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Which is a better cat companion – male or female? — 11 Comments

  1. Only had 2 boys and 4 girls over 30 years and females if nothing else are smarter and cleaner! (grooming-wise and at burying u know what…) Why? Females raise the young and must keep them safe and fed. Males are more fun in playtime but my first main- coon- mix female (with thumbs) would play hours on end with a simple wad of crisp paper. Crisp was key! Dad raised the family to not like cats and I soon discovered at age 29 he was WRONG!

  2. I have had a lot of cats. The most affectionate, friendly, playful, loyal, intelligent, and spectacular have been both males and females. If I could have and interact with 100 cats I would. They are all different as far as personality and preferences. Just like people and all other animals. I think they sense how much they are loved (or not) and respond accordingly.

  3. The only male cats I have known have been more cuddly and afectionate but that in no way makes them better companions. I have alot of female cats, they like to play and be around – whereas male cats like to cuddle and then dissapear on adventures – in my experience. The females are home more and dont go away for an entire day at a time. Of course indoor cats can’t, but I would say both have good points and I therefore could not possibly say one is better than the other, especially after you factor in individual and particular characters etc etc.

    • You make a good point as usual, which I touched on. Even if males are affectionate that does make them better. It is one characteristic. The girls have other plus points too.

  4. Hello Michael, very good debatable article that could vary from personal experiences and the types of owners. Having, a male and female cat in my house-hold i have come to the conclusion that male cats are more caring and affectionate towards their human inhabitants in the house.My male cat matata is a child in behaviour, the clown of the house and also the most affectionate.His dam Matahari was affectionate as a kitten but i noticed changes in her behaviour after breeding and later being the mother of kittens, tomcat matata being the eldest sibling.My firm conclusion is that for some reason, male cats are more affectionate towards their human owners.

    • You make a really good observation. I know about 3 years ago you mentioned the characters of your cats. You have first hand experience and that counts for a lot. Thanks for the input. It adds to the post.

  5. Hi Michael,

    That’s a very interesting study and it should fire up a pretty good debate. I’m sure that a lot of people feel pretty strongly one way or the other.

    Personally, I don’t think either gender is more affectionate or makes for a better companion.

    I’ve fostered and raised quite a few cats over the years. It’s been my experience that both genders are very affectionate.

    The only exceptions are when I’ve fostered or adopted cats that are say around 3 years old or older. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said it depends upon how the cat was socialized in it’s earliest years.

    With some cats I’ve taken in, I’ve suspected that they were raised alone and somewhat neglected or they were abused. That would make any mammal aloof or pissy. It certainly has nothing to do with gender.

    Males and females are equally affectionate and both are excellent companions if a person knows how to raise them well. There’s no doubt at all.

    Great discussion topic,

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

    • Thanks Hairless Cat Girl. You know, I tend to get the impression that there is a very slight tendency for male cats to be more affectionate despite the fact that there are bigger issues such as socialisation and individual cat traits etc. It would be nice if some more work was done on this. If there is a slight tendency for male cats to be more affectionate the difference between male and female affectionate levels may be all due to socialization and not in any way connected to inheritance. We don’t know. I don’t see how or why male cats should be genetically predisposed to being more affectionate.

  6. You are so funny Michael. That cat in the picture could be big Marvin! I’m completely on the fence about this subject. Girl cats are sweet, petite and gentle. Male cats are gregarious and clown like. I like them both! And of course, those are generalizations. No two cats are alike.

    I can move from cat to cat and be happy with exactly who they are. Bigfoot (male) and Marvin (male) are completely different. As is Shadow. The three could be from different species the way they act. Sweet little Yellow cat is pure female. Petite and feminine. I wish I could hold her. She may be the smartest of the whole lot.

    • You answered the question. Each gender has its pluses and minuses. I am pleased you find the picture amusing. I try my best. The ginger cat in the picture looks very large and after 30 mins he will feel heavy. We all know that. Still, he is gorgeous and she won’t disturb him. I guarantee that.

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