FOOD TYPE: Dry Food (biscuits & kibble)
If you feed any dry food to your Bengal make sure it is of a very high quality, with a high meat content and does not contain grain. There are some very good brands now sold in the UK such as Simpsons, Orijen, Acana, Thrive and Nutrivet Inne.
We do give small amounts of dry food to our Bengals, but not regularly, and we do understand that it can be very handy if you may be back late etc and need to leave something out for your cat to graze on. The reason we do not recommend a mostly raw diet for Bengals is because it has been
linked to numerous health conditions in cats, including obesity, diabetes, vomiting, chronic diarrhea, high blood pressure, pancreatitis, asthma, skin and coat problems, bladder disease, kidney disease and inflammatory bowel disease.
Cats have a naturally low thirst drive as, naturally, most of their water is contained within their prey and dry food leaves them dehydrated, which is why dry cats are far more prone to urinary stones, bladder infections and kidney disease. Furthermore, many of the chemicals and preservatives used to give dry food a shelf life of 12 to 18 months, have not been thoroughly studied. Cats do not have the digestive enzymes necessary to digest the carbohydrate content in dry biscuits.
There are some vets that will tell you that cats get along just fine on dry diets. However, we would argue that there is a vast difference between surviving and thriving, a difference that can clearly be seen in our cats here at Angeldust.