bengal breed information

common health issues

Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome is characterized by behavioral changes such as biting at the tail, flank and lumbar areas as if the skin there is irritated. This behavior is usually accompanied by vocalization, running, jumping and apparent hallucinations. Self mutilation in the form of excessive licking and hair plucking also may occur.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a reaction to infection with feline coronavirus. This complicated disease has no reliable test or treatment and has a 100% mortality rate. Signs are vague and include fever, weight loss with decreased appetite, and a pot-bellied appearance. FIP has an increased incidence in Birmans.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing.

Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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