Here we list some common questions asked about Bengal cats and kittens if you have any questions you would like answered then feel free to Contact Us and we may include them in our list! Always make sure to ask multiple Bengal cat breeders questions too and contact a Bengal cat club for a good range of answers to your questions.
Q. Bengal Cat price? – How much is a Bengal cat or kitten?
A. Bengal Cat prices vary depending on the breeder and the cats’ individual qualities, but you can expect to pay anything between £450 – £600 for a pet. For a ‘show quality’ Bengal cat and breeding cats, you can pay from £900 to a few thousand pounds.
Q. Why does my Bengal cat talk so much? – Why do Bengal cats meow so much?
A. Every breed of cat meows and ‘talks’ but the Bengal Cat breed specifically loves to communicate everything that they do and could possibly want at that moment. If they are hungry they won’t be shy to let you know and are very vocal about this and will always want to let you know if they see something exciting like a bird outside close to the house or cat toy just out of range!
Bengal cats make a variety of sounds, tones and pitches which will tend to get louder and higher if they are ignored or if they are really desperate for that treat for example!
Not all Bengal cats are talkative mind you but are a general tendency for Bengal cats on average. My personal favourite sound is when they ‘chitter’ if they see something outside they want to hunt, it’s an unusually beautiful sound and one I always love to hear.
Q. Do Bengal Cats like water? – Why do Bengal cats like water?
A. Firstly we must point out that not ALL Bengal cats like water, but in general the Bengal Cat breed does love water, they are an extremely inquisitive breed and find water fascinating, so much so that most times their drinking bowl will have much of its content on the floor, so placing their water somewhere it won’t ‘soak in’ is a good idea.
You can often find a Bengal cat ‘pawing’ at water, especially running water from a tap, for example, they can sit and play with running water for a long time. Bengal Cats also love to swim (again not all but generally), this could very well be a trait they have inherited from the Asian leopard cat.
Q. Bengal cat weight? – How big do Bengal cats get? – how big will my Bengal cat get?
A. The Bengal cat size question usually get’s quite a broad range of answers and that’s because there is no definitive number, however, an average Bengal cat won’t be getting larger than your average domestic cat so there is no need to worry that your Bengal kitten will outgrow his living space! However, Bengal cats are generally not small and combined with their energy levels will need a good sized space to run and dash around.
Bengal cats size are medium to large, male Bengal cats can weigh between 10-18 lbs and females weighing between 7-12 lbs. What effects the different weights and sizes of a Bengal cat are all down to what size the domestic cat was when bred with the Asian Leopard cat who weighs around 7-8 lbs and the sizes of the resulting lines thereafter.
Q. Do Bengal cats get on with other cats? – do Bengal cats get along with dogs?
A. Although every cat has their own personality, Bengal cats do get along with other cats and are one of the many reasons why Bengal kitten owners usually opt for two, because of their energy levels and inquisitive nature having a like-minded cat to play with is perfect.
Always keep in mind when introducing any pets to each other, the process needs to take place over time and never forced. Small steps leading up to sharing feeding times together and play times can really help two cats bond well together.
This is also true when introducing your Bengal with a dog, extreme caution must be taken at first and ‘forcing’ the two pets together too soon can set back any advances you may have made. So please do take it slowly and never leave your kitten alone with a dog or cat, wait until you are positive they are comfortable with each other.
Q. Best cat food for Bengals? – best cat food for Bengal kittens?
A. As an owner of multiple Bengals over the years and breeding Bengals, we always recommend feeding your Bengal cat or kitten with exactly what the breeder was giving before you homed him. The reason is that a small kittens stomach can be sensitive and a sudden change of their food can upset their digestive system. Whether the kitten was eating dry or wet food, it’s always important to purchase the same brand.
Any changes you might want to make in terms of brand, dry or wet food, will need to be mixed in with whatever food your kitten was given and gradually over time, you can increase the amounts of the new brand in small increments.
Bengal cats do not need any special type of food, we personally gave our kittens dry food, which we felt helped clean their teeth, with the occasional treat such as boiled chicken or even a wet food pouch. This is, of course, all preference and it’s always best to speak with the Bengal breeder you are homing your kitten or cat from.
Q. Can you train a Bengal cat? – Can you walk a Bengal cat?
A. Bengal cats are highly intelligent which makes them perfect for training, as long as you put the time and effort involved in achieving what it is you’re wanting them to do. Training them in our personal experience is relatively easy, we recommend using a clicker to mark and feed a tasty treat when your Bengal has completed something you’re trying to train.
For example, Bengal cats shouldn’t really be let out in public and left to roam free as there are far too many dangers, so teaching them to walk with a harness is the perfect solution. At first, just introduce the harness but don’t make a fuss about it, leave it near their bedding so they can familiarize themselves with it and their scent can be absorbed onto the harness.
Once they are comfortable in having this ‘new’ object near them, (this may take a few minutes or even up to a few days depending on the cat), then try attaching it to your Bengal and just allow them to walk around without a lead to get used to it. In our experience the younger the cat is when trained, the easier it is, but it’s certainly not impossible with older cats. Once you attach the harness I find it’s the perfect time to play games with them, the ones I really recommend are the feathers attached to the strings, but please be careful and purchase the strong type as feathers can choke a Bengal so always supervise play times like this.
After your Bengal cat becomes used to walking around with the harness you can then introduce the lead in the same way you did the harness, after they get comfortable with the lead, you can then attach and use the clicker method to entice them forward, with each good movement in the direction you want them to go, click and treat.
Be aware that this may take weeks or even months but is very rewarding when you and your Bengal cat have achieved something new!
Q. Bengal cat behaviour problems? – Are Bengal cats vicious? – Are Bengals fierce or bad-tempered?
A. Bengal Cats are NOT vicious, fierce or bad-tempered in any way, they make look wild but they are soft natured just like any other breed. In my opinion, if you treat your Bengal cat (or any cat) badly then they will treat you negatively in return, if you show a cat love and attention, they will show you love back.
Bengal cats are extremely energetic and social they love to nose around and follow you wherever you might be, their claws like any other breed will need to be clipped so they do not damage furniture or anything you don’t want to be scratched, but most importantly so their claws do not grow too long and hurt themselves.
Make sure you play with your Bengal cat and allow them space to dash around and exhaust some of that energy, also purchase scratch posts and use the clicker training techniques to consolidate using it rather than anything else. We purchased multiple scratch posts and dotted them around the house and over the years we never had any problems.
Don’t confuse playful behaviour like grabbing your arm with aggressiveness, but if you don’t like this then you can take steps to stop it from happening. If your Bengal cat grabs your arm and playfully bites or kicks you then pull your arm away, make a palm and firmly say No! then just sit comfortably. A few minutes later get some play toys and have some play time with your Bengal so that they know how you would like to play with them. We also purchased cat-friendly soft toys which our Bengal cats used to love ‘hunting’ down and playfully fighting with.
Please remember this playful biting and kicking is absolutely normal in all breeds and if you watch small kittens play with their littermates they do exactly the same with each other, it’s NOT aggressive behaviour but you can teach your Bengal not to do it with you if it does.
Q. How long do Bengal cats live? – The lifespan of a Bengal cat?
A. The short answer is that Bengal cats have the same average lifespan of all other cats, they do not suffer from any breed specific problems that lead them to have shorter lifespans than any other breed.
Just like all cats (or animals) when they have a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet along with regular exercise they will live very healthy lives. It’s important to make sure you give your Bengal cat the best that you can and allow them to run freely around the house so they may receive plenty of exercise. Make sure to continually take your Bengal cat to there veterinary check-ups so that they can make sure your Bengal cat is healthy and all their vaccinations are up to date.
Of course like we have said throughout this Questions and Answers, there is no strict number anyone can give about any cat breed, however, they can roughly live between 12-16 years, sometimes more and sometimes less.
Q. Do Bengal cats shed?
A. Bengal cats hardly shed at all in comparison to other domestic cats, so a new owner of a Bengal cat will be happily surprised to find they won’t shed all over the house like many domestic cats do. It’s a real positive about the Bengal breed and one that is most welcome.
Certain circumstances can cause them to shed more (like any other cat), however, possible reasons for this could simply be to do with the weather, or that they feel particularly stressed or anxious. A change of diet could solve it too, it’s always best to go through each step to determine what it might be over time. In the past, our Blue eyed snow spotted Bengal went through a shedding stage and our veterinary advised we try giving her daily Omega-3 supplements and she stopped shedding very quickly soon after.
You should groom your Bengal cat once weekly, making sure to remove dead hairs and avoid any matting that might occur, although very unlikely due to their short hair. Grooming and brushing like this once a week will also allow your Bengal cats skin to breath underneath, avoiding skin flaking and help distribute their natural oils all over their beautiful coat.
These answers are all our personal opinion (we have a lot of experience with Bengal cats and are retired Bengal breeders ourselves), we always advise you to speak with multiple Bengal breeders and Bengal cat clubs for a more balanced view of answers to any questions you may have. Most importantly if you are in any way worried about your cats’ health, please always take them immediately to your veterinary.
Bengal Cat Guide Quick Links ;
- An introduction to the Bengal cat
- The Asian Leopard Cat
- Types of Bengal cat
- The Character of the Bengal cat