Bengal Cat Personality


My take on the quirky nature of the Bengal Cat Breed!

In essence, Bengal cats have a ridiculous amount of personality. On top of having personality, they are a life force once they enter your home. I’ve lived with a number of Bengals over the years from kittenhood to senior geriatrics. Below is my take on the Bengal personality

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Sensitivities

Happy homes equal happy Bengals

Bengals are highly sensitive to their owners’ emotions. If you’re not happy with your life you can guarantee your Bengal will pick up on this.  Your Bengal wants to be your world.  They will do many things to ensure your attention is devoted to them and they will always try to make you happy.  If you’ve had a hard day your Bengal will want to comfort you. Being able to do this is very important to a Bengal.

Energy

Broom… Broom…

In a nutshell, Bengals are the Ferrari’s & Lamborghini’s of the cat world.  They have a need for speed and energy levels which never seem to run out. Yes they do sleep and have quite time, but when they’re ready to hit the play button, they have and endless supply of batteries.  They are superb for energetic people and kids!


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Attitude


Bengals are the doers and thinkers of the cat world

Bengals are cats with attitude from the day they’re born. They’re quirky, smart, outgoing and eager to please. These cats are highly capable of outwitting their owners. Bengals are what I call, planner cats. They plan nearly everything, then they enact their plan. If they fail, they form a new plan and try again. The cat treat & special toy cupboards might need a child safety lock!

‘Not today mum… Not today. 🙂

Heights


Going Up

Good Lordy Bengals love getting up high! They easily get up and sometimes can’t get back down. 🙂  Pelmets, doors, overhead kitchen cupboards, the fridge, bookshelves ect. There’s something about their nature which drives them to find a nice high perch to watch the world from.  Ensure you have a high cat scratching pole, they need it.  Also remember Bengals don’t understand breakables.  To them these lovely vases, photo frames and odd display pieces are obstacles.

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Bengal Chit-Chat


Chit Chat

All Bengal cats have a voice box and most are very proud to use it! Train your Bengal early! If you do not want your Bengal to be overly vocal, don’t encourage them by talking back. Bengals have very unique sounds.

Gurrgle: The deep in the throat happy tone. Usually heard around food & water.
Chirp: A chirp often used when something exciting is happening.
Brr-ut: A calling they do when they can’t find you.
Yowl: A common sound of displeasure or protest. (Favourite toy is hiding under the fridge and they can’t reach it.)
Mutter-mumble:  This sound cracks me up every time I hear it. This is often done behind your back and as soon as you turn around to look at them, they stare at you with a pointed, ‘What!’ look all over their face.
Conversation: Most Bengals actively engage in conversations. Ask your Bengal how their day was and often you will spark a full conversation where they will chat back and use different sounds and pitch levels to enhance whatever it is they are telling you.

Learning the different sounds a Bengal cat can make, then knowing what each sound stands for is a total treat for most owners.  It’s like breaking a code and can be one of the most rewarding tasks of owning a Bengal.

Zaya having a typical chat with her toy mouse.

Bengals & Water


Splish, Splosh, Splash!

Yes, most Bengals are addicted to water. Actually, lots of cat breeds have a love for water! For some they like to have a little splash or catch it as its coming out of a tap. For others they like to create tide-a-waves of puddles everywhere they can find water. The shower is a favourite, the bathtub, the sink, their water bowls.

Water safety:

Do not run straight hot water into a bath tub when a Bengal lives in the house.  They will jump in and they will get burned.
Do not leave water boiling on the stove top unattended.  They will get up there to investigate the curious sound of bubbles and will not be able to resist the allure of sticking a paw in.
Do make sure you have extra water bowls placed down in summer. A Bengal cat who plays with its water will always have empty bowls. Choose heavy ceramic bowls. We have a few Bengals who empty their light weight water bowls, then cart the bowl around the house in their mouths like a prized trophy.
Clean up splash puddles for your own safety. I’ve landed on my rear a few times by slipping over by a freshly emptied water bowl.

Bengal Curiosity


Bengal cats are naturally curious about everything. They quickly learn how things work.

DVD players on and off
The Paper-feed button on the printer is a favourite
Light switches on and off
Leaver taps turned on. (They generally don’t care to turn these off.) A good deterrent is a dab of Vix Vapour Rub placed on the tap.
Opening cupboard doors to sort through your food while your away
Turning on anything that beeps.  Microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer ect:

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Bengals are Theives


They all love running off with makeup brushes, shower drain caps, sink plugs, dish cloths, hair clips and hair ties. *Meat left on the sink to thaw is always a looser.  Thaw it in the microwave or fridge.  Once the Bengal takes it, I guarantee you’ll not find it for another week or two. 🙂 The smaller and shinier something is, the more pride a Bengal will take in placing it in safe keeping for you. Do not leave jewellery out for your Bengal!

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Zaya steals a lot of things, but cat nip is her favourite.

Bengal Cheekiness


All Bengals have a certain amount of cheekiness. They like to sit in front of the television while you’re watching movies. Using a laptop or computer will never be the same. Don’t leave the lid up. I’ve left the room to come back and find the laptop doing some very strange things and a Bengal looking the other way, whistling Dixie to a blank wall.


Personality summary


Hopefully the above insight into the Bengal personality will help you understand a little more of how they operate and interact within a home. The Bengal personality can be overwhelming for some people to handle. Others love it and can’t wait to get home from work or school to spend time interacting with their Bengal.

I should also mention how much Bengals love playing with toilet paper.  This sight is common if you don’t close the door! 

Owning a Bengal means taking something like this in your stride and being about to laugh about it!

The above artwork is compliments of Mitz and Dude. 🙂