Cat fans around the world know that there are many special breeds, from Ragdolls to Sphynx cats, and more. However, there are two breeds in particular that have gained fame in recent years: the Bengal cats and the Savannah cats. These two races are different from the others, although at first glance they resemble each other.
Bengal and Savannah cats are actually quite different in their characteristics, although it is true that both are the result of breeding a normal domestic cat with a wild feline. A Bengal is a mix between an Asian leopard cat and a normal cat, while a Savannah is born to a Serval and a normal cat.
Many people think that because they are both hybrid breeds of feral cats, Bengal and Savannah cats are the same. While they have many similar traits, their ancestry creates a marked difference in their physical qualities, and any Bengal or Savannah homeowner can quickly spot these differences.
Read on to learn more about these wonderful breeds, including what they have in common and some key differences.
Bengal and Savannah cats character
Far from what one might think due to its wild origin, the Bengal cat is not surly or lonely, but rather the opposite. The character of the Bengal cat is characterized by being very affectionate. Additionally, his wildest ancestry makes him fast, agile, active, and even cunning. He loves to play and spend time outside.
Savannah cats are very active, hunting, and playful cats. They can live with other pets without inconvenience and love to climb high places. They tend to show a lot of loyalty to their owners, they are very sociable and kind to strangers and other pets. Although, yes, it should be borne in mind that they are very intelligent animals and that they might even be able to learn to open doors or cabinets on their own.
Exercise and feeding in Bengal and Savannah cats
Bengal cats love all kinds of food, but it is convenient to feed them with natural food, be it dry or wet food. It is important to know that salmon and wheat are foods to avoid in your diet, as they could cause skin disorders and damage your coat.
It is important that the Savannah cat food is of good quality and that there is enough space in the house that it can move and play freely.
Bengal and Savannah cat care
The coat of the Bengal cat must always be kept clean and cared for. For this, you will have to brush it regularly, since it usually sheds frequently and is the only way to get rid of excess hair.
With Savannah cats it is simpler, a gentle brushing daily or every couple of days is enough to keep their fur healthy and soft.
The health of Bengal and Savannah cats
Bengal cats are often prone to heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which usually occurs in older cats. On the other hand, progressive retinal atrophy is an eye disorder that younger Bengali cats can suffer from (and which can lead to blindness). Finally, if your Bengali cat has to undergo any type of surgery, you should take into account the possibility of an anesthetic allergy, since they are prone to this type of allergic reactions.
Savannah cats generally enjoy excellent health throughout their lives, age well, and are not inclined to any particular breed-related disease.