If you are the owner of a Bengal cat, a common question you may ask is, “why does my Bengal cat eat so much?“. Bengal cat’s are extremely lively and full of energy. Anybody reading this who also exercises or goes to the gym will know how hungry you get after a workout. When your Bengal is bouncing around playing and burning off all of that energy, they will require more food than your average cat.
In this post we will look at things such as do Bengal cat’s eat a lot?, how much food you should feed your Bengal, and obviously this will answer the question of why does my Bengal cat eat so much?.
Do Bengal Cats Eat a Lot of Food?
Some people say that Bengal cat’s can be very picky and stubborn when it comes to food. I’ve found this to be the case with most cat’s though, so Bengal’s are not much different to your average domestic cat.
One thing that is a lot different though is the activity levels of a Bengal cat. They are a lot more energetic and playful than probably any other cat breed. The extreme levels of energy means that a Bengal cat will a lot more food than the average domestic cat.
How Much Food Should i Feed My Bengal Cat?
The playful, energetic nature of a Bengal means that they will burn a lot more energy. This means that they will require more food to revive this lost energy. So how much food should you feed your Bengal cat? They will eat almost one can of wet food daily. This can seem like a lot of food, but with the amount of energy they burn off, this is ideal for them to maintain a good weight.
Just always remember to check that your Bengal is still very active. The last thing you want is to overfeed them which can lead to health issues such as obesity. Experts have claimed that 25-35 calories per pound of body weight is ideal for your cat.
What Types of Food Should You Feed a Bengal?
An important thing when to remember when purchasing cat food is to check on the label that it contains pork, chicken, or beef on top of the ingredients list. If the main ingredients on top of the list are things such as wheat or corn, do not get this kind of food. Basically you should be getting food that’s high in protein and low in carbs.
As we say a lot on this blog, all cat’s are unique with very different personalities and preferences. It may take a while testing and trying different brands and flavors before you find the ones that your Bengal loves.
Try to focus the diet mostly around wet cat food. The reason for this is because cat’s can get up to 50% of their daily water from wet cat food. An article we wrote titled “How to Force a Cat to Drink Water When They Refuse to Drink” will cover more on this subject. As you can imagine, a very active Bengal cat will get dehydrated faster than a normal cat.
One thing you can do is to mix some dry food into the wet cat food which is something I’ve been doing for a while now. This way you get the best of both, and you’ll find that they enjoy eating it this way.
Can a Bengal Eat Human Food?
This is an area you have to be very careful with. There are some foods that are fine to give your cat and there are others that can be very bad and cause health issues. As an example, most people think it’s fine to give cat’s milk, but this is not the case. Most cat’s are actually lactose intolerant. Here’s some information you will need to know:
Foods that are safe for your Bengal:
- Meats: A little chicken, turkey, fish, or hamburger meat in small amounts will be harmless and is fine to give your cat. Just be careful with things such as lunch meat which can contain too much salt and fat.
- Melons: Melons are perfectly fine to give your cat on moderation. The reason for this is because they are high in natural sugars. Your cat may or may not even like melon but if they do, make sure to remove the seeds before you give it to them.
- Lettuce: Your Bengal may not even go for lettuce, but if they do, it is very safe for thm to eat and they can have as much as they want.
- Ice cream: This is a strange one because this is a dairy product, and we have already said cat’s cannot drink milk. There has never been any signs or health effects from this, so giving your cat a lick or 2 of your ice cream should be completely harmless.
- Other safe foods: Here are some other human foods which should be completely safe for your cat to eat: tomatoes, asparagus, bread, marshmallows, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, and pickles. Just make sure to not over feed your cat if something is high in sugar.
Foods that are not safe for your Bengal:
- Milk: We covered this one above and you shouldn’t be giving cat’s milk. Although cat’s absolutely love milk, most are lactose intolerant and cannot digest dairy products in the way humans can. Drinking milk can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- Onions & Garlic: Cat’s have very fragile blood cells, so eating something like garlic and onions which contain oxidizing agents can cause cell damage. We talked about milk above, but giving them a drop here and there will not hurt, but this one should be totally avoided.
- Grapes: For those who don’t know, grapes are very dangerous to dogs, and if eaten can cause kidney failure. Cat’s also have very fragile kidneys and grapes should be completely avoided in a cat’s diet.
- Spinach & Swiss Chard: These vegetables are very good for humans, but it’s a different story when it comes to your cat. What’s dangerous about them is they are very high in oxalic acid which can cause the development of both bladder and kidney stones.
- Chocolate: Chocolate can be very toxic and may even cause death, so this should be completely avoided and never fed to your cat.
Why Is My Bengal Cat So Skinny
This is where some Bengal owners will get very confused. You will ask “why does my Bengal cat eat so much?“, but then also wonder why your Bengal is still very slim. There’s actually a few very good reasons for this. Let’s take a look at some of the explanations.
Bengal cat’s are actually a cross between an unknown domesticated cat and a wild Asian Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis). The Asian leopard is a cousin of the leopard, but are both very different when it comes to size. The Asian leopard who is native to continental South, Southeast and East Asia is only about the size of a domestic cat.
The way the differ to a domestic cat is they have long, slender legs and a small head. So when you realize where they came from and when you think of the genetic traits you get from your own parents, you will have a better understanding of why your Bengal is so slim.
This is the one that we mentioned at the start of this article. Bengal cat’s are extremely playful creatures and will burn off a lot of calories and energy. Although it seems you are feeding them a lot, they are burning off so many calories that they will still appear very slim.
#3 Body Image:
Bengal cat’s are actually around the same size as a typical cat. The reason they appear smaller is because they are more leaner, muscular and have smaller heads than other cat’s. This along with having longer slender legs will give the appearance they are smaller but will actually be around the same wait as a regular house cat.
#4 Late Bloomer
Bengal cat’s will not fully fill out until the age of around 2 years of age which is when they typically reach maturity. They are typically slower at growing than other cat’s so will appear to be a lot smaller than most other kittens of the same age.
Hope you enjoyed this article and it has answered your question of “why does my Bengal cat eat so much?“. If you have any other questions or stories regarding this subject, leave your comments below.