Bengal cats got a late recognition owing to their wild ancestry due to which people are mostly unfamiliar with it. Hence, people ask all sorts of questions, such as:
Do Bengal cats have long tails? Bengal cats’ tails normally vary in size as different Bengals are bred differently and for different purposes. However, a Bengal’s tail should be thick and have a round tip.
But wait, there’s more on these intriguing little leopards and their tails that you’d love to know.
Is the Bengal cat’s tail long?
Breeders work with different genetics which results in cats of the same breed but with varying traits.
Same is the case with Bengals:
Bengals can have long tails or short ones, thick tails or thin tails, and it all depends upon genetics.
Moreover, a Bengal cat can have a striped tail or it can have a spotted one and sometimes a mix of spots and stripes.
But what is the standard length for a Bengal cat’s tail?
Official breed standards rule that a Bengal’s tail should be thick with a rounded tip and be proportional to its body.
A Bengal’s tail would normally depend on what it is being bred for:
If the breeder’s primary aim is to attain a beautiful coat and color, the tail length would obviously be of lesser importance; meaning the cat would probably have a shorter tail.
However, if the breeder focuses on its physical traits, he/she would want a thicker and longer tail for the Bengal cat.
Regardless of the tail size, Bengal cats are tricky pets and it is vital that you understand all their requirements. For that purpose, why don’t you check out our Bengal cat checklist to make sure you have everything you need?
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Why do Bengal cats have tails?
Well, this might sound weird, but have you ever found yourself contemplating on why do cats have tails and we don’t?
If you have, then here is your answer (if not, a little information never hurt anyone):
According to experts, cats use their tails to balance.
However, if for some medical reason or injury, a cat’s tail is amputated, it will soon learn to live without it.
Another use of a cat’s tail is to communicate.
Cat breeds with the longest tails
If you have a thing for long tails, the following list of cat breeds might interest you:
|American Shorthair||These tolerant and friendly cats have quite long tails and their funny antics would definitely amuse you.|
|Balinese||These slender-bodied cats are similar to Siamese cats but have a comparatively longer coat and an even longer tail.|
|Cornish Rex||The Cornish Rex, unlike other breeds, only has an undercoat of about a centimeter and also has a thin, yet long tail.|
|Maine Coon||Maine Coon is not only the largest domesticated cat breed but also ranks among the cat breeds with the longest tails.|
|Egyptian Mau||Although, this naturally spotted cat, has a small-medium sized body, it has a long tail.|
Bengal cat coats
A tail is not the only thing that determines the beauty of the glorious Bengal cat. In fact, their beautiful leopard coats are the actual reason behind their fame.
A Bengal cat’s coat is not limited to the widely known golden and spotted leopard-like coat.
Like every cat breed, the Bengals also come in a variety of coats with varying patterns and colors.
The Bengal cats owe these wonderfully unique variations to their genetics. But an interesting fact to know about Bengals is that they don’t really have coats; rather they have pelts.
But, what exactly is a pelt?
A pelt is the skin of an animal that is covered with a thin layer of fur.
Bengals are not the only ones to have pelts; all animals have them; however, most of them also have upper coats.
But in the case of Bengals, there is no upper coat because their ancestors, the Asian Leopard Cats, also had no upper coat.
Sticking to the Bengal breed standards, the Bengal breed has the following three basic coat colors:
The most common colored Bengal is a brown Bengal.
Brown Bengals come in all variations of the color from a golden-brown to a creamy-brown.
Nonetheless, the orange-brown colored coat is the most usual and famous one.
A brown Bengal will most likely have a red nose and a black, tipped tail. Normally, there are jet black markings on a brown Bengal.
Silver Bengals are fairly new and have jet black markings on their coat.
Bengals also have snow colored coats. The snow color can be further categorized as:
- Seal Lynx
- Seal Mink Point
- Seal Sepia
Other than these standard colors, Bengals also come in the following non-standard colored coats:
- Solid Black
Now that you are aware of these six colors, you’d be more than happy to know that our beloved Bengal cat breed is not just limited to these basic colors, but its coats also comes in variations of these colors.
