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Can Our Cats Be Gᴀʏ?

When at a work related conservation conference, one woman shared her story, of her dreams of making money by having a pedigreed cat. She spent boatloads of money on this cat. He was big, beautiful, and what she thought would be the ideal stud for a dad.

People would want their kittens to look just like him. This was going to be grᴇᴀᴛ.

She spent hours researching cats and finding just the right one. As a kitten, this kitty was a love. She just knew this would be a winning venture, and she’s easily recoup the large amount of money she had spent to procure this special kitty.

She advertised, and lined up customers. Only every time she lined up her gorgeous male with an all too willing female ᴍᴀᴛᴇ, he turned tail and slunk away. He didn’t even try to ᴍᴀᴛᴇ.

Sounds curious, but true. She went around telling her friends and others, her cat was ɢᴀʏ.

Do cats have ɢᴀʏ s.ᴇ x?

Let’s not ʙᴇᴀᴛ around the bush. This is the question a lot of you are really asking.

Although cats aren’t quite as well-known as dogs for humping each other, your leg, or the furniture, they still have needs, ᴅᴀᴍᴍɪᴛ.

Those needs aren’t exactly the same as human needs. Female cats are ᴘᴏʟʏᴇsᴛʀᴏᴜs, which means they go into hᴇᴀᴛ (i.e. get all horny) several times a year, for three to seven weeks at a time.

They also show that they’re looking for action with lordosis, or “presenting” – when they reflexively stick their ʙɪᴛs in the air basically.

And like with people, it gets them ready for all that rubbing-ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ-each-other that feels so good.

Yes, yes, we all know cats have s.ᴇ x… but what about ɢᴀʏ s.ᴇ x?

It’s no surprise that like nearly all animals, yes, male cats (toms) have been observed mounting and even penetrating one other.

Female cats have also been spotted getting especially friendly with each other, too, with grooming, licking and plenty and more going on. We’ll spare you any obvious or crass jokes using popular slang names for ladyʙɪᴛs, but it happens.

Do cats having ɢᴀʏ s.ᴇ x mean that a cat is actually ɢᴀʏ?

Some animal behaviourists will immediately dismiss the suggestion. Cats who exhiʙɪᴛ s.ᴇ xual behaviour with other cats of the same s.ᴇ x are definitely not “ɢᴀʏ cats”, they’ll say.

These cats are instead “asserting dominance”, “being ᴛᴇʀʀɪᴛᴏʀɪᴀʟ”, “exhiʙɪᴛing pack behaviour”, “triggering the s.ᴇ xual neuʀᴏʟᴏgical reward system”, “having a strong s.ᴇ x drive” or “acting on hormones and instinct”.

So… you mean a bunch of very common reasons why people, be they ɢᴀʏ, straight, bis.ᴇ xual or otherwise have s.ᴇ x?

Even between two human beings we have the ᴘʀᴏʙʟᴇᴍ of other minds.

The best guess I’ve got at someone else’s thoughts and emotions is their behaviour, and if it’s good enough for our dealings with other people it has to be good enough for our dealing with Fluffykins.

But we do end up with the same ᴘʀᴏʙʟᴇᴍ that we had with our ɢᴀʏ dogs. For people “being ɢᴀʏ” certainly isn’t as simple as “having ɢᴀʏ s.ᴇ x”.

Be you straight, ɢᴀʏ, lesbian or bis.ᴇ xual, s.ᴇ xual orientation has emotional and romantic facets, too.

It also pʟᴀʏs a key role in identity: being ɢᴀʏ can be part of who you are as an individual, and also help define your place in a community or communities.

However, it’s easy enough to ask someone if they’re ɢᴀʏ, lesbian or bi (when it’s appropriate, and when you’ve got a good reason, of course), and hope for an honest answer. But if you ask Tigger, the best you might get is a “miaow”. If you’re lucky.

Cats, like dolphins, are too superior to humans to bother with our somewhat tedious intellectual and emotional layers of complexity.

So it’s hard to say that a cat is ɢᴀʏ, lesbian or bis.ᴇ xual in the human sense of the word… they don’t really have those sorts of relationships.

But if you’re confident enough to say that most cats are “straight”, it is equally justifiable to call those who get it on with the members of the same s.ᴇ x “ɢᴀʏ” (and those who do it with both, “bis.ᴇ xual”).

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