Bengal Siamese Mix Cat: Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts
By Ed Malaker
|Height:||8 – 10 inches|
|Weight:||10 – 15 pounds|
|Lifespan:||12 – 15 years|
|Colors:||Brown, white, tan, black|
|Suitable for:||All families|
|Temperament:||Loving, affectionate, playful|
The Bengal Siamese cat is a friendly and affectionate cat that loves to be the center of attention. They get along well with children and other animals, and their attractive appearance makes them favorites among adults. If you are interested in getting one of these cats for your home and would like to learn more about them, you’ve come to the right place. We are going to take a close look at their diet, and grooming needs as well as any special considerations you will need to make when owning these cats to help you see if it’s a suitable fit for your home.
Bengal and Siamese Mix Kittens – Before You Bring One Home…
3 Little-Known Facts About Bengal and Siamese Mix Cats
1. The Bengal cat parent gets its name from its leopard-like spots that resemble a Bengal Tiger.
2. The Siamese cat parent has a color point pattern, which is a form of albinism that only allows color to show on the cooler parts of the body, like the face and tail.
3. The Siamese cat parent often has soft blue eyes.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Bengal and Siamese Cat Mix
The Bengal and Siamese mix is a loving and affectionate cat that likes to be by humans. It will often try to sleep on you at night and sit on your lap to watch television, but it doesn’t like to be alone and could misbehave if you spend too much time at work. The Bengal part of it will have it climbing all over your home, so make sure there are plenty of perches, or it will climb your curtains. As long as it has plenty of company and attention, it’s a very happy cat that gets along with everyone.
Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪
Yes. The Bengal and Siamese mix is a docile and friendly cat that loves the attention it gets from children and will often follow them around the home. It’s fast and is an expert climber, so it can get away from trouble quickly, and it doesn’t hold a grudge, so if a child accidentally pulls its hair, it will run but come back a few minutes later to play some more. I there are no children, it tends to find a high place to watch over its territory until it sees an opening to sit on your lap. If it’s more Siamese than Bengal, it’s more likely to follow you around the home all day and say under your feet.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
Yes. The Bengal Siamese cat gets along very well with other cats and dogs, especially if you socialize it with other animals when it’s still a kitten. However, even if not socialized, it tends to find a high area out of reach of dogs and even other cats and remain there most of the time unless it wants something from you, so it doesn’t get into too many conflicts with other animals. Of course, it will stalk and hunt nay birds or rodents you might keep as pets, and it will take special care to keep them in the same home with any cat.
Things to Know When Owning a Bengal and Siamese Cat Mix:
Food & Diet Requirements
Your Bengal and Siamese cat, like any cat, is a carnivore, and as such, needs a diet high in animal protein to stay fit and healthy. Therefore, we recommend inspecting the ingredients list on your food choice to make sure it has animal protein like fish, chicken, turkey, or lamb as the first ingredient. Avoid foods that have corn as the top ingredient because besides not being a part of a cat’s natural diet, corn s mostly empty calories that will contribute to weight gain. Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids cat help keep your cat’s coat shiny with less dandruff, and it can also reduce inflammation, which is especially helpful for older cats with arthritis.
Cats don’t require too much exercise, and you will notice that they sleep most of the day. However, when they are awake, they like to play and have a lot of energy for chasing balls, climbing, and play hunting. Setting aside some time each day to get involved in these activities can help you form a stronger bond with your Bengal and Siamese mix and help your cat maintain its ideal weight. Since cats sleep all day and love treats, it’s easy for them to become overweight, especially since more cats are (thankfully) becoming strict house pets.
Unfortunately, cats don’t learn tricks as well as a dog, even if they have the clever Siamese cat as a parent. However, just because it won’t sit or speak on command doesn’t mean it’s untrainable. Your Bengal Siamese mix will quickly learn several things, including how to use the litter box and where it is without much, if any, work on your part. It will also learn its name and come when you call it, and it will know what No and Yes means. These cats are also quite crafty and can hatch complex schemes to get what they want, leaving you wondering if you’re the one getting trained.
Your Bengal and Siamese Cat will leave plenty of hair around your home like most cat breeds, so you will want to brush it frequently to keep it at a minimum. Starting a daily routine while your pet is still a kitten can help get it used to the brush and will get it into a routine. Cats work very well on a schedule, and a daily grooming session is also the perfect time to trim the nails if needed and manually brush the teeth with a pet-safe toothpaste to help slow the progression of dental disease.
Health and Conditions 🏥
- Skin disorders
- Dental disease
Unfortunately, the Bengal and Siamese Mix has sensitive skin, and it’s common to notice dandruff, itching, and even redness. Many cats don’t drink enough water, leading to dehydration and dry skin, so purchasing a cat fountain is a great way to entice them to rehydrate. Omega-3 essential fats can also help improve the skin and strengthen the coat reducing dandruff and shedding, but it’s best to visit the vet if you notice red patches. Another common reason cats scratch is that they have fleas, so you will want to get a flea comb and check them frequently or purchase a monthly medication to eliminate them permanently, especially if you find them in your home.
Cats are extremely healthy animals, and the Bengal Siamese mix is no different. However, one problem that seems to affect most cats is dental disease. Some experts suggest that more than half of cats over the age of three have some form of dental disease, and this number is only going to increase as the cats get older, with most living 15 or 20 years if we’re lucky. Therefore, it’s essential to manually brush your cat’s teeth as often as possible to help slow the progression of the disease. Dry kibble can also help because it will scrape away tartar and plaque as your cat chews. Avoid wet food that can stick to the teeth and foods that contain sugar, especially since cats can’t taste sweets.
Male vs Female
There is no difference between the male and female Bengal and Siamese Mix. The parent that your cat takes after more will have a bigger effect on its size, temperament, and appearance than its sex.
The Bengal Siamese Cat takes two of the most unique-looking cat breeds and blends them together to create something new. It’s a very attractive cat that’s healthy and has a long lifespan, so it’s a great choice for a child or someone with no experience raising pets. It’s friendly and affectionate, forming strong bonds with its owners so you will often find it sitting under your feet or watching you from a high shelf. It loves children and doesn’t become aggressive if things get too rough, but it doesn’t like being alone and could misbehave if it feels like you left it behind.
We hope you have enjoyed our review of this interesting mixed breed and found the answers you needed. If we have convinced you to get one of these cats for your home, please share this guide to the Bengal and Siamese Cat Mix on Facebook and Twitter.
Featured Image Credit: Left – Shvaygert Ekaterina, Shutterstock; Right – Altsva, Shutterstock