If you are thinking of getting a Bengal, you may be wondering how much they will weigh. Or maybe you already have a Bengal and are wondering if they are currently at a healthy weight for their age. Knowing how much Bengal cats should weigh can help you adjust their diet and identify health issues.
Bengal cats should weigh between 2 and 4 pounds when they are eight weeks old, and 10 to 15 pounds once they stop growing between one and two years old. A Bengal cat’s weight depends on its genetics, its diet, the amount of exercise it gets, and its physical and mental states of health.
Besides their calculated weight, in the article below we’ll discuss what can affect your Bengal’s weight including their diet, exercise, and any health conditions, including diabetes and thyroid issues. Additionally, we’ll discuss how your cat’s weight can change depending on their age.
What Is A Healthy Weight For A Bengal Cat?
In general, a healthy Bengal will weigh between 8 and 15 pounds, depending on their size. The Bengal’s wild relative, the Asian Leopard cat, will only reach nine pounds at most. Some Bengal cats reach larger sizes and weights − up to 20 pounds − but this is less common.
There are multiple factors to consider when determining a healthy weight for your Bengal, mainly age, size, and sex. Males tend to be larger than female Bengals reaching the higher end of scale. As your Bengal ages from kitten to senior, their weight will also fluctuate.
From Kitten To Adult
If you have a Bengal kitten, they are obviously going to weigh less than that of an adult. Kittens will also gain weight much faster in their first year of life, which is what you want. Kittens put on a lot of fat in the beginning to help them develop into healthy adults and have plenty of nutrients for their bodies to absorb.
Older Bengals, depending on their level of care, tend to either gain or lose weight due to the aging process. Certain parts of their body will start to slow down, including their metabolism, causing them to gain weight. On the other hand, senior cats often develop health conditions that cause them to lose weight, such as hyper thyroid or cancers.
If you want to know for sure that your Bengal is at a healthy weight, consult your vet. A good rule of thumb for when to seek help is if you notice your Bengal has visibly gained weight or if you notice signs of losing weight, such as visible ribs or spinal column.
Are Bengal Cats Bigger Than Domestic Cats?
Bengal cats are not always bigger than other domestic cats, even though Bengals are hybrids, meaning they have wild genes. Hybrids can be larger because their genes come from wild cats, which tend to be larger than domestic cats. Bengals are mixed with Asian Leopard cats, which aren’t very large.
In some cases, you might find that your domestic cat will outgrow your Bengal.In other cases, you might have a smaller domestic and larger Bengal. On average, however, Bengals and domestics fall within the same weight classes. It really depends on the genes of the Bengal’s parents and what the breeder was trying to achieve.
At What Age Do Bengal Cats Stop Growing?
Bengal cats stop growing between 1 and 2 years. Just like humans, cats do all their growing in their youth, and stop by the time they are an adult. All that growth and weight gain is a part of developing a strong healthy body that is fit for hunting and warding off illnesses.
If you bring home a Bengal kitten, you will notice significant growth spurts as though they are growing overnight. By a year old, these spurts will start to slow down, but they will continue to grow up to two years old. Once they have reached their maximum size, you will start to see their weigh level out as well if being cared for properly.
What Affects The Weight Of Bengal Cats?
Several things can affect your Bengal cat’s weight including diet, exercise, mental health, and underlying health problems. Any one of these can cause weight gain or loss. One thing to keep in mind is to always consult your vet if you notice any changes in your Bengal’s weight or behavior.
Maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet for your Bengal is a huge part of keeping their weight in check. Just like humans, your Bengal needs all the right nutrition including vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates. A lack or excess of any of these can drastically change their weight as well as their health.
Food And Diet
If you feed your Bengal low quality cat food, chances are they will most likely gain weight, like a human eating nothing but junk food and take-out. Eventually, the excess fat and lack of nutrients will more than likely cause weight gain. This weight gain can lead to obesity, lethargy, and more serious health problems like diabetes.
Lack of the proper vitamins and nutrients can cause nutrient deficiencies leading to weight loss. In addition to the weight loss, lack of nutrients can lead to a loss of fur, brittle nails, lack of bone density, and dental problems. This is why it’s so important to maintain a healthy and well-rounded diet.
