Every pet should be happy and your Bengal cat is no different. They also have their very own ways to show just how happy they are. They also tend to show when they’re unhappy, sad or bored and often this is from being left alone or when they aren’t given enough attention. In this article we’ll cover the following:
Signs of Happiness
Play With Your Bengal
Take Good Care of Your Bengal
Signs of Happiness
There are a variety of different ways in which a cat including your Bengal cat can show how happy they are. Bengal cats truly desire to be the center of all the attention in your home and they can tend to get bored and lonely when you leave them alone. However, if your provide them with plenty of attention as well as plenty of things to keep them happy and busy while you are gone, you should have a pretty happy Bengal.
There are plenty ways in which your Bengal cat will let you know how happy they are. Here are few signs that will let you know just how happy they are.
When you get home if your Bengal is happy to see you as soon as you get home they’re going to greet you with their tail up in the air. When they are extremely happy their tail will bolt totally straight up and often will have a hook at the end of it and often will be quivering in response to seeing you. Their ears will also be erect while lowering their eyelids a little. They also more than likely will follow you everywhere you go and want to make sure that they are allowed to get involved with everything you’re doing.
If your Bengal is happy they’re going to let you know all about it too. They’re tend to be quite chatty when they’re extremely happy and will vocally express themselves with a variety of different meows, chirps and purrs. Even though purring doesn’t always mean happiness generally purring does mean they are either very content or sometimes even blissful.
If your Bengal walks around holding their head up is usually a pretty good sign that you not only have a happy cat but also one that’s both confident and content. A happy Bengal will also show extreme interest in their environment and will always want to in charge of many situations or at lease be allowed to get involved.
If your Bengal shows a lot of enthusiasm and plenty of curiosity then these are also extremely good signs that they are a very happy kitty. If your Bengal is showing curiosity often their tail will be held up quite high and often will move from side to side while their ears are held erect and their eyes will be wide open.
Finally, if your Bengal wants to play all the time, you can pretty much bet that you’ve got one really happy cat. All kinds of play and any amount from racing around and chasing toys to paw patting items and wrestling matches with you or another animal in the home is a very good indication that you have a happy Bengal.
Play With Your Bengal
If you want to make sure that you keep your Bengal happy it’s important that you take time out of your own schedule and play with your Bengal. Playing with your Bengal cat is not just good for their happiness but it’s also good for their health and the bond that the two of you will have. There are all kinds of things that you can use to help make playtime fun from toys that are meant to give them plenty of exercise or items that the two of you play with together that allow for a closer bond to form. You should consider setting aside anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes each time the two of you play together.
When you do play with them, there are a few items you might want to avoid giving them to play with:
Toys that are sharp
Toys that have loose objects
Too small of toys
Toys with items that can easily fall off
Make sure that you have a lot of different toys on hand when it comes to playing with your Bengal. You don’t want to play with the same toys over and over again because eventually your Bengal is going to get bored with them and a bored Bengal is eventually an unhappy Bengal. The toys that you choose to use to play with your cat are ones that should only be used for playtime together. When you are done playing you should put them away. This way they will remain special to them and they won’t get as bored with them as quickly. Other toys that you want them to play with while you’re gone or when the two of you are no longer player can be left out for them so that they have something to do when you are too busy to play or while you are gone. Here’s a video of a Bengal kitten playing fetch:
Take Care of Your Bengal
If you want both a happy and a healthy cat it’s up to you to take good care of your Bengal. It’s important that you do a variety of different things to prevent your cat from getting ill. Make sure that you feed them a good healthy diet one that has plenty of nutrients and its number one ingredient should be meat, poultry or fish.
You also want to make sure that you keep their litter box extremely clean. All cats prefer a clean litter box, however, Bengals are even more picky than their domestic counterparts. Sometimes they will refuse to use their box even if it’s only been use a couple of times, which means you need to be aware of the condition of the box a lot more often than a lot of other cats.
You want to make sure that you clean the litter box out quite often by rinsing it out with water and then clean it out with a towel and then refill it once it’s totally dry. This will help ensure that your Bengal won’t get sick from an unclean litter box.
Make sure that your Bengal has a good vet that both you and your Bengal feel comfortable with. You also want to make sure that you find a vet who has nothing against Bengals. There are still some vets out there that still don’t like the breed or trust them. Having a good vet is vital to the health and welfare of your Bengal and if your Bengal is healthy they are going to be happy.
Be kind and loving with your Bengal. Never hit them because not only could this physically harm them and it could cause them to begin to ignore you and could break your bond. You also shouldn’t yell at your Bengal because that can hurt your relationship as well. If they do happen to do something that’s wrong just tell them “No” in a firm manner without yelling at them.
So does this help you know whether your Bengal is happy or not? Please let us know what you think by adding your thoughts or comments below.
JoinThe Bengal Cat Club!
We've created a FREE Facebook community with over 500 people who love Bengal cats. This community includes Bengal Cat owners, breeders, and potential adopters. But we're missing one thing....YOU!
Get all of your questions answered from the experts.