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Do Bengal Cats Bite? (The Truth)

Knowing the type of actions your Bengal cat is likely to take will help any owner come to terms with how to care for them. While there are several points to cover, like whether they can be aggressive, you may be wondering whether Bengal cats are prone to biting.

Bengal cats do bite, but they will only do so for some very specific reasons. Biting is often a sign of boredom and Bengals are known to be very active and playful, so alleviating that sense of boredom will reduce the chances of them chewing on things and biting.

Bengal cats can be quite complex animals to understand, but knowing what to do when it comes to them biting will help you form stronger bonds with them. In the article below, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Bengal cats biting and how to get them to stop when they do.

Why Do Bengal Cats Bite?

Bengal cats will bite primarily because they are bored. A Bengal cat needs to be entertained and amused constantly because they are very playful animals. They can become bored rather easily, and one of their first reactions to boredom is to bite things, including furniture.

They Start With Objects

If your Bengal cat gets bored, they will probably start biting and chewing on objects. That does mean your Bengal may scratch your furniture, but they won’t just stop when they find a table leg. Instead, it’s possible for them to chew on anything that they can get their teeth into. That will mean even electric wires could become attractive to them.

Of course, they have no concept of what could be dangerous for them to bite into, so they will go ahead and do it without much thought. That is why you need to take real care over which items are exposed and within reach of your cat. You never know when they may take some inkling towards starting to nibble and chew on something.

They Could Turn To You

The problem with being bored is the potential for frustration. You know how frustration feels to a human, and your Bengal cat is going to feel the same way. If this frustration isn’t dealt with, there could be a point where your cat is going to lash out at you. Yes, there is always the chance they could bite, and they will tend to do it when you are least expecting it.

Other Times When They Could Bite

While boredom is the main reason why a Bengal cat will bite, it’s not the only one. A kitten is more likely to bite for a couple of reasons. First, they have not yet understood the boundaries between what they can bite and what they should avoid. They get confused, and this leads to them making mistakes.

Also, their youthful exuberance can lead to them effectively getting carried away with things when playing. The next thing you know, they have managed to sink their teeth into you. But oftentimes, this is not done in an aggressive way. Instead, they simply want to have fun, and they have crossed that line without even being aware of it.

The only other time when they could really bite is if they feel unwell in some way. If your cat feels ill, or is in some sort of pain, then they can lash out by biting. This is a protective reaction, and it’s important you realize that this is the case.

What To Do If Your Bengal Cat Bites You

If your Bengal cat ever bites you, you need to assess the wound to see how badly you’re bleeding, if at all. If the bleeding won’t stop, you may have to visit the doctor. But before you can even look at the damage, you need to move away from your Bengal.

Even though it’s very tempting, and quite a natural reaction after you’ve been bitten, yelling and snatching your hand away from your cat is not the right thing to do. Sure, it’s going to stop them biting you, but you will also scare them, and it may not prevent them from biting you in the future.

Instead, slowly move your hand away from them. Don’t make any sudden movements. If you jerk your hand away, then there’s every possibility they will try to bite you again. By calmly moving your hand away and then moving completely away from your cat, it’s going to teach them an important lesson. At this point, they will begin to realize that things stop when they get too rough.

Are Bengal Cats Aggressive?

Bengal cats can be aggressive, but it reaches its peak when they are kittens. After they get to around the age of 2 years old this level of aggression will tend to drop. Once they become an adult cat they are not any more aggressive than your average adult domestic cat.

Kittens

The biggest chance for aggression is with Bengal kittens, but this is not something that is only a problem with a Bengal cat. Any kitten can be aggressive because of their nature.A kitten has a vast amount of energy and they do not yet understand how best to use that energy to their advantage. It leads to frustration and that, in turn, can lead to them becoming aggressive.

At the same time, a kitten can learn bad behaviors, and that can then pose a problem later in life. That is why it’s so important to deal with aggression and issues like biting as quickly as possible. It means you won’t have to many problems to contend with as they grow.

A kitten doesn’t understand the art of effectively dealing with the energy, and what they do with their claws. They do not know that those claws are sharp to us, so they can act in ways that they then stop when they become an adult cat.

The Difference With An Adult Cat

When it comes to an adult cat, they can still be aggressive. However, it’s often due to several different reasons. An adult Bengal cat is not any more aggressive than other breeds of cat you may own. They lose some of their excitable energy, which is a good thing. However, if an adult cat has an illness or is in pain, they can still be aggressive.

Also, there’s the entire issue of them being aggressive towards other cats. Once again, this is completely natural, and it’s all to do with their need to protect and defend their territory. But often, this aggression is with only with other cats or strange animals. It’s just something they do, and it’s not always something to worry about.

Do Bengal Cats Like To Chew On Things?

Bengal cats like to chew on things, but it’s important to point out that they are merely replicating their animal instincts when doing this. Excessive chewing is known as pica, which can become a problem if the reasons they are chewing are not addressed.

Also, kittens will be far more prone to doing this as they move through the process of losing their baby teeth and growing their adult teeth. Most will then stop this action when they become an adult, unless they are bored like we mentioned earlier.

