The sex of the cat determines, to some extent, its behavior. However, although a male cat is commonly described as being more belligerent and more adventurous than a female, the character traits are more generalities and depend mainly on the individual and Its personal history.
The dangers and diseases that the male cat can face
The average life expectancy of a male cat is around 13 years, which is 2 less than that of a female cat. It should also be noted that it is greater in a castrated male cat.
Male cats are more likely to fight, run away and therefore expose themselves to the risk of an accident. In addition, certain diseases are specific to male cats or appear in them more frequently or in more severe forms. This is the case with affections of the lower urinary tract; crystals form there to obstruct the passage of urine into the urethra, which is narrower in the male feline.
In short, adopting a male cat means that the animal will live with you potentially for a shorter period of time.
Adopt a male cat when you already have one
Do you already have a male cat and plan to adopt a second one? The 2 felines can get along and live together, but on condition that you prepare for the arrival of the new animal.
With 2 male cats, there is obviously the risk of rivalry and therefore fighting. It is therefore essential that a hierarchy is put in place and that their resources ( bowls, baskets, etc.) be separated.
Adopting a male cat when you have a female
The risk of conflict is lower (but not zero) when you have 2 cats of different sexes. However, if you want to adopt a male cat when you already have a female, that does not exempt you from a minimum of preparation to make the presentations go well.
Also, if you do not want this future couple to reproduce, you will have to sterilize them.
Sterilization of the male cat
In the case of a male, we speak more about castration. This form of sterilization is performed on the cat surgically. It is purely and simply to remove the testicles of the animal.
There are various arguments in favor of castration of the cat, including the following:
- First of all, a neutered cat will have less tendency to mark its territory, mainly by urinating on furniture, walls, etc.
- Then, the sterilized male cat will spare you the inconvenience associated with the heat of the females. No longer being sensitive to the call of the latter, It will have less desire to run away and fight with his congeners of the same sex that he perceives as rivals in the conquest of a partner. It will be much less exposed to the risk of injury associated with conflicts and wandering.
Adopting a male cat can therefore also involve having It neutered if you do not wish to have a litter of kittens.