Why Do Bengal Cats Wag Their Tails?

I absolutely adore when my cat wags its tail. However, it was only recently that I found out that this tail wagging had a deeper meaning to it. Bengal cats do not wag their tails out of habit but for a reason. Let me elaborate more on this.

So why do Bengals wag their tail? They do so to express some emotion. You will find your precious little furball wagging its tail when it is happy, scared or angry at something. So how would you know which feeling is causing the wagging at that particular time? There are some other signs that you need to look for.

Once you understand the behavior of these naughty little pets, taking care of them would be a breeze. Let me shed some light on how to determine the moods of these Bengal cats so you would not be in for some rude surprises.

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The tail wagging behavior

I remember being quite curious when I saw the tail of my cat moving back and forth. I wondered what made them do so. Is it just a habit or something they do unconsciously? Did it mean anything?

The answer is, yes.

A Bengal wagging its tail is more than you think. It is your little friend telling you something.

There are three moods wherein Bengals wag their tails, which are:

  • Happy
  • Frightened
  • Mad
MoodMovement of TailEar Eyes
HappySlow, sweeping movementForward positionLight with eagerness
MadFlickering and flashing movementFar backwards Full dilated pupils
Scared Bushy tail moving slowlyBack positionDilated pupils

When they are happy

One of the most common reasons for these furballs to wag their tail is to express happiness.

Bring them a box of treats they recognize, and they would start wagging their tail in a slow sweeping fashion to show their excitement.

You must have noticed them wagging their tail whenever you came to them after some time apart. Now you know the secret!

During this time, their ears face forward while they look at you with eagerness and happiness. You can practically see the glimmer in their eyes as they purr with joy.

There is no mistaking these signs. Your little friend is glad to have you back or is happy with whatever gift you have brought for them.

When they are mad

Wagging of the tail is not always good news. This could also be your cat giving you a sneak peek into its wild side. They wag their tails when they are annoyed and displeased.

In this case, it is not the adorable slow movement of the tail. This time, their tail flashes and flickers dangerously.

If they are mildly annoyed, only the end of the tail flickers. Consider this a red flag and work hard to find out what is bothering your angry pet and fix it.

You will find that their ears to be a little back with slightly dilated pupils. Usually, they would keep their gaze transfixed on whatever is bothering them. Occasionally they prefer turning away. If that is the case, your cat would usually go into a full defensive mood, ready to pounce and attack.

Indeed, you might be startled with the thumping sound they produce with their tails when their anger reaches its peak.

In this state of extreme anger, their ears are pushed so far back that sometimes you might not even see them from the front. Owing to full dilatation of the pupils, it appears as though their eyes have changed color. They may hiss or growl to let their displeasure be known.

Angry Bengal cats are dangerous, indeed. You do not want to mess with them. Letting them be to blow off some steam would be the right thing to do

When they are scared

Remember your cat wagging its tail when it came across that scary bulldog? That certainly wasn’t happiness or anger. Your furball was actually frightened.

They do not just wag their tail in this case. The hair on the tail is raised making it bushy and seem bigger. The hair along the back also stands up.

Their ears go back while their pupils are dilated as they wag their tails slowly. Hold them close because your friend needs you at that moment.

What type of personality do Bengal cats have?

Characteristics Extent of behavior of the breed
Affection levelHigh
Energy levelHigh
Social needsHigh

If you want a fun and entertaining companion, you will find these beautiful furballs to be the perfect option. However, it is not all play for you. Do not take their friendship for granted. Humans give second chances, but Bengal cats do not!

These curious cats are a bundle of intelligence.

They love to run around and be as active as possible. They like being talked to and most certainly do not respond well to solitude.So, do not even think of leaving them alone in the house for long hours. Only you will be responsible for the mess that they make when you’re not home.

They can create a storm in the house in your absence. It’s not their fault. Blame it on their curious streak. They just want to find out what’s in your cupboard and what is behind all those books on the shelf.

These are an attention craving breed. They demand attention and are willing to go through great lengths to get noticed. If you stop them from doing something, they are likely to repeat it to get you to interact with them, like little kids waiting to be told off for eating the candy.

Training them is a breeze. They like challenging stuff and thus expect you to come up with exciting games. This characteristic is so prevalent in them that my Bengal cat always got bored with the games that I bought it.

They love to play in the water. Climbing heights is another one of their favorite activities.

Are Bengals suitable for a house with pets and children?

Bengals get along great with older children. This is because they love attention which is something that children tend to offer in abundance.

Furthermore, these cats enjoy playing all the time. Older children are likely to engage them in play sessions often, and thus these furballs enjoy the company of children to a great extent.

However, it might be a good idea to keep them away from toddlers. This is important because Bengals command respect. They do not react well to being hit or hurt. Their angry streak can be dangerous for toddlers.

Bengals enjoy the company of just about anyone including other animals. Therefore, you can safely adopt a Bengal cat in a house with a pet such as a dog. They will not take long to gel in their surroundings.

What care should be provided to Bengal cats?

Bengals have short, soft and thick coats that give them a distinctive look. You will not have to spend hours on grooming these cats.

  • Weekly combing of the coat would be sufficient since these cats do not shed much. Therefore, combing once a week would get rid of the dead hair and improve the condition of their coat.
  • They rarely need a bath, but if you do want to bathe them, they will not object since they love water.
  • Ensure that you maintain adequate dental hygiene. Cats are susceptible to periodontal disease. Therefore, daily brushing of teeth would be a good idea.
  • Their nails should be trimmed every other week.
  • Wiping the eye corners with a damp cloth can prevent infections.
  • Ears should be cleaned using a soft cloth. Cotton swabs can damage the ears and thus should never be used for the purpose.
  • Keeping them indoors might prove to be a suitable option to avoid any accidents or mishaps.

Are Bengals hypoallergenic?

Cat allergies can be a source of great worry for many families.

Everyone loves these adorable pets but some people can’t have them owing to the fear of allergic reactions. However, who can stay away from cats?!

A hypoallergenic cat is then your best option.

Hypoallergenic breeds are the ones that do not cause severe allergic reactions. The spread of dander and shedding of the coat are the significant reasons for allergy. It is owing to this reason that Bengals are hypoallergenic to a great extent.

Bengals do not self-groom often since they have a silky and fine coat. Thus, the allergen does not get transferred to their furs. Since shedding in these cats is also restricted, dander does not spread making them a safe option for just about everyone, except for when they are angry of course.

Related questions

What is a suitable diet for Bengal cats? Grain-free formulations work best for these cats. You need to ensure that their diet is well balanced and comprises of all the required nutrients. The quality of the cat food needs to be profound if you do not want their health to be affected adversely. Their coat condition will reflect the poor quality of food.

Should I get a Bengal cat? You should only get one of these if you are prepared to provide them the care and attention they need.

While there is no denying that these are highly entertaining and loveable cats, they expect the same from you. They want to be entertained and amused. They are like a needy partner though those are not half as fun!

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