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Do Bengal Cats Like To Cuddle? The Surprising Answer!

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Few things are more relaxing than sitting on the couch with a cat curled up in your lap. A feline friend’s warmth and gentle purring are comforting after a long day. If you’re considering adding a Bengal to your household, you might wonder if this cat will be your cuddle buddy. Can you count on a Bengal for some kittie hugs?

We could best describe Bengals as being affectionate on their terms. They are often too active and athletic to be sedentary lap cats, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make great pets. Read on to learn if a Bengal is the right cat for you.

Do Bengal Cats Like Being Held?

Bengals are a curious breed, but they  may not stand still long enough for you to hold them! Unless it’s nap time, you’re more likely to find a Bengal climbing, playing, and discovering. Your Bengal may not like you to hold them, but you can find other ways to nurture the animal-human bond.

Bengals love chasing things and moving around, so a laser pointer is a must, and they also enjoy swatting at wand toys.

bengal kitten is playing with a ball in the room
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How Do Bengals Show Affection?

A Bengal shows that they like you just by following you around. Don’t be surprised if you have a shadow wherever you go. Bengals are also known for being vocal, so feel free to “sing” back to them.

Don’t take a lack of physical affection personally. A Bengal’s desire to move and be active trumps everything else, but although they won’t sit still with you, they’ll always be up for playing a game.

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Will a Bengal Cat Sleep With You?

All cats need to sleep sometime, even on-the-go breeds like Bengals, but you may discover that your kitty only wants to cuddle with you at bedtime. If your Bengal needs some coaxing to join you, try offering your cat its own pillow or blanket. Some owners report that their Bengals are especially attracted to soft, faux fur blankets.

But don’t feel bad if your Bengal doesn’t want to sleep next to you. They’re natural climbers who seek out tall spaces. Their favorite resting spot might be on a cat tree, bookshelf, or window ledge.

bengal cat in cat tree
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Each Cat Has Its Own Personality, Regardless of Breed

While each breed is known for specific characteristics, cats are also individuals. Your Bengal may defy all stereotypes and demand that you carry them everywhere!

Any cat’s personality can change over time, and an aloof kitten may crave more affection once they reach adulthood.

There are other ways to bond with your Bengal cat, even if they aren’t up for cuddling. Bengals are an active breed that needs mental stimulation, and you can take advantage of the cat’s intelligence and leash-train them. Long daily walks are a chance to explore, sniff, and spend time together. When you’re back at home, you can use interactive treat mazes and other toys to strengthen your feline friendship.

bengal cat
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Conclusion

Bengals are a healthy breed. With the proper nutrition and a healthy environment, their expected lifespan is between 12 and 20 years. While they may not be the cuddliest breed, they are loyal cats that give their owners years of enjoyment.

 

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