Will A Female Cat Accept a Male Kitten? (Too Vicious?)
If you have a female cat and have a desire to get a male kitten you may be wondering if it will be accepted…
Will a female cat accept a male kitten?
A female cat can accept a male kitten, their gender has no impact on whether or not they will get along. The cat’s age and personality are the biggest factors. For both males and females, an adult house cat is generally more accepting of a kitten being brought into the home than another adult cat.
So, now you know. But, will your cat get jealous? What is the best way to introduce them? Is there a chance that the male kitten will attempt to hump your cat? Keep reading for these answers, and much more…
What can make a female cat reject a new kitten?
If your female cat has been neutered and has basically gotten used to the life of an only child, then she may reject the new kitten. This is because most of her life she has been isolated from other cats and doesn’t know how to socialize with them.
She likely feels frightened by the new arrival and maybe even a little threatened.
Try your best to introduce a new kitten slowly to your female cat and let her get used to it at her own pace. There is a good chance that with time they could become friends, but until then try not to force anything.
Why are female cats less likely to accept another adult cat?
Female cats are less likely to accept a mother cat because cats are very territorial animals. Another adult cat will immediately be viewed as a threat, so it will likely take longer for them to be accepted. A kitten on the other hand is less of a threat to their territory.
Will a female cat feel jealous of this new kitten?
Your female cat is likely to feel jealous. Especially if she was the only cat in the house then and already claimed her position as the main cat. Now with another kitten joining the household, she feels like her position has been shaken up.
You are her almighty servant, but over the course of your residency together she has formed a strong bond with you.
She is likely to feel jealous because she’s used to having all of your attention to herself. She may feel like the new kitten is soaking up too much of your time.
This is especially true if you begin to spend less time playing or snuggling with her. She may also feel jealous if she has to share her facilities, bedding, and toys.
Do female and male cats typically get along in a house?
Female and male cats do typically get along. In fact, gender has nothing to do with it. If a female and a male cat have personalities that get along together then they could become best friends.
On the other side of things, if they are both territorial they may not get along at all. Their energy levels will play a bigger part in how the cats get along than their gender does.
Cats with similar energy levels get along better. Their size and age play a big factor too since adult cats like to claim hierarchy over smaller cats. It’s definitely easier to introduce a small cat to a big one, as opposed to the other way around.
What are the disadvantages of a male kitten when you have a female cat?
One of the biggest disadvantages of a male cat is spraying around the house as a way to mark its territory. Even after they have been fixed, male cats are known to still spray if they had started before they had the surgery.
Cats are very territorial animals, and if there is a female cat around many cat owners have their male cat neutered before they hit puberty.
However, if you’re lucky enough to get them neutered before they ever spray then you likely won’t have any issues with this.
What is the best way to introduce a new male kitten to a female cat?
It may take several weeks for the female cat to adjust to the new male kitten, so always introduce them slowly. You may have to keep them separated at first and monitor their time together.
One way you can make your female cat accept this new kitten earlier is by introducing his smell to her.
You can do this by bringing the kitten’s blanket over to the cat when he isn’t around so she can get used to his scent. When you do bring the kitten out, its smell won’t be unfamiliar to her so she won’t feel as frightened.
Another thing you should do is make sure your female cat is still the center of attention when the kitten arrives.
How can you avoid your female cat getting jealous of the male kitten?
To avoid your female cat getting jealous you should provide separate toys and feeding utensils for them. This is because it is very likely that your female cat has already claimed everything and everyone in your house as hers.
She is likely to have no intentions of sharing her toys or her beloved people (basically, you). When the male kitten arrives she may feel like he is stealing attention from her.
She may also feel jealous if the kitten is using her toys, sleeping in her favorite spot, or even using her facilities. So, avoid this by getting their own toys.
Could my male kitten start humping my female cat?
Some male kittens may reach sexual maturity earlier than others. When this happens they may likely try to hump your female cat. This is why many cat owners neuter them before they reach puberty.
In some cases, they may become aggressive and continuously follow her around in an attempt to hump (what about ejaculation? click here) her. If this happens with your cats before their scheduled appointment to be neutered, try to keep them in separate rooms when you aren’t around to interfere.
Will I have to eventually neuter my male kitten to protect my female cat?
Many cat owners have to neuter their male cats because they will inevitably, in time, have the urge to mate with the female cat. Some say it is also easier to introduce a female adult cat to a male kitten who has been neutered.
Some male kittens are more aggressive than others, but having them spayed is a way to make them less aggressive.
A female cat usually won’t accept a kitten that doesn’t have a similar energy level as her. Kittens are usually a lot more energetic which can lead to aggressive behavior. Once they get neutered their energy level is on the same page as the female cat, making it easier for them to get along.
At what age do male kittens typically get neutered?
Most vets will recommend that you wait until the male kitten is at least 6 months old before they get neutered. This will allow them enough time to bulk up and get to a healthy weight before their surgery.
While some people worry that their male cat will reach sexual maturity before this age, most people don’t have an issue with them spraying.
You may wait longer if you feel more comfortable with allowing them to grow more before the operation, but if you have a female cat in the house it’s best not to wait too much longer.
If the male kitten does reach sexual maturity before they get neutered they are likely to start spraying, and may even try to impregnate the adult female cat.