There are plenty of budget friendly options out there that can provide the proper nutrition for your Bengal. Ideally, you want to stick with a wet or raw diet, as they offer the most proteins and essential amino acids. There are also dry food diets that will be sufficient in maintaining a healthy weight.
The main thing is to avoid food with multiple fillers such as corn, by-products, and non-meat proteins. Foods where these are the main ingredients can cause the issues listed above, as well as lead to the development of allergies. Allergies can lead to skin issues like dandruff, rashes, and excessive scratching.
Exercise is another major factor to keep in mind when maintaining your Bengal’s weight. Although your Bengal could surely laze around the house all day moving only to eat, drink, or do their business, this isn’t a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to keep your Bengal active through play or even taking them for walks.
Making time for play with your Bengal will help keep them fit and healthy, but it also serves as a bonding activity bringing you closer. There are all sorts of toys you can use, from wands, jingle balls, mice, electronic toys to chase, and laser pointers.
Even when you don’t have time to play with your Bengal, you can leave them toys they can entertain themselves with, like cat trees with toys on strings. Having some stuffed toys like catnip-filled mice or balls can keep them occupied. Many Bengals will chase and throw their toys keeping them moving.
Harness training is another great idea if you are willing to put in the time to get your Bengal to agree to going for walks. Having a routine walking schedule will get your Bengal out of the house and moving. This can also expose them to new sights, sounds, smells, and other stimuli to focus on their mental health.
Many people may not realize their Bengal’s mental health can also affect their weight. If your cat is depressed or anxious, they may overeat or not eat at all, both of which can lead to major issues. You should be able to prevent overeating if you are not free feeding, which is not recommended in the first place.
Trying to get your mentally distressed Bengal to eat is a whole other issue. If you notice your Bengal’s behavior has changed and they have lost interest in their normal activities or have stopped eating, you should consider why. Has anything changed? Do you work more often? Is there a new baby in the house? Doing what you can to alleviate the stress will help with your Bengal’s lack of eating.
Any number of factors can affect how your Bengal is feeling mentally. A lot of the time, the solution is simple. Engage with your cat more, play more, show more affection, take them outdoors, or give them new toys. Anything that can provide extra comfort and stimuli will help improve their overall mental health and keep them eating healthy, too.
Puzzle toys and slow feeders are a great option for mental health, as they keep your Bengal’s brain busy promoting better cognition. The more they work their brains, the better off they will be. Enrichment is about promoting your Bengal’s natural instincts keeping them content.
The last thing that can drastically affect your Bengal cat’s weight are underlying health problems. Most Bengals will not develop health problems until they are older, but it’s not uncommon for younger Bengals to have issues. The most common issues that cause weight fluctuations are diabetes, heart disease, thyroid issues, and cancers.
Heart disease is often a result of weight gain to the point of obesity, just like in humans. That’s why you want to maintain your cat’s weight and feed a healthy diet. Exercise is the other main combatant for keeping their weight down and lowering their risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Unfortunately, a lot of senior Bengals can develop certain cancers that will cause them to drop weight rapidly. This is especially true if there are no other obvious signs that your Bengal is ill. Many cancers go unnoticed until there are obvious signs of illness.
Cats are notorious for hiding pain, and unless you notice changes in your cat’s bodily functions, breathing, or mental sharpness, it may be a while before you know something is wrong. Even your vet may not catch early signs of cancer, especially if there is no reason to do x-rays, ultrasounds, or blood work.
Bengal Cat Weight Chart
The following chart defines the average weight of a Bengal from a small kitten up until they stop growing. Of course, weight can fluctuate throughout your Bengal’s life, but ideally, they should maintain the same weight as when they stop growing. This chart is based on average Bengal size, but there are always exceptions, and this chart should be used as a guide rather than an absolute.
|8 Weeks||2-4 lbs||6-8”||7-9”|
|3 Months||4-5 lbs||7-9”||8-10”|
|6 Months||6-12 lbs||8-10”||10-12”|
|9 Months||8-15 lbs||10-12”||12-14”|
|1 Year||10-15 lbs||11-14”||14-16”|
Bengal cats normally weigh between 8 and 15 pounds, but some may weigh more based on their overall size. The average weight is based on a height ranging between 13 and 16 inches tall. However, every Bengal will be different and have different needs based on their individual size and weight.