Bengal size and weight: differences between cats and Bengal cats
The breed of domestic cats with wild leopard color is naturally endowed with a strong and large body, sinewy paws with sharp claws of a forest predator, and powerful jaws. Therefore, the standard sizes, as well as the weight of Bengal cats and cats, in many respects differ from the parameters of other types of tamed representatives of the cat family in the world. At the same time, bengals combine predatory grace and, thanks to the work of breeders, the lively and affectionate nature of the pet. This allows you to successfully maintain the breed in normal household conditions, without causing any inconvenience to the animal, or the owner and household. During the breeding and development of the breed, the main emphasis by the author of a unique project, J. Millan, was on the outward similarity of domestic bengals with Asian forest ancestors. In the description of the appearance of the bengals, in addition to the famous spotty color and wool with glitter (shining like Bengal lights), it is indicated that they are quite muscular cats with a strong skeleton, characterized by the ability to jump high, climb objects with agile movements, and attack from ambush with lightning speed.
Size and weight of Bengal cats
What are the reasons for the size and weight of bengals
Domestic Bengal cats owe their physical characteristics to wild, not so distant ancestors. The size of the spotted animals, called leopard cats (Prionailurus (Felis) bengalensis, abbreviation ALC), approximately corresponds to the size of ordinary pets of other breeds. However, the legs are longer and the hind legs are noticeably higher than the front. The external parameters of Felis bengalensis vary greatly depending on the habitat. So, the smallest with an average body weight of 2.5 kg live in the Philippines, and the largest Ussurians weighing up to 10 kilograms are inhabitants of the Russian taiga.
Accordingly, the growth and body length of Bengal cats varies greatly in nature. The largest individuals can reach with the tail 95 centimeters.
Characterizing the physical data of bengals, we must not forget that not only wild cat species from the subfamily of small cats participated in their breeding, but also a whole list of representatives of other breeds. So to what extent a Bengal cat grows depends on a number of factors. However, existing weight tables, which were obtained as a result of many years of observations, still help to track the correctness of how much a representative of the breed should weigh at a particular age.
Weight Bengal Cats
The dynamics of weight gain in Bengal kittens
Kittens in a litter bengalki grow quickly. By the beginning of the second week of life, a Bengal kitten becomes 2 times more than those parameters that are recorded at birth, and this weight in the range from 70 to 120 grams. Of course, the size and weight of the body of a Bengal kitten depends on the physical data of its parents. Approximate indicators of the correct development by months are as follows:
– end of the first week: up to 250 grams;
– the end of the first month of life (four or five weeks): from 400 to 500 grams;
– 3 months – about a kilogram;
– 7 months – 4 kilograms;
– 10-12 months – 4.2 – 6 kg.
The weight gain algorithm is uneven, there are the following features:
– in a kitten at 2 months, growth is much slower than before;
– stepping over the indicator of 1 kilogram, growth is significantly accelerated;
– at the 7th-9th months, a new slowdown in weight gain occurs, and bengals actively stop growing, and males continue to increase their parameters to 2 years.
If the owner of a Bengal kitten exhibits significant deviations from the norms towards lower weight, it is worth analyzing the nutrition of the mother (the menu of the nursing cat should have more protein, calcium, vitamins) and the animal itself, consult a specialist.
There may be a reverse situation: a kitten at 4 months became fat, gaining the maximum weight laid to him in six months or even 1 year. In this case, you will also need the help of a veterinarian.