For a lot of people, having kids in the house is the greatest cause of concern when planning to bring a Bengal cat home. So, I’ve decided to shed some light on this.
Does a Bengal cat get along with kids? Yes, definitely. The characteristics of a Bengal cat are a mixture of those of the Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) and the domestic cat. But the fact remains that domestic Bengals are usually 3 or 4 generations away from their wild Asian Leopard Cat ancestor. Accordingly, although they have are the exotic looks of an ALC, they’re otherwise wholly domestic and love to have fun with children.
So if you have kids in the house, then no worries as I’ll also be discussing a Bengal’s child-friendly nature and more relevant facts.
Bengal cats and children: The perfect partners in crime
If you study a Bengal cat’s nature in detail, then the first thought that comes to mind is that this sounds like my toddler.
Hyperactive, naughty, intelligent, and attention-seekers, all these personality traits are that of a child that the Bengal cats possess.
Belonging to the 3rd or 4th generation of an ALC crossbreed, the Bengal cats are somewhat energetic. But on the whole, they are domestic and safe to have in the house with kids.
Kids and Bengal cats instantly become friends after being introduced probably because both of them relate to each other’s curious and playful nature.
Here’s the deal:
Not that a Bengal cat’s presence would threaten your kid, but you might get annoyed with the addition of another energetic kid in the house.
If you have just one kid in the house and you’re worried about its loneliness, then it would be perfect for bringing in a Bengal cat.
Your Bengal cat and kid would love to play and jump around the house when both would never feel tired of each other’s presence.
It means that despite the Bengal cat’s relation with the wild Asian Leopard cat, it gets along very well with kids of all ages.
Having said that:
Older kids might not be able to cope up with a Bengal’s overactivity because usually, kids aged around 10-15 like to relax or spend some time using gadgets.
A Bengal cat and a child of around eight years of age are the ideal partners in crime. They engage in mischiefs, love to play with water, and have fun with indoor activities like slides and swings.
You may be wondering about cat allergies and other diseases since kids have relatively weaker immunity, so we’ll be this as we proceed further.
Children and Bengal cats’ health: Some interesting facts
The most fantastic part about keeping a Bengal cat in the house with kids is that they are hypoallergenic.
There are minimal chances of cat allergies in Bengals which provides a sense of security to the parents about their child’s safety and good health.
A Bengal kitten might shed some body hair until a certain age, but Bengal cats are famous for least to no shedding.
So this justifies the fact stated above about Bengals and zero cat allergies.
So for me:
A Bengal cat and its incredible health characteristics are ideal to have the pet in the house.
All in all:
Considering all these positive aspects of a Bengal cat’s health, I believe there is no problem in keeping it with kids. That is specifically considering that they both will love each other’s company.
A Bengal cat’s social needs
If you’re someone who does not like to mingle much with people or animals and is looking for your own space in the house, then the Bengal cat is not for you.
Kids love to have someone around, especially when they form a bond together and become playtime partners.
A Bengal is no less than a child and likes to play around all day long.
So a Bengal cat’s social needs are almost the same as that of a child’s.
No matter how hard you ignore them, they will figure out one way or the other to seek your attention.
Also, there is a perception about Bengal cats that they do not demand outdoor activities or outside fun like going for a walk or to the park daily. But I think they should be given nature’s exposure once in a while so that they get to roam around for some time freely.
Bengals and their high energy level: Does it cause trouble?
After carefully observing the Bengal cats and their temperament, it is clear that the breed is very energetic, sporty, and lively as well.
Some of the pet owners who wish to adopt a Bengal are concerned about this because, for them, the hyperactive nature of an animal means a chaotic in-house environment.
Imagine a child, who is naturally supposed to be vigorous, and a Bengal cat combined in the house. The situation seems to get a bit uncontrollable here.
You might not get mad at the child, but it becomes irritating with the addition of an animal in the chaos.
Being a Bengal cat owner means that you are okay with a messed up surrounding and someone continuously jumping and playing around.
It will not cause much trouble for you with a child and Bengal in the house apart from things like damaged showpieces or open water taps.
The challenges of living with a child and a Bengal cat
There are pros and cons to everything.
You cannot just wish for a Bengal cat to have a lively companion around and expect it to calm down when you wish to relax.
So when there are so many advantages of a Bengal cat with a child in the house, then definitely there have to be some challenges also like:
- The child will get tired at some point of the day but the Bengal will not, so you have to make sure that your child sleeps well or takes some rest to remain energetic for the rest of the day.
- Untrained kittens might bite their owners as a sign of affection. So if you have a kitten and a child, then safety should be the foremost concern in this regard.
A Bengal cat will become your child’s best companion from a small age.
There is no way anyone in the house will feel threatened with its presence. That’s because the Bengal cat is famous for making everyone equally happier and excited to play and have endless fun.
Are Bengal cats family-friendly? Yes, Bengal cats are very much family-friendly. They love to be around people and also easily adjust with the other pets in the house.
The affectionate and understanding nature of a Bengal cat is what makes it completely domestic apart from its wild exotic looks inherited from its ancestors.
Unlike other cats:
The Bengal cats do not act weird when introduced to new people or animals or taken to a strange place like a veterinarian’s.
Bengal cats become the center of attraction in family gatherings and parks where everybody loves to see them jump, play, and show tricks.
What is the temperament of a Bengal cat? Bengal cats are just like other domestic cats but with extra cuteness, hyper-activeness, intelligence, and affection.
Despite its relation with an ALC, the Bengal cat is not at all wild. Their appearance is a mixture of both the breeds (ALC and domestic) and they are immune to cat allergies and diseases.
Apart from this:
They are not like those calm and composed cats that like to cuddle a lot or sit in the lap for hours.
Why are Bengal cats so expensive? The extraordinary qualities of a Bengal cat are the main reason for its exorbitant cost. You don’t get to have a cat from every other cat breeder that is so much energetic, quickly gets along with kids, and makes the house environment lively.
Plus, its unique exotic looks also play an essential role in this regard.
Moreover, Bengal cats are rare to find as they are not available on every pet store. You can buy them only from genuine Bengal cat breeders.
Are Bengal cats aggressive? Not at all, the Bengal cats are popular for being playful, excited, talkative, and happy all the time.
As stated earlier:
Bengal cats are very empathetic. Even if there is an unfavorable situation, they often don’t react aggressively but try to understand the scenario and adjust accordingly.
Hence, there is absolutely nothing to worry about in terms of keeping a Bengal cat with a child in the house. Mark my words, you will be surprised to see their bonding and attachment with each other getting stronger with each passing day.