On the other hand, there are only two standard patterns of this breed:
The spotted Bengal coat is the most famous pattern and odds are that if you have ever seen a Bengal (in real life or a photograph), you have seen one with varying spots across its coat.
The second type, lesser known to the layman, is characterized by random patterns flowing horizontally across the coat of a Bengal cat.
Of course, there are numerous variations for both types of patterns, sometimes even on a single Bengal.
Do Bengal cats shed?
Speaking of coats, no matter how gorgeous they are, they have this basic problem:
All cats shed; it is just a matter of “how much” and “when”.
Lucky for you, the Bengal cats lack an upper coat, which means they have only a little fur on their bodies.
Lesser fur means lesser shedding. Although, Bengals shed lesser than most breeds it does not necessarily mean that they don’t shed at all.
Winter Coat & Summer Coat
Normally, Bengal cats do not shed much. However, their shedding becomes more than usual twice in a year.
During the fall season, these little creatures shed more than usual.
What’s happening is that the Bengals are shedding their summer coat and developing a new coat for the upcoming winter season: the winter coat.
This coat is a little thicker and longer than the old coat to protect the cat from the cold.
The exact reason for this shedding in Bengals and other animals is not known.
However, experts believe that it happens as a reaction to the shortening of the day i.e. lesser sunlight.
Another time that the Bengals shed more than usual is during springtime.
Bengals, during spring, get rid of their thicker winter coat and get ready for a thinner and shorter summer coat.
But, how to avoid it?
Shedding can be a major deal breaker for most of us, but that shouldn’t keep you from the delight of having such a lovely companion by your side.
For every problem, there is always a solution.
And for the problem of shedding, the best solution is to groom your cat regularly.
That could mean weekly or bi-weekly brushing.
However, during spring and autumn, when your Bengal is shedding more than usual, it would help to increase these grooming sessions.
Not only would it help you maintain a clean (fur-free) furniture, it would also help your cat get rid of old fur and dander and develop its new, fresher coat.
“The voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses.”
-E. E. Cummings
Bengals are known to be quite vocal; however, as Mr. Cummings said, the Bengals eyes speak louder than their meows.
The big round eyes of Bengal cats are simply mesmerizing.
Bengals are known to have various eye colors from gold or bright green to icy blue.
For example, if the parents have blue colored eyes, there are high chances for the litter to develop blue eyes.
Do Bengal’s eyes change color?
Normally, when a Bengal kitten is developing into a mature cat, it goes through some changes in its eye color.
A Bengal kitten’s eye color would go through some changes until it reaches maturity.
After that, the eye color will remain the same.
So, if you have noticed your Bengal kitten changing its eye color, then don’t be concerned.
However, if you have an adult Bengal at home that is changing eye color, you’d want to get it checked.
Because it is not normal for an adult Bengal cat to change its eye color.
There can be various reasons for your Bengal to change its eye color.
An eye infection might be causing that or it can be a symptom of a serious illness or disease such as blood pressure or diabetes.
If your Bengal’s eye color changed after roaming unsupervised outside or after a recent injury, it might indicate an injury in its eye. That is because the blood in the eyes can darken the color of the eye.
Therefore, if you notice a sudden change in the eye color of your Bengal which is older than 16 weeks, it might be a good time to visit a vet.
Do Bengal cats run away? Bengals are known to have a wild ancestry due which they are far more courageous than other domestic cats. This means that they are not afraid of the unknown and can roam considerably far from their home.
What is the best diet for your Bengal? You can feed your Bengal any one of the various cat foods that can be found in your nearby mart. However, make sure that the cat food is approved by the AAFCO.
A Bengal cat’s food should contain 50%-80% protein, while the remaining should be fibers and vitamins.