Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Nial, question for you - would YOU adopt to someone that the Bengal would be an "only cat" - no other animals to help entertain them?
That would be dependant on the living situation. I.E., is someone home all the time, or at a minimum is only away from home during regular working hours. 8 to 9 hours away from the home during the day, with a fixed work schedule that the cat can depend on.
Bengals are like most other cats, in that they sleep most of the day away. They're very active between dawn and 9am, then again between 6pm and 10pm.
In a case such as I stated above, I would be ok with a single bengal/only cat situation, as long as the new owner clearly understands that the cat needs lots of attention and playtime during it's active hours and needs to made to feel as if it is part of the family when his/her people are home.
I have also placed 2 retired queens in "one cat only" households, due to their extreme alpha cat tendencies. Sometimes you'll have a bengal (normally the girls) who like the company of people much more than the company of other cats. These cats of course need to be placed in single feline situations.
In most cases, 90 percent, a bengal kitten or cat will benefit from having at least one other feline playmate to live with. This needs to be a cat of nearly equal stamina and activity level. I.E., a bengal and a persian would not be a good fit.
A playmate will take a lot of the pressure off the owner to keep the bengal entertained, but they will still need to spend a few hours per day interacting with their cat.
Most of my clients have either purchased 2 or more bengals from me, or they have a multi-cat household. Many have started with one bengal and come back for another 2 to 3 months later, after discovering what I said about their energy level was not an exaggeration.
I'm just about finished putting together a video of some of our kittens and Gypsy (a 2 year old queen) playing with a laser light. It's 10 minutes long and a little insight of what can go on for hours and hours.