Do Bengal Kittens Purr?

Let’s explore the subtleties of cat lingo together and learn whether Bengal Kittens purr and what that means.

So, do Bengal Kittens purr? Well, just like other cats, Bengal Kittens purr as well. They start purring from the time they’re tiny and continue doing so instinctively throughout their lives. The reason for purring could vary from self-soothing to expressing happiness, relaxation or hunger.

Read on ahead to learn all about the details related to Bengal Kitten purring and the subtle nuances associated with them.

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Types of purrs and their meanings

The table below shows various purring related behaviors that your cat might express, and what they mean.

BehaviorPossible Cause
A calm or light PurrFeeling loved, relaxed, sleepy or showing affection etc.
Purring while lying on their backs and tail not movingThe kitten is relaxing, and chilling out
Loud purr with an angry meowSign of a hungry Bengal kitten
Incessant Purring with tense bodyFeeling stressed out or anxious

Why do Bengal kittens purr?

So, let’s talk in more detail about the reasons your Bengal kittens might purr:

  • To reassure themselves in times of stress
  • When they are happy and content
  • When they are expressing affection

Bengal kittens may purr due to a lot of other reasons that we will talk about in detail as we proceed in this article.

A defense mechanism in times of stress

The Kittens might start purring during times of stress, but what could be the reason why your Bengal Kitten is stressing out?

Well, a common example would be going to the vet. These kittens adopt regressive behavior to go back to a state where they felt safe (i.e. while being nursed by their mother)

If your Bengal kitten is incessantly purring without a reason, it’s possible that it is experiencing pain.

But fret not; just follow these protocols:

  • Check that all other needs are met (you have fed the kitten, it is getting proper rest etc)
  • If you can’t diagnose what the root cause is, take your cat to a vet.

Showing happiness

Research has suggested that when Bengal Kittens purr, it could have various health benefits, such as speedy recovery from injuries, and faster healing of wounds and bones.

Other benefits include Ease in breathing for Bengal Cats. The vibrations from purring spread throughout the kitten’s body, possibly providing the above mentioned benefits.

Bengal Kittens, like other cat species, start purring from a very young age. You may be wondering why that is. Well, it is:

  • To let their mother know they are alright
  • To bond with their mother and show affection

The mother also expresses her affection in the same manner. As mentioned in the first paragraph, these kittens purr to revisit this childlike state.

Expressing hunger or relaxation

When these kittens are hungry, they may purr as well as behave in a disorderly manner to express their hunger to their owners.

Research has shown this purr is distinguishable from other purring sounds. When cats are hungry, apart from very loud purring, they might get make crying sounds or meow in anger.

Apart from expressing happiness or hunger, Bengal Kittens often purr when they are feeling relaxed. They also exhibit certain behaviors to show they are in their happy place. These behaviors could be:

  • Lying calmly on their back
  • Purring with their tail not moving

So, your Bengal kitten may purr due to various reasons, and a few of them could be a symptom for its negative feelings.

Usually, to distinguish between happy purring and anxious purring, you can check the body language of your Bengal kitten. If its body is stiff or tensed, it is a clear sign that your kitten is feeling anxious.

Making your Bengal Kitten purr by showing physical affection

The above mentioned reasons were all instinctive or psychological. But as cat owners, we love these wonderful and adorable sounds that our Bengal kittens make.

I will now talk about the steps you should take in order to make your kitty purr with affection.

To begin with, you need to prepare yourself and make sure your Bengal Kitten is not too excited. Now comes the time for step one:

  • Let the cat choose its favorite place to chill
  • Approach it in a calm manner
  • Make sure you don’t appear as if you want to play
  • Present the cat with a toy

Once you have taken the above-mentioned measures you can start stroking the cat from below its neck to its tail. Once done with the tail move your hands back up and gently stroke your cats back and gradually start scratching its head.

If you perform the above-mentioned steps several times, your Bengal Kitten will get used to it.Soon, you will notice your kitten looking forward to its back rubs. This has various positive consequences, and this is the best part about it:

  • Strengthening of the bond between the cat and owner
  • The cat will purr more frequently to show its happiness

Making your Bengal kitten purr by giving snacks

Apart from petting your cat and showing physical affection towards it, there is another sure way of making your cat purr with happiness. It has to do with a plant, or herb, from the mint family.

