Breed Guide: Bengal

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Bengal CatDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Bengal

Weight:  female 10-15 lb, male 10-22 lb

Points of conformation: Large cat with small head and short ears. Broad muzzle with pronounced whisker pads. Long limbs and thick tail.

Coat: Short, dense and soft coat.

Color: Usually tabby with marbled or spotted patterns.

Grooming needs: Low

Origin: USA

Behavior Traits: Athletic and outgoing and highly energetic.

Is a Bengal cat right for You?

The Bengal is a cross between the Asian Leopard cat and the Domestic Shorthair, originally bred by researchers to explore natural resistances to Feline Leukemia Virus.  The early breeds were not easy to tame, but have been selected progressively for their temperament.  They tend to be dog-like and will fetch and tolerate being walked on a leash.  They are considered a very vocal cat and can have an unusual meow.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Bengal

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Oral Resorptive Lesion $528 $923
Ear Infection $145 $232
Diarrhea $223 $571
Enteritis $338 $1,066
Gastritis $520 $1,567


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