Do Bengal Cats Meow

Do Bengal Cats Meow?

  • December 3, 2023

Bengals are a very boisterous breed, in behavior and noises. Bengals don’t just meow; they have a variety of noises to choose from. They don’t even have to choose from them either; they’ll just use all of their noises for any one moment.

In this blog post we will cover the following:

  • Do Bengal cats meow?
  • Why do Bengal cats make so much noise?
  • How to deal with the noise of a Bengal Cat

Do Bengal Cats meow?

Oh, they meow all right. And Bengals do so much more than that.

They make so many quirky sounds that it can even help in identifying a Bengal cat amongst others.  Pet Helpful advises that Bengals will start their lives like all other cats, with a sweet, little kitten meow. But a fun quirk for Bengals is that they never grow out of that meow. But they don’t stop there, they’ll mew, meep, chirp, and chatter from day one.

Bengals are a verbal breed, more than other breeds. Just imagine a litter of Bengal kittens all making tons of crazy noises. A cacophony of noises coming from a collection of little, kittens.

Because they’re so noisy, their quirks might be a signifier for someone in whether a Bengal cat is the right choice for them.

Why do Bengal Cats make so much noise?

Cat will meow for whatever it is that they want, but Bengals will meow, mew, chatter, etc. for everything they want. They’ll start meowing once they’ve decided that they want something, and if they don’t get it right away, they will continue.

A determined Bengal will use its entire noise repertoire to explain that it wants something. It doesn’t matter who they’re telling all of this too. Their human, another cat, the fly on the wall that the Bengal is staring so intently at, they’ll tell anyone.

Maybe there’s a bug on the wall, the cat is hungry, or it wants to go outside, a Bengal will meow for whatever they want. Any number of things can elicit a noisy need from a Bengal. An owner can even get yelled at by their noisy feline for the sandwich in their hand or for leaving the litter box a little too dirty.

When a Bengal wants something, they’ll announce it to the world.

The video below shows some Bengals demonstrating their wide variety of noises.

Some will howl to tell their human that they want attention, to be petted, or even to be petted more. They’ll howl if they haven’t gotten as much attention as the want at any given moment. But once they get what they want, they’ll quiet down, until they want more or something else.

Some Bengals won’t just meow for that they want, some will make noise just because they want to. A bored Bengal can be a very noisy Bengal. They might sit by their owner and meow for attention, in an empty room, facing a blank wall, or in their litter box at their recently produced poop pile.

Bengals are known to enjoy hearing their own voice. Just hearing the sound of their own voice is a good enough reason, to a Bengal, to chatter non-stop. They may feel justified in the reason for the amount of noise that they’re making, but it may not be the same for their human or others around them.

But at least when there is a reason for the noise, an owner can accept it. When there’s no point to the noise, the cat can become a bit of an irritation for its owner.

How to deal with the noise of a Bengal Cat

So how does an owner deal with all of this noise? Well, some enjoy the variety of noises Bengals make. But even these accepting individuals can find themselves wishing for some quiet in the middle of the night.

A Bengal cat’s meow can mean a lot of different things, but there are ways to reduce the chance that the cat continues to meow too often.  Below are a few things you can do to try to stop, or at least minimize, the meow of a Bengal cat.

  1. Getting the Right Litter Box and Litter:  Cleaning a litter box is instrumental to making your Bengal cat comfortable.  Also, you need to make sure that you have easy-to-clean clumping litter that your Bengal won’t track around the house.   For this, we’ve created a list of the best litter boxes for Bengal cats and also the best litter for Bengal cats.
  2. Feed the Bengal Cat:  Obviously, feeding the Bengal cat is a good way to stop a meow from hunger.  Sometimes you may feed them and they still meow, this usually means they don’t like the food that you’ve given.  Here are the best wet foods and best dry foods for Bengal cats.
  3. Territorial:  Many Bengal cats are territorial and one of the best ways to deal with this is to give them a place that they can call their own.  You probably aren’t going to give them a room to themselves, which is fine, but one thing you can do is get them a cat tree that they can hang out in and a scratching post wouldn’t hurt either.
  4. Boredom:  This is a really common reason for Bengal cats to meow.  They like a lot of attention and if you aren’t giving it to them, they’ll let you know that they are upset.  To help, we created a list of the best cat toys for Bengal cats.

So, what do you think about a Bengal’s meowing habit?  Do you agree with what was stated here?  Comment below to let us know!

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