The truth is that the sex of the cat really doesn’t matter when it comes to choosing the purrfect pet for you. Although there are some behavioral differences between male and female cats as they grow from kittens to adults, a cat’s genetics and environment play a bigger role in how well the two of you will bond.
Male cats tend to be more social and affectionate with both humans and other cats. They commonly form strong bonds with other cats in the home, even when they are not from the same litter.
They don’t go into heat like females, and their entire existence does not revolve around kitten rearing. Since the male is not as focused on reproduction, males tend to be cuddlier and more affectionate to their owners. This fact also explains why female cats get more affectionate whenever they’re fixed.
Male cats are usually larger and heavier than female cats. This is particularly obvious if the male was not neutered until after sexual maturity was reached. Additionally, male cats tend to have large, wide cheeks and a more rounded face than females. This is because of the testosterone in the males.
What is this? But despite these benefits, owning a male cat also carries a few downsides that you need to be aware of. For one, intact males are more aggressive and territorial. That translates into unwanted behaviors like spraying and fighting with other male cats in your home and the neighborhood.
Males generally tolerate handling better than females and if the cat is over 18 months old, the personality and temperament are already well established–“what you see is what you get”.
The vast majority of cats do not spray. Males are more likely than females to spray, but if a cat is neutered before 6 months, he will almost never spray. If an intact male cat does begin to spray, neutering him will solve the problem in about 95 percent of the cases.
Some male cats purr while others do not. That actually goes for both genders. If you have had your male cat checked by a vet and there is nothing physically wrong with him, you do not have to worry much about your male cat not purring.
Male cats are more friendly towards people and form strong bonds with their owners. Female cats are distant and prefer other cats to people due to their maternal instincts.
Neutering will result in the sterilization of your cat. He will no longer be able to reproduce, so if you intend to breed your animal, do not have him neutered. Neutering changes his appearance. Your cat will look different because his testicles will no longer be present.
Myth: Male cats are more affectionate towards humans and bond really well with their owners. Female cats are aloof and, because of their mothering instincts, prefer other cats to humans. Reality: This usually comes down to your cat’s individual personality.
They can disappear for days in search of a mate and may come home with bite abscesses and other wounds from fights. They are also more likely to contract and spread diseases, such as feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus. Intact males are at greater risk for testicular cancer and prostate disease.
If you’re looking for a new feline friend, here are some cuddly cat breeds to consider welcoming into your home!- Maine Coon. The Maine coon, nicknamed “America’s cat,” sits at the top of the friendliest cat breeds list.
The pros of a male kitten
Male cats are generally more affectionate towards their owners, and this is great if you are looking for a pet that you can really bond with. If you have a lot of time to be giving cuddles and fuss then a male cat is much more likely to accept this.
Some owners and behaviorists argue that there are distinct differences between male and female cats, but only when the cats are intact. Males, for instance, are typically more aggressive and likely to display dominant behavior before being neutered.
Myth: Female cats are more bossy and demanding. They crave attention and will let you know when they want something with plenty of loud meows. On the other hand, male cats are more laid-back and relaxed about life, happily taking your attention when it comes their way.
Spraying is not the same as peeing outside the litter box. When spraying, a cat’s tail will stand up straight. The tail may vibrate a little. By spraying, they deposit small amounts of urine on vertical surfaces: especially doors, walls and windows are likely victims.
When an intact male sprays urine, it will have the characteristic “tom cat” odor that is strong and pungent. Castration or neutering will change the odor, and may reduce the cat’s motivation for spraying, but approximately 10% of neutered males and 5% of spayed females will continue to spray.
As we’ve noted, their purr relieves your stress and can help you heal and live a healthier life. Your cat also helps with feelings of anxiety and depression. Moreover, they are warm, comfortable purring machines to have in bed with you! There are also, however, some reasons you may not want to let them sleep with you.
For cats, licking is not only used as a grooming mechanism, but also to show affection. By licking you, other cats, or even other pets, your cat is creating a social bond. Part of this behavior may stem from kittenhood when your cat’s mother licked to groom them, as well as to show care and affection.
Cats are perfectly capable of protecting you while you sleep—and if you find them sleeping at the foot of your bed, that’s likely what they’re doing—but how protective a cat is depends on the cat’s nature.
Sleeping near you
If your kitty likes to sleep near you - or even on you - this is an indication that they have total trust in you.
Some single indoor-housed cats become anxious when left alone for long periods of time. These cats appear to be unusually sensitive to their surroundings, and may be very attached to their owners. Here are some signs of “separation anxiety” in cats: Excessive vocalization (crying, moaning, meowing)
Conclusions. The optimal age to spay/neuter a cat is before it reaches 5 months of age. For owned cats, the optimal age would be 4 to 5 months; for cats in shelters, the optimal age could be as early as 8 weeks.
Is Neutering Painful for a Cat? Cat neutering is a surgical procedure and is painful. However, with the advent of modern pain medications and a better understanding of pain control in cats, most felines experience minimal discomfort after surgery when all post-surgical recommendations are followed.