Allow my Bengal Out Doors?

WeWilly here has explored from the  aisles of Home Depot to variety of city parks.  It doesn't take a lot of patience to train a Bengal to walk on a leash.

WeWilly here has explored everything from the aisles of Home Depot to a variety of city parks. It doesn’t take a lot of patience to train a Bengal to walk on a leash.

In a word, yes, but should you? No, not off a leash anyway. We feel so strongly about this that we have a clause in our contract forbidding it.

Many people get cats because they can be an almost zero maintenance pet. Open the back door when it wants in or out and keep a bowl of food around. Heck, you can install a cat door and get a mechanized feeder if you want.

Bengal’s are a very very bad choice if that is what you are looking for.

There are a lot of reasons but lets start with the fact that they are relatively expensive and incredibly pretty. Allow it to roam freely outside and it will only be a short time before a neighbor claims it as their new pet and you never see it again.

Bengal hiding in a plant

A potted Bengal

Perhaps more importantly it is not healthy for the cat and it will reduce their life span by approximately 1/3 to 1/2. Many people are unaware that most cats should live a very healthy 15 to 20 years with rare examples living close to 30 years.

Cats will dig and defecate in peoples gardens (which as gardeners we find both annoying and disgusting) and spray peoples houses. Even fixed cats will often spray if they are allowed out and indoor cats will sometimes start to spray due to the stimulation of a free roaming cat looking in the windows. Spraying is a cat’s way of marking its perceived territory and evidence of unknown intruders can trigger that instinct even in fixed animals.

It is simply irresponsible to turn any cat loose on the neighborhood, much less a Bengal, as they will decimate the local wild life population. I had a person tell me once that it was natures way, the hunter and the hunted. That is a very poorly thought out argument. There is absolutely nothing native or natural about the domestic cat wandering around North America. By any standard they are an invasive species that our fauna did not evolved to handle.

A cat perch on a window sill

Placing a cat perch on a window sill is a great idea. A bird feeder out side will keep them entertained for hours.

It is amazing how our perception of things alters because we consider them pets. We used to have beautiful flying squirrels in Ontario. Have you seen one in the last 30 or 40 years?  Their near extinction might be partially due to  habitat loss but the domestic cat certainly contributed in a major way.

Many species of wild life have had their numbers greatly reduced due to cats. It is not the cats fault.  It is the fault of the pet owner looking for a no maintenance pet to add to their household.

If you intend on allowing your pet cat to roam free we would prefer that you find a pet from one of the many other breeders out there.

Bengal’s can relatively easily be trained to the leash. Once they get used to it they will come running when you get the harness out.  Walking our cats works well for us and everyone involved enjoys it.