Causes Of Pica

According to vets, there is no one single cause of pica in cats. Instead, it can be caused by several different things. First, it can be a bad habit. If you see your kitten chewing on things constantly and do nothing to correct the behavior, then it’s reasonable to expect this behavior to continue when they are an adult. It’s simply a case they have no idea they are doing anything wrong.

But that’s not the only reason. It can be a problem with boredom, but it can also be a dietary issue. Getting to the root cause of chewing is half the battle to getting them to stop, before they destroy everything in your home. Always consult your vet if chewing gets out of control.

How To Get Your Bengal Cat To Stop Chewing On Things

While the occasional act of chewing on something is not problematic, it doesn’t take much for things to take a turn for the worse and you start to wonder what they will chew on next. At that point, you need to act. Fortunately, getting your Bengal cat to stop chewing doesn’t have to be that hard.

Give Them Toys To Chew

One of the best methods is to give your cat something to chew, and that means special toys. If you spot them chewing on something, try to tempt them into chewing on their toy instead. It shouldn’t take too long before they make the association between the two and start to choose their toy.

The good thing about this idea is it manages to satisfy their desire to chew, but they will leave other objects alone. This is especially true when they notice they do not get into trouble for chewing on these toys, whereas you tend to shout and yell at them when they focus on other items.

Get Toys That Resemble Items They Chew

You should try to get them chew toys that resemble the shape of whatever they prefer to chew. For example, if your cat loves to chew on cables and wires, then you would want to get some sort of toy that looks like a worm to chew on. It’s easy for them to then link the desire to chew wires with the toy, and it saves your wires from being destroyed.

A Special Tip

Some people have been known to give their cats cardboard boxes to chew on because they think that their cat does not swallow anything. While that may be the case, there is always a risk they will swallow some parts by accident. This can cause them severe digestive distress, so while it may sound tempting, it’s not advisable.

Clean The Environment

Another important tip is to consider effectively cleaning the environment of things they enjoy chewing. While this isn’t always possible, there are things you can do to eliminate the chances of your cat destroying your home. If you cannot remove things, then several deterrent sprays are available for you to coat the items in order to stop your cat from chewing them.

At the same time, cover wires to make it harder for your cat to get to them. Alternatively, you could opt for a canister that moves when it picks up the movement of your cat coming near. This movement can be enough to gently spook your cat and get them to move away. If you do this and provide them with toys to chew on, your cat will pick up on those cues, and know what they can and cannot chew on.

Keeping Them Occupied

If you want to really stop them from chewing on things, one of the best approaches is to make sure your cat is occupied. You want to make sure they have things to do in order to prevent that sense of boredom from striking. This can involve toys for them to play with, and you spending time with them and interacting with them.

But one important thing for you to remember is that a Bengal cat will tend to have high energy levels. That means you should provide them with some sort of outlet for that energy, since being unable to address this issue can lead to chewing or biting issues.

How To Discipline A Bengal Cat The Right Way

Disciplining any pet must be done in the correct way or you run the risk of it making matters worse rather than better. However, the best form of discipline is to start working with your cat at as early an age as possible. This will ingrain the proper behaviors for the rest of their life.

Start Training Your Cat

Train your cat when they’re still a kitten. Bengals are highly intelligent, so they will quickly pick up on different commands. Some of these commands must include the word “stop” if you want to be able to discipline them later in life. They need to know when they are to stop what they are doing, and it’s best to teach them while they’re young.

Clickers

Bengal cats focus on sounds more than other breeds, and you can use that to your advantage when it comes to disciplining them. Clickers are known to work exceptionally well in these situations, so getting your Bengal cat used to them could be a good thing.

Work with your cat and a clicker so they begin to associate certain sounds with certain actions. This can then be used to stop them from carrying out certain actions, which is a lot easier than you having to verbally discipline them for doing something wrong.

Using Other Sounds

Your cat will quickly link certain sounds with individual actions, so you need to help them build this association. Let’s say they are forever jumping up on some surface, and they keep on doing it even though you pick them up and lift them down. One approach is to have something that rattles and makes a noise. As soon as they leap up onto that surface, shake the item so it makes noise.

Your Bengal will not like the sound you make, and it should only take a few times for them to then link that surface with something scary happening to them. Your cat will not like this, and they will then stop that particular action or behavior.

Teaching Them No

Cats cannot understand multi-word combinations, so don’t try to do this when it comes to commands. Instead, stick to a single word, such as “no,” when teaching them that something is wrong. However, the timing of the word is also key. You want to tell them ‘no’ while they are in the middle of the act rather than after it.

Be Consistent

The final point when it comes to disciplining your cat is consistency on your part. If you tell them “no” only occasionally with a particular act, then your cat is not going to learn from it. Instead, you must say things in the same manner for the same behavior over and over again, every time the do something you don’t like.

It’s only through this act of repeating the noise that your cat will then be able to link it with that bad behavior. Eventually, they will realize what is going on, and it will then lead to them stopping that action.

Disciplining your Bengal cat is more about commands and using sounds to your advantage rather than anything else. It’s the best approach you can take for getting your cat to do what you want them to do. However, several attempts may be required for you to get the result you want.

Final Thoughts

A Bengal cat may bite, but if you manage to keep them entertained, then the chances of them doing this will be relatively low. Biting is more common when they are a kitten, and when they get to the age of around 2, the chances of them biting are slim unless there is an underlying issue.