Many would-be Bengal owners wonder if they have enough space for such an athletic animal. Since Bengal cats have a lot of energy, one could think that they need a ton of space. But as we explain in this article, it is possible to keep a Bengal in a smaller space, provided that its needs are still met.

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Do Bengal cats need a lot of space?

Bengal cats don’t necessarily need a ton of space. They can indeed thrive in smaller spaces, as long as they are mentally and physically stimulated. The key is to make the most of vertical space, to allow them to satisfy their natural instincts, to provide them with entertainment options, and to fulfill their need for daily exercise.

Let’s see how you can do just that.

How to keep a Bengal cat in a small space

Here are important things you must do if you want your Bengal to thrive despite the lack of space.

Make the most of vertical space

Bengals love to climb, so you want to make sure your cat has plenty of high spots it can access. These can include your current furniture (just make sure there aren’t any fragile objects that can be knocked down), but you can also add wall perches, window hammocks and one or two cat trees. Cats especially like high spots that allow them to see outside.

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A Bengal cat high in its cat tree.

Allow your Bengal to satisfy its natural instincts

Like other felines, Bengals feel the need to scratch. This allows them to shed their claws, stretch their muscles and mark their territory. 

Since declawing is a cruel procedure (Can Bengal cats be declawed?), what you should instead is provide your Bengal with surfaces that are meant to be scratched, such as scratching posts and cardboard scratchers. This will help prevent your cat from scratching your furniture.

Cat trees typically feature poles wrapped in sisal rope, so they fulfill both the need to climb and the need to scratch.

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Another thing cats like to do is to rub their faces to mark their territory with pheromones. Scratching surfaces allow them to do this, but Quality Bengal Kittens also recommends providing your Bengal other scent soakers (objects that can hold your cat’s scent, for example mats). This way, your pet will feel more secure and will be less likely to mark its territory with urine.

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Provide your Bengal with entertainment options

Bengal cats can easily get bored. It’s important to provide them with different options so they can entertain themselves and exercise at the same time. These can include:

  • A cat wheel
  • A cat tunnel
  • An interactive feeder (our Bengals test a few in this video)
  • Balls and other small toys (make sure they are durable and made of non-toxic materials)

For more inspiration, check out our top 10 gift ideas for cats.

Pro tip: To make sure your Bengal doesn’t get bored of its toys, you can do a toy rotation. Every few weeks, put a few toys away and bring out some that were stored. This will keep things fresh for your cat.

Fulfill your Bengal’s need for daily exercise

While toys and other entertainment options are a must, they’re not enough by themselves. It’s also crucial to spend time playing with your cat every day. This is a good way to make it exercise, but also to bond with it and stimulate it.

Another way to make your cat burn off energy is to take it out for walks. As intelligent animals, Bengals can easily be thought to walk on a leash. To make sure your outings go well, check out our 8 essential tips for walking a cat outside (you’ll get to see a video of our Bengal taking a walk).

A Bengal cat wearing a harness during her daily walk outside.

Without daily exercise, Bengals are less likely to stay healthy, so don’t overlook this need.

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Final thoughts

Bengal cats don’t need space as much as they need to keep active and satisfy their natural instincts. That’s why it’s crucial to provide them with toys, high spots, scratching surfaces and scent soakers, but also to play with them and have them do a little work out. If you do all this, then there’s no reason for your Bengal not to thrive.

Now, before you adopt a Bengal, make sure to read this article: Are Bengal cats good pets? Yes, but not for everyone.