Why do bengal cats meow so much

Why Do Bengal Cats Meow So Much?

  • December 1, 2023

If you are a first-time Bengal cat owner, one of the many unusual things you might notice about your Bengal is that they seem to like to meow more than the average domestic cat. For some, this might be annoying, however, if you know why and what they are meowing for, you will begin to understand your cat better. In this post we will cover the following:

  • Why the Bengal Cat Meows More Than Other Cats
  • Things That Can Trigger More Meowing
  • Ways to Reduce Meowing
  • When to Worry About the Meowing

Why the Bengal Cat Meows More Than Other Cats

All cats meow, it’s just their way of communicating. It’s just that most cats don’t seem to have the need to communicate about everything. But, the Bengal cat does. They tend to be the most talkative cats in the cat kingdom and this is something that those who own Bengals simply need to be aware of. As their pet owner, you actually need to accept this truth.

Bengal cats just simply love to communicate about everything. They especially love to meow when they are trying to tell you about what they need or want at the very moment that they want it. One thing that all Bengal cat owners need to be aware of is that the cat will likely get louder when you ignore their meows.

This is especially true if you don’t let them have what they want. So, it’s always a good idea to pay attention to what your Bengal is trying to tell you.

When they talk, they have various different pitches that can range from a really soft and gentle type of meow that often expresses their love for you to very loud and noisy meows.  This is especially true when they get mad or want something really, really bad. So, it’s important to learn what your Bengal is trying to tell you.

Here’s a video of a couple of Bengals doing what they love to do, talk.

Things That Can Trigger More Meowing

So that you are not totally surprised at what can stimulate your Bengal to talk, you should know a few things about your Bengal and the kinds of things that can get them in the mood to do some chattering.


One important thing to understand is that Bengals have a very friendly nature, especially when it comes to people. They get along extremely well with all people, but if this furry little kitty lives with you, the friendliness goes deeper.

Because of this friendly nature, it is only natural for them to want to communicate with you. So, when they are looking to get your attention, they will tend to meow more often and if you ignore them, trust us, they will get louder. So, it’s not advisable that you ignore their wish to communicate with you.

Clean Litter Box

Bengal cats are very particular about the cleanliness of their litter box. Most cats want their boxes cleaned out, it only makes sense. Your Bengal however, might go way beyond that. Some can be so particular about keeping it spotless that you might find yourself cleaning it out several times in one day.

If your Bengal cat finds it unsuitable, don’t be surprised to hear them loudly complaining about it.

Beware, if you ignore their desire for a spotless kitty box, your Bengal might just go off and find a cleaner spot to use the toilet.

You’re Ignoring or Excluding Them

Since Bengals are extremely intelligent, usually more so than other cats, it stands to reason that they are more willing to communicate and to learn. Often they will follow you around the house meowing because they simply want to be involved with all that you do. This might be annoying to some people, but, if you own a Bengal it’s something that you need to grow accustomed to.

Otherwise, a Bengal cat simply isn’t for you.


Since Bengal cats can be extremely territorial by nature, in fair warning, their meowing can and will increase if they feel that territory is being threatened. This is especially true if you allow another animal to invade their space. It’s always a good idea for you to provide your cat with one specific hideout that is for them and only them just in case other animals come to visit.


Bengal cats love to eat and if you really want to hear them meow, just show them their food. Just the sight of food can drive them bonkers. Don’t be surprised to see your cat jump into a bag of cat food meowing with excitement, while anticipating the arrival of their dinner.


Bengal cats are extremely active and they need to have plenty of room to romp, explore and play. You should also make sure that they have plenty of toys to play with and many of them should be interactive. If you Bengal cat gets bored, they are going to let you know loud and clear through their meowing.


Birds will not only get your Bengal cat’s interest, but birds will get them to meow and voice different sounding chirps and other peculiar sounds. Their desire to hunt birds has been passed down genetically and it just triggers an auto-response from them. It’s really not a good idea to own a bird if you own a Bengal.


Finally, they love attention. Of course when they want it, that is. When they do require your attention, they are going to let you know it in one way or another. Their first try is going to be through persuasive meowing that might start off soft and gentle. But, if you try to ignore it, you’ll pay the price as your Bengal cat starts to get louder and louder.

Ways to Reduce Meowing

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.

When to Worry About the Meowing

Most of the time your Bengal is just meowing to communicate their feelings, needs, and wants.  This is typically behavior and shouldn’t really be of any concern.

However, should your Bengal be less active, doesn’t want to eat or drink water and is also accompanied with meows, this could be signs of something serious going on. Whenever a Bengal slows down and especially doesn’t want to eat, it’s definitely time to take your Bengal to a vet.

Health issues for a Bengal can vary, as with any other cat, but if they seem “off” and are meowing frequently it’s because they are telling you something isn’t right.

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