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Various Noises & Sounds Bengals Make On A Daily Basis

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 Bengals don’t meow quite like other cats. They aren’t particularly talkative, as if they were constantly commenting on your life but they have a much wider and varied range of outspoken calls than many other cats. It varies in volume from loud to unbelievably loud. Besides the usual cat sounds, Bengal cats have been known to emit sounds that are definitely not “meows”. Most Bengals have a specific sound when they feel the need to make you know what they want, for things like: “Open that door!”, “Let me out of this room”, “Get out of bed and feed me now before I starve to death”, “Come and see what I’ve just found” and, of course, they also purr to say “I’m very happy!”.

So what does a Bengal sound like? As a Bengal owner, you may have noticed the melodic but very insistent “Yowl!” when they desperately want something, the loud guttural purring and short barks that are very enjoyable, the lovely frustrated short “Nya!” and the little “Chirrup” when there’s a bird outside or something to hunt. The chirping or chattering sounds are supposed to mimic birds so they can lure them closer and eat them!

The video above gives you an idea of the various noises and sounds Bengal cats can make on a daily basis. The owner, who filmed Pixel & Sushi for a period of 24 months, says:

“If you are after a quiet kitty it’s fair to say that you might be asking for trouble with a Bengal! Pixel & Sushi are quite talkative but there is nearly two years of footage here, condensed into 10 minutes. They aren’t always talking :)”


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As a Bengal Cat owner of ten years, Laurent writes about his favorite cat breed to share his passion with other owners and enthusiasts. Laurent is a Webmaster and Designer by profession, photographer and animal lover by heart.

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Great video of bengal behavior thanks for videoing all this and sharing it. I for sure know that sound at about 2:20. The “distress” call.

Robin Gonsoski

Love this video!!! This confirms, without a doubt, that my baby is truly a Bengal mix. I got her from a rescue & they said she was but her looks were debatable. Never heard such sounds come out of a cat before lol, I love it but was asking at first, “ what are you?!?!” I love her regardless but the variety of howls, bird like chirps, moooow aka mom where are u?, & the loud scream & nya meow are spot on:) No more doubt in my mind she’s a Bengal at heart!!!

Sarah Ferrell

What would you classify the sound as that is made at 1:01 (ish) my Bengal kitten makes this sound several times a day especially when he’s playing


My Bengal Tiger is thirteen now and I’m sure I’ve heard all the sounds during that period of time. They seem to talk more than Siamese, having enjoyed both over the years. Love them all….


my bengal sometimes mows when shes at the water dish and when shes playing with a toy, or if she has a toy in her mouth. if I’m talking to her and saying her name, she’ll mow and her tummy will move and it’s so cute to watch. when she jumps on her post to want attention , she just keep mowing and mowing till you pet her, and she’ll just start purring so loud. It’s so cute, and she’s such a sweetheart. I always cherish having her, cuz I love her so much. She such a beautiful cat, and… Read more »


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