Apartment living is an appealing lifestyle choice for some, and a simple necessity of life for others. Millions (possibly billions) worldwide live in apartments, and many apartment dwellers want to have pets of their own such as a cat.
But are Bengal cats good for apartments?
In this short article we take a look at whether or not Bengal cats are a good choice in pet for apartment living.
We hope you find it useful as you weigh up whether or not a Bengal cat is right for your apartment! Bringing a Bengal cat into your home is a big commitment, so you want to make sure that you are able to provide your potential pet with the right living conditions.
Can Bengal Cats Live In Apartments?
The exact question of whether or not Bengals can live in apartments (as opposed to whether or not it is good for them) is something we’ve answered on this website before in more detail – you can check out the full article here.
To reiterate, Bengal cats certainly can live in apartments and there is no inherent danger to their mental or physical health if they do so.
However, it’s important to ensure that if you do decide to keep a Bengal cat in your apartment, that you ensure you provide a safe, comfortable and enriching environment.
Here’s how you can help to achieve that:
1. Ensure that you have lots of toys and other mentally/physically stimulating outlets for your Bengal cat. If he/she is living in an apartment, then they will probably have no ability to go outside to play, exercise and indulge in their “wild” side by trying to hunter etc. Good toys will fill this gap and encourage exercise and mental development for your Bengal, as well as provide hours of fun. Go here to check out our guide to the best toys for Bengal cats.
2. Consider walking your Bengal cat on a leash. This might look a little funny, but provided you introduce your Bengal to leash walking in the right manner, they will probably LOVE it. Read our guide to walking your Bengal cat safely and enjoyably here. Also check out our recommended leashes for Bengal cats, as well as the best harnesses for Bengals.
3. Ensure that your Bengal has their own territory within the apartment. Not having any space to call their own can be psychologically distressing for your cat. Ensure that he/she is able to secure some territory – for example a perching place up high and away from any other “intruders”. You might want to look at a cat tower for this purpose.
4. Ensure adequate access to fresh litter. This is crucially important, because your Bengal isn’t going to be able to go to the toilet outside. You must ensure that your Bengal has adequate access to fresh litter at all times if kept inside as an apartment-dwelling cat. Read our guide to the best litter boxes for Bengal cats for more information on what the best option for your cat is. You might also like to read our guide to the best litter for Bengal cats.
Are Bengal cats good for apartments?
Yes, they can be.
However, it’s important to do everything in your power to ensure that your apartment-dwelling Bengal gets the best possible quality of life.
This includes ensuring adequate space, access to toys and other important items like scratching posts (read our guide to the best scratching posts for Bengal cats here).
Provided you can arrange this, then you are probably more than okay to have a Bengal cat in your apartment!