The diet you provide you Bengal cat is of crucial importance for the best health of your cat, and is one of the most important decisions you will make. A Bengal that is fed a high quality diet will feel good, have a stronger immune system and suffer from fewer illnesses. Bengals are carnivores and, thus, their diet must be high in animal protein for them to thrive. Many cat foods contain cheap fillers such as rice, soy, grain and potato to reduce manufacturing costs. However, these foods are simply unsuitable for your Bengal cat and many will have difficulty in digesting such foods. They also have no nutritional value. Further, your Bengal will likely suffer from the many health conditions caused by feeding these inappropriate foods.
We recommend feeding your Bengal cat one of the quality, complete, raw meals that are available from a reputable company. These are veterinary approved and are perfectly nutritionally balanced. This is very important as an unbalanced diet will lead to nutritional deficiencies in your Bengal. It must be one that is specifically formulated for cats, as their nutritional needs are different to dogs. The benefits of doing this include improved digestion, good breath, a stronger immune system, better energy levels, a dramatic decrease in feline disease, a glossier coat and ideal body weight. These raw, complete meals are delivered to your door, frozen, and all you need to do is defrost them. More detailed information will be provided to our customers via our care sheets. We add some high quality, grain free, canned food to these raw meals to make them smell attractive to our Bengals (2/3 raw complete meal to 1/3 canned food). Our Bengal cats and kittens thrive on this diet. A good, committed breeder, with a thorough understanding of feline nutrition, will have been feeding your Bengal kitten this diet.
Although the best diet for your Bengal cat or kitten is the one recommended on this page, if you do not wish to, or are unable to, feed your Bengal cat raw, complete meals, you should feed them a high quality, grain free, canned food instead. This should be a kitten variety whilst they are under twelve months old and an adult variety once they are over a year old. Although not as good as a raw, complete diet, it is far preferable to feed a wet, canned food over dry biscuits as it has a much higher water content and a higher protein content.
We do not recommend feeding Bengal cats a dry food diet. Such diets have been linked to numerous health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, chronic diarrhoea, pancreatitis, skin and coat problems, bladder disease, kidney disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Further more, many Bengals just do not digest dry food well, leading to loose stools. Naturally, cats have a low thirst drive as most of their water is contained in their prey. Dry food leaves cats dehydrated which is why cats fed a dry diet are more prone to urinary stones. Many Bengal kittens will appear healthy on a dry biscuit diet, only to suffer from degenerative diseases as they age, something that can very much be avoided.