Getting a new cat is exciting, and deciding which cat to get is really tough. Among the different cat breeds, different colors, and hair and tail lengths, there has always been a great debate about what sex of kitten to adopt.
Should you get a female or male cat? Does it really matter? And what are the behavioral differences between male and female cats? Let’s find out.
Behavioral differences in intact male and female cats
Most of the distinct male and female cat behaviors are sexually driven. They are different sexes, after all. Therefore, most differences are seen among unaltered cats:
- Intact male cats tend to be restless, wander around, spray urine, and are more aggressive towards other cats and, in some cases, people as well.
- Intact female cats go into heat, which is expressed as excessive vocalization, rolling on the floor, and intrusive attention seeking. If they have kittens, they can be extremely protective and aggressive.
What are the differences between male and female cats if you spay/neuter them?
If you are going to spay or neuter your cat, the above mentioned differences diminish. 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 to be more independent.
But is it true? There isn’t any real proof of the above statement, except that male cats do become a lot friendlier after neutering. This is likely because the behavioral changes are more prominent in male cats when compared to females.
Cats’ behavior depends on a lot more than the sex of the cat
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, or even two cats, their individuality is more important than the generalized, statistical behavior of cats.
We’ve interacted with hundreds of cats, and we talked to people who’ve interacted with even more. None of us have ever met two identical cats. Not in terms of appearance, and 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 its early life, the age when the kitten was separated from the mother, the amount of kittens born in the same litter, as well as its experience and interactions with your family throughout his or her whole life.
That is, if you’re choosing a kitten that is fearful, it does not matter if it is a boy or a girl. If you choose a kitten that is playful, its sex does not matter either. Besides, you still have the ability to alter your cat’s personality though its experiences, both positive and negative. There isn’t much truth to the thought that people and cats don’t change. Things we experience change us every day, and the same is true for cats.
Choose a kitten based on his or her personality 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, then you need to know that male cats wander, fight, and mark more than female cats do. Females on the other hand tend to be loud. REALLY LOUD! Yep, still talking about cats.