Bengal cats are an interesting breed created as a crossbreed between an Asian Leopard cat and a domestic house cat. They are famous for its elegant spotted coat markings, which are inherited from its Asian leopard ancestors. Although, it is a domestic cat, it looks like a wild cat on the prowl and is quite large weighing around 8 to 15 pounds. They love food!
What should I feed my Bengal Cat?
You should be looking to feed your bengal with top quality food. It is normally considered that all the cats are obligate carnivores, which means that, they must eat a diet primarily based on diet. Their digestive systems are fine tuned to extract all the necessary protein, vitamins and fat from the meat.
Normally, Bengal cat can eat dry food as well as wet one. But feeding them with raw meat might be a better option. As, they are habituated eating raw meat in the wild. In fact, the raw meat is quite easy for cats to digest because, the cats were designed to eat raw meat. They also tend to eat less. This is because, they can receive the nutrients easier and can digest the food better. Also, the skinny cats gain weight and fat ones lose weight on this diet.
If, your cat is suffering from loose stools and vomiting, then it might get better on a raw meat diet. An added advantage of feeding raw meat is that there are no stinky stools and it also costs less.
Should I feed grain based food to my Bengal cat?
Most of the easily accessible cat foods contain a considerable degree of grain, in order to build up the packed food at a low cost. But, the digestive system of cats is not advanced to process a significant amount of grain in their diet. Nourishing them with a grain based dietary routine can bring about digestive problems and early weakening of the cat.
The grain free foods might be little expensive than the grain-based ones. But, we recommend going for the grain free ones. Your cat will be happier. The grain free based foods are generally rich in nutrients.
Canned food pros and cons:
- It is more edible, especially for the old ones
- It might put lesser pressure on the cat’s digestive system
- It can be easily digested With added water, it keeps the cats hydrated
- Might be more expensive
- It might not support the cat for a whole day
- It might require more clean-up
Dry food pros and cons:
- It is more affordable than the canned ones
- It is quite fast and easy to feed the cats in case of the dry diet
- It is easy to clean up
- Some cats might prefer the crunch, which comes with the dry food
- It takes more time to get digested
- Most of the brands contain more grains and filler
Some of the commonly faced health/feed issues to be considered:
Grain supplements like corn, rice and wheat are added to the cat’s diet as fillers. This must be avoided. It might prove harmful for your cat. The extra sugar and starch from the grains contribute to heart allergies and obesity. Especially, the Bengal cat requires very high levels of “Taurine”. Taurine is an amino acid that supports the development of nervous system and helps in regulating the level of water and minerals in the blood. It is commonly found in muscle meat and organ meat. So, feeding raw meat might be a better option.
Most cats do like their food at room temperature. So, temperature of the diet must not be too hot or cold.
If you wish, you may include yogurt, eggs, raw milk, or other supplements. The supplements should be unprocessed.
You must take care of your cat’s weight related issues. You need to check once a week, so that you can feel his or her ribs and that he or she has a waistline. This might prevent over feeding.
Having a Bengal cat in your home is just like having a piece of jungle frisking around. Their softness, intelligence and vocal skills are simply incomparable. It is a positively captivating breed and could probably be the most overwhelming beauty that you could introduce into your life.