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How Long Do Bengal Cats Live?

30.05.2022
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How Long Do Bengal Cats Live?

The life expectancy of Bengal cats depends on many factors: the breed, the genetic material of the parents and external factors such as diet and how they are kept.

I am a fan of Bengal cats. I have been seeing them in various forms and sizes as pets and family members for over 10 years now. I do not own any Bengal cats, but I love the breed. It is one of the best-kept secrets that cat owners could care less about the health of their pet.

Bengal cats are said to be more susceptible to the diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease than other cats. The disease has also been linked with hormonal imbalance and this is why it has been recommended that special diets be given to these kind of cats. These genetically modified foods have shown great improvement in the health conditions of Bengal cat and many people have adopted these foods.

Birth defects in Bengal cats are caused by a single gene mutation. This is the first time that a mutation in a single gene has been found, and it was discovered in Bengal cats. The mutation is located on chromosome 7 and can be changed to cause all types of diseases, including cancer and neurological disorders.

Hereditary diseases in Bengal cats

Hereditary diseases in Bengal cats (Bengal cats) are a very serious problem in the world today. There is a huge need for effective treatments to prevent and treat such diseases. The genetic defect is found in about 1/3 of all Bengal cat breeds across the world. These inherited defects include lethargy, cicatrization of the skin, cardiac abnormalities and other health problems like liver

Bengals are a relatively healthy and robust breed, and the life expectancy of Bengal cats is correspondingly high, although targeted inbreeding also played a role at the beginning of the breeding history. Since the Bengal cat is still a very young breed, a tendency to certain hereditary diseases cannot be named more precisely.

The following hereditary diseases are known in Bengal cats:

hereditary diseases in bengal cats
hereditary diseases in bengal cats

Bengal cats are a dominant breed of cats in India and few other countries. Bengal cats are hypo-allergenic, as they have lower levels of interferon, a protein that helps to degrade the pathogenic proteins in the body. They can be kept with no fear of allergy symptoms.

Bengal cats are known to have luxating patella in their knees. A little known genetic disorder that may cause the cat to collapse between the legs and fall over. The owner of the Bengal cat will have a hard time keeping them up at night as they struggle to walk.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle)

Progressive retinal atrophy (shrinking of the retina)

Polycystic kidney disease (cyst formation on the kidneys) Responsible breeders therefore ensure that sick animals are not used for breeding. Externally healthy animals can also be carriers of hereditary diseases. This should be clarified by a veterinarian before the start of breeding, if possible.

Life expectancy of Bengal cats

Life expectancy of Bengal cats: external influences

The Bengal cat is the most popular pet in the world. They are wonderfully affectionate and have a long life span. However, due to their high population, the cats are being affected by a variety of diseases.

The life expectancy of Bengal cats has increased by 10 years in the last two decades. The life expectancy of Bengal cats is expected to increase by another 6 years in the future.

The foundation for future health is already laid during puppyhood. This includes healthy and high-quality feeding of the mother and kittens, the first vaccinations and, if necessary, the first deworming . In a varied environment and playing with siblings and mother, the cardiovascular system is stimulated and the muscles trained, while coordination improves at the same time. Sufficient exercise keeps you fit and healthy later on and reduces the risk of injury from jumps and rapid sprints.

When properly groomed, cats can live up to 15 years.

Cats have been domesticated for thousands of years. They are considered the most intelligent and beautiful animals around. Cats are also incredibly smart, but they also have amazing personalities. They love to socialize, they can be very protective, they defend their homes and family members.

life expectancy of bengal cats
life expectancy of bengal cats

To prevent communicable diseases, the cats are vaccinated. In addition to the standard vaccinations, further vaccinations may be useful depending on the type of housing (housing or free range) and the region. Flea and worm infestations stress the animal, some worm species can cause permanent damage and even death in weakened animals. Parasite treatment therefore also plays an important role in keeping the cat healthy .

Regular checks by the veterinarian uncover health problems so that they can be treated at an early stage. While this can be done as part of the annual vaccination in otherwise healthy animals, semi-annual check-ups and regular blood tests can help to improve the quality of life and prolong life in old age.

The right food is essential for the cat. The predator requires plenty of good quality meat, such as that found in high-quality wet food or well-balanced home-cooked food.

Basically, the life expectancy of indoor cats is higher than that of outdoor cats, as there are many dangers lurking outside: traffic, other (perhaps sick) cats, poisoning by rat poison or deliberately placed bait, risk of injury on fences and much more. On the other hand, most cats enjoy their outdoors and are balanced and content when they are able to act out their natural instincts.

Best foundations for a long life expectancy

We should not rely on the conventional wisdom that a long life expectancy is linked to good health. Instead, we should focus on the link between longevity and good quality of life.

In summary, the life expectancy of Bengal cats can be influenced by paying attention to the following points:

  • choose responsible breeders (e.g. via TICA )
  • quality nutrition
  • vaccinations
  • parasite treatment
  • Optimize housing conditions and make them as safe as possible
  • regular check-ups at the vet
  • later retirement plan

Life expectancy is then 12 to 15 years.

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