So you’re thinking of bringing a Bengal cat into your home?
Good for you!
You’re on the way to an exciting journey, and a loving bond with a great breed of animal.
But maybe you’ve done reading online, or spoken to friends and family and heard that Bengal cats can be a little “nuts”.
Perhaps you’re sitting at home wondering “am I crazy to buy a Bengal cat?”
In this short article, we are going to look at whether or not your fears are founded.
Fundamentally, we think that Bengal cats make great pets.
They are good pets for single people, and they are good family pets.
However, there are some caveats you need to be aware of when considering Bengal cat ownership.
Bengals – rightly or wrongly – have a reputation for being a “bit of a handful”.
From the anecdotal experience we have gathered, there definitely does seem to be a trend towards Bengals being harder to manage than the average cat.
Now does this mean you are crazy for wanting to have a Bengal?
No, absolutely not.
However, it does mean that you need to be aware of the challenges and potential issues that come with Bengal cat ownership.
We have many articles on this site covering the things you need to be aware of when it comes to buying a Bengal and bringing him/her into your home.
You might like to start with our guide to Bengal cat temperament. It’s important you satisfy yourself that the temperament of a Bengal cat is something you can deal with on a regular basis.
Check out our content on the price and costs of Bengal cat ownership. While cats are generally “cheap to run” compared to other types of pets like dogs, it’s still important to ensure that you are in a financial position to give your Bengal a great life.
Finally, remember that Bengal cat ownership is a long term prospect. You need to be happy that you are going to be able to deal with your Bengal over the long term. There is nothing worse than someone taking a Bengal into their home, only to want to get rid of it after a while when things don’t go 100% to plan. Pet ownership is for life, not just for a short period of time!
We don’t say any of this to put you off. On the contrary, Bengal cat ownership an be a wonderful, loving and rewarding experience. However, it is important to go into it with “eyes wide open”!
Are you crazy for wanting a Bengal cat?