In this article, we look at the question of whether or not bengal cats can live in apartments.
Depending on where you live in the world, apartment living may be more common than living in a lower level “house”.
If you are an apartment dweller, then you probably want to know whether a bengal cat is a suitable pet to keep in an apartment.
Can Bengal Cats Live In Apartments Safely & Healthily?
Here’s what you need to know:
- Bengal cats can live in apartments – there is no hard and fast rule that says they cannot. Many Bengals (and other breeds of cats) live happy and healthy lives in apartments, in countries all around the world.
- However, many bengal cat owners report that their cats prefer spending time outdoors and can have a tendency to want a substantial amount of space to roam around in.
- This – of course – will vary from animal to animal. My bengal cat (Kala) has never particularly enjoyed spending time outside and tends to stay indoors.
- If you are going to keep a bengal cat in an apartment, then it is important to provide plenty of entertainment in the form of toys (and playing games). This is especially important when your bengal is a kitten, as bengal kittens tend to be extremely energetic.
What many owners say about bengal cats living in apartments is that it is not so much about the space as it is about opportunities for activity.
Provided you give your bengal plenty of opportunity for indoor activity, then apartment living should be fine. Check out our guide here to the best toys for Bengal cats for more information about some great toys to keep your “indoor Bengal” entertained.
If you are currently living in a normal home and considering moving to an apartment with a bengal that hasn’t grown up in that environment, then you may well face some challenges as your pet learns to adapt to their new environment.
Introducing a kitten to apartment living will not be so problematic (if you are able to provide good outlets for their energy) purely on the basis of the fact that your kitten will not have known any other environment.
So, to answer the question of whether or not bengal cats can live happily in apartments – yes, they can. We don’t believe it is an ideal environment (when compared to having a larger space with easier access to the outdoors) but provided you do have plenty of toys and stimuli for your new pet, then you should be fine.