If you want to keep Bengal cat with your other cats but you are wondering if Bengal cats can live with other cats then you are in the right place.
In this article, I am going to answer this question.
Bengal cats can live with other cats easily. You just have to be careful while introducing the Bengal cats to your cats.
You have to introduce them step by step. It may take a few days but once that introduction phrase is over they can get along pretty easily.
How to introduce a Bengal cat to other cats?
Introducing your new Bengal cat to your other cats is not rocket science.
You just have to introduce them step-by-step, gradually.
First of all, you should put your Bengal cats with one of your cats and let them spend some time together.
Once they get used to each other then you should move to another cat i.e. you should then introduce your Bengal cat to another cat.
Again, let them spend some time together and get used to each other.
This way you have to introduce your Bengal cat to all the other cats.
And you should pay attention to their interaction.
Usually, Bengal cats are very affectionate and gentle.
It will just take some time to get them used to each other.
Once that’s done, all your cats will live together happily.
Is it normal for cats to fight?
It is quite normal for cats to play fighting with each other.
Cats are predators and they practice their predatory skills on each other.
But there is a difference between a friendly fight and aggression.
The cats that are unfamiliar with each other don’t usually play with each other immediately.
It takes at least a few days to get them familiar with each other.
If you notice your Bengal cat is fighting with other cats as soon as they are kept together then it is a sign of aggression and they are not playing.
There are also some physical signs that can tell if your cats are fighting or playing.
- If you noticed the ears of your cats are pointed back then it is a sign that they are not just playing but they are in a serious fight.
- If you notice the claws of your cats are mostly sheathed then they are playing and not fighting.
- Piloerection of hair also suggests the cats are fighting.
- Other signs that suggest that cats are fighting with each other include growing, hissing.
- Besides, if your cats are chasing each other and you noticed only the same cat is always being persuaded by the other and is always at the bottom then it is a sign that they are fighting.
What to do if cats are fighting with each other?
First of all, you should never get in their way directly or physically to stop the fight.
If you do that you are most likely going to hurt yourself.
Their aggression will be redirected towards you and they can scratch your hand, arms and they can even scratch your face if you directly try to separate them.
What you should do instead, you should make a sudden sound so that they will get distracted.
You can bang two metal pots on each other or you can bang the door or drawer or anything to make a loud sound.
Once they get distracted then you should take the Bengal cat to a separate room.
If they are still not getting distracted and continuously staring at each other, growing and hissing.
Then you should put some kind of barrier between them.
That could be a piece of cardboard or a cushion of your sofa or anything that is handy.
Once they get distracted then you should take one of the cats in a separate room.
And then you will have to reintroduce them again.
How to stop cats from fighting each other in the first hand?
As mentioned earlier, if you are keeping going to keep Bengal cat with other cats then you will have to introduce them slowly and individually.
If you have done that and still the cats are fighting with each other then there could be several other reasons your cats are fighting.
Cats usually fight with each other if they are competing for resources.
These resources could be there feeling station, litter box, elevated locations, and hiding places.
So you should make sure that you are not feeding your cats in the same feeling station.
You should have multiple feeding stations so that they will not compete for food.
You should also have separate litter boxes.
Cats like to sit on an elevated location so your home should have a few elevated places.
And your home should also have sufficient hiding places where you are cats can calm down and relax.
Why would two cats suddenly start fighting?
There could be many reasons two cats suddenly start fighting.
But it is usually because both the cats mistook that the other cat is trying to attack him or her.
For example, if two cats are resting peacefully and if there is a sudden loud noise, that could be slamming of the door or falling something like a metal water bottle from the table or even people shouting then both cats get alert and get in a defensive position.
When both the cats see each other in the defensive position they mistook that the other cat is trying to attack him or her and the fight follows.
This is one of the many instances cats can mistake that the other cat is trying to attack him or her and then they start fighting.
So if your cats started fighting each other suddenly then what should you do?
Firstly, you should not try to separate them barehanded.
If you do so their aggression will get redirected towards you and you will hurt yourself.
What you should do is distract them by making a sudden noise and then take one of the cats in a separate room.
And then reintroduced them just as we discussed earlier when you introduce a new cat.
How do you get two cats to like each other?
There are different ways you can make two cats like each other.
But the principle is the same.
Let’s understand with some methods.
To make cats like each other, rub your hand under their chin affectionately with the same hand.
This will mix their pheromones together and they will think that they are from the same family and will start liking each other.
Another way is to feed the cats with your hands and then rub your hands on their faces.
You can use any of these ways or you can invent your own way that basically follows the same principle of exchanging of pheromones to make your cats like each other.
Do male and female cats get along?
When it comes to keeping cats together gender is not as important as other things like the energy level of the cats, their age, size, and the overall personality of the cats.
The most important thing while keeping cats together is that you should introduce them slowly and step by step as we have discussed earlier.
So Bengal cats can live with other cats you just have to be careful while introducing them to other cats.
If you do just do that, they will all eat together live together, play together and will have fun together.