Do male and female cats get along?

Cats are pretty placid animals. As such, they are often the choices of senior pet owners and of people that cannot care for very energetic pets like dogs. Cats though have different personalities. Some cats can destroy the peace at home. One pet cat would not be enough for a cat lover. However, the decision to get another cat can be the reason why both pets would end up in animal shelters. This is because cats in the same household have the tendency to fight. Fighting is more common among female cats. Male and female cats can get along much better especially if introduced properly.

Cats are solitary animals. Cats are known to have very poor social skills. Cats are better off as solo pets because it is the nature of these animals to live alone. In the wild, cats would only find members of their species during mating time. Once the mating season is over, the male and the female cats would go on their own ways. The male cat would live alone while the female cat would be saddled with the task of caring for the litter. Cats were domesticated. Cats no longer need to hunt to survive as all the basic needs are provided by the owner. Domestic cats have become less solitary animals. Companion cats have learned to live with other cats, with other animals and with humans. However there are instances when cat owners can get too exasperated because the pets won’t give peace a chance. Why do cats fight?

Cats do not always fight. In a multi-cat household, it is not uncommon to see the pets grooming each other or playing with each other. Cats tend to manifest a different behavior towards other cats. A cat can be a friend to another and consider another cat as its mortal enemy. Studies have shown that cat aggression is more common among female cats. It was noticed that male and female cats have better relationship as compared to both males and both female cats. A male and female cat is a more ideal set up than pet cats of the same sex. This is due to the fact the in a male and female tandem, one cat would be dominant and the other would be passive. The pets would learn to accept each other’s behavior and the intervention of the pet owner may not be necessary as altercations between the pets would not occur. Fighting would seldom occur as the male cat would take on the role of the alpha cat and the female cat would have no qualms of being down on the hierarchy line. It is also possible for an older female cat to take on the dominant role. As long as both cats accept their position in the hierarchy line, not much in fighting will occur.

Aggression between cats in the same household is most likely to occur if the cat grew up as a solo pet and another cat was suddenly introduced. The newcomer will be viewed by the resident pet as a rival to the affection of the owners, to the food and to the toys. The male and female cats or cats of the same sex in one household can be trained to co-exist harmoniously. Inter- cat aggression can be avoided by getting the pets at the same time while still young. Both will be introduced in the household at the same time. The cats would become playmates and therefore would learn to tolerate each other. Older cats can still be introduced to the resident pets. Aggression between the pets can be avoided as long as the pets are properly introduced and the owner takes time to socialize the pets.

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