Cats show physical and psychological differences according to their gender. Gender determines character traits in cats, as in most other creatures. But it should not be forgotten that the character structure of cats also changes according to their breed, the environment they live in, how they are cared for, their habits and conditions. In other words, it is not directly whether the cat is male or female that determines the behavior. However, there are also very important differences that distinguish male and female cats from each other. Knowing these differences is necessary to determine which gender is suitable for you when adopting a cat.
Physical Differences Between Male Cat and Female Cat
As it is known, the males of the same breed cats are larger than the females. Female cats have both bodies and heads smaller than male cats. Also, females will weigh a few kilos less than male cats. Therefore, since male cats have more energy needs, males consume more food than females. This indicates that male cats may be more active. But it also varies by type.
Purring and meowing are louder and more frequent in female cats than in males. Since female cats are fond of their owners, they have high expectations from them. These demands are a factor that increases the meow rate of females.
Due to their anatomy, the neutering operations of female cats and male cats differ. While the sterilization operation is easier in males, this operation is quite difficult in females. Therefore, female cats face a greater trauma after surgery than male cats. The fact that female cats are calmer in the process after the neutering operation also depends on this.
Behavioral Differences Between Male Cat and Female Cat
Because female cats are instinctively programmed to give birth, they are very sensitive about safety, even if they undergo neutering. This brings along the search for a certain order and the desire to preserve their habits. So female cats are more sensitive to changes than male cats. While female cats do not like to change the place of even a small item in the house, male cats do not see this as a big problem. While security needs prevent female cats from going outside, male cats can be more independent and relaxed in this regard. Therefore, if you want to adopt a male cat, you need to take into account that he may want to go out.
Female cats are better at staying home alone and spending time by themselves than male cats. Because females do not complain about being at home. The reason why female cats are happy at home and less willing to go out is the need for security. The need to feel safe is much higher in females than in male cats.
Differences in heat between a male cat and a female cat
All cats go into heat when they are about 10 months old and are ready to breed by mating. Behaviors during estrus are different in male and female cats. Female cats expect more attention from their owners when they are in heat. Male cats, on the other hand, start to leave their own scent everywhere and show aggressive attitudes. Male cats do not want to stay at home, especially during heat, and their tendency to run away from home increases. However, leaving male cats outside during this period will be dangerous for their life safety. Because in this process, male cats take a belligerent attitude and attack other males to show their superiority. Also, if the male cat runs away from the house, he may not come back. In female cats, their tendency to leave the house can be observed during the heat phase.