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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:04 pm 
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My 8 year old rescue bengal is amazing and we are crazy about him.

However, if we come home later than usual, we find him screaming at the front door. He is so loud we can hear him as soon as we exit the elevator, which is quite far from our entrance. The whole hallway can hear him, it is really quite bad. I never thought a cat could be so loud.

He has plenty of food, so hunger is not the problem. When we get in, the meowing continues for a while, with angry looks, followed by some crazy running around. He eventually settles down.

I am concerned about the screaming at the door and neighbours complaining or calling animal protection services.
any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:43 pm 
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Welcome to our forum. It sounds to me as if your bengal is really bored! Bengals do not do well being alone for many hours. And I know the yowl all too well. Bengals are very loud!!! He is obviously more than ready for you to walk through the front door. You might want to invest in a cat wheel or interactive toys that can keep him occupied. I don't recommend a second cat as that can be more trouble than it's worth. You might want to try and leave a radio on -- talk radio station might work better than music -- so he is hearing other voices.

Outside of that, there isn't much you can do. You can't get a bengal to stop yowling. Mine does it. And I know the neighbors can hear him when we have our windows open. And we live in a single-family home. You have a bengal, plain and simple, and he is acting like a bengal. They are highly intelligent, and highly social cats. They want to have humans around them at all times.

Outside of hiring a pet sitter to be with him all day, changing your work hours so someone is home with him at all times, you're going to have to live with this. He's obviously giving you ample time to get home -- just don't be late!! LOL This is the equivalent of having a dog greeting you at the door, wagging its tail. Except, you have a bengal.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:46 pm 
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I think they also make sprays you can use for a calming effect around the house. I have never used them but maybe worth a shot.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:40 pm 
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Hi! I had a Bengal mix that used to yowl so loudly at the door of my apartment it worried me as well.

I had a talk with the apartment manager about it (who knows a lot about cats) and he said that he thought it only happened when I got off the elevator and walked to the door. There were never complaints from the neighbors about a massive cat yowling at the door all day.

So it may be his version of a welcome song :)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:53 am 
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LadyKay wrote:
Hi! I had a Bengal mix that used to yowl so loudly at the door of my apartment it worried me as well.

I had a talk with the apartment manager about it (who knows a lot about cats) and he said that he thought it only happened when I got off the elevator and walked to the door. There were never complaints from the neighbors about a massive cat yowling at the door all day.

So it may be his version of a welcome song :)


Interesting! Thanks. It could be the case. He starts the yelling when he hears the elevator. No neighbour have complained yet.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:57 am 
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Sherry wrote:
Welcome to our forum. It sounds to me as if your bengal is really bored! Bengals do not do well being alone for many hours. And I know the yowl all too well. Bengals are very loud!!! He is obviously more than ready for you to walk through the front door. You might want to invest in a cat wheel or interactive toys that can keep him occupied. I don't recommend a second cat as that can be more trouble than it's worth. You might want to try and leave a radio on -- talk radio station might work better than music -- so he is hearing other voices.

Outside of that, there isn't much you can do. You can't get a bengal to stop yowling. Mine does it. And I know the neighbors can hear him when we have our windows open. And we live in a single-family home. You have a bengal, plain and simple, and he is acting like a bengal. They are highly intelligent, and highly social cats. They want to have humans around them at all times.

Outside of hiring a pet sitter to be with him all day, changing your work hours so someone is home with him at all times, you're going to have to live with this. He's obviously giving you ample time to get home -- just don't be late!! LOL This is the equivalent of having a dog greeting you at the door, wagging its tail. Except, you have a bengal.


Thanks for the suggestions. I will try the radio, great idea.
You are so true about bengals being social. He loves when we have people over and makes himself the center of the atteention.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:33 am 
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Our do the same. They sing the song of their people to all of the neighbors, the neighbors' dogs, the building staff, and all other manner of passersby. Max has separation anxiety, and will do this whether we are home or not. When we are home, I do use the water bottle to keep him away from the front door and lots of positive attention and reinforcement when he is quiet in the evenings. There isn't much we can do about it... Doesn't matter how many toys, how much there is to do, etc.. He is a social butterfly and is so miserable when we are not home. Faust looks at him. Like he's crazy, but also engages in calling at night when we have to kick them our of the bedroom.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:26 pm 
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I always cringe when the water bottle is mentioned. It is not a good reinforcement for cats and if you have to continue using it, it is not working, so please stop! I learned my lesson when a cat attacked me after I sprayed him with water. I still have a hole in my leg to remind me and this happened 30 years ago. Never again will I spray water on a cat.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:29 pm 
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It is the only thing that disrupts the behavior, we don't overuse it, and I'm careful to stay away from ears and face. Literally nothing else affects this cat. He just dries himself off and goes about his day, but the behavior decreases. He's stubborn.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:19 pm 
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Bengals are stubborn, period. Every walk, Raiden attempts to go up to his previous owner's house. This just started a couple of weeks ago. There is something by the deck that has Raiden fascinated. Note, I've had Raiden for 4-1/2 years and he always just walked by the house. You would think after a couple of weeks of "NO" and blocking his path to get up there, he would learn, but he hasn't! Not that his previous owner would mind ... he loves Raiden and always comes over to see him if he is outside while we are walking. It's just that Raiden knows the word "NO" as he always scolds me when I use it, but it makes no difference. Spraying him with water wouldn't help since he loves walking in the rain. Ugh! Bengals!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:43 am 
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I have a 2 year old Mink called Spider who starts howling the second he hears me wake up. I have split my apartment these days so that they only have access to half of it, and I can retreat for a good nights sleep (cat free!) at the end of the day, which works great, but the second I open my eyes he is howling for me to go to him. I have no idea how he knows! There are times when I will literally lay there like a statue to try and postpone it, but it always happens, every day. It used to make me anxious, but now I have just accepted he has superior hearing and some kind of sixth sense and I just have to get up and go and fuss him!

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