How to Take Care of Bengals
Bengals almost always want to be involved in whatever activity their humans are engaged in. Expect them to continue to keep their “kitten personality” a lot longer than the average house cat. Every Bengal is unique, however, so if you are looking for specific personality traits in your Bengal, it is important you relay those to the breeder you are working with, as they will better be able to direct you to certain kittens that display those traits.
What do Bengal Kittens Eat
One company that I would recommend would be Darwin’s Natural Pet Products as they balance their food properly. Another option is to feed a mix of canned and dry food. Canned food is very important as it contains a lot of moisture. Hydration is very important to any animal’s quality of life. Think about how awful you feel if you don’t drink any fluids in a day! There are a lot of good wet canned foods out there and there are a few that aren’t so good.
TikiCat as a High Protein Canned Food Diet
I personally have chosen Tiki Cat as it has a very high protein content that comes from actual animals as well as good moisture content. This is by no means the only good wet cat food out there, but it is what works for my cats and myself.
Grain-Free Dry Cat Food
The first dry food I want to talk about is First Mate. First Mate is a Canadian-based company that produces a Grain Friendly Cat food. This means that while they do use Brown Rice and Oats, they steer clear of the Gluten, Potatoes, and Peas that are commonly found in Grain-Free cat food formulas (Although they do have a grain-free line as well). They also limit the number of ingredients that are in their food and have a very high protein content.
Feed a Diet that Makes Your Bengal Cat Happy
This leads into the most important rule… make sure when you are choosing your cat’s foods, that you base it on YOUR cat’s dietary needs. Every cat is different with different needs. If you find that one cat food is disagreeing with your cat’s stomach, then try a different brand. Read up on the nutrients that cats typically need and then make the necessary changes to ensure that your cat has the best chance at a healthy life. Just like humans, some cats can exhibit allergies and intolerances to certain ingredients that are perfectly fine for other cats.
Toys for Bengal Kittens
Now for the fun part…. How to keep your Bengal kitten happy in their new home! As mentioned above, Bengals are very high-energy pets. So the key to making sure they are stimulated enough, is to have plenty of toys around. While there are some high dollar toys that can make a huge difference in their lives, there are also some very cost effective options. We’ll talk about a couple of each.
A Cat Tree is a Must Have for Bengals
Another toy, and this one is a must have, even if it doesn’t seem like a traditional toy, is a cat tower (monetized). Cats love to be up high, and let’s remember that Bengals are even closer to their wild ancestors than most house cats. Very recently removed from climbing trees, they love to be on top of things. So unless you want your Bengal regularly jumping to the top of your fridge or cabinets, I highly recommend getting them their own tower or even making a wall of shelves for them to climb. Disclaimer, they may still find the fridge to be a fun perch!
Bengals Love Playing Fetch
Bengals love playing fetchThis can be with something as simple as a hair tie or a little fabric mouse like they sell at the grocery store. Bengals can also have a great time chasing around plastic springs and will play fetch with them also. It is a good idea to keep a number of these toys around as they tend to find their way underneath the furniture and don’t get found until vacuum day!
Adventure Awaits the Both of You!
While I could talk about cat toys for days, the final cat toy I am going to mention today is the teaser wand. There are all sorts of teasers out there and just about all of them are great. Bengals love to interact with their humans, so toys that include both of you are a must. The teaser wand is a stick with a string and some kind of toy at the end that your Bengal will chase around as you move it. Bengals have strong hunting instincts, so being able to “hunt” with their human will keep you both occupied for hours.