Now this is a question that a cat lover may ask themselves after seeing a dominant male “take over” another male OR a female cat completely disregarding males. This article is not meant to offend anyone, so please do not take it that way. I will simply be giving the answer and explaining why.
The short answer is no, a cat cannot be gay.
The more complex answer is “not exactly“.
When viewing homosexual acts and even cannibalism in felines, they are viewed as exceptions to normal behavior. There is a difference in exceptional behavior and instinct. When a cat appears to or even takes on homosexual behavior it is not out of their genetic instincts, but rather things they simply are doing. Confused? When a monkey throws its poop, it is not out of instinct, but merely an action it chooses to do. Outside events cause this to happen, not internal instincts. Homosexual humans say they are “born this way”, and I am not disagreeing, but this also further proves how different sex is between animals and humans.
A cat’s instincts are not based by physical laws that govern the physical world. All living beings can adapt and change to any given circumstance with a set amount of time. Cats respond to internal and/or external stimuli. A good example is that not all cats hate water. Giving the circumstances, be it for food or weather, a cat will learn to accept swimming and being in water as a means to survive. The fear (internal) and sight (external) of water are overturned and the cat adapts as a motive of survival.
A cat’s mental process is only censorial, limited to sound, smell, touch, taste and vision. They lack the precision and clarity that a human’s intellectual perception has. A cat will confuse one sensation with another or one object with another; Animals frequently confuse one sensation with another or one object with another. A male cat may confuse a neutered male cat for a female; as the strong natural scent of the male urine is not present. An animal’s instincts are intertwined with its nature. However, change in environment can greatly change an animal’s natural receptors.; other images, perceptions and/or memories can act as a new change in environment affecting the animal’s natural behavior. The conflict between two or more instincts is likely to override the animal’s original impulse.
So how does this prove cats can’t be homosexuals? In man, when two instinctive reactions collide, the intellect determines the best choice to follow out, and the will then dismisses one instinct, while encouraging the other. Cats will see two instinctive impulses around one problem and because they lack our kind of will and problem solving, they will choose the one that is favored by the current circumstance or environment. They base their instinctive impulse purely on survival, not choice of intellect as humans do. Sometimes, these internal or external stimuli affecting a cat’s instinctive impulses result in parents killing their offspring, cannibalism and homosexual acts.
Homosexuality in animals can be explained as how “we” think we perceive it. To human eyes, a male dog mounting another male dog may be seen as “homosexuality” when in all reality, they do this to express dominance. When two male animals or two female animals engage sexually, it is a demonstration of power, not sex; or it is simply an instinctive impulse bent toward survival or; confusion from the clashing of two senses. What we, as humans, fail to understand is that an animal’s instincts are geared toward reproduction and survival and that is it. Although homosexual behavior is very common in the animal world, it is unheard of that animals have the desire to continually partake in homosexual actions for very long. It is in misunderstanding that people try to compare human and animal behaviors, as if the two were the same. The laws of human behavior vs animal behavior are entirely different in nature.