Quite often because Bengals are not too much removed from their wild ancestry, people are afraid to bring one into their home. They often misunderstand the Bengal and think that they’re still a wild cat. But, we can assure you that they are domestic and not wild. One common question you’ll hear is this one: “Do Bengal cats bite?” That is what we plan to cover for you in this article along with a few other things.
It seems to just come without warning. You’re sitting there petting your lovable Bengal, they’re purring, looks at you with love, and then suddenly, out of nowhere it seems, they give you a bite on the hand! That can definitely throw you off balance.
So, what’s going on here? Why did your beautiful, sweet, and loving kitty suddenly seem to transform into a Bengal vampire in the blink of an eye? Are they mad at you? Is it just a way of saying I love you? Are they just wanting to play? These are just a few of the questions you undoubtedly have after the bite. Well, there are different factors at work here and let’s take a look at them.
Bengals can’t be blamed for being the only cat that bites. Many cats bite their pet parents seemingly for no reason at all. So, the main question here is why do they bite? There can be a variety of reasons why they bite. Here are just a few of those reasons:
If your Bengal is being sweet one minute and then the next minute they are biting you, they might be telling you that you have crossed over some line of theirs at some point. It could be they’re tired of you petting them, or you could have found a sensitive area on their body.
There are Some Subtle Warning Signs Your Bengal is Getting Agitated
Here are a few warning signs that your Bengal may be about to bite you, you just need to be alert to them:
All of these are good indications that they’ve just about had enough of whatever it is you are doing.
Just remember, biting and scratching are just part of your Bengals natural predatory instincts. One way you can help them release some of that energy is by playing with them for a few minutes a couple of times each day. It can be something as simple as just dragging a piece of string around for them to chase. Something s simple as that can help reduce any unwanted biting.
If you think that your Bengal has a bad habit of biting then it’s important that you teach them that biting is not an acceptable form of behavior. This will be a lot easier if they’re a kitten, however, it can be managed with older cats.
All cats, including Bengals, can pick up bad habits as kittens. One of those bad habits is often biting. When a cat sees a human hand as a toy to bite and scratch, it’s often the pet parents fault.
Biting your hands often sets in when a pet parent roughhouses with their Bengal when they’re still a little kitten. When they are kittens, their teeth and claws really don’t cause much damage. However, those kitten teeth and claws are going to grow. Once they’ve gotten adult claws and teeth it’s no longer cute. So, if you let them get away with it when they’re a kitten, they’ll think it’s alright as an adult.
So, the point here is don’t train your Bengal kitten to believe that your hand is their personal toy.
Ways to Train Your Kitty Not to Bite
All kittens need playtime, especially Bengals and since they are babies, they really don’t understand when you are not playing. When they are kittens you should take a gentle approach when training them. Here are just a few things you can do: