Siberian Bengal cat—two incredible breeds mixed
Siberians and Bengals are magnificent felines, and they share names with equally majestic tigers. They are also complete opposites in every other way, so a mix of the two breeds is pretty unique.
Untamed explains all about a Siberian Bengal cat, including their personality, size, and care, and adds handy tips to help you provide a perfect home for these kitties.
Bengal Siberian cat mix—what to expect?
To understand a Siberian Bengal mix, you should learn about these breeds individually, focusing on their:
- Size and appearance
- Maintenance needs
The character of Siberian Bengal cross kittens
I’m a beautiful mess you cannot help but love.
The following table presents the most prominent personality traits of Siberians and Bengals:
Siberian cat temperament
Bengal cat temperament
A Siberian Bengal cat mix is energetic, playful, and friendly. They are wonderful companions who love interacting with people and meeting new pets and humans. Thanks to the Siberian gene, they are loving and enjoy curling up next to their parents.
Because of the high intelligence typical for both breeds, these mixed kitties are curious and love a good challenge. Your Siberian Bengal cat should be easy to train and teach new tricks, which is a fantastic opportunity to form a strong bond with your kitten, have fun together, and keep your feline friend happy and active.
Siberian Bengal cat size and appearance
Check out the main physical traits of Bengal and Siberian cats below:
Siberian cat characteristics
Bengal cat characteristics
Bengals and Siberians share no qualities in terms of their physical appearance other than their size. They weigh approximately the same and are considered medium to large breeds, so a Siberian Bengal mix will be within the same range.
The average weight of a Siberian Bengal cross is between 3 and 7 kg, and females tend to be smaller than males. Male cats are usually between 20 and 28 cm tall, while females typically grow between 18 and 26 cm.
As for the colours and pattern, it will depend on the parents used in the breeding programme, but it's safe to say that the combinations are limitless.
The average lifespan of a Siberian Bengal cat
Bengals and Siberians have a similar lifespan. Bengal cats usually live between 10 and 16 years, while Siberians live between 10 and 18 years. Both breeds are healthy and sturdy, so they can easily surpass their average life expectancy with good care.
A mix of the two breeds can only have a longer lifespan. Most purebred cats are prone to genetic ailments caused by a relatively limited gene pool, so a mixed feline tends to be healthier than their parent breeds.
There is a slight difference between the lifespan of a Siberian Bengal male and female. The average life expectancy of a male mix is from 9 to 18 years, while females typically live between 10 and 15 years.
Caring for a Siberian Bengal cat
Okay, I will calm down for one photo.
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Caring for a Siberian Bengal mix is not that difficult as both breeds are reasonably low-maintenance. To ensure your kitty is happy and healthy, you should focus on their:
- Activity levels
Keeping your Siberian Bengal cross active
Siberian Bengal cats are active and energetic, especially when they are young. You must provide them with interactive toys, a sturdy cat tree, and a scratching post to keep them occupied when you are not at home.
As they get older, you will probably need to encourage them to exercise more. There is a strong correlation between feline health and their activity levels because lazy kitties usually suffer from weight problems, which can cause various health issues, such as:
- Heart disease
- Joint problems
Monitoring your kitty's health
Although Siberians and Bengals are healthy, and a mix of these breeds should be even more so, you can't be entirely sure they are safe from both breeds’ hereditary diseases. Siberians are more at risk of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, while Bengals tend to suffer from joint problems.
It is crucial to schedule regular vet visits and check your kitty's health because most illnesses can be cured or successfully kept under control if caught early.
Siberian Bengal cat grooming needs
Mommy forgot to brush me, so now I’m a bit fuzzy.
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Grooming your Siberian Bengal kitty is pretty straightforward, and it consists of:
- Regular brushing—Once or twice a week is usually enough
- Teeth cleaning—Brush your kitty's teeth daily to prevent gum problems and teeth resorption
- Bathing—Every six weeks is more than enough but do it often if your feline friend goes outside
- Nail trimming—Trim your feline's nails if and when necessary using special clippers
Watching your kitty's diet
Diet is the most important aspect of caring for your Siberian Bengal cat. Well-balanced nutrition will help keep your feline companion's weight in check and prevent many lifestyle-related diseases, such as:
How to choose the right food for your Siberian Bengal cat
Wild cats rely on freshly caught prey to get hydrated, so they are not avid water drinkers. Bengals and Siberians surprisingly enjoy water, and the chances are that a mix of the two will as well, but you should still ensure they get enough moisture through food.
The best way to do that is to go for wet cat food rather than kibble. Wet meals contain between 70 and 80% moisture, while dry food has only 10%. Improper hydration can lead to various health issues, such as:
- Feline lower urinary tract disease (urinary infections, bladder stones, cystitis)
- Kidney disease
- Digestive problems
The best way to provide your kitty with all the nutrients and hydration they need is to feed them high-quality wet food with adequate amounts of:
- Animal protein
- Animal fat
Why is animal protein necessary?
I’m not 100% Bengal, nor 100% Siberian, but I am 100% famished.
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Felines also have trouble processing various ingredients commonly found in commercial products, such as grains, fruit, and vegetables. They can't extract essential nutrients or digest them properly. A high-carb diet potentially leads to obesity and gastrointestinal problems, including:
To keep your kitty’s tummy calm, you should avoid food containing:
You should also skip products that contain eggs, as many cats are allergic to them. When it comes to meat, the most common allergen is beef, so monitor how your kitty responds to it. Even if they are not allergic to it, serve beef as a treat only because its fat content is too high. The same goes for pork, bacon, and ham.
What is animal fat good for?
Animal fat is an excellent source of healthy fatty acids vital for:
- Healthy skin and coat
- Cell integrity
- Strong immune system
- Efficient healing
- Easy hairball elimination (especially important for medium and long-haired kitties, such as Siberians)
Felines also adore the taste of animal fat, especially if it comes in high-quality jelly and gravy meals, so you won't have to worry about them refusing their food. Pick products with moderate quantities of pork, ham, and bacon (fantastic natural taste boosters), and watch your Siberian Bengal lick their food bowl clean!
Getting the percentages right
Here is what the ideal composition should be:
More than 50%
Less than 20%
Up to 3%
Such food will give your kitty enough calories and all the nutrients they need to be healthy and happy. Determine the right portions, and your Siberian Bengal mix won't struggle with weight issues and related problems.
How does Untamed fit in your Siberian Bengal cat's diet?
Providing quality nutrition for your Siberian Bengal cat is easy with Untamed.
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Untamed respects felines' natural eating habits and provides precisely what they need to be healthy.
Our tins are packed with twice as much animal protein as the industry standard, and we only use human-grade meat and fish that have been ethically sourced. It's essential to feed your Siberian Bengal cat high-quality whole meat and fish because:
- Your kitty can digest them easily
- Whole meat contains micronutrients and vitamins vital for your kitty's health
Besides delivering loads of top-quality protein, Untamed meals are free from:
- Processed meat derivatives
- Vegetable protein
- Artificial colourants and taste enhancers
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Health benefits of the Untamed diet
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Here is what you need to do:
- Take our Try Now quiz
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Once your kitty samples all the delicacies, we can send you monthly deliveries of their favourite dishes. You can change, postpone, or cancel your order anytime from your account.