If you are a cat person, you’ve probably heard of this plant before. The plant I’m referring to is called catnip.

Catnip is also known as cart wort or cat mint. The plant is rich in nepetalactone, an oil that acts as a sedative for your cat. But don’t worry, it has no negative impacts or side effects. The chemistry of this oil is such that it makes your cat feel a sense of blissfulness.

But there are exceptions to this rule as well. Some cats are unresponsive to catnip. Also, very young kittens do not have sensitivity towards it. But the good news is that the cats who are responsive to it do not lose sensitivity to catnip over time.

How to reward your Bengal kitten and make it happy?

you can mix catnip with its diet, or sprinkle catnip oil on its toys. This is perhaps one of the best ways to reward cats, and we all love seeing our beloved Bengal Kittens purr in pure blissfulness.

Do adult Bengal Cats purr?

Just like Bengal kittens, Bengal cats purr, too.

Purring is an instinctive phenomenon that cats learn very early on in their lives, and which continues till they grow old. Bengal Cats may have more or less the same reasons to purr as their younger counterparts with a few additional reasons.

Apart from expressing hunger or pain or using purring as an outlet to relax and calm themselves down, adult Bengal Cats are often observed purring with their babies while they nurse them.

You might be wondering why use purring sounds? This is because:

  • Infant Bengal kittens can’t meow
  • Purring is their only way of expression

The mothers purr to make sure their babies are doing fine.

Just like when humans are taking care of their Bengal Kittens, Bengal cats nurse their kittens and provide them with a safe environment. This, in turn, strengthens the bond between the adult mother Bengal cat and her kittens.

What if your Bengal cat stops purring?

So, we’ve talked about how Bengal kittens, as well as adult Bengal cats, purr often. But what if your Bengal cat has stopped purring, or reduced purring considerably?

Well, don’t worry because I will help you get rid of your confusions, and get your questions answered.

First of all, if your Bengal kitten has stopped purring, there is no need to panic. It is quite possible that, just like humans, you Bengal kitten is growing up into a cat and maturing. This will consequently make it experience new behavior which is completely normal.

It’s kind of like they are developing or evolving the way they express emotions.

Alternatively, your Bengal cat may also purr more frequently than usual even when they are not experiencing any negative emotions such as stress or pain.

This suggests that:

  • Your bond with your pet is strengthening
  • Your Bengal cat is expressing its adoration for you


Cats are incredibly complicated animals and have various linguistic characteristics that express various emotions, kind of like dolphins.

Apart from their various emotions,Bengal kittens convey through a plethora of sounds like purring.

They use different sounds like most other cat species to convey other feelings. These sounds can range from hissing to meows, to yowls etc. Each of these sounds can mean various things. Also, Bengal kittens often use a combination of these sounds to convey their feelings.

Learning more about these will provide you a better understanding of your Bengal kitten’s feelings and help you better communicate with it, gradually creating a very special bond you and your beloved kitten.

Related Questions

At what age to Bengal Kittens start purring? Infants need a way of communicating with their mothers about their needs. While humans cry, kittens purr. This is the first vocal feature that they develop. They start purring when they are as little as two days old and continue doing so for the rest of their lives.

What is a Bengal Cat’s personality like? Bengal cats are very curious and intelligent animals. Anyone who has any experience with Bengal Cats knows how energetic they are. In fact, they are closely related to wild cats, and have adopted certain personality traits from them. They demand a lot of attention and become hostile when the owner doesn’t provide it.

What food is best for Bengal Cats? The following 2 food types are the best for cats:

  • Raw meat, with the right ratio of mean, organs and bones
  • Fish

Here are some foods to avoid for cats:

  • Avocados
  • Chocolate
  • Raw potatoes/Sweet potatoes
  • Fresh eggs
  • Yeast dough

The recommended foods keep their metabolism in check and ensure that all the nutrients essential to a Bengal Cat’s diet are being provided to it.

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