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Bengal Cat Personality

THE QUIRKY NATURE OF THE BENGAL CAT BREED

The Bengal cat personality can be summed up in one statement. 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 kitten hood to senior geriatrics. Below is my take on the breed personality.

Sensitivity

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.

They thrive on having a routine and small changes in their routine can upset them.

When you own a Bengal you realize you are their everything and for them to be truly happy they need your attention.

Your Bengal will want 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 and distract you. Being able to do this is very important to them.

Bengal cat with long whiskers

Intelligence

Bengals are the doers and thinkers of the cat world. They 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.

They 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!

The best news is, this intelligent cat is highly trainable to do all sorts of things. The can Hi-5, play fetch, be trained to use the toilet and walk on a harness and lead.

Brown Bengal cat grooming

Bengal energy has no match!

In a nutshell, these cats are the Ferrari’s & Lamborghini’s of the feline 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!

A Bengal cats favourite toy is the Da’Bird. You can purchase new attachments for this toy. Trust me, you will need a good supply!

Chatty, vocal and loud!

All Bengal cats have a distinct voice box and most are very proud to use it!

If you do not like a chatty cat, you may want to look at a different breed.

A Bengal cat will often talk back to you. They’ll sternly tell you off.

Most will actively engage in conversations. Ask your Bengal how their day was and you will often need to put the kettle on and make a cuppa while you listen.

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.

Water

Yes! It’s true!  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.

Many Bengals will join their owners in the shower. They have also been known to have a swim in the bathtub or pool.

Did you know Bengal cats prefer to drink from a running source of water like a tap or fountain.

 

Bengal cat drinking water

Little thieves… 

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 when you own a Bengal!

Bengal cat relaxed from catnip

Life With a Bengal Cat

Hopefully the above insight into the Bengal cat 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! This bedroom artwork is compliments of Mitz and Dude.

Bengal cats playing-toilet-paper

“Sharing your life with a Bengal cat is never going to be dull!”