What Does a Bengal Kitten Look Like?

I’ve always loved Bengal cats and the people around me have never failed to notice this.

Acknowledging my love for Bengals, my aunt gifted me a Bengal kitten on my birthday

To be honest:

I was overjoyed on my aunt’s arrival until I saw the Bengal kitten.

It did not look like as I had expected. At first, I thought that it was some other breed, but my aunt assured me that it certainly was a Bengal kitten and that it looked exactly the way it should.

What does a Bengal kitten look like? Bengal kittens look way different and unattractive as compared to adults. But eventually, a kitten will grow into a charismatic beautiful cat. A Bengal kitten retains a fuzzy appearance at one month of age which persists until six months. At this stage, it is impossible to determine the exact color and pattern of the kitten.

So, for all of you who are not aware of the physical appearance of a Bengal kitten, I have written this comprehensive detail of a growing Bengal kitty’s looks.

Bengal kitten’s appearance

After birth:

A Bengal kitten takes almost 2 years to attain its actual look.

Let’s take a look at how this breed looks like in its growing stage:

AgeAppearance
Newly bornDeaf, Blind, and toothless

Umbilical cord doesn’t fall until 3-5 days after birth

Sleeps the whole day

1 month oldFuzzy camouflage stage

Baby teeth development

3 months oldPhysically active

Ready to move to a new house

The Fuzzy Camouflage Stage in Bengal cats

The cats of this breed do not have a very adorable physical appearance while growing up.

Many beginners are very surprised to discover the Fuzzy Camouflage stage of the Bengal kitten’s growth. The kittens enter this stage as soon as they start going outdoors and exploring the surroundings.

During this phase, a kitty will:

  • Grow longer guard hair
  • Lose the color contrast in its coat
  • Its coat dulls

Many people call it the “ugly duckling” phase of the kitten’s life. But after this, be ready for an incredible transformation.

The pattern and color of the body will be muted on the cat’s coat.

This is a genetic characteristic of Bengal breed to make the kittens invisible to possible predators.

The dullness occurs the most on the body parts where the hair is longer.

Even though this little kitten is adorable, but this is the time of its life where it looks a bit ugly.

The Bengal kitten goes through Fuzzy camouflage stage at the age between 6-12 weeks.

How to know what your Bengal kitten will look like in the future?

It is a little complicated to figure out the color and quality of the coat that a Bengal kitten will attain after the fuzzy phase.

You can find out about the future appearance of the Bengal kitten through:

  • Parents
  • Eyes and ears

Determining a Bengal kitten’s color through its parents

A reputable breeder will guide you about the history and variety of a Bengal kitten’s parents.

Most kittens grow up looking like their parents.

Determining a Bengal kitten’s color through its eyes and ears

A hint of a Bengal kitten’s real coat is visible between their eyes and ears following the forehead.

As the baby cat grows bigger, the color & pattern will get prominent on their legs first and then start descending down the spine.

Eventually:

The true colors & patterns of their coat will start showing up on the entire body as the kitten grows bigger.

With time:

The coat will become more pronounced until you can easily see the signature Bengal cat body pattern.

Various color combinations in Bengal cats

Bengal cats come in an extensive range of color combinations.

Some kittens end up developing a totally different color from their ancestors which is quite normal.

Given below are a few of the most common color and pattern combinations which are used to spot a Bengal cat:

  • Brown Marble
  • Brown Spotted
  • Seal Mink Spotted
  • Seal Lynx Point Spotted
  • Seal Sepia Spotted
  • Blue Spotted
  • Silver Spotted

The kitten may adopt any of these combinations after its Fuzzy Camouflage stage.

Brown spotted Bengal kittens

The brown spotted kitten can develop a coat that possesses black to brown patterns with golden tones as the background color of its coat.

Some little ones have a Charcoal color but they are considered as Brown spotted kitties.

This is because if you uplift the charcoal hair layer, you will see a reddish undercoat.

Silver-spotted Bengal kittens

If you spot white hair roots of any Bengal kitten, it is considered as a Silver-spotted Bengal.

The silver spotted Bengal cat variety is the most desired one.

