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