Looking to create a companion cat with an exotic look but a domestic temperament, breeders crossed a domestic cat with the African Leopard Cat. The result was the beautiful Bengal cat. Sporting leopard-like spots and rosettes, the Bengal cat makes a striking impression. Their temperaments are akin to domestic cats, provided that they are at least three generations removed from their African Leopard Cat forbearers.
Bengal cats are inquisitive and are known for being busy bodies. If you are looking for a lap cat, the Bengal is not for you. High energy and curiosity combine to drive this nosy kitty to look for trouble. They are a quite intelligent breed, and can be trained to retrieve toys and even walk or run on an exercise wheel!
Although highly intelligent, Bengals are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bengals are prone to include diseases such as feline infectious peritonitis; eye problems such as entropion and progressive retinal atrophy; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; and behavioral conditions such as feline hyperesthesia syndrome.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bengal has the misfortune of inheriting more than an exotic appearance, you’re covered.