Bengal cats are a rather new breed of domestic cats that were gotten by cross breeding other domestic cats, the most major of which is the Asian leopard cat with the spotted Egyptian Mau.
The shape of Bengal cats, and their masculine build is traceable to their wild ancestors. Their spots are also as a result of their ancestry, and family line.
Bengal cats have a rather broad head which is in fact more longer than it is wider, Bengal cats also have high cheekbones, and broad based ears that are medium in size.
So what about its size in comparison to other cats?
Are Bengal cats bigger than normal cats? The Bengal cats are not bigger than normal cats — since it only grows to 8 – 15 pounds. The Savannah and Maine Coon cats, for example, grows bigger to a height of 13 – 18 inches, up to 40 inches long, and weighs 20 – 30 pounds.
Bengal cats are known to have a large nose which is broad with leather that is slightly puffed, with a rather broad muzzle, this is rounded with a whisker pad that is quite prominent as a result of the canine teeth that are widely set.
Bengal cats have a rather shocking appearance due to their masculine features, and build. Due to this fact, many people think they are actually bigger than the average house cat.
Although this is true in some cases as Bengal cats could grow more than normal cats, it doesn’t happen that way all the time. Bengal cats are bred from house cats in a good attempt to tame their wild ancestry, and any tendencies to act abnormal.
Generally, the Bengal cat is usually similar in size to the average normal cat to make them suitable as pets in domestic homes of cat lovers. This is a good thing because it is the primary aim of the breeders.
They are trying to achieve a cat that can be introduced into homes as a pet without posing any danger to the occupants, the breeders want a pet that all cat owners can love without any fear.
They want to create a cat with an intimidating look like it just came out of the forest, and is also calm enough to be domesticated, and live in homes peacefully with normal people.
Bengal cats have large oval shaped eyes which are set on a slight slant, and may come in a number of amazing colours including deep shades of gold, hazel, green, or even blue.
You could even find some bengal cats having blue-green eyes in cases of “snow” varieties (these include the bengal cats carrying coat patterns or colour restrictions of siamese, burmese, or tonkinese).
Bengal cats have a long body with muscular sleek strong legs. The hind legs of bengal cats are slightly longer, and they have rounded paws that are large as well.
The bengal cats have tails that are medium sized, and thick.Bengal cats have a unique coat which is different from that of any other cat breed in the world presently, the coat has a soft, and luxurious feel due to it being short, dense, and plush.
Based on Bengal cats being hybrids that are born from the cross breeding of the asian leopard cat, and the egyptian mau, how big they grow depends largely on the type of cats that were used in its family line, or ancestry.
Despite the fact that Bengal cats appear much larger than they are due to their masculine build, they don’t really get much bigger than normal domestic cats as opposed to popular opinion.
In this article, we would be comparing the size of bengal cats with that of other domestic cats. We would also be looking at the ways to ensure proper growth in your domestic pet.
Bengal cat size
Bengal cats are a special breed of cats with a large size. Bengal cats are usually spotted, or seen having marble patterns on their coats. An average Bengal cat would weigh from 8 – 15 pounds when it is fully grown.
The male Bengal cats are known to weigh more than their female counterparts, most male Bengal cats could weigh as much as 10 – 15 pounds depending on the nutrition, and body type. Female Bengal cats have an average weight of 8 – 12 pounds.
Normal cat sizes
The sizes of other cats, and how much they would grow depends largely on the breed of cat involved. Most cat breeds are bigger in size while there are some breeds of cat that were intentionally cross bred with such animals as to get felines that are very miniature in size.
The Savannah cat, for example, can be said to be as big as a dog in size, it also has a bit of serval blood in the background. The Chause could grow as large as 25 pounds, similar to a miniature cougar, and loves to play rough around the house.
The Siberian cat has a size that is not completely hairy, this is because the cat still has a stocky body underneath it. The Siamese variant of cats is best known for its lithe gracefulness, and the way it carries itself.
These are things that only a slender, and miniature body would allow. The adorable munchkin as we have all been made to call it is deliberately made from the cross breeding of domestic cats to make designer breeds such as the bambino, the napoleon, the skookum, and the dwelf. As all these names suggest, they are a part of the miniature side of cats.
Factors that affect growth in cats
The Asian leopard cat, which is the first cat from which the generation of Bengal cats are bred, is actually a small jungle cat which has been discovered to weigh about 10 – 15 pounds.
Due to this discovery, it has helped greatly in determining the final size of a bengal cat when it is fully grown.
However, a major factor that affects how big your Bengal cat would be, is the type of cat that was bred with the Asian leopard cat.
There are a number of other cats that can be used with the asian leopard cat for breeding, we would be introduced to them, and how big they get after growth:
● Ocicat: This is a breed of cat that is compatible with the Asian leopard cat for breeding. When fully grown it has a weight of 6 – 15 pounds averagely.
● The Egyptian Mau: The Egyptian Mau is a breed of cat that has been used in crossing with the Asian leopard cat a number of times in the past successfully to get the Bengal cat. It has an average weight of 7 – 11 pounds when fully grown.
● Abyssinian: The Abyssinian is another breed of cats that is known to have been used in the past to create successful breeds of Bengal cats after cross breeding with the Asian leopard cat. The Abyssinian cat has an average weight of 6 – 10 pounds when it is fully grown under good conditions.
● Bombay: The Bombay cat is a breed of cats that can be used in crossing with the Asian leopard cat to get the Bengal cats. Although this would have an effect on the final size of the Bengal cat after growth, Bombay cats are known to have an average weight of 6 – 11 pounds when fully grown.
● British Shorthair: This is another breed of cats that is compatible with the Asian leopard cat, and can be used in breeding to get the Bengal cat. The British shorthair is the breed with the biggest weight amongst all the other compatible breeds with the Asian leopard cat. The British shorthair cat has an average weight of 11 – 18 pounds when fully grown.
These are basically the breeds of cats that can be crossed with the asian leopard cat to give you your bengal cat. Whichever one of these breeds is used goes a long way in determining how big your bengal cat would be when it is fully grown, it also affects the size of your bengal cat, and the shape.
For instance, you would notice that a bengal cat that is born in an ancestry that has the British shorthair cat as the dominant gene, the bengal cat would be way larger than the average.
However, a bengal cat that has an ancestry with the bombay cat being the dominant gene would be smaller.
Although you have been given the sizes of the various breeds that are used in getting bengal cats, it is not impossible to see special cases where the size of your bengal cat would actually exceed all these figures that have been stated here.
It’s not commonplace though, and it only happens in very rare cases. You should not be surprised then, if you get to see a Bengal cat that exceeds the weight of 8 – 15 pounds.
Bengal cats are made to grow a bit more than average domestic cats, although the aim of the breeders is to make them as relatable to normal cats as possible.
With these points, you would have gained more insight on the size of your Bengal cats, and the reason it grows to that extent.