller kibble whole, and was originally stealing the dog food until we added the Maine Coon 31. They are both good foods, and our two were switched off of orijen because they were ending up with diarrhea. I would give the mixture a shot, our two bengals are from two completely different lines, and are both are very happy and energetic.
Posted by Hailey on October 19,2011 at 02:56 PM
I've had my Bengal about 6 months, and he has awful diarrhea. I get him food with as much meat and protein as possible and it isn't helping. His bowels are very strong and very frequent and I'm becoming concerned for him. He's healthy, happy, and growing great other than this problem. Any help would be wonderful.
Posted by Jennifer on November 10,2012 at 06:55 AM
Both our Bengal cats have had problems with diarrhea. We put them on Purina EN (recommended by our vet) which cleared it up for both cats. After transitioning back to our regular food (evo), the diarrhea came back in our little girl. The breeder suggested pig scour which tasted foul and she wouldn't take. Our local pet shop owner suggested "Vet's Best" slippery elm. We cleared it with our vet (she had to look it up first ) and started giving it to her twice a day with her food. It's meat flavored and she will even take it like a treat. It took over two months, but her stools are normal again. It helps with hair balls so we give it to our little boy sometimes, too. It's herbal so much better than chemicals or keeping her on EN, which has a lot of grain in it. She uses up one bottle a month, which runs just over eight dollars, but I've found it online for less than that. Talk to your vet about it.
Posted by Johanna Drenters on October 09,2012 at 10:38 AM
Hello, When I Bengal cat was a kitten, she experienced diarrhea and my vet suggested, a small dab (about the size of a dime) of Pure Pumpkin mixed with her wet cat food. It worked!! E.D. Smith Pumpkin (tin) is pure pumpkin. We keep a tin, in our pantry, at all times. "Tiger Lily" has a little diarrhea, now and then; but this pumpkin mixture works every time. Tiger Lily is celebrating her 6th birhday, on October 17. Good Luck with your Bengal Baby.
Posted by Joe on May 09,2012 at 09:23 AM
Hahahahaha!!!!!!!! That's hilarious!!!! Haha! Your cat must be a deflated balloon by now! HAHAHAHA!!!!!
Posted by Richard on March 07,2012 at 07:41 AM
Hello, I hope by now you're resolved your issue with your Bengal. However, a few words might be helpful here, based on my experience with a Bengal who unfortunately had a severe dietary problem and passed away at 6yrs a few months ago. Leo had both diarrhea AND was throwing up his food...at an early age. A blood test showed that he had a food sensitivity to things such as beef, rabbit, fish, soya. So we had the task of finding a food that did not contain those items and also could be digested easily. James WellBeloved catfood seemed to suit him quite well. Turkey, Duck with Rice,...but obviously not the 'fish' type. Also, plain chicken suited him as well. He used to love raw chicken wings..and would chew one of them up within 5 mins. The bones won't hurt him as long as they're not cooked (which would make the bones very brittle and dangerous). We also cooked chicken breasts for him. Eventually other things started creeping up on Leo to where he just didn't want to eat anything....and sadly passed away. We have 3 other Bengals now, all of which seem quite healthy...but we ARE careful what they eat. We found another food called Applaws, which comes in various flavours here in UK....Plain chicken breast, chicken breast and pumpkin, Tuna and prawns...and others. Our cats seem to be doing well with these. I know you posted your concerns last year, and hopefully they have been resolved by now...but maybe my comments will help as well. Best of luck, Dick
Posted by Angela P on February 02,2012 at 10:04 AM
Also, a cat's digestive system is faster than a dogs. it takes 1-4 hours to go through a cat. Is is bowels more frequent than this?
Posted by Angela P on February 02,2012 at 09:46 AM
I have heard this before. this is due to too much protein in their diet. it can cause this side effect. Try changing up the food first. Also, try natural remedies before medications with Pure Bred cats. Its safer, healthier, and less expensive.
Posted by Victoria on January 02,2012 at 10:19 PM
We have 2 Bengals (same litter, male & female) and both had diarrhea when young. One of them had blood & mucous in their stool also. This naturally caused great concern and we switched them from Royal Canin Kitten to Science Diet. We also added raw sliced beef every evening. They gradually grew out of the diarrhea. We switched them back to Royal Canin food but moved to Royal Canin Siamese 38 for its high protein content. BUT... they are known to have slightly more sensitive stomachs than other cats. No table scraps for sure. Their stomachs "de-sensitised" as they grew older.
