3 Things Worth Keeping in Mind Before Adopting a Bengal Cat

Bengal Cat
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Bengal cats are one of the most striking breeds and many cat lovers can’t resist their charm but keeping them as pets is easier said than done. They have many unique characteristics that make them challenging, and these three are certainly worth keeping in mind.

Highly Energetic

Bengals aren’t one of those breeds that enjoy laying around all day long and being left alone for hours. They’re highly energetic cats that require a lot of stimulation and you shouldn’t adopt one if you can’t provide regular play. You should even consider filling your home with exercise wheels, climbing towers, and similar toys because they’ll need a way to release their energy.

Not Hypoallergenic

If you’re thinking of adopting a Bengal cat because you’ve heard they’re hypoallergenic—think again. Since they don’t shed as much as most other cat breeds, Bengals are a better fit for people sensitive to allergies, but that doesn’t actually make them hypoallergenic.

Health Problems

Before welcoming a Bengal cat into your home, brace yourself for frequent visits to the vet. They’re susceptible to certain health issues that are very specific to their breed, including a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an eye disorder progressive retinal atrophy, and ulcerative nasal dermatitis.