I remember how worried I was when my cat started being mopey all the time.
I did not know what to do, and then I was told that perhaps my cat is depressed.
I need to find out everything about cat depression to make things easier for my lovely Bengal cat.
Let me share what I learned so far.
So, how can you understand if your Bengal is depressed? How any cat might behave in depression varies, just like humans. However, there are some signs that you can look out for. A sad Bengal cat might sleep more, exhibit behavioral changes, lose its appetite, or vocalize more.
No one likes to see their pet all mopey and sad; especially if it has a friendly and outgoing personality like a Bengal.
Like humans, recognizing depression in Bengals can be quite tricky as well.
Bengal cats and depression
First of all:
You need to understand that Bengals indeed get depressed.
Many people tend to recognize depression as a human condition and thus; do not consider the possibility that their precious little friend could also be combatting with the problem.
Any animal can face depression and like humans, it needs attention and care at the time.
Let us deal with depression in Bengals in three categories;
Signs that indicate your Bengal cat is depressed
If you know anyone who has suffered from a bout of depression, it will be easier for you to understand if your furball has the same problem.
Depression in humans and Bengals manifests in more or less the same manner.
Bengals are fireballs of energy.
They seem to consider any time not utilized in playing or climbing as a waste.
When a Bengal sleeps more, you know something’s wrong.
Bengals do not just sleep longer than usual and thus this is a sign that should set your alarm signals tingling.
Loss of interest
A depressed Bengal would not really care about itself.
It might give up on grooming altogether.
This is not due to any physical problem but is more of an emotional state.
Bengals suffering from depression might speak more than usual.
This is mainly seen in those Bengals who have lost someone that they loved.
A depressed Bengal might give you quite a fright as it roams around the house meowing like a sad ghost.
Causes of depression in a Bengal cat
There are many causes of depression in a Bengal cat.
You must have often heard about a chemical imbalance that causes depression in humans.
The same imbalance can also occur in Bengals.
Thus, when their location is shifted, or their owner dies, they might experience an emotional shock causing depression.
Like depression in humans, depressed Bengals also need a lot of attention and proper treatment.
Bengals are a handful when depressed. They might become impossible to handle.
You need to treat their depression for your benefit as well; that is if you love your house belongings.
Keep them occupied
Bengals are highly intelligent who love challenges being thrown at them.
Give them something new to play with which will keep them occupied and interested.
The toy should be such that the Bengal will not be able to resist.
A new friend
Bengals love to make new friends.
Perhaps introducing a new pet to them might serve as the pick me up they need.
Make sure that they are accepting of the new addition to their home.
How to understand the mood of my Bengal cat?
It is difficult for many cat owners to understand the mood of their cats; especially if it is their first experience with these animals.
If you are indeed keeping a cat as a pet for the first time, have opted for a Bengal and have not given up yet; you deserve a bravery award.
Understanding when your Bengal is happy or sad is vital if you want to avoid getting on the wrong side of them.
|Mood||Movement of Tail||Ear||Eyes|
|Happy||Slow, sweeping movement||Forward position||Light with eagerness|
|Mad||Flickering and flashing movement||Far backward||Full dilated pupils|
|Scared||Bushy tail moving slowly||Back position||Dilated pupils|
It is when Bengal cats are upset that they are most dangerous.
It can scare the daylight out of quite a lot of people.
Can a Bengal cat be left alone?
There are fewer more significant mistakes you can make with a Bengal than leaving them alone.
Bengals like to get attention and yearn for interaction and company.
They do not respond well to being left alone, and Bengals are not the ones to hide their disapproval.
The thing about Bengals is that they are highly intelligent.
They mean no harm, though. They were just satisfying their curiosity, teaching you a lesson in the meanwhile.
If you have to leave a Bengal alone at home, it might work if they have the company of another pet.
This will keep them engaged and might protect your house from being torn apart.
There is no guarantee, though. There is no saying what a Bengal can do without supervision.
Are Bengal cats good house pets? Yes.
Bengals make for highly lovable, entertaining, and loyal pets as long as they are treated with respect and attention.
They require some time getting used to; the initial days might wear you out.
But once you both grow accustomed to one another, you will find it difficult to stay apart for a single day.
Are Bengal cats cuddly? Not really.
While Bengals do like to be pampered and crave for attention; they also love to remain active.
Therefore, they will not cuddle with you for long.
An occasional pet might work though.
However, before picking up or cuddling a Bengal cat, make sure that you have their consent.
You might regret picking them against their will.
Do Bengals get alone with children? Bengals get along like a house on fire with older children.
The case is slightly different when it comes to toddlers.
Toddlers cannot be expected to deal with Bengals with the respect they demand.
Thus, your little furball might end up hurting the little kid.
Keeping them away from babies is ideal.