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Why Do Bengal Cats Chirp Instead of Meows?

Bengals are chatterboxes and they can make various noises, each of which has a different meaning.

Chirping in Bengals is associated with hunting instincts; cats will usually chirp when they see something they consider prey. This sound can mean both excitement and frustration – Bengals would be excited to see the prey but frustrated about the fact that they’re not allowed to chase the animal.

Why Do Bengal Cats Chirp Instead of Meows?

Bengals are capable of making a wide range of sounds and each one has a different meaning. They can meow, chirp, trill, hiss, and growl, and each sound from their ‘arsenal’ will be used in a certain situation.

When it comes to chirping, it looks like this sound has something to do with the kitty’s hunting instincts. In the absolute majority of cases, a Bengal will start to chirp when it sees something that it considers to be prey (like squirrels, birds, or lizards, for example).

A cat’s chirping almost sounds like it’s mimicking a bird. A chirp is a relatively quiet, short, peep-like sound that the kitty tends to repeat in series.

What Does It Mean When a Bengal Cat Chirps?

Chirping is not a sound that the Bengal would actually use during hunting. It’s usually produced when the cat sees its prey, so the chirping might mean excitement

Whenever you hear your kitty making this sound, the chances are high that it had noticed a mouse or a bird. However, Bengals can also chirp in excitement when you bring them a new toy or their favorite food.

Rarely the kitty might chirp when you come back home. This means that the cat is so happy to see you that it can’t hold back its excitement. 

Read: Is a Bengal Cat Good for First-Time Cat Owners?

What Cat Breeds Chirp Instead of Meow?

Cats don’t chirp instead of meowing. The kitties that do make a chirping sound can still meow, but they feel like a chirp would be more appropriate for that certain situation that they’re in.

All cats (including wild felines) are capable of chirping. It is a universal sound that cats of all breeds and ages can make, but you’re most likely to hear it coming from a Bengal, simply because the beautiful cat is a lot more talkative and vocal than a lot of other breeds.

Why Does My Cat Trill Instead of Meow?

If your cat is trilling that does not mean that it can’t meow – it is simply one of the sounds that the kitty can produce. Trilling is usually a positive sound that means that your kitty is happy. It’s a high-pitched sound, similar to soft rolling Rs (the noise is, in most cases, quite short).

Here are some of the main reasons why your Bengal might trill:

  • It’s a mother’s way of capturing the attention of her kittens
  • Trilling is a form of greeting
  • Cats can also make this sound when they’re seeking attention
  • It’s the kitty’s way of communicating positive emotions

Read: Can Bengal Cats Live Without Going Outside?

Why Does My Cat Make a Chirping Sound?


Many experts believe that the number one reason why a cat would chirp is due to excitement (from seeing a bird, a new toy, or its favorite owner).


However, chirping might also be interpreted in a different way. If you hear your Bengal make this sound while looking through the window, it might actually be feeling an overwhelming frustration from seeing all the birds that it can’t hunt.

In a lot of cases, chirping is a mix of excitement and frustration. However, that does not mean that you should let your feline friend freely roam outside so that it gets a chance to practice hunting.

Are Cats Happy When They Chirp?

Chirping is considered to be a positive sound that is perfectly normal for all cat breeds. 

Indoor kitties can produce this noise when they are extremely excited about something – a new toy, their food, or even seeing you.

Read: How to Start to Train a Bengal Cat to Walk on a Leash?

Is Cat Chirping Good?

You have to pay attention to when exactly your cat decides to make this sound. If the Bengal is chirping while you’re preparing its food, then it’s definitely good.

However, if the kitty is chirping while looking at birds or squirrels through the window, the sound might indicate both excitement and frustration. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the kitty would certainly prefer to have a physical opportunity to hunt that poor animal. 

Why Is My Bengal So Vocal?

This is an extremely vocal breed and it’s definitely not suitable for those who want to live a quiet life. The truth is that the wild ancestors of Bengals meowed a lot less as a survival strategy, so the vocalizations are a result of domestication. 

There are a few reasons why your Bengal might start to make different noises:

  • Boredom (due to the fact that Bengals are more likely to get bored than other cat breeds, you are going to hear the meowing more often)
  • Hunger
  • Feeling left out
  • Asking for something (for example, when their litter box is dirty or their toy is broken)
  • Simply feeling friendly (these cats just like talking to you)

Read: 3 Ways How to Calm a Bengal Cat?

Do Bengal Cats Not Meow?

How vocal your Bengal is going to be will depend on its personality. Meowing might simply not be in your kitty’s nature, and that is completely fine.

However, if your Bengal used to be chatty, but is now remaining silent, then it might be suffering from a certain medical condition (like upper respiratory infection, for example).

Bengal Cat Yowling at Night

Your Bengal might be yowling at night because:

  • It is bored
  • It’s simply natural for the kitty as felines are more active during the night
  • Your cat is a senior and it is disoriented
  • The cat wants to mate
  • The kitty has an overactive thyroid or kidney disease

Are Bengal Cats Talkative?

Bengals are among the cat breeds that love talking to their human parents. 

Why Does My Cat Make a Brrrr Sound?

The ‘brrr’ that you’re hearing is most likely a trill. When a cat is trilling, it is trying to either get your attention or greet you.

What Is the Most Talkative Cat Breed?

Here are some of the most vocal cat breeds:

  • The Siamese
  • The Bengal
  • The Oriental
  • The Japanese Bobtail
  • The Sphynx

Read: Is My Bengal Cat Depressed?

How Do You Discipline a Bengal Cat?

If you’re trying to have some quiet time, but your Bengal won’t let you, there are a few things that you can try out:

  • Ignore the kitty – as soon as the Bengal realizes that its meowing is not linked to your attention, it will become quieter
  • Provide regular meals – sometimes cats will meow simply because they are hungry; divide your kitty’s daily food intake into smaller, more frequent meals and stick to a schedule
  • Enrich the cat’s environment – to make sure that your Bengal doesn’t meow out of boredom, get plenty of toys and play with your pet a few times per day

At What Age Is a Bengal Cat Fully Grown?

Bengals usually stop growing when they reach 18-24 months of age.

Why You Shouldn’t Get a Bengal Cat?

In general, Bengals are extremely talkative, and that’s one of the main reasons why this breed is not suitable for every household.

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