What are behavioral differences between male and female cats?

Sexing a kitten

This is a great way to find differences between male and female cats. Photo: © cynoclub

People who have decided to acquire a new cat, at one point or another stumbles upon a question – what are behavior differences between male and female cats? One one hand, often future cat owners give too much weight to this question as, actually, if you are going to keep your cat as a pet, it should make no difference. Why?

Behavioral differences in intact male and female cats

Most differences between male and female cat’s behavior are sexually driven. They are different sexes, after all. Most noticeable differences between intact male and female cats include:

  • Intact male cats tend to wander around, spray urine, be more aggressive towards other cats and people, in some cases.
  • Intact female cats go in heat, which comes with a set of excessive vocalization, rolling on the floor, intrusively begging for attention and, yes if they do become pregnant and give birth, aggression levels may rise sky high. If you’ve seen a cat attacking a dog, most likely it was a female cat, and she had kittens nearby.

But what are differences between male and female cats if you spay/neuter your pet?

However, when it comes to altering your cat, all the differences mentioned above are diminished. Though, there still are some differences between in behavior between different sexes of altered cats, too.

What are behavioral differences between male and female cats?

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Most altered male cats are reported to be friendlier, and more attached to their owners than spayed female cats, who are reported as more independent ones. However, this fact tells you absolutely nothing! Because when it comes to individual personality, everything’s possible, thus you should not look for differences in male and female cats, but for personalities. First characterized by a specific breed, second, specific to the litter of kittens risen at the same environment, next, individual personalities of your chosen kitten, and then even possible personality changes after you spay or neuter your cat. But if we want to look at a specific behavioral differences between male and female cats, they are most apparent in unaltered animals. This article is a part of series99 cat questions in a 100 days.

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