Cats have different gender and their needs and behavior can be influenced by their biological identity. Here are 8 facts that set female felines apart from male cats.
NAMING FEMALE CATS
Terminologies: There are two terms to refer to female cats. The general term is “Molly” and the second and more familiar term is “Queen.” This refers to a female kitty that isn’t fixed meaning she can get pregnant or is already nursing kittens.
Names: There are many popular female cat names which fall in different categories like based on food or flowers. But to name a few you can get inspiration from: Bella, Lucy, Luna, Molly and Kitty are among the most known ones. Usually, female cat names tend to end in an “e” sound which many cats are likely to respond to.
FEMALE FELINE BEHAVIOR
Social: Queens and mollies purportedly have their own way of greeting. In a cat community outdoors or in a multi-pet household, female kitties exchange brief greetings. This come in the form of cheek rubs or nose touches. Supposedly, cat parents can learn this and attempt it with their kitties to form a closer bond.
Vocal: Female felines can be more vocal than male cats especially when a queen is in heat. The trait of being vocal usually has more to do with a cat’s breed than gender. However, a usually behaved quiet queen can fill your house with unbearably loud meows during a period in its reproductive cycle.
Motherly: One of the most distinguishable behavior in female felines is being motherly. They can get extra aggressive and defensive when they want to protect their kittens. Being motherly can even extend to their owners that they deem as poor hunters. So when your molly brings you presents like dead animals, just know that she cares. This motherly trait can also make queens accept other female felines and their kittens.
Purportedly, the differences between a male and a female cat’s behavior are more noticeable when they aren’t fixed. A cat’s various behavioral quirks gets more pronounced when a cat isn’t spayed or neutered.
FEMALE CATS TEMPERAMENT
Aggression: Female cats can get more aggressive when nursing. They are extremely protective towards their human owner or their kittens.
Affection: There are surveys that dictate male cats tend to be more affectionate than female cats. This is because queens’ priorities are their kittens or having kittens instead of their owners. However, fixed female cats supposedly become more affectionate; since having kittens no longer concern them, they direct their motherly instincts to their ‘hoomans’ instead. But others claim that fixed female kitties are still less affectionate compared to fixed male cats. Fixed mollies tend to become more independent and socially unattached compared to male kitties.
FEMALE CATS TRIVIA
- Female cats are more likely to be right-pawed while male cats are left-pawed
- The largest litter a queen has given birth to is comprised of 19 kittens, 4 of which were sadly stillborn
- The first cat that went to space was a female cat named Felicette. It was on October 24, 1963 and it was a brief but successful trip to space.