Posted by Kaitlyn on November 10,2011 at 10:18 PM
My bengal started having loose stools around 3 months old. After a few weeks they would have blood and mucous in them. I took her to the vet and they tried some anitibiotics and sent stools samples. The stool samples came back negative and the antibiotics didn't help. The vet put her on prescription hills i/d food and that also didn't help. Due to the chronic diiarrhea the vet diagnosed her with inflammatory bowel disease. She's took prednisone (steriod) daily for a couple months and now it's been reduced to every other day. She also has to eat prescrption hills z/d hypoallergenic cat food. With this treatment her stools are now formed. Just ask your vet to be sure!
Posted by Zakiyyah on November 10,2011 at 11:39 AM
My Bengal had the same problem. Turned out to be allergy/sensitivity to chicken and eggs. I feed him Primal brand raw rabbit or quail formula, Natural Balance Ltd Ingredient Venison and Green Pea canned and Orijen 6 Fish dry. I mix one 1oz. raw nugget with half a 3oz. can (1.5oz.) of the Natural Balance. He looks great! Silky coat firm poop. Other brands although premium. Obtained either chicken in some for or eggs. You can also try transitioning to raw only. There are instructions on the Primal website. These cats require special diets but the reward is a happy healthy feline friend.
Posted by Alison on November 02,2011 at 07:17 AM
We have a Bengal with a very sensitive stomach and have tried several foods. By far the best results have been with Royal Cainin hypoallergenic. We can only buy through the vets. It seems expensive as you're buying in bulk, but I think in the long run works out cheaper and the litter tray is much much healthier! Diarrhea has stopped totally, still vomits more than most cats, but is healthy & ok. Hope this helps.
Posted by Kathy on October 23,2011 at 06:03 PM
Have him checked for giardia. It's common in these pure breeds. The giardia test needs to be done by PCR. When they do that test they can test for other parasites as well, since it could be something else. I have been dealing with this in my Cheetoh for more than a year (medicines aren't getting rid of it). If you catch it early, the parasites won't be as resistant as what I'm dealing with.
Posted by FRAN on August 01,2011 at 12:05 PM
I rescued a Bengal male a year ago. He is 4 yrs old. I am concerned that he is not getting enough water to drink. He has always been picky about where he will drink and would run to the hose when I watered the garden. So I bought a pet fountain which he loved for several months until he was sick for a few days about 6 months ago and would not drink from it again. After that he would only drink from the bathtub faucet. That lasted a few months and now he only drinks from the hose or from the watering can if the water is fresh. I went away for a few days and my boyfriend came every day 2 times a day. He had fresh water in a bowl and the fountain -as soon as he opened the door Nikki would run outside to the watering can and drink. I was hoping he would drink from his bowl in the house since that was all that was available. He only likes dry food so I am very concerned about his water intake
Posted by Angela P on February 02,2012 at 09:54 AM
Fran, do you wash the water fountain weekly? he could have developed a bacteria related illness from it and/or it may have a smell which can keep him from not wanting to drink from it anymore. I definitely don't suggest allowing him to drink from the toilet! it is filled with bacteria you cant see from our feces! i always close the toilet seat in every washroom so my 2 kitties don't get in there. try bringing him over to the bowl and pour from a water bottle into the bowl for him, so he can see its fresh. my cats love when i do that. Don't spoil him with the hose...it will only create more rejection of the water you have in the house. Also, try to entice him to eat some wet food. cats get most of their water intake from the wet food. Hope this helps!
Posted by Mer on January 05,2012 at 09:34 AM
My Bengal drinks from the toilet, and his water dish is always full ...
Posted by Victoria on January 02,2012 at 10:23 PM
They seem to love water but are very picky about what is drunk, probably because they are very sensitive to smell. Ours will drink only filtered water (we have a ceramic countertop filter attached to the tap). I suggest ceramic/porcelain or stainless steel drinking & eating bowls and filtering your water.
Posted by Zakiyyah on November 10,2011 at 12:06 PM
Try bottled water and a stainless steel water bowl. It doesn't retain odors. Cats smell things we don't. Sanitize bowls with hot water dishwashing liquid and bleach. You can also clean and sanitize the drinking fountain and fill it with bottled water instead of tap. No fluoride or chlorine to affect the taste. Please begin to slowly change your cat's diet to include meat. They need it to maintain longterm good health. See my 11/10/11 post about adding raw.Y
Posted by Amy on September 30,2011 at 12:14 AM
Is his water bowls plastic? Some kitties can devolope an allergy to plastic and become unable to drink water from bowls which are fabricated from plastic. Ceramic or stainless may greatly improve his intake of water.
