“Saffy is very loving and loves a cuddle and a snuggle. She likes to be up high, she is vocal and has no concept of personal space. Saffy believes her owners are there to serve her (rightly so).
“She has never seen a dog but with her outgoing and fearless personality she may be fine with a cat friendly dog.
“Saffy would love the outside but she has no fear and doesn’t sense danger from other cats/cars/people so should only be allowed outside if placed in a rural home where it is safe to do so.”
Spayed/Neutered – Vaccinated – Dewormed – Treated for Fleas
Tested for FeLV and FIV (cats and kittens only) – Microchipped
Bengal cats are a lithe and agile breed and generally weigh between 8–15 pounds. They’re prized for their dense, short coats that are boldly patterned in different shades of brown, silver, and snow. Their fur is super soft to the touch, feeling a bit like bunny hair. The most common eye colors found in Bengal cats are brown, yellow, orange, and green.
Despite how wild a Bengal looks on the outside, he’s soft and sweet on the inside. These affectionate cats are gregarious, although they might christen a particular family member as their favorite. Bengals do great with children, other cats, and with family dogs. The key, however, is early socialization and exposure to household members at a young age. If you try to introduce a new pet to older Bengals already set in their ways, you might have a challenge on your hands.
Because Bengals are an intelligent and curious breed, they need constant stimulation to keep their big brains engaged. They love playing with toys and are also known to love water and enjoy a shallow tub. Bengals can be taught tricks and even how to walk on a leash for outdoor adventures.
A Bengal cat is happiest when he’s near you. He doesn’t care where he lives, whether it be a big house or small apartment, as long as you and your family are nearby. But no matter the size of your space, a Bengal needs to have lots of things to do—and climb.
Owners should have at least one cat tree for this big kitty, along with plenty of toys to keep him entertained while you’re away. And if you spend long hours away from home, having a second cat is a good idea to help keep your pet amused and busy.
Bengal cats also have a high prey drive and enjoy watching birds, squirrels, and other animals from safely inside your home. Because of his love of chattering at the window, it’s a great idea to install a carpeted perch (or two) to give him a comfortable viewing spot.
Mental stimulation is the key to a happy Bengal cat. Start young by introducing your kitten to other people, children, animals, the car, and even a leash and harness for outdoor jaunts. Because they’re so intelligent, Bengals benefit from a wide range of experiences to keep them engaged, so work with them early and often. It also helps to provide plenty of cat toys and rotate them out every few weeks so your cat doesn’t get bored.
The typical Bengal cat lifespan is 9–15 years, and they’re a relatively healthy breed. However, as with all cats, they do have a few health issues you need to keep in mind before you purchase a new pet. Most serious breeders are careful to breed animals without genetic health problems, but three of the most common maladies among Bengals are:
- Heart disease: Heart disease in Bengal cats is called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which can cause the heart muscle to thicken, particularly in older animals. This can result in blood clots or congestive heart failure and a shorter lifespan.
- Eye disease: Bengals can also get an eye condition called progressive retinal atrophy, which can cause deterioration of the retina and eventual blindness.
- Anesthetic allergies: Bengals can be extremely sensitive to anesthetics and should be watched carefully during any surgeries—including neutering and spaying. An allergic reaction to anesthetics can result in cardiac arrest.
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