What to Feed a Bengal Cat
A Bengal’s dietary requirements vary based on its age and activity level. For kittens between 6 weeks and 6 months of age, it is best to feed them canned kitten food several times throughout the day (usually 3 to 4 time per day). Once your kitten is between 6 and 8 months old, you can begin to feed her only twice daily. At one year old, you can slowly wean your cat off the kitten food as you introduce her to adult cat food. It is best to do this gradually (as it is with any food type change later on) so that it does not cause any digestive stress to your cat from the sudden diet change. I have also found that it is best to keep both dry and wet food available for your cat, as well as a bowl of fresh water. Although Bengals don’t drink often, it is important to have it available at all times.
When choosing which brand of food to give to your Bengal, I highly suggest reading the ingredients listed on the package. Anything that lists an animal “by-product” or “meal” is full of junk I would never knowingly feed to my pets, such as feces, feathers, blood, etc. Yuck. I especially avoid these foods when these ingredients are listed as one of the first. I also avoid foods with a large proportion of grains and other heavy fillers. Instead, I look for whole products, real meats, and with plenty of vegetables and other sources of vitamins and minerals.
From my personal experience, I have found my Bengal to be extremely picky in terms of what she will and will not eat. If there’s any food left on the kitchen counter that she should not be interested in, she will take any opportunity when our backs are turned to leap up and dig in. However, if we put anything other than her favorite foods in her bowl, she turns her nose up to it and leaves it untouched. Therefore, it may take some patience on your part to determine what reasonable food your cat will be pleased with on a daily basis.
However, I do not advocate feeding your cat from the table or from your own plate. As I mentioned above, my cat will already jump at the chance to eat a variety of “people food” without her ever being showed it was acceptable. When she was about two years old, I started giving her treats of tuna or turkey lunch meat on special occasions just so she didn’t feel left out while we were all sitting down to open our Christmas presents. Unfortunately, now she starts yelling every time I crack open a can of tuna or try to make a turkey sandwich. So unless you want a begging Bengal every time you go to eat a meal, I do not suggest sharing.