Are Bengal cats high maintenance as pets?

The Bengals, cats born through a crossing of domestic cats with Asian Leopard cats, are considered as one of the most unique cat breeds that you can find. As a matter of fact, the International Cat Association recognize the Bengal cat as the most popular feline in the world for the third year in a row. 

Bengal cats are blessed with a unique and eye-catching appearance and are much different than other cat breeds. Thus, if you are considering getting a Bengal cat for sale or adoption, then you might be wondering if they are high maintenance pets. 

Fur and Coat Maintenance

Bengals have a pelt-like coat that feels silk-like and plushy. Their coats also have a quite sheen to it which shines when these cats walk or lie in sunlight. 

The good news is that their beautiful pelt-like coat requires little to no brushing and maintenance since these felines like to lick their fur in less frequent and short self-grooming sessions. In addition, since there’s less dried saliva left on their coats, there’s also less dander floating around in the air, making it easier for those with allergies or asthma.

Mental and Physical Stimulation

Although their coat does not require much maintenance, you need to know that Bengal cats are extremely strong, intelligent, and energetic felines. 

Bengals are known to be a very active breed. Add their intelligence to this and you get a recipe for trouble. There are not enough toys that keep them happy for a long time. They will always get bored and venture off to find something they like. 

This beautiful cat breed is notorious for being a thief, stealing random objects, and running with them. They like to destroy anything they think is precious and expensive. Being an athletic breed, Bengals tend to always have high energy. Sure, they also sleep as much as any other cat breed will. However, when they’re not asleep, they are known to be tearing around or annoying you to stimulate their overflowing energies.

They are also known to just jump and climb everywhere and anywhere they want to go including kitchen cabinets and countertops. This means that you will probably find yourself woken up at 2:00 am by your Bengal leaping on you for attention or even racing around your house chasing imaginary prey.

Now, if not given the attention they want, Bengals can e quite noisy and destructive. This is a verbal breed, constantly meowing at their humans which can annoy most owners. 

Final Thoughts

With that said, Bengals are not a great choice for someone who works most of the day or who lives in a small space. You need to be willing to help these felines to work off their energy in extended mental stimulation and play sessions. 

Owning the unique and lovely Bengal can really liven up your home. However, make sure that you have the time to accommodate their needs and demands.


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