The Bengal cat is a hybrid of an unknown domestic cat breed and the Asian Leopard Cat. However, these spotted cats are also believed to have gotten their distinct appearance from the Egyptian Mau.
Bengal cats aren’t your ordinary house cat either. Not only do they have a distinctive wild appearance, but have an insanely high amount of energy. Because of this, Bengal cats require a lot of play and exercise. And because they are crossbred from a line of wild cats, they are extremely active hunters.
The Bengal cat also loves to climb up in high places, play fetch, and enjoy bird-watching. You’ll even find them playful in the water, so be careful if you have an aquarium in the house!
They make sure to keep you entertained and happy as long as you shower them with lots of attention. And since they cannot be left alone for long hours at a time, they make perfect pets for retired folks or those who work from home.
Facts About the Bengal Cat
Bengal Cat Size and Growth Chart
|Age||Weight Range||Height Range||Length Range|
|8 weeks||2-4 lbs||6-8’’||7-9’’|
|3 months||4-5 lbs||7-9’’||8-10’’|
|6 months||6-12 lbs||8-10’’||10-12’’|
|9 months||8-15 lbs||10-12’’||12-14’’|
|1 year||10-15 lbs||11-14’’||14-16’’|
|2 years||10-15 lbs||13-15’’||16-18’’|
When Does a Bengal Cat Stop Growing?
Bengal cats are quite different from other breeds of domestic cats. They are much larger overall than your standard tabby. When they reach maturity, they tend to have long, muscular bodies with sleek profiles.
These cats usually stop growing when they reach 18 months to 2 years of age. However, some Bengal cats can continue to grow for an additional year, but that is very rare. By 2 years, a Bengal cat will weigh around 15 pounds and can grow up to 15 inches in height.
Within 2 years, your Bengal cat will grow rather quickly. But no need to worry. Just because they look like a leopard doesn’t mean they’ll reach that size!
When Do I Know My Bengal Has Reached Maturity?
When your Bengal cat reaches 2 years of age, you can consider it mature. After this, they generally stop gaining weight (aside from feeding or glandular issues) or growing taller.
But even though they’ll have reached their maturity, your Bengal cat will remain very active and bouncy. They will continue to play with you as usual, and they never outgrow their kitten-like behaviors. Many owners love them because of this fact alone.
They’re such a fun cat to have at home!
Factors Affecting the Size of Bengals
Some factors affect Bengal cat size, and one of them is the method of cross-breeding carried out. When a Bengal cat is not of the purest breed, it may not reach the maximum weight and height expected of the purebred one. Proper feeding is also important for Bengal cats to remain healthy and active. If they are not getting the right amounts of protein, vitamins, and minerals from their diet, they might not reach their ideal size.
How to Manage a Cat the Size of a Bengal
The Bengal cat is extremely active and athletic. And this is mainly how they maintain their own weight. However, they’re not the smallest breed around and can be problematic for those living in a small space. They definitely require adequate space in order to exercise and run around.
The ideal home for Bengal cats is a house with an enclosed backyard and several trees as they love to play in tree branches just like wild cats do.
Bengal cats that do not get enough exercise might start gaining unwanted weight. This is not healthy and can lead to eventual obesity.
Is a Bengal Cat Right for You?
Bengal cats are some of the most fun cats to have around. They can make great companions as they love lots of attention. However, they may not be the best choice for a cuddly lap cat. The Bengal cat is the best option for sporty individuals or those who like to be outdoors.
If you are thinking about getting a Bengal cat as a pet, make sure you have enough space for it at home. And since it doesn’t like to be left alone for long hours at a time, ensure your schedule matches up with their needs.
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