Bengal Cat Temperament

A Bengal cat is not only beautiful, but has an outgoing, active, playful, and social temperament as well! They can be trained to walk on a leash, use the toilet, or do tricks.

People often ask if Bengals are safe to have around children.Every cat has its own individual personality and most Bengals do well with children. Bengals are naturally curious and playful which tends to work well with the enthusiasm and curiosity of a child. You should, however, always ask the breeder to help you choose a kitten with a temperament best suited to an active household, especially if you have small children – sometimes personality should take precedence over pretty markings.

Most Bengals enjoy other pets as well as other cats. They will bond with dogs, birds, or any other small animal you have in your home as long as they are introduced properly.

If you want a couch potato, don’t get a Bengal! These gorgeous cats are beautiful and look gorgeous on the arm of a couch, but they do not stay there for long. Bengals like to run, jump, pounce, and race. They are extremely athletic and muscular. They will jump on the table, counters, bed, or any other surface if you let them. They love to crawl into small spaces or hide under blankets waiting to pounce on the first thing that moves. As an owner it is your responsibility to teach them what is allowed in your house.

While you can train a Bengal to have “good manners”, they are an active, inquisitive cat that loves to be up high. If you don’t like a cat to leave the floor, a Bengal is probably not the right cat for you. Bengals are busy by nature. They are very affectionate and can be a “lap cat” whenever THEY want to be, but in general their idea of fun is playing, chasing, climbing and investigating. When a Bengal is in full play mode, it’s rather like trying to hold on to running water! They’ll often save the cuddle time for when they want to sleep. Many Bengals enjoy water and may join you in brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Some Bengals are vocal while others are more quiet and selective about using their voice.Bengals will also, in general, ALWAYS want to be where you are. After all, that’s where the action is!