Bengal cats just like all domestic cats have the ability to learn to use a litter box. If you one of the lucky pet parents of a Bengal, your kitten may have already been trained by the breeder before you brought your little fur ball home. However, we will try to cover a few things you might like to know about Bengals and their ways. In this post we will cover:
One of the most important things you need to know about your Bengal cat is that when it comes down to using it’s litter box it is very fastidious and extremely selective about it’s toileting. A lot of other domestic cats really aren’t very particular about what kind of litter you use nor do they rarely care what kind of litter box you choose for them. They also don’t seem to care much about how often you take time to clean out the box, although if you go too long without cleaning it, any cat is going to get a tad upset.
However, when it comes to Bengals, they don’t have nearly the tolerance of most other domestic cats. Because Bengals are so intelligent a lot of attitude comes a long with that intelligence and one thing in particular stands out big time. That would be their litter box. Not only can Bengals be picky about the kind of litter that you use, they can also be picky about the kind of litter box that you expect them to use.
Bengals tend to prefer privacy when they have to go, they really don’t seem to like anyone watching them when they need to take care of “business”. This is why is so important that you find a place to put their litter box where it is out of the way and as private as you can get it for them. If you can’t do that, then it’s suggested that you consider providing them with a litter box that is enclosed where they can find privacy.
Another important thing to note about Bengals and their litter boxes, they hate a litter box that’s dirty. Dirty to them most times will not be considered dirty by other cats. In fact many Bengals demand that their box be totally spotless when they use it. This means that you need to be on top of it and you may need to clean it out several times a day. If this is too much work for you, and it could be, you may have to resort to purchasing the type of litter box that self-cleans. Otherwise you could end up with your Bengal finding other places to use as their toilet area.
Because Bengal cats have an unusual love for water they absolutely have no fear of it. You will find them quite often playing with their own water dish or even jumping up onto the sink and trying to play with a dripping faucet. Water just fascinates them. This is why they will often follow their pet parents right into the bathroom and try to join them in the shower or even try to jump into the tub to splash around with you.
When it comes to toilets, that can be an entire different world altogether with Bengals. Not only do they love to get up on the toilet seat and stare into the bowl, they will often find things to drop into the toilet so they can play with the object as they bat it around in the toilet bowl water.
Don’t be surprised to find your Bengal cat taking their fascination for the toilet and the water in it a step further. Because they are so intelligent and extremely inquisitive, they will find it irresistible to discover more of what the toilet can do. Often Bengals will happily discover that the lever on the toilet bowl actually does something. Once they’ve discovered that by pushing on it with their paw they can control the water, it’s going to be difficult for them to resist doing this action time and time again. Watch this Bengal flushing the toilet:
On the other end of the spectrum, your Bengal cat can be taught how to both use the toilet and flush it after they are finished. If you find this hard to believe take a look at this video:
If your Bengal kitten is not already litter trained when you bring it home, this is going to be one of the first things you should teach them. Even though cats, including Bengals are independent souls especially when it comes to their “toilet” habits, they still need to learn how to use their litter box.
If you have never owned a cat of any kind before you will be extremely happy to know that potty training a cat, any cat is far easier than training a dog.
The best thing to do is to pay close attention to how your Bengal cat tends to act before they have to go to the bathroom and once you’ve focused in on it’s usual behavior you should then take your cat to the litter box.
It’s important that you make sure that wherever you put their litter box that you place it so your cat is as comfortable as possible. Bengals, like mentioned before, are extremely picky about their litter boxes. You also need to make sure that especially during training that their box is always clean and fresh. Also make sure that you buy the kind of litter that is not composed of any materials that could harm them.
Here is a simple video that explains how to easily train any cat including your Bengal how to use their litter box.
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