Never feed your Bengal cat with this food! This is what Bengals eat.

Have you heard about a domestic cat who looks just like a wild tiger? To be more precise who looks like the Bengal Tiger or maybe a Leopard? Well, you must have seen the Bengal cat. These are the cats which are a product of cross breeding Asian Leopard cats with domestic breeds. They have distinctive spotted coat and are very active and intelligent cats.

In this article, you can read more about their diet. What is the best food for them and what to avoid in their diet if you own one of these Bengals.

Most newly Bengal cat owners have many questions about what their diet should be. Since Bengal cats are carnivorous you have to give them cat food which is rich in protein. It is important to know that their ancestors the Asian Leopard cats were eating a lot of birds, lizards and insects – all protein, so this is the reason why you should feed your Bengal cat in the same way. Avoid the cat food that contains more carbohydrates such as corn, rice and soy and less meat. [adToAppearHere]

Should you feed your Bengal cat with raw meat?

When we talk about meat, we need to mention something about the raw meat diet. It is good to give raw meat to your Bengal, but you need to take precautions when you do that! This can sometimes cause food poisoning in Bengals. Make sure that the meat is not set to room temperature for a very long time. Bengals love chicken, so you can cook them boneless chicken and they can eat it by itself or mixed with their dry or soft food.

Other than chicken, you can give your Bengal fresh turkey because it is a great source of protein and omega 3 fats, or any fresh meat rich in protein and fiber. However, you need to make sure that the protein is not the only component in their diet. You must include vitamins and minerals in the food.

Kibble in Bengals diet

Until your Bengal kitten is one year old you should feed it kibble specially designed for kittens. The cat needs high quality kibble to stay active and healthy. After one year you can put them on a regular cat kibble. When you are deciding which brand of food to choose always check the ingredients. Make sure that the first ingredient is meat. Cheap brands of food usually have fillers and their ingredients is mainly on corn, corn gluten or by product and all these fillers make it a lot of smellier when your cat goes to the bathroom. This is not very pleasant, isn’t it? [adToAppearHere]

Never feed your Bengal with these foods:

  • Chocolate – it contains theobromine, a type of alkaloid which can be poisonous for your cat.
  • Avocado – it contains persin which is a toxic substance for Bengals
  • Liver – too much liver can be dangerous because it can trigger vitamin A toxicity and this affects their bones
  • Alcoholic beverages – it can cause fatal brain and liver damages in cats in general because it is highly intoxicating.
  • Raw eggs – the protein in raw egg whites called avidin can hinder the absorption of vitamin B which can cause skin and coat problems.
  • Caffeine – this is highly toxic for cats, which can be found in chocolate, cocoa and colas.
  • Bones – it can cause a cat to choke, splinter or block its intestinal tract

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15 thoughts on “Never feed your Bengal cat with this food! This is what Bengals eat.

  • June 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm
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    What about fresh fish once in awhile. Cooked or in cooked?

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    • June 27, 2017 at 12:41 am
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      You can feed them with fresh fish but only cooked! Raw fish can cause them gastrointestinal upset.

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  • June 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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    Hi. I was encouraged when I began reading your blog. You had good info UNTIL I got to the kibble part.

    I have been breeding Bengals for over 9 years. I have never fed dry food (kibble). I raise all my cats and kittens on the raw diet which I make.

    Kibble, even “high quality” (really is no such thing) is still too many carbs and fillers. But most importantly it has NO WATER/MOISTURE. All cats date back to Egypt. How much water is there to drink in Egypt? Next to none. A mouse is 60% water. Lions & Tigers get the moisture they need from the blood and tissue of their kill. Some people think it “cleans” the teeth. This is an old wives tale/not true. Most cats swallow dry food whole. You can read about the dry food at http://catinfo.org/ written by a veterinarian. There are plenty of other reputable places to read about how bad for any cat dry food is.

    Cats do not have a thirst instinct. To feed them dry is slowly dehydrating them. Especially poor tiny kittens. Even the cheapest canned food is better to feed than dry!

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  • June 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm
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    My Bengals got raw since they were 4 weeks old ( introduction ) they get 1 day old chicks, beef, steak, heart, fish, chicken plus a couple of cans of commercial

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  • June 26, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    I definitely agree in regards to the wet food issue.
    However, I’m not sure how much you, as an author, really knows in regards to dry food. The ingredients do NOT have to be regulated, like they do with anything we buy for ourselves. So, just bc it is mentioned as the 1st ingredient, does NOT mean that is the item that is contained mostly in the food.

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  • June 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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    Dry food…we were told to feed our Bengals PERSIAN,DRY FOOD in addition to their daily Royal Cabin. We tried the raw food n they refused to eat it. Waste of money…investwd in a grinder n fresh chicken breasts etc. Ended up giving it to our breeder for her cats.

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  • June 26, 2017 at 9:26 pm
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    Dry food…we were told to feed our Bengals PERSIAN DRY FOOD in addition to their daily Royal Canin. We tried the raw food n they refused to eat it. Waste of money…invested in a grinder n fresh chicken breasts etc. Ended up giving it to our breeder for her cats.

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  • July 14, 2017 at 9:49 am
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    My first Bengal was 5th generation from the wild and he never had “kibble” as it wasn’t so common some 30 years ago. He ate the same as the other cats I had, Abbyssinians and Siamese. He did like raw meat and was given that from time to time but not exclusively and he lived until 18 years old when he had to be put to sleep cos of cancer.

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