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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:28 pm 
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People often are asking, how old do bengals live? Oldest bengals here in Finland are about 11 years old. Oldest and first imports too. Oldest I personally know is Laras great grand father IndiaInk Samson of SiruCats who is extreemly playfull and perfectly healthy gentleman.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:37 pm 
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Good question - i think the average age is around 12 for a Bengal, but they can go on a bit longer, perhaps up to 16 years of age. Or they can, of course, have a shorter life, as with any other breed.
I'm also guessing the average age would come down depending on whether your Bengal is allowed outside, or not?
I don't personally know a Bengal over the age of 2.
I believe there's an article floating around here somewhere, i'll see if i can find it. :wink:

http://www.bengalcatforums.com/forums/v ... .php?t=323

ETA article above.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:08 pm 
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rosie & barrie alger-street of typhast bengals have a 16-yr old.

his name is storm & he was one of the first snow spotted bengals in the U.K. i've had the pleasure of meeting him & he is still very spritely, loving & playful. he does look old but only in the fact that his coat isn't as smooth & glossy as younger cats. he is allowed outside but they have a large plot & he stays around the house.

i think it's the same as any breed as pauline said, the expected age will vary considering different factors.


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I think when any health issues have been bred out which takes 100+ generations, then the Bengals life expectancy will increase :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:35 pm 
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Tally-Isham wrote:
I think when any health issues have been bred out which takes 100+ generations, then the Bengals life expectancy will increase :wink:


That's interesting...how many years are we looking at then? :wink:

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A lot! :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:48 pm 
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Not in my lifetime then?! :shock: :oops: :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:34 pm 
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That surprised me a little...

I mean, the average life expectancy of cats is around 12, but if no disease etc that can go up to 16-20 years old ! (Today I had somebody asking me "because my cat is 18 and I never had such an old cat and he's still fine"...)

So Bengals would have a shorter life expenctency than moggies ? :(

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:05 pm 
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Many breeds have shorter lifespan than moggies. A friend of mine is breeding norvegian forrestcats and she says 12 years is a lot for a forrestcat. Also I was working as a steward in a cat show a while ago and my judge had seniors at his table. One of them was 12 years old siamese and judge sayed to me " he is really luckey to be stil alive" :shock:

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i really don't think there's a lot of difference between moggies & bengals. looking into it further i've found quite a few stories of 16-18 yr olds in america, & if a moggy lives to that age we consider it to have lived to old age & died naturally.

so again, depending on wether it has had any illnesses or stresses throughout it's life, & wether it is allowed outside access (therefore more exposure to illness) these things will obviously affect the life expectancy. but if there have been no risks throughout the life, i think 16-18 years is not beyond reach.

this is not my personal experience, just observations on other people's experiences :wink:


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I had an old moggy who'd had her nose removed due to cancer when she was 10. She lived to 23 and was quite old and scary looking by then!! Mum always used to say "That bloody cat is gonna outlive us all!!". We nicknamed her "The Zombie"

I think it has been around 6 years now since she met her maker - at the end she was really frail looking, but would perk up and even chase if a bird landed in the back yard. She spent her entire life outside (when living with the parents, no animals got to come inside. Temperatures there were never so bad - never even cold enough for snow).

It is really sad to think that the average life span of any of them is 12... I want my little Bengal to live as long as I do!! She's been with me for one year tomorrow and I just can't imagine ever being without her. Here's hoping she's another Zombie cat - albeit inside and loved so much more.


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At 16 I would consider it "ok". At 12, if no illness behind such as kidney failure or heart condition, I would find it "young"... (anyway Chaos has a heart condition so 12 would be already nice :( ).

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While she isn not a bengal, my tonkinese is 15 years old and still very playful, you would never know she was 15. She has no health problems either.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:53 pm 
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Hi

This is a link to Daisy who is 9 and 1/2.
Daisy
She is a blue eyed snow marble. She is a seriously laid back cat nowadays, spending her time looking for the warmest part of the house, sometimes that is my knee. :D

(I made the album with one of those automatic programs, quick, but I think the images are slightly over-sharpened.)

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:46 pm 
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Hi,

My F6 Denver was 15 last July and is like a kitten!


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