The Bengal cat is a new breed originating in the 1960’s. A domestic house cat was bred with an Asian Leopard Cat resulting in a tame pet that looked quite exotic. The Bengal of today is playful, vocal and very social. You’ll have plenty of time for play because your Bengal is simple to groom.
Here as some of the supplies you will need:
Cat slicker brush
Nail trimmers and styptic powder
Ear cleaner and cotton balls
Cat shampoo or waterless bath alternative (foam, spray or wipes)
Bathtub or sink (if bathing with water)
Towels (bath towels for drying or washcloth for rubbing in foam or spray)
Brush your pet’s soft, luxurious coat once a week. Using the slicker, brush from head to tail in the direction of his coat’s growth. He enjoys interaction with you, so talk to him while you’re brushing.
Trim your Bengal’s nails twice a month. Trim where the white and pink meet, leaving a little white. Hold out his paw, press on a toe with your thumb, and the nail should pop out for clipping.
His ears should be cleaned once a month. Squirt a little of the ear cleaner into his ear canal, then wipe out his ear with a cotton ball. Make sure to call your veterinarian if you notice any odd discharge or odor.
Your Bengal can have a bath every month or two. Use shampoo especially formulated for cats. It’s important that he feel secure wherever you bathe him, tub or sink. Hold him or have your hands on him the entire time. Remember to rinse all shampoo from his coat. Dry with bath towels or a hair dryer on a cool setting.
There are many waterless bath alternatives on the market. You can find them at a pet supply store or the Nebraska Humane Society gift shop. A foam or spray is applied to the coat, rubbed in with a cloth, then brushed into the coat. Wipes are used on your pet like you would a washcloth. A lot of cats are not crazy about water, and these waterless alternatives smell great.
If a Bengal sounds like your ideal cat and you live in or around Omaha, visit the Nebraska Humane Society’s website: www.nehumanesociety.org. You can register your interest in meeting a Bengal cat and get an email when one becomes available. Save a life by adopting a homeless pet!
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