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Does Gender Matter When Adopting a Cat?

Xiomara

By Jayn Corral

The SPA does everything possible to make sure adoptions are successful and that the animals live happy and healthy lives with their adoptive families. When someone comes to the SPA to adopt, we conduct an in-depth interview to help identify the right animal for the family. One of the questions we ask is, “Are you looking for a male or female?” Many applicants have a strong preference.

When it comes to cats, polls show that 55 percent of people think it is better to adopt a male, 25 percent prefer females, and 19 percent say gender does not make a difference. Arguments include: “Spayed females transfer their maternal feelings to their human family members.” “Females are bossier and more independent and changeable in their moods.” “Males are aggressive.”

The truth is that, for cats, gender is only an important consideration when adopting an unsterilized one. A female cat will go into heat and produce litters of kittens. Male cats may spray, be aggressive, and surprise your neighbors with litters of kittens.

All animals adopted from the SPA must be sterilized. Sterilization (and more) is included in the 500-peso adoption fee. If you adopt elsewhere (or from the street), please make sure your new pet is sterilized for your sake as well as for the sake of the community, which is already overrun by homeless animals.

In reality, for “fixed” or sterilized cats, gender is not a factor to consider when choosing your new family member. Early socialization plays the most important role in determining the cat’s traits and behavior. Personality is the best way to choose which one (or two) to adopt. Look for the cat that wins your heart. It is true when they say the animal often chooses you.

Our adoption hours are 11–2, Monday–Saturday, at Los Pinos 7, 152-6124.

Maybe Xiomara or Zeus or one of our other beauties will give you a nod. All our available animals can be seen on our website at www.spasnamiguel.org (the Adopt Me! pages).

While you’re looking at our website or visiting the SPA, please help ensure that all our resident cats and dogs (about 100) have food by donating to this year’s Pet Food Money Bank. Reach into your hearts and pockets and contribute. Our goal is to raise 250,000 pesos (about US$14,500), all of which will apply to our annual cost of food. All July donations up to a total of US$2,000 will be matched! For more information, please see www.spasanmiguel.org/how-you-can-help/pet-food-money-bank/ or write info@spasanmiguel.org.

 

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