Getting a new cat is exciting, and deciding which cat to get, is really tough choice. It all starts wit the sex. Should you get a female or male cat? What are behavior differences between male and female cats?
Behavioral differences in intact male and female cats
Most of distinct male and female cat behavior is sexually driven. They are different sexes, after all. Most noticeable differences between intact male and female cats include:
- Intact male cats tend to be restless, wander around, spray urine, be more aggressive towards other cats and people, in some cases.
- Intact female cats go in heat, which is expressed as excessive vocalization, rolling on the floor, intrusively begging for attention and, yes if they do become pregnant and give birth, aggression levels rise sky high. If you’ve seen a cat attacking a dog, most likely it was a female cat, and she had kittens nearby.
What are differences between male and female cats if you spay/neuter your pet?
But what if you are going to spay or neuter your cat? Then, above mentioned differences are diminished. However, pet owners often say that neutered male cats tend to be friendlier, and more attached to their owners than spayed female cats, who are reported as more independent ones.
But is it true? There aren’t quite real proof to the above statement, except that, neutered male cats do become friendlier than before the surgery.
But that is likely only because neutering alter behavior of male cats more than it alter female cat behavior. It may also be because urine marking, which is done significantly more by male cats, gets substituted by other marking and communication forms. Those include rubbing against objects and persons, which in turn gets reported as friendlier behavior.
Cat’s behavior depend on lot more than sex of the cat
But even if male cats were friendlier in general, that shouldn’t dictate your choice if you get one cat. If you are adopting 100 cats, we can talk about statistics, but if you adopt one cat, or even two cats, general behavior of cats is less important than individuality of the particular cat.
We’ve interacted with hundreds of cats, and we talked to people who interacted with even more. None of us or them ever met two identical cats. Not in terms of appearance, not in terms of behavior.
- There are female cats who are friendly, shy, outgoing, lazy, active, aggressive, calm, loud and aloof.
- There are male cats who are friendly, shy, outgoing, lazy, active, aggressive, calm, loud and aloof.
A cat’s behavior depends on many things. Such as the breed of the cat, the environment and interactions during his first 12 weeks of life, the age when the kitten was separated from the mother, the amount of kittens being born in the same litter, as well as his experience and interactions with your family throughout his or her whole life.
That is, if you’re choosing a kitten which is fearful, it does not matter if it is a boy or a girl. If you choose the kitten which is playful, it does not matter either. Besides, you still have an ability to shape your cat’s personality. There isn’t much truth is that people, or cats, don’t change. We do! And they do change over time!
Choose the kitten based on his or her personal traits, rather than the sex.
The first one is far more important than the second. Of course, if you think that spaying or neutering a cat is a poor idea, they you know than male cats wander, fight and mark more than female cats, but they on the other hand tend to be loud. REALLY LOUD!