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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 11:59 pm 
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Hi

This has probably been raised before so I apologise. My brown marbled Bengal Is going to be a year old in a few weeks. Concerned about his tummy though. It's super fluffy and long haired considering the rest of him is silky short and sleek. Is this normal?

His stomach is saggy too and i've read this is a natural thing adapted from the big cats, but his seems to have got bigger.

He's 5kg and on 65g food from a timed bowl so he's not grazing, he goes out too. Is this normal that it's big?
Sorry a few questions here but when he sits it just looks worse. Do you think I can reduce it?

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 4:39 pm 
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mefabgirl wrote:
Hi

This has probably been raised before so I apologise. My brown marbled Bengal Is going to be a year old in a few weeks. Concerned about his tummy though. It's super fluffy and long haired considering the rest of him is silky short and sleek. Is this normal?

His stomach is saggy too and i've read this is a natural thing adapted from the big cats, but his seems to have got bigger.

He's 5kg and on 65g food from a timed bowl so he's not grazing, he goes out too. Is this normal that it's big?
Sorry a few questions here but when he sits it just looks worse. Do you think I can reduce it?

Thanks


I asked the same question about my cat's pouches. They both have large fluffy ones that make them look heavier than they are. One of my cats is 13 pounds and has a large pouch that sways from side to side as she runs very swiftly. I don't think there is a way to reduce it.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 10:53 pm 
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Aww bless. Well it was worth a try, just wanted to make sure there wasn't anything I should be doing.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 12:46 am 
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Many bengals have a primordial pouch! In fact, then I first saw Raiden, I thought he was a female who had given birth to kittens. He has a real saggy one -- he's 8 years old. In wild animals, the pouch allows the cat to feast on a catch and store the extra food in case there isn't another catch for a file. It carried over to the bengal. It's nothing to worry about. Cats normally have longer fur on the stomach.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 4:15 am 
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As Viperkeeper has also pointed out in the past, it also allows them to stretch and jump. Max looks like he carried 4 litters in the past, his is so saggy.

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