The Personality Traits and Habits of the Domestic BENGAL CAT
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Bengals have charcteristics like other Domestic Cats, however, they have many unique characteristics as well. Bengals do “meow,” but most of them also make an interesting short barking sound, not unlike when a Cheetah female is calling her cubs in the wild. They also like to carry on a conversation with you... for instance, they will ask you for what they want; answer you, when you speak to them; and will greet you and say hello! But don't worry... Bengals don't carry on incessantly like some Cat Breeds do - they speak, when they have something to say. We have taught one of our Bengals to "ask" for a drink of water from the faucet and she actually seems to say "water," when she is thirsty. Having an affinity for water, as Tigers do, don’t be too surprised if your Bengal steps into the shower or takes a dive into the tub with you! But most often, they only watch the water moving or just dip their paws into the tub water. Domestic Felines tend to be very concerned with cleanliness and Bengals are even cleaner as they do not shed their pelt as other breeds shed their Cat hair. Bengals have an unusual litter box use tactic... they like to stand up, rather than squat, when defecating, and then of course, usually cover completely. So, don't worry, your Bengal is not feeling ill, when they take this "stance", it is just another one of the "differences"!
Domestic Bengals are athletic and active... and like to play interactive games with you. Most Bengals love to play "fetch" like a dog! They also do like to climb to be up high for the best view of their domaine. In fact, most Felines like to be up high and to be surveying the world beneath them. The Bengal feline breed is out-going, intelligent, playful, and loving in their very distinctive personalities. Bengals will most definitely delight you with their intelligence and "problem-solving" skills. They will also quickly learn what you want them to do and what you don't want them to do. Treat them with kindness and love and they will respond to you in the same manner. Bengals bring many hours of joy to every day life and are companions for life. Usually they live to 18, 19, or even 20 years of age. They are positive, happy, and confident in their attitude and get along well with other Cats, dogs, and any children in the household. In fact, Bengals are excellent "playmates" for kids, since they tend to have a similar energy level!