As cat lovers increase in number, their creativity also increases. Each one wants a unique and interesting kitten. So they are willing to be as innovative as possible. One of the ways to put your innovative skills into action is through a Maine Coon and Bengal mix.
Carried out with caution and ethics, such a crossbreed is a great idea. Though kitten breeds differ in appearance and personality, they are similar genetically. So, you can mate different breeds to get unique ones. In this case, we’ll focus on a mate between a Bengal and a Maine Coon.
Looking at both Bengal and Maine Coon cats, you’ll note that their size is the same. Therefore, mating the two is safe – so that should not be a concern.
The idea came after several scientific researchers who wanted to see how the mix would go. The result of the cross shows some traits from the two breeds. These traits are both mental and physical.
However, we are not certain what traits each braid would inherit. As in, a Bengal and Main Coon mix could have equal traits from
Alternatively, the mix could look 80% Maine Coon but have Bengal-ish behavior (and vice versa).
Simply put; you can’t really predict what characteristics your cross will have.
Nonetheless, it’s always advisable to get all the information necessary about the mixed breed before doing one.
Just as we have mentioned earlier on, we have no guarantee of what traits your mix will have from each breed. But one thing for sure, the look of your Maine Coon Bengal mix will be a combination of Maine Coon and Bengal.
Chances are your cross will exhibit more Maine Coon traits than Bengal, or vice versa. In such a case, then, your kitten will be a little bulky, with a big tail and fluffy ears.
On the other hand, if your cat bears more likeliness to its Bengal parent, then it will have a long and broad face, muscular, long, and slim body. Similarly, its ears will be point forwards and small.
An adult male Maine Coon can weigh as high as 20lbs, whilst a mature Bengal can tip the scale at 15lbs.
As you can see the two breeds are really large in size. Therefore, your kitten will certainly have a bigger body than that of an average cat.
Just as any other animal cross, we are not certain about the characters of a mix between Main Coon and Bengal. Your mix could have more characters from one breed than the other.
Let’s see some characters that your kitten will have if it demonstrates more Maine Coon traits than Bengal.
For one, Maine Coon kittens are large – just as Bengal ones. The fur is medium to long and very thick. As for the ears, they look like “lynx” and covered with fur – to keep them warm. The ears look intelligent and large – though a bit rounded.
All these physical traits combined will produce a kitten with an amazing personality. Maine Coon cats are outgoing and super friendly.
Mostly, they would not hesitate to relax on your laps. The really do their best to retain a great relationship.
On the other hand, if your cross shows more Bengal traits, then it will have personalities such as:
Perhaps Bengals are the most intelligent kittens you’ll ever come across. Due to this high intelligence alongside their wild origins, Bengal cats have strange behaviors.
One thing is that they adore the water. Nearly each Bengal will have some degree of obsession with water.
If you have this breed at home, you’ll note that the cat dips its paw into the bowl when drinking water. Other cats don’t do that. Instead, they drink straight from the bowl.
In addition to their intelligence, Bengals are excellent in hunting. They got the experience from their wild origins. Maybe you are wondering how you can curb them from such a tendency.
Well, you can expose your Bengal cat to tiny animals – do so severally.
Bengals are territorial – at times they can be nasty. Therefore, it is advisable to have these cats in pairs. Otherwise, introducing a Bengal to other breeds is challenging. They don’t like lots of environmental changes either.
However, Bengals are affectionate – if treated the right way. Though at like dogs, they love people. They like to play games and follow their owners. They are good at learning basic commands such as “stay” or “sit.”
For this reason, you should be careful with the Bengals as they can learn even the bad behaviors from humans. Remember that these are animals – so they don’t know the good and bad behavior.
Since this is a mix between two breeds, your cat might have health issues related to each. Let’s see what health issues each breed might face.
1. Health issues with Maine Coon
• Hip Dysplasia – these are joint issues that affect big cats
• Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – nearly 34 percent of Maine Coons tend to have the mutant gene that leads to HCM.
• Spinal Muscular Atrophy – this is a health issue that weakens the muscles of a Maine Coon cat
• Polycystic Kidney Disease – though not popular, these cysts can at times affect cats
2. Bengal health issues
• Hip Dysplasia – when hip joints are malformed, walking is a challenge due to pain
• Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency – this is a type of anemia
• Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – a type of heart illness that affects some kittens
• Patellar Luxation – same as Hip Dysplasia but this one affects knee joints. It leads to dislocation and pain
• Progressive Retinal Atrophy – An eye disorder that a cat might inherit from their parents. It can cause blindness.
As you can see, Hip Dysplasia and HCM are health issues that affect the two breeds. So, there are high chances that a cross between Bengal and Coon will suffer from them.
Luckily, you can screen a cat before breeding to fight this faulty gene that causes HCM. You don’t have to get a special breeder. Instead, seek information from the breeder whether the parents went through screening. Have them give you the certificate and see the findings.
Above all, both parents should have hip screens before breeding.
As we conclude, you might be interested in knowing about how much a Maine Coon Bengal cross would cost. Well, since it’s a mix, don’t expect to pick it up at a cheap price.
However, prices vary and are negotiable or flexible depending on location and the seller. Nonetheless, expect to spend around 200 to 500 dollars more for this cross cat.
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