Do bengal cats eat a lot

How do Bengal Cats Eat?

  • March 21, 2023

Our Bengal cats are important to us and that’s why it’s important that as a pet parent one knows what is good for them, what isn’t good for them, how much to feed them and so on. In this article we will cover the following:

  • Do Bengal Cats Eat a Lot?
  • What Types of Food Should You Feed a Bengal?
  • Can a Bengal Eat Human Food?

Do Bengal Cats Eat a Lot?

To begin with when it comes to feeding a Bengal cat, it’s pretty much no different than feeding any other domestic cat. However, you do need to consider factoring in their sometimes quirky dislikes and likes. Bengals are quite often known to be a little more single minded and stubborn than a lot of other cats, but if you own one, you may already know that.

Since Bengal cats are probably the most active of all cats, even as they grow older, they tend to be a lot more active than most other cats. Because of their extreme activity levels, they often can eat a lot more than the average domestic cat. Often they actually require a lot more food.

Most full grown adult Bengals will require at least one can of food each day. That might sound like a lot of food but, it really isn’t. Often it requires this much food in order for them to remain healthy, maintain their proper weight and to keep them content. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep an eye on their weight as often as you can. You never want your cat to be overweight.

What Types of Food Should You Feed a Bengal?

Depending on your Bengals personal preferences most any good quality cat food is going to be good for them to eat. Whenever you are purchasing their food, always make sure to look closely at the labels to make sure that items like pork, chicken, beef and so on are the first ingredients listed. The last thing you want is something like corn or wheat being at the top of the list. In fact, you might want to consider buying food that’s grain free.

It make take a while before you find the right flavor for your Bengal and what they like, but don’t give up. They’ll eventually come around and a lot sooner than later because their tummies won’t let them go for long without eating, that’s for sure.

If you don’t want to feed your Bengal can food then you can just try giving them dry food, but more times than not, they’re not going to take too kindly to nothing but dry food. However, there is a good way to get them to eat dry food and that’s by adding some meat to the dry food and mix it together and this will make your Bengal a lot happier. One good way to do that is to mix the dry food with some leftover meat from your own meals. Your cat will love you for that special treatment.

Basically, you can feed your Bengal all the same types of foods that other domestic cats eat, just be prepared to feeding them more than what you would typically feed any other cat.

Can a Bengal Eat Human Food?

When it comes to human food and Bengals or any cat for that matter, there are a lot of them that can be extremely unsafe for your cat. As tempting as it can be to sneak a piece of your favorite food off the table and into the mouth of your Bengal, you need to be smart about it before you do.

When feeding your Bengal it’s important to remember that no matter how domestic they may be, they come from carnivorous origins. This simply means that in general, any foods that come from an animal origin is going to be OK for them to eat. However, certain plant foods may or may not be OK for them to eat. Here’s where you really need to be careful when it comes to feeding your Bengal human food.

Here’s a video of a Bengal trying to be really cute in order to steal their pet parents chicken:

Below are some generalizations that you can follow, just remember, it still may not apply to every cat:

  • Meats – In small amounts most meats that we eat will not likely harm your Bengal. A little chicken breast, fish, turkey, chicken or hamburger is going to taste great to them and more than likely will be harmless. Stay away from lunch meat and the skin of turkey or chicken. Too much salt in the lunch meat and too much fat in the skin.
  • Milk – Cats all tend to love milk. However, not all cats can tolerate it because as adults they often become lactose intolerant. For many cats, an occasional bowl of milk will be totally harmless to them. If you are not sure if your Bengal is lactose intolerant or not, you can try a small amount to see how they react. If they end up with diarrhea shortly after, it’s best you don’t serve them milk, no matter how much they like it.
  • Melons – Seems a lot of cats actually love these fruits. They are perfectly fine to give to cats. Just remember that they are high in natural sugars and calories so make sure you give them these fruits in moderation. Make sure that all the seeds are removed before giving them any melons.
  • Onions & Garlic – You really shouldn’t allow any of these into their diets. The reason is that all cats have very fragile blood cells. Garlic and onions have a lot of oxidizing agents in them and this is what can cause cell damage. So, anything that contains a lot of onions or garlic should be avoided.
  • Grapes – It’s well known that grapes are very dangerous to dogs and can actually cause kidney failure. Even though cats aren’t dogs, they too have fragile kidneys so there is the fear that grapes can do the same to cats, so keep them away from grapes.
  • Spinach & Swiss Chard – As good as these vegetables are for us, they are totally opposite for your Bengal. These plants are very high in oxalic acid and this can contribute to your cat developing both bladder and kidney stones.
  • Lettuce – If your Bengal like lettuce, then go for it. Let them eat it as much as they want. It seems that most kinds of lettuce is very safe for your cat to eat.
  • Ice Cream – Even though this is a dairy product, there has never been any signs of ill effects after a cat has had a few licks of ice cream. So, feel free to share a lick or two off your ice cream cone with your furry friend.
  • Chocolate – Just like dogs, keep this away from your cat. There are stimulants in chocolate that can be very toxic and even cause death for some.
  • Other Safe Foods – Here are some other human foods that many cats seem to like and they don’t show any signs of being harmful they include: tomatoes, asparagus, bread, marshmallows, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, and pickles. Just remember that things like marshmallows and fruits are high in sugar so make sure not to over feed them with these items.

So, we hope this has answered your question about whether or not Bengal cats eat a lot as well as any other food questions you might have. Please let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below.

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