Various Noises and Sounds Bengals Make

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]engals 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 :)”


  1. 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!!!

  2. 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 when people see her, they go nuts over her. I’m so glad I have her as a kitty!

  3. Brilliant! We have to male Bengals & it was so weird hearing your cats make the same sounds we have got to used to now in our house! Just love the way they interact and talk back with us! Your 2 are hilarious!!!!

  4. My Bengal (daisy) only chats when her dish is “empty”, birds in the front window, or when attacking her best friend, a 70lbs Doberman named lily. Both four years old, but quite content and playing.

  5. I had my Phoebe for 14 years and miss her every single day. I’ve had Siamese and Burmese for many years and though they are awesome cats in their own right, my little Bengal and her vocals were my absolute favorite. Your cats are beautiful, it would have been great to capture the beautiful golden sheen of their coats in the sunlight, which is so unique to the breed. I do not, however, miss the ” open the bedroom door and get out of bed, the day has started” vocals :) Very, very insistant in the to early morning.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. This is very good. The only one which you missed was the trill.. A gurgling sound that my male(card) makes when he’s playing or looking for my female (Darla).. I’m guessing the male is responsible for the I want to go out Yowl (most annoying)- usually on your video where the cat is unseen..
    The hairball howl – is a distressing noise that a bengal makes usually a minute or so before tossing a hair ball…

    I was wondering if you had captured a growl, and we were rewarded with the at 4:50.. I wonder if one of yours will also do like mine does when you feed them hot food. maybe even warm.. Card will bat at it and usually growl.. But this growl, is the yum yum growl, as opposed to the ownership growl..
    I think the females chirp and chatter more ..