Today is Super Bowl LVI. For those who don't pay attention to football (full disclosure: I am fully in this camp) or live under a rock, the game features the Rams vs. the Bengals. Needless to say, I'm rooting for the Bengals.
In addition to Bengal tigers, there is a breed of house cats known as Bengal cats. These cats are a hybrid of a wild leopard cat and domestic cats. They tend to have coats that are either spotted or marbled and are usually a brown color. They can vary in size, but typically are going to average to large size.
Bengals tend to be very sweet and very affectionate cats. They tend to be extremely playful so if you're looking for a cat that loves to play, this is a great breed. They can be full of cat antics, however, so be prepared to keep them entertained! And, of course, be prepared to laugh a lot when these silly cats create mischief.
Clearly, Bengal cats can make great, friendly companions for the right home and right humans. Before rushing out to get one of these cuties, you want to be sure that they're going to be a good fit for your household. As they are a hybrid breed, they retain a lot of their characteristics of their wild ancestors.
Each cat is an individual so not every Bengal will be the same, but in general you can expect these cats to have a lot of energy. In fact, Bengal cats were one of the reasons cat exercise wheels were originally developed! They need lots of play times and ways to get their energy out or you'll run into behavior problems.
While most cats naturally want to climb, Bengals in particular are known for their tendency to climb. Have high nook in your house that the cat can easily reach? Chances are you'll often find them up there. They also tend to be extra curious and you may often find them getting into places you don't want them if they are bored. Providing enrichment for your cat is extra important if they are a Bengal!
One way to provide enrichment? Training! Bengals can be excellent cats for those interested in clicker training their cats. They may catch on faster than some other breeds and be better able to do tricks that other cats may not learn as easily.
Sound like a Bengal may be a good cat for you? One might be your new best friend! This is a brief overview of the breed so I encourage you to look a bit more into these cats before making a life long commitment to one. Even if you don't want to get a Bengal, looking into whatever breed of cat is a very good idea. Cats are individuals and you always want to meet a cat before adopting them to make sure they seem like a good fit, but looking into the cat's breed is a good starting point. You'll be thankful you did when you find a cat that's a good match for what you're looking for!
And, of course, if you need help finding a cat, Class Act Cats is here to help! A quick Zoomies session is a great place to start if you're looking for a little guidance. If you want assistance both before and after brining your new best friend home, a Welcome Home package offers both!
About the author: Joey Lusvardi is a feline behavior consultant and cat trainer based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He runs a behavior consultation service, Class Act Cats, where he helps cat parents address a variety of unwanted behaviors. He is available for consultation in the Twin Cities or virtually wherever you are located.