VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Centre Park

Bengal

Bengal

Basic Bengal Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
  • Weight: 6 - 12 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Bengal

  • Entropion


Bengal Traits

  • Lap Cat
         
  • Intelligence
         
  • Ease of Training
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Good with Dogs
         
  • Chattiness
         


Bengal History

  • A hybrid breed, created by crossing the Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic cat, such as an Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Burmese or Egyptian Mau.
  • Japan is the first country to welcome Bengals as family cats in the 1940s.
  • Bengals are recognized as a breed by The International Cat Association (TICA) - providing the show cats are at least a fourth-generation descendant of the wild Asian Leopard Cat-domestic cat crossing. However, the Cat Fanciers Association does not accept the Bengal as a breed for show competition.
  • With the "pet leopard" appearance, the Bengal is zooming up the popularity charts, ranking first in TICA, far ahead of runner-up Ragdoll. More than 60,000 Bengals are registered with TICA.
  • The International Bengal Cat Society and TICA work hard to maintain the Bengal's "wild" look with a "tame" personality.


Bengal Behavior Concerns

  • Highly active and full of energy.
  • Extremely alert and attentive. They watch and learn from people on how to open doors and cabinets and other behaviors.
  • Look up because most Bengals love to survey their surroundings perched on high shelves and tops of refrigerators.
  • Very demanding. They want and need interaction with people and pets in the household.
  • Potential challenging temperament. Experienced cat owners can channel the Bengal's energy and intelligence into productive play and basic obedience commands.
  • Be aware that some Bengals make growling sounds when they eat.


Look of Bengals

  • Sleek, muscular body.
  • Wild exotic looks, sporting 13 different color coats, including brown tabby and seal lynx point. Coat patterns are spotted or marbled.
  • Wedge-shaped head, almond eyes, wide nose, strong chin and rounded-tipped ears.
  • Distinctive "prowl-like" walk due to the fact that the Bengal's back legs are slightly longer than the front legs.
  • Bengals grow slow, taking up to two years before reaching physical maturity.


Grooming Bengal Cats

  • Coat is short to medium in length.
  • Coat offers a silky feel.
  • Medium shedding


Suggested Nutritional Needs for Bengals

  • Their high-activity level enables them to burn off excess calories and maintain a healthy weight.


Fun Facts of Bengals

  • A true cat burglar, Bengals like to steal shiny household objects and hide them.
  • Bengals rank among the most expensive cat breeds. A show-quality Bengal can cost around $2,000.
  • Bengals love to fetch, play in water bowls and walk on leashes.


Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.


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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please call the following emergency hospital immediately.

Emergency Animal Hospital
10270 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 750-1177
 

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