There are just tons of questions out there about Bengal cats because it seems like many don’t quite feel safe with them because of their “wild heritage”. However, as long as a Bengal is at least a fourth generation, they really aren’t considered wild at all anymore. Here we try our best to answer as many questions as we can about Bengal cats in order to try and put many at ease when considering buying one. In this post we will cover the following:
To be quite honest with you, the most common answer would be no. Even though there are some Bengals that have been trained to get along with our feathered friends, it’s really not the sort of thing that we would suggest that you do.
There is a really good reason for this. Bengal cats may love a lot of other types of larger pets and especially love their human parents, they tend to lean toward their wild hunter instincts when it comes to pets such as birds and even smaller animals such as hamsters, pet rats and fish. All domestic cats seemed to still retain some natural hunting instincts but, Bengal cats seem to have a more heightened sense for that old skill.
By having a bird in its cage hanging somewhere you will more than likely trigger that hunting instinct in them. It’s quite possible that your Bengal cat might think that this is a special treat that you’ve put out for them to try and figure out how to retrieve. Since Bengal cats are so extremely intelligent, they might find your birdcage a challenge for them to try and figure out. This in turn could turn into a disaster for your bird. So, it’s really not their fault, it’s just something natural for them to feel that a pet like a bird is prey and not a companion.
Here’s a video of what a Bengal cat would rather do with birds than be friends:
There really are no specific cat breeds that get along better with Bengals than any others. Just like with dogs it really depends upon their individual personalities and how well you, their pet parent socialize them together.
But, if you want specifics and an ideal situation, the best match of course would be another Bengal cat. The reason for this is because they both will have the same intelligence, the same type of energy level and the same adorable and almost insatiable curiosity. Two Bengal cats can become almost inseparable and there’s never going to be any worries about either one of them getting bored or lonely while you are away.
Bengal cats are extremely social creatures so having another Bengal in the home of course is going to be something your cat is going to truly love. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a different domestic cat in the home. But, you will want to make sure that whatever kind of cat you do have in the home as a companion for your Bengal, is one that is tolerant and has a higher energy level than some cats. Some cats prefer just to lay around and do little to nothing and this might not be the best pairing. Since Bengals love to play, explore, climb, jump, you name it, a cat that is far less active may not appreciate the excitement that a Bengal brings into the home. But, this doesn’t mean that they won’t get along, but it could mean that there won’t be as strong of a bond between the two if their temperaments are that far apart.
Just make sure that whenever you decide to put two cats together that don’t know each other that you treat it just the same way as you when when introducing them to a dog in the family. You need to make sure that they are both comfortable with one another before ever thinking of leaving them alone together. It’s also important that both of your cats have their own space. Because even if they end up bonding extremely well they are still going to want a place in your home that they can retreat to and call their own.
So, did this help you understand better how Bengal cats get along with birds and other animals in your home? Please let us know what you think by leaving your own comments below.