Bengals Make Great Adventure Cats & Emotional Support Animals
Updated: Nov 5
Most Bengal cats enjoy various activities other cats wouldn’t, like swimming; they are known for their adventurous nature. When looking online, you may find that many lists of the most adventurous cats will have Bengals placed high. They are a playful and curious cat species that enjoy going places with you. Some Bengal cats even like to ride on their owner's shoulder. Owners also do not have to worry about their cat overheating like many other ‘adventure’ cats, such as Maine Coons, with large amounts of fur. Bengals have short, silky fur, lots of energy, and powerful bodies, giving them an advantage over other cats participating in recreational activities. Overall, whether it be you want a cat that will gladly go on walks, a cat that will do things like hiking and kayaking, or even just an indoor cat with a more personable relationship that doesn’t involve sitting around and sleeping all day, a Bengal cat fits all of these roles,
Just how trainable is a Bengal cat?
Bengals are intelligent and are easily trainable to do tricks, walk on a leash, and come to you when called. In fact, Bengals are known for being easy to leash train; they love going for walks and having chances to explore. From my experience with them, they quickly learn to recognize certain motions and patterns. One example of my own is that many of our Bengals can do tricks that a dog would do, such as high five, spinning, sitting, and more. Some will jump into your hands when given a specific motion (such as a pat on the leg) or will recognize an action as you saying you want to play. Bengals have word recognition like dogs; one of ours recognizes the word “Turkey '' and perks up when she hears it since turkey is a treat given to her. I’ve even had a Bengal kitten that I would make a grabbing motion with my hand before playing with it. After a while, it connected the dots and now adorably perks up and runs toward my hand whenever I make the gesture.
What makes a Bengal cat unique?
Bengals are affectionate and attention-seeking despite the belief that cats are generally self-interested. They are comparable to dogs in their nature: active, playful, affectionate, and intelligent. Their personalities are one of their main selling points, yet Bengal cats are also hypoallergenic (most people with cat allergies will not flare up around them) and do not shed, which makes them the perfect companion for many.
Another obvious trait of a Bengal cat that makes them unique is their beautiful coat, which can be either brown or white with spots and stripes on their faces that resemble a leopard. A Bengal cat’s coat also generally has a glitter effect that makes it shimmer at certain angles. Their fur is full of bright and complementing colors, and there are multiple varieties of Bengal coats. All coat varieties, like marble, charcoal, regular brown, and snow are known for their beauty.
What housing situations are Bengals good for?
Some online critics give Bengal cats a poor reputation, saying they are too wild to be house cats and are picky eaters. As someone who has dealt with Bengals for many years, I have never once had an issue with a Bengal being an indoor cat. Their behavior all depends on how you raise them. A Bengal cat raised as an outdoor cat, for example, is less likely to situate itself in a home, however, cats like ours that are raised indoors generally do well both indoors and outdoors. Bengals are known for their flexible nature, which is another reason they make such great pets. Many people can even raise Bengals perfectly fine in small apartments as long as they are provided with a few things to climb on or a cat wheel. Food-wise, Bengals do not have strict diets like people seem to think. Generally, they do fine with good quality dry food and a can of wet food as a treat every so often. Bengals also do great with cat treats or makeshift treats like turkey and chicken. Bengals are great pets for those who enjoy personally interacting with their cat and meet many criteria.
Do Bengals Cuddle?
Some people may wonder “If Bengals are so great for those who want an adventurous companion, are they too hyper?” Bengals are generally more active than other cats, yes, but this doesn’t translate to them being wild and destructive pets as many make them out to be. They love to cuddle and sleep on you, especially between your arm and body or on your lap. Some Bengals, oddly enough, enjoy sleeping right next to your feet as well. In most cases, they choose to sleep wherever their owner sleeps.
Bengals are well-behaved; they need stimulation.
Generally, what happens is that owners will adopt a Bengal cat but don’t give it any toys or cat trees, which is never good for a cat. Bengal cats have unique personalities and love attention, but this doesn’t make them destructive for no reason. When adopting a cat, especially a Bengal cat, you should always give it some form of entertainment or something to get its energy out, like a cat wheel, cat tower, scratching posts, and plenty of toys. Bengals aren’t lazy cats, making them entertaining and loving companions, yet like any cat, they need various forms of stimulation. Do this, and you are all set! They don’t require any complicated setups as many people think, and as long as you give them a few forms of entertainment or ways to get their energy out, they are well-behaved and active house cats.
Do Bengals make good emotional support animals?
To summarize: yes, Bengals are some of the best cats you can get for emotional support animals. Bengals are very personal animals, unlike most cats, forming close bonds between themselves and their owner. They essentially can be described as large goofballs that love attention, making them perfect for those needing emotional support animals. In the past, we have sold Bengals to many families as emotional support animals, most of the cases being families who have children with autism. Bengals have personalities like dogs, which are also common emotional support animals, yet are generally less high maintenance. Their adventurous nature and little fear are one of the key reasons why they are great emotional support companions. These traits let you bring them to most places since they are easily leash-trainable and will enjoy the adventure, unlike many other fearful cats. Of all sorts of cats, one of the best emotional support cats and even animals, in general, is a Bengal cat.