Are Bengal Cats Good Housepets? (The truth about this stunning breed!)

are bengal cats good housepets

If you’re asking are bengal cats good house pets you’re probably thinking about adopting one. In this post you’ll discover exactly what a bengal cat is, and if it’s the right choice of pet for you.

We’ll be looking at the personality of a bengal, and why they’re so easy to train. Plus, some of the common health problems associated with this breed.

You’ll also discover costs involved in adopting and keeping a bengal cat. These include insuring, feeding and neutering. Plus, you’ll also learn how to find a good breeder.

This is essential as unscrupulous breeders do exist, caring for money rather than the animals they breed. Don’t worry, as I’ll give you a few pointers to be aware of.

If you have your heart set on a bengal cat but don’t know what’s involved in buying or adoption then this post will answer many of your questions. There is a lot to understand and take into consideration before you make a final decision.

What is a bengal cat? A brief introduction to this feisty breed

Bengals didn’t just happen by chance. They’re a result of breeding domestic cats with Asian leopard cats. Their distinctive coat gives them a very exotic appearance.

You’ll find a bengal cat is larger than your average size moggy, and there are a whole variety of coat colours and markings. This depends on the breeder, and even in a litter, markings can be very different on each kitten.

Basically, bengals have either a spotted or marbled coat pattern, with varying colours. If you were to see one outside you may think you’ve seen a mini leopard! Colours vary from a peachy brown, to silver and snowy white.

are you a good match for a bengal cat

The bengal cat personality-are you a good match?

Before even considering whether you should adopt a bengal you need to know a little bit about its personality. Be in no doubt, this is no ordinary kitty!

If you want a lap cat that cuddles up to you on the sofa, then this isn’t the right choice for you. Bengals are extremely inquisitive and highly intelligent.

They’re known for forming strong bonds with their owners, but may not necessarily take to the rest of the family! Don’t think for a minute you’ll enjoy a quiet life with your kitty.

Bengal cats are high maintenance needing a lot of attention. Expect to be followed everywhere with plenty of meowing if you dare to ignore her!

They’re also very territorial and dominant by nature. If you’ve already got other pets there shouldn’t be a problem, however introducing a new cat to an established bengal may not be so easy.

There have been cases of bengal cats terrorising other cats in the neighbourhood. They can run very fast, outsprinting and chasing their rivals up trees.

If you have children you’ll find a bengal cat the ideal pet. They’re very child friendly and love the attention they give.
However you’ll find they’ll get exhausted from play well before your bengal does! Always supervise small children around pets.

Bored bengals get up to no good!

bored bengals soon find mischief

If you don’t allow access to the outside, your bengal kitty will get very bored. They love to jump, climb and explore. If you deny your cat her freedom, you’ll need to provide plenty of entertainment.

Cat toys are an absolute must. Your bengal needs things to do, otherwise she’ll get up to no good! Even if your kitty goes outside, she’ll need toys to amuse her when she’s in.

Putting things high up out of cat reach won’t apply to your bengal kitty! They can jump 3 times their own height.

They also love hiding, so if kitty goes missing and you have cupboards that are high up you’ll know where to look! Expect the odd pot plant to get knocked over, and keep breakable ornaments safe.

How much does it cost to own a bengal?

Depending on how closely related to the asian leopard a bengal is can have a significant affect on its value, as well as temperament.

Those closest to asian leopards are termed f1. Not only are they the most expensive at around $2,000 upwards, but you can expect their personality to match.

In America, some states ban you from owning an f1 bengal cat, and in Australia they’re banned altogether. You’d need to consider an f5 which is many generations away from its wild cat ancestors.

F5 bengal cats are much more like a regular domestic cat. They’re still highly intelligent and demanding, making them a great companion to share your life with.

You can expect to pay anywhere from $400 upwards for an f5 bengal, depending if it’s a show breed or not. Of course, another option would be to adopt one from a rescue centre.

Though you’d have no idea of its breeding you’d be offering a loving home. Unfortunately, many people don’t realise what they’re taking on when they get a bengal.

Sadly, some of these beautiful cats end up in rescue because their owners simply can’t look after them. This is why it’s vital to do plenty of research before you commit yourself.

Insuring and caring for your bengal (what to expect)

Insuring a bengal cat can prove costly depending on the pedigree and age. You also have to consider vaccinations and neutering if you’re getting a kitten.

Feeding a bengal cat shouldn’t cost more than feeding any other breed. It all depends on the quality of food you decide to buy your cat and what you can afford.

One thing you’ll need to budget for though is plenty of things to occupy your bengal otherwise she’ll soon get busy making her own amusement at your expense! Toys, cat trees, and scratching posts are a necessity.

Bengal cats and water

You may be surprised to learn that some breeds of cat actually like water. Bengals are known for their love of the stuff! Most cats are terrified of getting wet, but if you bring a bengal home don’t be surprised by its antics with water.

Typically, you may find your new addition playing with water from a dripping tap, or dipping her paw into the glass you’re drinking from!

It’s not unheard of to find a bengal deliberately dropping kibbles into its water water bowl and chasing them around with its paws. Of course, this can be a great source of amusement.

If you decide to get a bengal you’ll soon find it loves to swim. If you have a paddling pool in the garden don’t be surprised if your kitty starts splashing around in it.

Is it easy to train bengal cats?

One of the characteristics of a bengal is its dog like behaviour. So if you’re wondering if you can train your kitty the answer is yes.

Bengals are fast learners and can be taught to do a variety of tricks, just like a dog. It’s a great way to bond with your cat and will keep her out of mischief!

Unlike most cats, bengals actually like to please their owners. We all know how most cats hear what you’re saying but choose to ignore you!

