Medical Care

Medical care is just important for your pet as it is for you. Finding the right veterinarian can be difficult is some areas. The first criteria you may want to consider is what level of experience your veterinarian has working with cats. I also look for a veterinarian that listens to me. I'm the person that knows the cat better than anyone else. My observations are an important part of any diagnosis and the veterinarian doesn't listen to me that's a major concern.

Some veterinarians use Ketamine when anesthesia is required. It's a very harsh treatment that can leave the cat out of sorts for days after even simple procedures like spaying or neutering. If your vet doesn't use Isoflourine for anesthesia you may want to find another vet as many Bengals have had bad reactions to Ketamine.

Bengals have certain unique needs that not all veterinarians may be aware of. If you have a veterinarian that's used to working with Bengals hang on to him or her. Their past experiences with different unique Bengal medical situations can be invaluable.

In addition to professional medical care I also believe in the value of homeopathy for day to day care. There are a number of valuable homeopathic references available, some just for cats.

One of the simplest things I have found most useful is Acidophilus bacteria. It can help with a variety of digestive problems including diarrhea by replacing the body's natural intestinal flora. This and other things can be found in a good homeopathic reference.

Medical Conditions found in the Bengal Breed

Bengals are affected by a number of the same issues in other domestic breeds. There are some excellent recourses on the Internet addressing these issues.

The Winn Foundation

A.V.M.A.

Cornell Feline Health Center

Vet Medicine at About.com

Shirley's Wellness Cafe - Holistic Health for your Cat

Feline Vaccine-Associated Sarcoma

Feline Asthma

HCM (Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy) has recently become of great concern amoung Bengal breeders and owners. There are many opinions on the subject. My suggestion is do your own research and form your own opinions based on infromation.

Feline HCM (Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy)

Feline HCM - Winn Foundation

More on HCM with some interesting illustrations

Feline Welfare Article on HCM

Public Record Bengal HCM Testing

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