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Cat Insurance for Bengal Cats

Bengal cats may be one of the most interesting cat breeds to look at with their leopard like markings and long legs. They are beautiful creatures and growing in popularity. They originated in Japan in the 1900s and are a human-made hybrid of the Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat. Although Bengals are becoming very popular, people need to be aware that this type of breed is not for everyone.

Physical Characteristics: The physical characteristics of this breed are very distinct with their pronounced whiskers, leopard or marble patterns, and long legs. They can range in color from golden, rust, brown, and orange, to sand and ivory.

Photo Courtesy of The International Cat Association.

 

Personality Traits: These cats are eager for attention, willing to play, and need to be a part of the family. They are also great with children and other pets. Bengals demand a lot of attention and can be very talkative if they choose to be, so seasoned pet owners are recommended for this breed.

Health Conditions:  A common health problem associated with this breed is Patellar Luxation.  Patellar Luxation occurs when the kneecap moves around and is pushed in and out of place. This is commonly developed because of malformation during development or by trauma. If this is left untreated the bones will eventually wear down, causing more pain and can possibly lead to arthritis. In most cases surgery is the only option. A disease commonly found in Bengals is Cardiomyopathy, which is a heart disease that can cause blood clots and pain or acute paralysis in the cat’s rear legs. Hereditary factors are the only known cause of this disease. There are a few ways to treat this condition including a diuretic drug, calcium channel blockers, and beta-blockers which are used to slow the heart rate down when it is beating extremely fast.

Not only are these exotic looking felines beautiful but they are also known for being great companions. Before you consider adopting one and bringing them into your family make sure you are aware of the possible health conditions and get pet insurance well in advance!

 

About Amber @Trupanion

Amber is a full time student at the University of Washington and she is studying Media and Communications. She is a senior at the UW and is very excited to be getting valuable interning experience at Trupanion. Amber is the proud owner of two Yorkshire Terriers, Lola and Willy. Amber and her two dogs like to do activities outdoors such as hiking, going to the park or simply relaxing in the sun.

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