Other diseases reported in Bengal cats most often
The list of other ailments recorded in bengals is small, but recently it has been noted that they do not happen so rarely, almost on a par with problems of the stomach, esophagus, intestines.
Pathology of the structure of the heart – hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is caused by the fact that one of the walls of the “motor” pumping blood is thicker than others. This causes a violation of all the activities of the heart, leads to many problems with general health, and ends with sudden death. Pathology often does not manifest itself in any way, and the danger lies in the absence of early symptoms. Therefore, it is important for owners of Bengal cats to notice the lethargy of the animal, symptoms of severe fatigue after active games to conduct a heart examination using ultrasound and ECG. Such a study should be regular for all Bengal cats up to the age of five. The causes of cardiomyopathy have not yet been reliably determined, but genetic and hereditary factors play a decisive role. On average, the percentage of bengals with such an ailment is from 25 to 30-odd, which put mini-leopards on the penultimate line in the list of ten known and recognized breeds prone to heart disease (Maine Coons are now headed).
Flat Sternum Syndrome (FCK) is a disease inherent in newborn kittens. This serious genetic pathology in the Bengal breed has become even more common than cardiomyopathy. A violation in the configuration of the chest, when the ribs squeeze the chest cavity, interferes with normal breathing. Individuals with a severe stage of the syndrome die in the first days or weeks after birth (life periods of 10 days and 3 weeks are considered critical). If this does not happen, then the animal may develop further, as expected, and may have a “sunken sternum” defect that does not particularly affect health. With FCK, the sternal ribs are either absolutely flat from the bottom or funnel-shaped, bending into the middle of the chest. At exhibitions, such animals, even with all the other brilliant indicators, are rejected.
Syndrome of dry nose affects Bengal kittens, young one-year-old cats. Visually, symptoms are revealed by cracks, crusts on the animal’s nose. Sores, if they are not lubricated with healing ointments, can gradually turn into ulcers.
The immune system
The poor functionality of the immune system is a problem inherent in lines where multiple bindings between direct and very close relatives were allowed. This violation is not observed if the breeder occasionally acquires a cat-producer or a pedigree cat in other breeding places. By following the pedigree when buying a kitten, you can avoid the hassle of additional vaccinations, by conducting a procedure such as deworming.
Like feline other breeds, Bengals have to, at least infrequently, suffer from leukemia, as well as from urolithiasis, especially in regions where the water that the cat drinks has increased rigidity. Unsterilized cats and cats may experience hormonal imbalances, while those that eat soft, including natural foods, suffer from tartar deposits. For pets of advanced age, oncological diseases are a frequent problem.