As pet owners, we often see our cat and dog behave in ways that seem to suggest they have a specific sexual orientation. And while some of these behaviors are probably the result of anthropomorphism (attributing human emotions and behavior to an animal), others can be a little more complicated. One such example involves cats displaying “gay” behavior, like mounting other cats of the same sex. This has led to questions such as, “is my cat gay?”
While some animal behaviorists will dismiss the idea of homosexuality in cats, others will acknowledge that same-sex mating and other behaviors have been observed in felines. However, they will also explain that these behaviors are not the same as sex. Instead, they are a means of asserting dominance, establishing territory, triggering the “sexual neurological reward system”, exhibiting pack behaviour, or simply acting on hormones and instinct.
Even so, the idea that cats may be gay has sparked debates among animal lovers and veterinarians alike. Some believe that these displays of same-sex behavior are an important part of the feline psyche, while others believe that such behaviors indicate a behavioral problem and should be discouraged.
If you have a male or female cat, it is best to get them neutered or spayed as soon as they reach the appropriate age. This will significantly reduce the likelihood of displaying overly sexual behavior with other cats. This will also help to prevent the risk of health problems that are associated with unneutered felines, such as testicular cancer.