The kitten of this variety has all white or silver base coat with black markings.

Seal Lynx Bengal Kittens

The Seal Lynx point Bengal cats are born full white.

However:

They will develop the spots after a few weeks.

These spots get a lot darker as the kitten ages.

You can also tell if a kitten is from Seal Lynx variety if it retains its blue colored eyes.

Seal Mink Bengal Kittens

The Seal Sepial and Seal Mink varieties are born all off-white with some brown body markings.

These markings grow darker as this little kitty grows up.

This variety will have a medium brown pattern with aqua or green colored eyes.

Seal Sepia Kittens

The Seal Sepia Bengal cat variety holds much darker brown patterns than the Seal Mink.

The eye color of this variety tends to range from gold to yellow.

Blue Spotted Bengal Kittens

The blue-spotted Bengal felines lack the black color and thus create diluted colored coats.

The whole Bengal family has a black tip on their tails but a dilute colored Bengal kitty lacks that black tip.

Patterns in the coat of a Bengal cat

The exotic body patterns on the Bengal kittens and grown cats distinguish them from all other domestic cats.

These spots have specific shapes, and of course, a special name. The signature spots on the Bengal cat’s body are called rosettes.

The Bengal rosettes are not only round in shape but they come in a variety of sizes and shapes.

Rosettes must have more than one shade of color.

Sometimes, one Bengal kitty may have different type of rosettes on the body.

Some rosettes start appearing on the kitten’s body when it is as young as two weeks old. The pattern is not clear at that time.

After five weeks:

The baby fuzz starts to wear off and the rosettes start showing a bit more clearly.

But the actual pattern of a Bengal kitten is not visible until it is fully grown.

A fully grown Bengal cat

A Bengal cat is fully grown at the almost two years of age.

At this time:

The cat will transform into an alluring creature.

The average weight of the cat at this age is:

  • Female = 8-10 lbs
  • Male = 10-15 lbs

Taking care of a Bengal kitten

Taking care of a kitten is much more difficult than a grown-up cat.

In the case of the Bengal cat breed, the kittens are lean and need special care.

If you are bringing a newly born or a few weeks old kitten home, then be prepared for several important things. I have compiled down some major care tips for a Bengal kitten:

1: Vaccination

When you buy the kitten, it will have already gone through the first round of deworming medications and vaccinations.

Your duty is to get a small cooler where you can store the second and third round of the kitty’s vaccination and medications.

Be sure to vaccinate the kitten on time otherwise it can get deadly sick.

2: Introducing your Bengal kitten to its new home

Ok, now that you have brought a new family member home, you must make it feel homely.

Get a comfortable carrier for the kitten and make it the first spot for the newcomer to rest. In my Bengal cat checklist, I give my top suggestion for cat carriers and much more.

Let the little baby rest and get comfortable before you start introducing it to other family members.

3: Litter box training for your Bengal kitten

Most kittens are litter box trained but still, you have to make sure that the litter box is close to the kitten’s carrier.

When the kitten is fully trained, you can move the litter box somewhere else.

4: Feeding your Bengal kitten

If you are introducing new cat food to the kitten, expect loose stools for some time as their digestive tract copes with the new food.

5: Toys for Bengal kittens

Bengal cats have a very sharp mind and they demand some interactive activities to stay happy.

Bring toys for your cat which can keep their mind busy.

If the kitten does not find anything to play with, it will start exploring other stuff and making a mess around the house.

Related Questions

What is the cost of a Bengal kitten? The Bengal kitten will cost you a lot more than an adult cat.

The price ranges from $400-$10,000 depending on your locality, breeder, and kitten’s variety and gender.

Is Bengal cat hypoallergic? Yes, Bengal cats are considered hypoallergic as they do not shed much.

Usually:

A Bengal cat would shed during autumn and spring season but daily brushing can stop them from shedding a lot.

Can I take my Bengal cat to the beach? Yes, you can absolutely take this breed for a beach walk.

This cat breed is not afraid of water, in fact, they enjoy playing with it.

Make sure to leash the cat, otherwise, this naughty kitty can run away and get lost while playing.

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