Which Cat Is Better - Male or Female?


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When someone decides to get a cat, the first thing they think about is what breed they might want or where they might want to get their cat. (Most cats are domestic short or longhaired adopted strays.) Once these two decisions are made, most new cat owners start thinking about whether their new cat should be a male or female.

What is the difference between owning a male cat or a female cat? Is one better than another? Some people have very definite opinions on this topic.

Are there characteristics you can associate with each? Well, to be honest, that is a tough one.

Here are some rough generalizations.

Pros for Female Cats:

  • Some believe that female cats are more passive.

  • It has been said that female cats are more affectionate and make better companions, but to be honest, the jury is still out on that one. We believe that all cats treated kindly and compassionately will give you unconditional love in return.

  • Yes, it's a fact that female cats have less urinary problems – and less problems with feline urinary obstruction. They also tend to have less spraying and marking behaviors.

    Cons for Female Cats:

  • It is more expensive to spay a female than to neuter a male.

    Pros for Male Cats:

  • Some believe that male cats are more passive and affectionate.

    Cons for Male Cats:

  • Male cats may have more behavioral problems.

  • Unneutered males are more apt to stray/wander and get into fights.

    These comments are very broad generalizations; every cat is different and both male and female cats can be great pets.

    If you already own a cat, another consideration is the sex of the cat you have at home. Most people think it is best to choose a young cat of the opposite sex to add to your household. This will decrease the chance of aggression.

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    debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

    Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.