When it comes to Bengal cats or any cat for that matter, it’s important that you know what you are looking for. You see, not all cats get along with all people and not all people get along with all cats. If you are seriously thinking about bringing a Bengal cat home to be a part of your family, you should know at least the basics. In this post we will cover:
As kittens, Bengals are full of energy, even more than other domestic cats. This energy continues on into adulthood. They are extremely playful and have a deep desire to interact with their environment.
They are very curious by nature and this can tend to get them into compromising situations. Often this can frustrate many owners who are not prepared for a cat that never loses interest in exploring and finding mischief to get into.
Be prepared for a cat that does not appear to be afraid of water. Unlike most cats in the cat kingdom, Bengal cats have an unusual interest in water that many find surprising. So, if you bring a Bengal cat home to be part of your family, don’t be surprised to see your Bengal playing with his or her water dish. You might even see them splashing in the toilet or even try to join you in the shower.
Bengal cats take a lot of commitment because they not only need a variety of things to keep them from getting bored during the day, they also live for a good amount of time. The Bengal cat can live to 15 years old and some can even live longer. They also tend to be a very healthy breed. This could be partly due to their hybrid vigor and genes.
Bengal cats are a short haired breed of cat and they have a unique coat. This lovely coat of theirs doesn’t require much grooming and this can be ideal for someone who hasn’t the time or patience to groom their cat. But, this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be groomed. Grooming is a wonderful way to bond with your Bengal.
Bengal cats are far more active than the average domestic cat. They also tend to be more vocal, alert, intelligent, and agile as compared to what most people may be accustomed to. They particularly love watching their human parents do a variety of different activities. They then like to try and imitate those activities on their own. So, don’t be surprised to find your Bengal cat opening drawers, windows, and doors. See what we mean here with the video below:
With their love of water they tend to enjoy playing in bathtubs full of water, water dishes, running faucets, wading pools, and even full sized pools. So you need to make sure that you keep an eye on them when they are playing with water.
Bengals are so intelligent that it causes them to be curious about anything and everything. It makes them the kind of cat that really does need to be kept busy all during their waking hours or you’ll be in for unwanted messes to clean up and a lot of frustration if you’re not prepared.
Bengals love their pet parents but, they are not going to be the kind of cat that will sit on your lap for hours doing nothing. They would rather be up and about playing and exploring. If you can join them in their adventures, will make them even happier.
Bengal cats love to climb, jump and pounce on things. If they don’t have what they need to accomplish this, they will find their own things to climb and jump off of. You might see them getting up high on shelves or climbing up curtains among other things. To avoid that kind of behavior they need to have their own things to climb on and explore.
Although Bengals are very friendly, this doesn’t mean they will get along with all pets in your home. Like all animals, it depends on their individual personalities. Even though there is nothing saying that older Bengals won’t get along with other pets. It’s always best to socialize them as kittens.
Bengal cats will excel best when they live in a very energetic and lively environment. It is best that they are exposed to a lot of different activities on a regular basis. Otherwise, Bengals tend to become bored and this can lead to some issues.
If you are looking for a quiet lazy cat, this is not what you will get when you bring a Bengal cat into your home.
Bengal cats are special and because of their intelligence and super active natures, you may want to pay closer attention to some of the things they do.
As their pet parent, it’s your responsibility to keep them happy and safe. One way you can do this is to make sure that this inquisitive cat is kept safe indoors. As much as they may want to go outside, this curiosity of theirs can get them in harm’s way. This is why it is important that they are never allowed to go outside without someone watching them.
Since they are so intelligent it’s a good idea to leash and harness train them. Once this is done, they then can go outside and explore with their pet parent by their side.
Bengal cats have no special requirements for grooming because of their unique coat that rarely sheds. Although they do enjoy being brushed and often enjoy taking a bath. So, if you own a Bengal, feel free to groom them for extra bonding time.
Bengals don’t require any kind of special diet and will do quite well eating a basic mix of dry and moist foods. This should keep them happy and healthy as long as the food is of high quality.
Since Bengal cats are more active than the typical domestic cat it is important that they are allowed to exercise as often as possible. This can include walks, playing with them during the day, and giving them plenty of play areas with scratching and climbing posts. This not only will keep them entertained but, also keep their very muscular bodies in good shape. Make sure they have plenty of toys on hand to help keep their minds stimulated.
Remember, Bengals require lots of attention. Make sure that you let them get involved with some of the activities you do through the day. You will also want to make sure you take time out several times during the day to join in their play activities.
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