What is bengal cats habitat

What is a Bengal Cats Habitat?

Bengal cats are quite often very misunderstood because of their exotic name and the fact that they were originally come from breeding domestic cats with the Asian Leopard cat. The Asian Leopard cat is a very small and timid wild cat that lives in certain areas of Asia where you find lush jungle like environments. Compared to the larger wild and distant cousins of the domestic Bengal, these wild cats seem almost docile. In this article we will cover the following:

  • A Bengals Habitat is What You Make It
  • Outdoors or Indoors
  • Things You Should Provide for Your Bengal

A Bengals Habitat is What You Make It

Just because Bengals are descendants of the interbreeding of a domestic cat and a wild Asian Leopard cat doesn’t mean that the domestic Bengal has some sort of wild habitat that they are accustomed to. They are like just any other domestic cat, their habitat is what you make it. So whatever you provide for your Bengal is what will become their “normal” habitat.

Because Bengals are a lot more intelligent and far more active than most other domestic cats it is important that you provide them with a home that is prepared for the activity and curiosity that you are going to discover that your Bengal has. This is why if you want to make sure that valuables are not broken, that you either keep them out of the way of your Bengal or provide a home that is well suited for a Bengal cats personality.

Make sure that your home is cat guarded much like you child guard your home. For instance, if you don’t want your Bengal and their curiosity to get the better of them, you might want to consider putting child safety locks on cabinet doors and drawers otherwise you might find your Bengal getting into a lot of trouble or even injuring themselves.

You will also want to make sure that you provide plenty of space where your Bengal can climb, jump, scratch and hide so that they don’t get bored, especially when you aren’t at home. They will also enjoy it if you provide them with their own areas for their food, a comfortable and quiet place to sleep and a little privacy when they need to go to the bathroom.

Don’t forget that they need love and attention so this means the habitat that you create for them should be one that is filled with love and times where you stop and give them the attention that they crave. This type of atmosphere is ideal for Bengal cats and it’s vital for their physical and mental well-being.

Outdoors or Indoors

One of the biggest questions about any cat is whether or not to keep them indoors or let them roam freely outdoors. Most experts feel that it’s not a wise thing to allow any cat, especially Bengals to roam free outside. More often than not, because of all the dangers in the outside world, their lifespan will be shortened by allowing them to roam around outdoors without supervision.

If you own a Bengal you should be especially concerned about allowing them to be outdoor cats. Not only is there the chance that someone might steal them because of their value, there is a bigger chance that they might end up getting injured or even killed. This concern comes from the fact that Bengals are a lot more courageous than most other domestic cats and this can lead them to travel further away from home broadening their chances of getting injured by other animals or getting hit by a car.

If you think that it’s cruel to keep your cat inside 24/7, then you might consider making a special area in your yard that is properly fenced in to keep your cat from getting out of the yard. You can also buy or make an enclosed cat run that includes a cat house that they can play in and find shelter from the heat of the sun. Another thing that a lot of Bengal owners do is train them to wear a harness and leash and then put the leash on a stake and let their Bengals enjoy the outdoors this way. You can also teach them how to walk on a leash and then you can take them for walks around the neighborhood or in a local park if you want. There’s no doubt they’ll appreciate walking with their pet parent.

Things You Should Provide for Your Bengal

If you want to make your Bengals habitat one that is ideal for them, there are many ways in which you can achieve that goal. There are a lot of things you can provide for them that will keep them happy and healthy and live a long and happy life.

  • Provide your Bengal with a comfortable cat bed.
  • Give them plenty of toys that will offer them exercise and will keep their interest such as:
    • Interactive toys that they can play with alone or ones that the two of you can play with together.
    • Puzzle toys that have their favorite treats hidden in them and they have to figure out the puzzle in order to get to the treat.
    • Toys with catnip in them.
    • Toys that combine moving objects and scratching areas on them.
  • Provide them with a good scratching post. Your Bengal has a need to scratch so if you don’t want them scratching up your favorite piece of furniture it would be a wise decision on your part to make sure that they have a scratching post to use instead. The scratching post needs to be one that is sturdy and won’t fall over when they play with it. It also needs to have appealing texture otherwise they will not be interested in using it.
  • Give them treats that are good for them so that you have something to reward them with when they’ve been “good”.
  • Provide them with good quality healthy foods.
  • Buy them a good cat tree. Bengals love to not just scratch things but they love to climb and jump a lot and this is why you should provide them with a cat tree. A cat tree is something that will play a big part in their happiness. Cat trees are designed to give your Bengal exercise, a place for some personal “me time”, and a place for stimulation. Consider the following when looking for a cat tree:
    • It should have a very strong base so it won’t tip over.
    • The tree should have a variety of scratching surfaces to keep their interest.
    • There should be both sitting areas and sleeping areas available at different levels.
    • Should have a few toys and/or catnip attached to it.
  • Make sure that you provide them with a good litter box. Bengals are the pickiest cats when it comes to litter boxes so you need to make sure that it’s one that gives them plenty room to move around in and for some Bengals one that is covered and gives them privacy.

Here’s a video of a Bengal enjoying their cat tree:

If you provide your Bengal with all of these things and plenty of love and affection you will be providing them with the best habitat that any Bengal could dream of.

So does that help you understand what a Bengal cats habitat is or should be? Please let us know what you think by posting your comments here.