If you own a Bengal cat, you might have noticed that they seem to like to make a lot of different noises from chirping to howling and often you might think they howl more that most cats. Whether or not they do howl more than domestic cats, really isn’t known, it is known however, that all cats do howl for one reason or another. In this article we’ll cover these topics:
One of the most important things you can try to do for your Bengal cat if you think they’re howling or even meowing too much is to try and figure out why they are howling. For some cats, it is often simply because they actually like hearing the sound of their own voice and for others, it is their way of trying to carry on a good conversation with their pet parents. But, if you do think that they might be doing too much of it, you need to figure out what the cause is. After you think you’ve found the reason then you can try to work on getting them to do so less.
Here is a video example of a Bengal cat howling:
It’s important to consider the age of your Bengal cat. If they are an older cat and they are starting to develop an annoying howling habit, this could be a good indicator that they might be developing dementia. This is known as cognitive dysfunction syndrome and sadly it’s a gradual decline of the brain function and it unfortunately impacts about 50% of all cats over the age of 15 years old.
If your Bengal cat is a senior cat and does develop CDS then they might howl because they are confused or they are suffering from anxiety. This syndrome unfortunately cannot be cured, but you might be able to help reduce the symptoms by seeing your vet and getting medicines, dietary supplements or try changing your cat’s environment. This can be a sad thing for pet parents to witness, especially since they’ve grown so accustomed to the intelligence of their Bengal cat over the years.
Since cats can’t really talk, they need a way to communicate with their pet parents and quite often one of those ways is through howling. However, these howls can be for a variety of different things that they are trying to communicate. Here are a few reasons they might be trying to communicate with you:
Whatever you do when it comes to their howling, don’t ignore it, make sure to figure out the why for it. You also never want to punish them for howling. Never hit, shout, or spray them with water. These things may get them to quiet down, but these actions are also going to make them trust you less and maybe even end up disliking you.
Stopping a Bengal cat from howling is no easy task, but it is possible if you train them correctly. It all comes down to rewarding their quiet behavior and we think the video below is a great example of exactly what you should do.
As you’ll see in the video, the owner uses a clicker (You can purchase a clicker here) to let the cat know that they are doing something good and also gives the cat treats (Find the best Bengal cat treats here). It’s an interesting strategy and though the cat in the video is only meowing, howling is similar and you can use the exact same approach.
So, did that help you with your question about Bengal cats howling? Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below: