In closing, there are many misconceived notions about Bengal cats, ranging from their personalities to their behaviors. Here are the top five myths about Bengal cats that simply aren’t true:
- Bengal cats are related to the Bengal Tiger. The name of the Bengal cat is actually Prionailurus Bengalensis, which is actually the Latin name for Asian Leopard Cat.
- Bengal cats are wild and destructive, and they will destroy your home. Just like any other cat, they have been known to misbehave from time to time. Many think that Bengals are more likely to act out on primitive behavior. Nope, sorry. Bengal cats are well behaved, especially with the proper training. Bengals are pretty energetic so they will want to play, but they are not vicious or destructive cats.
- Bengals are more aggressive than other types of cats. They are no more aggressive than your domesticated kitty. All breeds of cats need to be well socialized from the time they are young, and if you do, your cat regardless of the breed will play well with others.
- Bengal cats are not cuddly or lap cats. This isn’t true. Some cats like to sit in laps all the time, but Bengals are going to be wherever the action is. Bengal cats have been known to greet people at the door, and will even follow people around as they go. Bengals on many occasions tend to be cuddlier than other breeds of cats.
- Bengal cats can cause allergic reactions. In reality, there are people who have reported not having reactions to Bengals, when they have had reactions to other cats. While it would be hard to say that any animal is completely hypoallergenic, those with cat allergies have had better luck with Bengal cats than other breeds of cats.
Bengal cats are smart and cunning animals that crave attention and are always exploring. These cats aren’t recommended for casual pet owners, as they can be a handful, but you can rest assured that life with one will never be boring.
We own 2 bengals. Best cats we’ve ever hard. Yes they are indeed very smart but also very mischievious and busy.
One of my 2 favorite cats. The coon is a close second.
Bengal cats are wonderful ! Caution! They are like potato chips, you can’t have just one LOL! We have 4 beautiful Bengals. Great article!
P.S. The darling photo of the cat with white paws in the bucket is not a purebred Bengal, possibly a mix? as Bengals do not have white feet or chest. Some do have a whited chin, and whited tummies with distinctive belly spots.
The Bengal is 4th generation descendant of the Asian leopard cat and domestic. That f1 was bred with another domestic ie Egyptian may ect. The aim is to keep the wild look in a domestic cat. I own 4 Bengals
I have 2 sisters, one is loving all the time, the other is only loving in the evening. Both quite unlike previous cats and superb friendly girls
Generally speaking, the Bengal needs no more care than most cats. Proper food and veterinarian care will keep your cat in good health. Except for one thing: this cat needs out! Otherwise, it becomes fearful and goes wild. It also loves water and during the hot season will gladly splash and spatter in any pool it finds.
Bengal cats are the most beautiful cat I’ve ever seen! Their markings are so pretty. Their fur is like silk. It does not feel like any pet I’ve ever seen. They are very intelligent cats. Mine had new when it was time for breakfast and he let you know it. He would talk (they have a distinct tone) and rub all over me until I would get every morning and feed him! If I would dose back off he would start off with a sweet snuggle on my face, 3 or 4 times, if that didn’t work he would gently touch my face with his paw a few times. After a couple gentle swats you better get up because he would get tired of being nice and would get a little harder with each swat until you got up. I loved it!!! Once I got up he would race me to the kitchen, talking to me the whole time! Oh how I loved him, & miss him. They ARE very smart.
He loved being brushed. So different than any cat you’ve ever seen. If you’re thinking of getting one , do your research, & start looking for your loving, mischievous, best friend. Good luck!