Do Bengal Cats Roar?

Do Bengal Cats roar? No. Contrary to popular belief Bengal cats do not roar like their big cat counterparts but they do purr. Bengal cats have a wide variety of vocal lingo that they use to tell you exactly how they feel. 

Bengal cats are a breed of cats that are a cross between an Asian Leopard cat and a domestic cat. They are the closest you can come to keeping a leopard at home.

This article will help you identify the different Bengal Cat noises so that you can easily decipher their language and provide them with what they need.

Before we dive in, check out this video by “Hot Rocket Bengal Cats” to know how Bengals actually sound:

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How are Roars and Purr Different?

There are two types of cats.  The big ones and the smaller ones (The smaller ones as you know mostly kept as domestic pets). Big cats such as tigers and lions roar while the smaller ones purr. Big cats roar with the help of their specially designed throats.

Roars are produced when the windpipe or the larynx of the cats move. In the Big cats, there is a length of cartilage that links the fragile hyoid bones at the back of the cat’s mouth with the skull. In order to produce the roar, the cartilage moves the larynx just right in order for it to happen.

The cats that purr cannot roar as they do not have the length of cartilage but the hyoid bones that are twig-like are able to move in a freer manner. So when a cat purrs, the larynx vibrates which causes the hyoid bones to vibrate hence producing the purring noise.

This might come as a surprise for most people but cats are actually classified according to their roaring and purring abilities.

Animals like leopards and Jaguars are in the big cat category because of their roaring capability. The cats that are able to purr are classified as small cats such as:

  • Bobcats
  • Asian Leopard cat
  • Housecats and
  • Ocelots etc.

The 6 Types of Bengal Cat Noises

Bengal cats are vocal animals and some pet owners may even find the creatures noisy. In the wild, the mother Bengal Cat communicates with her kittens. They are also known to vocalize during the mating season or when they are fighting one another.

Cats make use of:

Body language to get their message across.

When the cats were domesticated they needed a way to communicate with their human friends. Just like that the Bengal Cats also use a variety of noises to talk to their human pals.

Many experts believe that cats view us as their parents and so continue to try to communicate with us. While other experts believe that the cats observe that we communicate vocally with each other and so they try to adapt our way and do what we do.

#1 Growl

Growling and roaring are not that different but the fact is that Bengal cats can growl but they can not roar due to reasons mentioned above. When it comes to roaring capabilities Bengal Cats are much like house cats.

Bengal Cats mostly growl when they are scared or they feel threatened. At that point in time, the Bengal Cat wants you to back off and you should consider the growling as a warning.

Bengal Cats may also growl if they want to protect something. These cats are very territorial about their things and may have a hard time sharing toys. In the wild, the Bengal cats mostly growl in order to protect animals that they just hunted.

The female Bengal Cats growl:

In order to protect their babies if an animal comes to harm her kittens.

#2 Meowing

Bengal Cats actually make a wide range of meows and it is difficult to understand what each and every meow means. Mostly the cats meow in order draw your attention to themselves or just to casually interact with you.

The meow may be because the Bengal Cat wants you to fill their food dish or perhaps the little creature wants to go out for a walk.

If you are unable to tell for sure what your cat needs or wants then just go ahead and follow the fuzz ball. You can even go to different areas of the house until you are sure about what your cat actually wants.

In many cases:

A prolonged meow can signify loneliness or even pain.

In older Bengal Cat the meow can signify anxiety while in the younger cats it can mean loneliness or hunger. Some of the cats are even known to greet their owners with meows.

#3 Chirp

This is actually a very different sound that most of the cats make when they are happy or excited.

The Bengal Cats may chirp:

  • To catch a bird in the yard
  • To greet their owner

The sound is in reality very cute to hear especially if the Bengal Cat directs it towards you.

Bengal Cats actually chirp much louder and more often than other domesticated cats. The main reason for this is that the Bengal cats are much more vocal as compared to their small cat counterparts.

Experts believe that Bengal Cats might even chirp due to frustration. Many times when you witness a cat chirping it is stagnant on the window and is unable to catch or run after the birds or the squirrels outside hence the frustration.

The hunting instinct has been hard-wired into the Bengal Cats and indoors, they are unable to follow their instincts which leads them to loudly chirping when they get disappointed and cannot full fill their utmost desire to hunt.

#4 Purring

When a cat purrs that means that it is really happy. You may notice that when you cuddle with your cat or scratch its back it begins to purr. Most people call it the cat love sound. This means that your cat actually enjoys your presence.

Purring is a relative form of communication that is often associated with positive situations like:

  • Grooming
  • Nursing
  • Relaxing
  • Being Friendly

Housecats are known to purr with a consistent pattern at a frequency between the range of 25 Hertz and 150 Hertz. Some experts believe that the purring actually has a deep therapeutic effect that reduces pain and promotes wound healing and bone growth.

The vibrations produced during purring can help the cats to repair muscles, breathe better and reduces swelling.

Sometimes cats purr when they are in pain. So, if your Bengal Cat begins to purr much more than normal and does not seem happy then you really need to take the little guy to the vet as soon as possible to see if there is a medical problem that the cat might be hiding.

#5 Hissing

If the Bengal Cat is hissing means that they are ready to go to battle and nothing should come in their way.

Cats mostly hiss:

When they feel threatened or they think that a dog or another feline is around that may harm them.

Along with the hissing, you may also notice that the cat will have puffed hair. Hair rising on the back of the cat’s body. The cat might also arch its back and show its fangs.

Cats that are abused a lot are mostly aggressive that is why generally stray cats hiss a lot who are more likely to feel the danger as compared to house cats.

If your cat is usually happy and healthy, you will not hear the hissing that often.

#6 Yowling

A yowl is mostly confused with a meow but a yowl is a much longer meow and it signifies anxiety or worry. Cats usually yowl when you give them a bath or are clipping their nails. Sometimes the yowl is also a mating call.

A constant yowl means that your cat might be going through some pain. If your cat just yowls on end for days and there is no stray cat that is upsetting it then you really need to take the fuzz ball to the vet as soon as possible. There might be something wrong with the cat health wise.


Do Bengal Cats like to be picked up? Bengal Cats just like other house cats are moody and you will have to put the cat at ease before picking it up. Cats mostly like to stick to themselves and are not big fans of being picked up.

Do Bengal Kittens bite?  Bengal Kittens do have a tendency to bite and they do bite much more than other domesticated cats. This is something that you really do not have to worry about and in order to prevent the kittens from biting you, just buy them some toys or distract them with other things. They usually have no intention of hurting you, they just play aggressively.

When do Bengal Kittens lose their teeth? Bengal Kittens lose their first set of teeth around 11 weeks and 4 months. Your kittens might have eating problems in the beginning so you need to keep an eye on their teething progress.

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