Well, a bengal is different and will respond to you. You’ll still need plenty of time and patience, but the rewards will be worth it.

The bengal cat club shows you how to clicker train your kitty. You may think a game of fetch is just for dogs, but this intelligent breed of cat can easily be taught to do this.

Is it a good idea to get a bengal cat exercise wheel?

If you’re planning on keeping a bengal as an indoor pet, you’ll need to get her to exercise every day. Buying a bengal cat exercise wheel can be a good investment if you’re willing to train your pet.

They’re quite a large size, so you’ll need plenty of space in your home. You’ll need to assemble the wheel yourself, so be prepared for a bit of DIY.

A better idea is to simply buy a cat harness and take your bengal out for a walk. It’s healthier for your pet to get fresh air as well as exercise.

You’ll have to train your cat to get used to wearing a harness , but as they’re highly intelligent it shouldn’t be too hard. Remember, bengals are muscular, athletic cats with a need for plenty of exercise.

 

Common bengal cat health problems you need to know

Bengals like all felines are prone to certain illnesses. However, there are some health problems more common with this particular breed of cat.

Progressive retinal atrophy is found mostly in dogs, but certain breeds of cat such as the bengal are prone to it. If you get a bengal this is something you need to be aware of.

One important thing to mention is bengal cats need a higher amount of taurine in their diet. A lack of it has been associated with this eye condition.

Cataracts can be an inherited condition and not noticeable until your bengal cat enters her older years. It can be treated very successfully if you catch it early, but can lead to blindness if ignored.

Heart disease is just as likely in cats as it is in humans. Bengal cats seem prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It’s not age related and is something you should be aware of when buying a kitten.

Obsessive grooming can be caused by stress or boredom. If your bengal seems to be constantly grooming to the point where you notice bald patches you need to get her to a vet.

For some reason this obsessive disorder seems more common with the bengal breed. Allergies or skin conditions can be a cause, but your vet will rule out these possibilities with blood tests.

Finding a breeder to get your dream bengal!

If you are thinking about getting a bengal cat you need to do plenty of research on breeders. Not all care about the welfare of their animals. Bad breeding can lead to all sorts of inherited conditions.

A reputable breeder will place kittens by contract. You’ll be interviewed and will probably get a home visit to check on your suitability. A good breeder puts the welfare of their cats first. No cat or kitten will be homed unless they’re happy it will be looked after and loved.

You should be allowed to visit a breeder and have free access to view all their cats and kittens. If something doesn’t feel right trust your gut instinct and walk away.

Should you let your bengal cat outside?

This is a question many cat owners ask. It depends where you live, the safety of the area, and the risk of theft. Personally, I believe in allowing a cat its freedom to explore the outside. I live in the UK, and the majority of cat owners here let them go outside.

I’ve even seen a bengal cat near where I live. I thought it was a wild cat at first until I did some research! It was happily exploring the bushes and not at all bothered about me walking past.

You must always put your cat’s welfare first and think about the quality of life you’re giving it. Some cats are happy to spend their time indoors, but others love exploring and practicing their hunting skills.

If you decide to let your bengal cat go outside make sure you get her microchipped. Also, keep all vaccinations up to date, and take out an insurance policy. Never go out all day though and leave your cat outside.

I’m at home most of the day and usually leave the window open for my cat to go in and out as he pleases. Living in a ground floor flat in a nice quiet area makes this possible.

Could owning a bengal cat become your dream come true, or your worst nightmare?

In this article we’ve looked at the personality traits of bengals, as well as the true cost of owning one. We’ve also seen what you need to be aware of when finding a breeder.

There is a lot to consider before you commit yourself. Bengal cats can be feisty, fun loving, and very affectionate.

They can also be demanding and will get up to mischief if bored. Exercising your bengal is a must. Getting a bengal cat exercise wheel may seem a simple solution, but you’ll need to invest time in training and have plenty of treats to hand!

You’ll find looking after a bengal hard work but very rewarding. Their sociable nature makes it easy for them to get on with other pets and childre

Feel free to leave a comment below or share your own personal experiences with bengal cats.

Wishing you a purrfect day 🙂
Kathy

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  1. Hi Kathy,
    Appreciate all the information you have put into your article! I was just searching for something about Bengal cats, because I just saw on Facebook that my friend just got one. I never realised they can be so expensive! And F1 to F5! Wow!
    I love all kinds of cats, even stray ones, and blind ones. Used to bring strays and blind cats home when I was much younger, my mum would scream at me. Lol.
    Don’t think I will be getting a Bengal cat soon, but I will definitely pass this info along to my friend.

    1. Thanks Joo! Yes, one of the key points about bengals is their expense. If I was to get one, I’d look into cat rescue centres as they are considerably cheaper, and you’d be giving a poor unwanted pet a loving home. That’s so funny about you bringing home strays lol! Thank you for sharing that 🙂

  2. I have always admired how darn adorable these bengals are! But, thanks to your article, I know for sure that this breed would not be a good fit for me and my household. This post really helped me!

    1. Thank you Andrea, yes, bengals certainly aren’t for everyone. They’re adorable to look at, but their feisty, demanding personality makes them very high maintenance 🙂

  3. This is very useful for anyone with or planning to get a bengal. I always thought they were more along the lines of a leopard. Makes me think of the cinncinati Bengal football team. I think that’s great to know all of the different qualities of the Bengal and it’s differences when compared to other cats. Knowing how they act helps the owner know how to deal with them the right way.

    1. Thank you Justin, yes, they are so much like a leopard in their appearance. I’ve not heard of the cinncinati bengal football team, but thanks for sharing that!

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