I wonder if the whole Mars/Venus thing is true for cats as well… Are male cats different to female cats? And if yes, which one makes the best pet?
People have very strong (and different) answers to this question, but there seem to be slightly more people who say that male cats are friendlier, more affectionate and laid back. Here are the results of a 2000 people survey: http://www.helium.com/debates/176727-friendlier-cats-male-or-female. “Male cats are often more friendly than female cats, many have a cuddly “lap cat” personality. Female cats can be more cautious, skittish and may take longer to trust you. However, once you’ve proven your worth, they too can be very affectionate.” (www.pet-trails.com)
Experts say that the personality of a cat is mostly determined by breed (biggest factor) and life experiences in the first 2-3 months of their life. So if you want a particular kind of cat, you should rather base your decision on the breed’s personality, than gender. With patience, you can shape the personality of any cat, regardless of their quality of their social life prior to you having them (even if they are feral), but getting a kitten who has been growing in a caring family since birth will make your task way easier. This is why I personally chose to go for a breeder rather than a shelter / adoption center.
It also depends on whether you wish to spray / neuter the cat: if you do not plan to do so, females would better, as males can be very aggressive and likely to spray all over your place.
They also say that people tend to get along better with cats of the opposite sex which means I should get a male kitten…
The bottom line is, every cat is different. Do some research and find out what breed you like, then go over, play with them and pick the one which you like best. And neuter/spray them, they’ll make better companions (no fighting, spraying, or crying).
Which gender do you prefer?