Do Bengal Cats Need To Eat Raw Meat?
There is a popular misconception that Bengal cats need raw meat for optimal health. Let’s take a look at whether this is true or not, so that you can understand what you need to feed your cat.
Bengal Cats Don’t Need Raw Meat
The first thing to note is that you don’t have to feed your Bengal cat’s raw meat. That’s not to say that you can’t (or that your Bengal won’t like it – more on that soon) but it’s important to understand that it’s not a requirement. Many Bengals live perfectly happy and healthy lives by eating dry / wet cat food (check out our guide here to the best food for Bengal cats for more information on what you should feed your Bengal). If you don’t feel like feeding your Bengal raw meat (for whatever reason), you don’t have to worry. However, it’s important to note that Bengals are obligate carnivores (like all other cats). They require a high protein meat diet. Dry / wet foods are therefore usually meat based, with other components / nutrients added.
Can Bengal Cats Eat Raw Meat?
We have established that Bengal cats do not need raw meat. However, the truth is that your cat probably likes to have it – at least once in a while as a treat. If you are going to be feeding raw meat, we recommend red meat, for example steak, as this is less risky than chicken (see our article here on whether Bengal cats can eat raw chicken). How much and how often you feed your Bengal is up to you. What we can confidently say is that your cat will probably be very grateful to you!