Do Bengal cats shed?

Thanks to its Asian Leopard cat ancestor, the Bengal cat breed is one of the breeds that have an exotic wild feline appearance. In spite of the fact that the Bengal cat breed commands a high price it is fast becoming one of the most sought after breeds because of its unique looks and outstanding personality. The wild heritage endowed this breed with a kind of coat that has an undomesticated appearance. Shedding in cats is a common concern of pet parents. Do Bengal cat owners face the concern of the pet’s shedding too? Bengal cats may not be your ordinary domestic cat but when it comes to shedding, just like any other haired cat breed, Bengal cats are known to shed too.

The Bengal cat is actually a very young breed having been developed in America during the 1960s. This breed resulted from crossing a domestic queen with the Asian Leopard cat, a wild cat found in Southeast Asia. Careful and selective breeding resulted to the creation of the Bengal cat, a breed of cat with a striking wild beauty and outstanding personality. A Bengal cat’s exotic very soft silky coat is more like a pelt than a fur. Wouldn’t it be ideal if the owner that enjoys having a furry pet will not be inconvenienced by the pet’s shedding? Unfortunately, shedding is one of the concerns of cat (and dog) owners. Shedding is a natural process that haired animals will have to go through. To maintain the health of the skin and the good condition of the coat, the fur has to be replenished. Some cats shed more than other do. Long haired cats are noted for being heavy shedders. Shedding tends to be heavy if the cat is stressed. One good thing about Bengal cats is that it is not a heavy shedding breed. Nevertheless, pet parents have to make sure that the shedding of the cat is not ignored.

Bengal cats need very minimal grooming. Unlike long haired cats that practically need to be brushed daily, the excellent condition of a Bengal cat’s exotic smooth coat would be maintained with weekly brushing. Cats are already fastidious groomers. These animals would spend long hours grooming the coat. However, brushing would still be necessary if only to enhance the bond between owner and pet. Bengal cats are very affectionate animals. They would appreciate the attention given by the human family. Aside from this fact, regular brushing will be necessary to lessen the amount of dead hair that can be ingested by the pet. Every cat owner is aware of the life threatening effect of hair balls. Regular grooming removes dead hair thereby preventing the formation of hairballs.

As mentioned, shedding is a normal process. The cat’s hair that would cling to clothes, decorate the sofa and the carpet and even float on drinks goes with the territory of having a cat for a pet. Aside from regular grooming, shedding can be minimized by providing the pet with a healthy well balanced diet. Abnormal shedding though can be a sign that all is not well in the cat’s world. Excessive shedding can be due to a medical concern or to a parasite infestation. The cat owner has to seek veterinary attention for the pet.