Signs of Transsexuality in Domestic Cats
Transsexuality is unseen in other animals because “gender” or the idea of an “animal society” is seldom studied. I work with cats everyday and I am studying cats and I will say now, you can believe me or not that domestic cats show evidence of transsexuality.
Intersex conditions make up 10% of the population of cats and as a species, domestic cats especially have extremely high levels of intersex individuals in comparison to most other species. Unlike many other species as well, intersex individuals commonly live after birth even in feral colonies.
Now, basically cat society is matriarchal. Female cats are on top and live in complex social family groups in the center of an area. This is where they have their kittens and live in little polyamourous, bisexual communities with other female cats. Where they share the raising of the kittens and exhibit sexual behaviour with one another to strengthen bonds. Female cats, neutered or unneutered, homed or unhomed are less friendly than males, are better hunters than males, are smarter than males and less affectionate towards humans.
Male cats live on the outskirts and although there may be two male cats who live together, they do not live in a large family group. Most toms are rivals attempting to win the favour of the female queens in the center. They are friendlier towards people, friendlier towards other cats (when neutered) and tend to be less intelligent, they’re not as good a hunter.
Now as I said, cats have a higher level of intersex conditions but also a higher instance of male cats and female cats exhibiting opposite behaviour. It is not extremely uncommon to find a male cat babysitting kittens for females something which with any other male would be extremely dangerous. With any other male, the female cats would drive him out and possibly severly injure him. For some reason, with these males, even though they’re intact. They don’t try and mate with the females but exhibit bonding behaviour common with two females.
Or a female cat to be prowling on the outskirts attempting to impress the female cats within the colony. Fighting with other males over a female.
In the end however, it is extremely difficult to judge whether these cats have dysphoria as we can’t ask them or judge what mental stress they’re going through. Although I have personally trapped feral males in female areas of colonies with self-mutilation around their testicles, not caused by irritation or fleas or mites.