TABLE OF CONTENTS
What does every Bengal cat need?
- Territory (Your Home)
- An energy outlet
- A quality diet & yearly health checks
- Litter Boxes
Why do Bengal cats need territory?
Territory is very important to a Bengal cat. Bengals will often set a perimeter of their home. This is their safe place, an area where they feel invincible and comfortable.
For most Bengal cats this space is within their home. Many owners will comment as to the confidence their Bengal has within their home, but take them out to the yard, a boarding cattery or the vets and they freeze with unsurety. By doing this you have put your Bengal in a foreign territory.
A Bengal needs to know your home is their home.
How do you provide an energy outlet for your Bengal to remain happy?
Bengals need space to run, jump and play. Having a large home is fabulous for them to stretch, but a large home is not necessary. Bengal cats are thriving in apartment living where their owners have provided vertical space, toy enrichment, companionship, exercise wheels or daily harness and lead walks. Your Bengal will be at its happiest when you are doting on them.
Sturdy, tall cat scratching poles allow your Bengal to help maintain their claws between clippings and for them to stretch their backs. Most Bengal cats love being up high by nature.
Bengals enjoy having a friend to play with. Another kitten or cat with similar energy levels to your Bengal, or a dog to keep them entertained while you’re at work.
If you’re not willing to make some adjustments to your home to accommodate the needs of a Bengal cat, then a Bengal may not be the best fit for you.
A quality Bengal Diet and yearly Vet health checks
Due to the energy levels of most Bengal cats, a high quality, well balanced, nutritious diet is a must. Bengals burn protein and fat fast. High quality cat biscuits & wet food tins have been formulated by scientific design to be appropriate for feline health.
The other option is to feed a raw food diet of muscle meats, offal & bone. However, a raw food diet can be tricky. If you do not get the balance correct you are risking the internal health of your cat or kitten. If the nutrient levels are lacking you can inadvertently damage your Bengals growth, organ development and bone density.
Never let a Bengal cat eat dog food. The digestion formula is different and harmful!
Litter Boxes are important to you and your Bengal cat
All indoor cats need a litter box and an attractive litter.
- The golden rule is 1 litter box per cat, plus 1 extra
- If your space is large or two story, you’ll require a litter box both upstairs and down.
- Litter boxes should be placed in convenient spaces. Not behind closed doors.
- Most cats prefer unscented cat litters
Aim to make your cats litter box as appealing as you can and your Bengal will not try to avoid using it.
Companionship is important to Bengal cats
Your Bengal cat needs you! Most Bengals are highly social and love to spend time with their family members. (on their terms of course) They are loyal and take great comfort in having you close.
Bengal cats can get lonely and this can lead to behavioural changes.
If you are thinking of bringing a Bengal cat into your home, you must first consider how you are going to adapt your life to suit their needs.