Bengal kittens are fun, intelligent, and active and it is important that you feed them in the best way possible. It is not that they are very different from your average domestic cat, it is just that they need high-quality food to support their particular tastes. This doesn't mean that you have to go out of your way to keep your Bengal happy, however. Here are some tips on feeding your kitten to help him or her grow up healthy.

Special Considerations for Bengal Kittens

Bengals require about the same amount of nutrients as most other domestic cats. However, because of their fairly recent connection to a wild ancestor, they tend to crave more animal protein than the average house cat. Your best bet is to stay away from feeding food high in corn or other starchy grains as this can cause digestive issues. Stick to a diet made with as much natural animal protein as possible.

Foods You Should Avoid Feeding

While Bengal cats can eat a variety of foods other than meats, there are things you should never feed them. Grapes and raisins make the list because they could possibly make your cat ill, but he or she would probably not want them anyway. Chocolate is toxic to most animals, onions and garlic cause anemia, and caffeine can cause rapid heartbeat.

Human Foods That Are OK to Feed

Your Bengal kitten will probably like a treat of ripe tomatoes, cooked carrots, sweet potato, and bananas, and can digest them with little problem. Marshmallows and bread are also fine in moderation because their high carbohydrates can contribute to weight gain. Pieces of apples are fine as well--just watch the seeds.

Raw Food Suggestions

Many cat owners have turned to feeding their cat raw foods, claiming that they have more of the nutrition that their cat needs. While feeding raw foods is not for everyone, it can be done with your Bengal kitten. Make sure you feed them only quality prey animal meats, such as chicken or turkey, and keep everything clean and sanitary. You may need to cut or tear up large pieces, especially for small kittens. Always feed the freshest meats.

Though all cats need a high-quality diet, many owners report that their Bengal cats are particular about what they eat. However, that does not mean that you can't try new foods with them. Experiment with different brands and types of foods to see what they enjoy the most. If you are looking for a Bengal kitten, the contact a Bengal breeder and ask them what their cats enjoy. Though you are not required to continue feeding them the same way, this will at least give you an idea of where to start.

For more information on finding Bengal cats for sale, contact your local breeder.