Is it a Boy or a Girl?
When it comes to choosing the sex of your future cat, some people prefer males because theyíre generally more independent and playful, whereas others enjoy the gentle, docile nature of females. Or, is it the contrary? Female or male, does it really make a difference?
From day one all kittens, whether male or female, are lively, loveable, and thoroughly irresistible. And, even if youíve decided upon the kind of cat youíd prefer, itís sometimes difficult to identify the sex of very young kittens. Often, itís only once the kitten has reached adolescence that it becomes clear what sex he or she isÖ
A Male or a Female Cat?
Itís easy to understand why female cats have been responsible for the survival of the cat species. In the wild, lions lounge around while their stealthy female companions hunt to bring back a feast. Domestic cats carry on this tradition. However, because they are not required to hunt, females tend to become a little more sluggish in this regard than their predecessors. But, despite it all, they still remain in control of the situation!
As for males, itís their adolescent personalities that characterize them the best. In general, they love to play and consequently, they tend to experience a few more tumbles than female kitties.
What about under the knife?
Sooner or later your veterinarian will suggest the possibility of sterilizing your male or female pet. Unless you are planning on breeding your cat, it may be a good idea to take his advice so as to avoid living with a cat in heat.
First off, females reach their sexual maturity faster than males. In fact, they are generally ready to mate at seven months old. Itís at this point that you may begin to experience your feline going into heat as often as every two to three weeks. Cats can become extremely nervous during these periods and tend to crave lots of affection. And thatís not all! They also become terribly anxious which alters their meow, transforming it into a piercing and full of anguish sounding cry. The female uses this as her mating call.
In response to her cries, the male will call back to his sweetheart using a voice that is just as sharp and unpleasant. Whatís more, during his sexual peaks the tomcat tends to become more aggressive and has a heightened desire to fight. Donít be surprised if such unwanted behavior lasts for several days in your home. You will also find that his litter smells abnormally strong. Or, he may decide to reject his litter all together and instead use the walls and furniture to mark his territory!
With all of this in mind, you may opt to have your cat spayed or neutered. Afterwards, youíll find that he or she will make less noise, will be more relaxed overall, and will lose his or her aggressive nature only to become more playful and gentle. Moreover, most cats also develop a somewhat more docile nature after their operation. To conclude, the characteristic personalities of male and female cats become much less distinct once they have been sterilized. However, one fundamental difference remains: male cats will always be bigger than female cats!
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