Posted by trish on June 20,2011 at 02:44 PM
im thinking about getting a bengal kitten do i need a special licence to have one
Posted by Peter on December 18,2011 at 11:34 AM
No, not unless you want an F1 hybrid, this is an original cross between the Asian leopard cat and the Burmese/Siamese
Posted by Leah on November 21,2011 at 01:19 PM
No, they are domestic cats.
Posted by joe on June 09,2011 at 08:39 PM
My Bengal isnt eating very well only wants a lot of water mashed up in her food then does not want to eat the food portion still weighs 7.2 # but looks real skinney
Posted by Angela P on February 02,2012 at 09:55 AM
Do you feed it only dry food?
Posted by Tamella Perkins on May 11,2011 at 07:13 PM
I had a domestic cat-not a Bengal but, he had the same problem. If his or her skin is scabbing up like kitty psoriasis, he or she may be allergic to fleas. The only thing that brought my cat relief was the expensive organic flea meds. I forgot the name but it is the best stuff there is on the market. You cannot skimp on it and you may have to try different ones until you find the right one. It is my theory that breeding and domesticating cats is making them intolerant to fleas. I hope this will help you.
Posted by Tamella on May 11,2011 at 07:06 PM
I had that experience with a domestic cat that I had. It could be that he or she is allergic to fleas. If he or she is also getting scaly skin you have to use the best flea medicine there is. I forgot what it is called but you can't skimp on it - you have to use the good stuff and it is rather expensive. That was the only thing that brought my cat relief. It is just my theory, but I think that breeding and domestication is causing cats to become intolerant to fleas.
Posted by Melissaher on February 17,2011 at 06:43 AM
I was going through the same thing with my cat. Vet thought it was stress at first but turns out that some fish oil added to her food or vegetable oil if thats what u have handy will help a LOT. Just a few drops on her food at night seems to be doing the trick. Good Luck!
Posted by Pasquale Gaudio on January 20,2011 at 10:44 PM
I am looking to ADOPT A bengal, Male preferred. I know I cannot EXPECT the type of coat specifically but I would LOVE Leapord like spotting (I know that is a Savannah trait) Or large distinguishable stripes. Any and A:LL help would be greatly appreciated Pat G
Posted by Carolyn Hamilton on April 16,2011 at 10:44 AM
We have gorgeous gray and black spotted bengal. His name is Thomas and he is wonderfully cuddly. We are giving him away because we have three cats in the house and my husband only wants one. I am very sad to lose him, but understand my husbands request.
Posted by Bonnie on April 17,2011 at 12:16 PM
Hi, We live in NJ and were wondering what area you are in. We are very interested in gettng a Bengal and he sounds perfect for us. Thanks. Bonnie
Posted by Carole on January 27,2011 at 04:32 PM
I am located near Dallas, TX and am a Bengal cat breeder. I currently have two males who are ready to go to their new homes.
Posted by Carla on January 25,2011 at 02:14 PM
A friend of mine at church breeds and raises bengals. I could put you in touch with her. Send me an email: smiln32@gmail.com
Posted by janet davis on December 29,2010 at 11:53 PM
Bengal Cats are the best! They are very smart My Bengal is 5yrs old and plays like a kitten! Loves like a child and is loved by the entire extended family. Own one, you can't go wrong!
Posted by sq265 on August 12,2011 at 06:17 PM
can i ask where you got you bengal cat from? i would like to get one but don't where where to go.
Posted by rob on November 03,2010 at 07:12 PM
try switching the cats food. sometimes there is something in the food that will make them itch
Posted by tina groh on October 16,2010 at 09:01 PM
I'm having the same problem with my bengal bitting himself and loosing his fur and the skin redcjlch and irrated. Help!!!
Posted by Dyan on February 04,2010 at 06:54 PM
My Bengal cat is loosing his fur in clumps and is bitting himself with a vengiance..........he was on flea and tick meds until last fall. What should i look for or do?
Posted by Tamella Perkins on June 10,2011 at 08:03 PM
I think you might have answered your own question. Put him or her back on flea and tick meds. Use the best organic ones that you can find on the market no matter how much the cost. A trip to the vet will cost alot more; if that doesn't do give the cat relief then you know for sure that it is not a reaction to fleas or the medicine used.
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