Not all owners have to deal with the situation that a Bengal cat is often sick for a long time. Most of the pets of this elite breed, who visited the veterinarian on time for the necessary vaccinations, live a long and happy life. Nevertheless, it is better to know in advance about what health problems may arise in order to recognize the disease in a timely manner, in the early stages, without allowing it to grow to the size of a catastrophe that threatens the life of a pet.
On the general health status of Bengalis
I immediately want to debunk the widespread myth that purebred representatives of domestic cats are characterized by very weak immunity, that they often get sick, dying from problems, who are not threatening anything with street and outbred animals. On the contrary, breeders in the selection take healthy, that is, strong, hardy, not burdened by poor heredity and genetic anomalies of individuals. So the proverb “heals like a cat” extends to the Bengal purebred breed. But there is another factor: because of the small population of this particular type of cats, breeding is problematic. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The main difference that a Bengal cat boasts is its leopard color. This is a unique pattern on red hair, inherited from the wild ancestor of Prionailurus bengalensis. None of the elite breeds have such a thing anymore – only Bengal cats have it. It would seem that the definition of “leopard” greatly narrows the variety of coloring and drawing of the animal’s fur coat, but this is not so. Despite the recognizable-characteristic spotting and despite the fact that the breed itself is very young, the breeders brought out a dozen original Bengal colors, not only brown, but also very light and even black colors. True, not all of them are recognized by international feline federations so far.
The history of the formation of the Bengal breed
Apart from the wild Asian leopard cats ALC, there was also a whole list of breeds – Abyssinian, American domestic shorthair, Egyptian Mau, Persians, Exotics, Ocicets, Burmese, among the origins of the formation of Bengals. Continue reading