Can Cats Be Gay?

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. So, can a cat be gay?

The short answer is no, a cat cannot be gay.
The more complex answer is “not exactly“.

Exception to Laws of Nature

When viewing homosexual acts and even cannibalism in felines, they can be 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 can be between animals and humans.

Instincts and Survival

A cat’s instincts are not based on 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. Given 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.

Censorial Perception

A cat’s mental process is only censorial in that it is 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. 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. Changes in the environment can greatly change an animal’s natural receptors such as other images or perceptions and/or memories can act as a new change in the environment affecting the animal’s natural behavior. The conflict between two or more instincts is likely to override the animal’s original impulse.

Intellectual Choice

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 a 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.

Our Perception Doesn’t Change the Laws of Nature

Homosexuality in animals can be explained as to how “we think” we perceive it. To human eyes, a male dog mounting another male dog can be seen as “homosexuality” when in 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, nothing more. Although homosexual behavior is very common in the animal world, it is unheard of that animals have the desire to continually partake in homosexual behavior for very long. To say a cat can be gay by instinctual choice and compare this to human homosexuality, we would then have to say humans too have this choice. 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.

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But humans are animals, saying we are somehow completely separate from all animals and that there are no similarities in behavior (including sexual behavior) would be misleading. There ARE many other species that engage in homosexual behavior beyond simply mounting an animal of the same sex. Penguins of the same sex who decide to adopt an orphaned chick and coparent is a great example. Many bird species mate for life, or for many years, with a bird of the same sex. This seems very much comparable to the nature of homosexuality in humans. It is not merely for pleasure, it… Read more »

Chilled Honey

There is a “scale” in humans and cats, in reference to homosexuality. Regarding male cats, when a female goes into heat, and sometimes it is when her offspring has been killed or died naturally; she has specific ways of signaling her uncontrollable natural animal behavior. It is involuntary. It is how nature works and to be very clear, In some animal species the female is the lead in a pack of wolves for example as well as a lead “duck” in flight formation. There are homosexual cats in nature and it has nothing to do with survival. If a male… Read more »


I have A cat who isn’t neutered who’s mated recently for the first time and I’ve had him for almost a year now (I got him as a kitten) & I recently got a new kitten. He’s 5 weeks old and My great uncle keeps making homosexual comments about the 2 and at first I didnt Think anything of it but, please help give me figure out if the older male cat will “dominate” my kitten.

Nicole Martin

I do believe he will. I have two cats also same as your story, one is a kitten and my other older male will not stop biting him and mounting. My cat also has a favorite stuffed animal that” keeps him busy” lol

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Dog Lover

Any animal has a right to be gay! I love dogs and I know some dogs are gay! As much as I hate cats,this is a very interesting paragraph! You should make a puppy love website!


It’s not a question of rights, nobody is trying to suppress gay animals. Cats cannot be gay and neither can dogs.


You seem well-informed, so let me ask you… It is said that (especially with dogs) pets can be influenced by their owners’ habbits/ behaviour… Does that mean that a cat could be stimulated towards homosexuality if, say, it was exposed to homosexual images? Would its owner being gay affect the matter in any way?


I see. Thanks for taking the time to answer! I enjoyed your article, by the way!


So the logical question derrived from your text and from this comment is that since cat can’t be homosexual in a human way, can they be straight in a human way? What would be the characteristic or the lack of such that answers positively or negatively to this? One such would be familial bonds. Do cats form familial bonds of biological (=1 male, 1 female) parents and biological children for survival? If kitten upbringing (biological and non-biological) is a mother issue only, without any male bio-father involvement, then it should be safe to concluded that cats cannot also be straight… Read more »


What you say sounds correct. Sexual orientation is understood in humans due to what gender we are sexually attracted to, male cats don’t choose a female based on their features or how “attractive” they are, any female in heat will do for them. The female will mate with many males as well, also a survival instinct.
To us, cats would appear appear to be straight but there is no sexual attraction involved, it’s all survival instinct.
The point of the article is can cats be gay, this is an obvious no.


Im glad some people understand animals aren’t homosexual. I sort of disagree that animals aren’t like humans though , but I do agree that most of their lives are just based on survival. Thank you for making this article , it helped alot.

Rosemary Owens

I have two n cats and just this month ceria has started to donate Rasputin and try to take him as a female what can I do on is 14 Rasputin and is a small cat the other is 10 IAM worded about them


It’s strange but I kind of agree with this article, and I’m gay. Animals I think just aren’t capable of experiencing relationships and attraction in the sophisticated way that humans experience it, and like you say, animals such as cats are more instinctual. They have a need to survive to a point where they eventually mate, and house cats, despite being domesticated, haven’t evolved past the need to survive and reproduce like humans have. Yes they have behaviors and personalities that make them exceptional as animals, but that doesn’t make them human. Humans are on another level as far as… Read more »

Paul Hooson

I think this feature really sells the intelligence of cats very short. Their ability to love humans is very complex. – I had as many as six cats at one time, and despite an available female two male cats seemed to pair off and engage sexually as well. Their friendship bond and sexual play was their own choice and made the pair unique in my eyes. – It is some of the human readers who are short-sighted if they think anything less of any cat that follows their own free choices of pairing and play.

Ella Rodenbaugh

I have 2 male cats who we have always said are gay, because they hump eachother, lick eacthother, and always sleep together. Now I’m thinking it’s probably the thing you said that they’re probably confusing eachother for females, as they are both neutered.

Seagull Jarlinator

retarded post, my parents have 3 cats (two males, one female) the males are clearly in a gay relationship (i have stumbled upon them doiny theyre buisniss) your artical is unresearched and biased. it wouls be funny to find the company owning that stock photo and report it to them so this shitty, unresearched and biased artical off the net.
(im no feminist and im not triggered but i find people that write unresearched articals are a waste of time… but please come with your “you are triggered” and “just accept the facts” comments, i find them hilarious 😉 )

Ella Rodenbaugh

I also have 3 cats, all male, and a male do as well. 2 of my cats are clearly in a sexual relationship, and I have also stumbled upon them getting it on. They sleep together, clean eachother, and hump eachother. I definitly think cats can be gay, and I agree that this article is completely unresearched. Oh, and my other male cat is in some kind of relationship with my dog, and my 2 gay cats are treatng him as an outcast. I’m not sure if my dag and my cat are in a gay relationship, or if they’re… Read more »