Sexual orientation is not only confined to humans. It is essential for all animals. The BBC made a very interesting report in 2014. A pair of male penguins in a zoo in Kent England had teamed up to raise orphaned eggs together.
Just like humans, animals are a puzzle of need, and to complete your significant other, you must be the missing piece.
Perhaps you have noticed your beloved cat cuddling with the same-sex pal. Or maybe you have seen your dog humping at the same-sex puppy.
Getting to know your pet better, why they do what they would help to unravel the puzzle. It could be a sign of anything, or it could be nothing at all.
Why Do My Cat/Dog Cuddle And Mount Other Same-sex Mates?
Cuddling is a common practice in cats. Humping is a common practice in dogs. Most dogs and cats’ sexual behavior can come out uncouth for the reserved and uninformed.
Maybe it is because we attribute most of our behavior as humans to our pets.
However, no matter how close we are to them, it is good to realize that these animals are not humans, and they need a different kind of understanding.
If you can understand this, you will be able to give your pet proper care. Perhaps we should look at some things that drive them to exhibit these strange behaviors.
Just like humans, cats and dogs also have social hierarchies. Growling, barking, and biting is not the only way a dominant alpha dog can express their dominance.
Mounting others and humping at them is one of the ways they can express this position.
This queer behavior cannot, however, be attributed to cats. Nonetheless, this is common in the dog family.
They employ this as a form of dominance to be able to be in control of the pack. That notwithstanding, sometimes a dog can mount or hump at others out of sheer frustrations.
Lack of sexual activities both in humans and animals can build up to frustrations before reaching a breaking point.
Cats and dogs can hump at one another regardless of gender to relieve themselves of these frustrations. Sometimes, they do it to express their desires.
Many a time, when a cat or a dog is emasculated, their sexual odor is altered.
This will lead other dogs or cats to mistake them as belonging to the opposite sex. This serves to show us that we cannot rashly conclude if a dog or a cat is transgender.
When you notice your cat doing nose bop or rubbing their faces against a same-sex cat, chances are they are under stress.
Just like a human being crave for a hug during stressful moments, so does the family of animals in general.
So, take a chill pill; your kitty or puppy might not be a trans after all.
If you are keen enough, you will notice that your dearest pet mounts, hump, or rub themselves at inanimate objects.
To stop this otherwise uncouth behavior, it is advisable to call your cat or dog to divert their attention.
Calling them to snap out of it comes as a relief as it will help avoid social embarrassments or conflicts.
During juvenile stages, there is a lot of experimenting both in dogs’ and cats’ world. It is of utmost importance that the young ones of cats and dogs be allowed to experiment.
This will allow them to learn the right kind of communication. The way these animals develop their sexuality is not the same as we do.
Kitties and puppies develop their latent sexuality in different ways.
This is a significant part of their socialization and understanding of their role within the pack.
We have all at one time of our lives found ourselves blowing a whistle at a false alarm.
It is not all the time you see your dog humping at the same-sex dog or your cat cuddling at the same-sex cat that they are engaging in sexual activities.
You need to relax a little bit; they could just be playing the tickle game.
We do that too with same-sex people, don’t we?. When cats and dogs engage in such behaviors, sometimes they are merely looking for ways to exert some energy.
It is a normal attitude for these animals to play this way, and it is a universal thing all across the ages.
Just as we do to alleviate stress, they also like to jump on each other, cuddling and raking all around.
What Do We Do To Stop Cuddling And Humping Within The Same Sex?
We have already mentioned that cuddling in cats and humping in dogs are the most natural things in their little world.
Well, this does not mean that it is appropriate all the time. If your pet has not been spayed or emasculated, it is essential to call them out of this tendency.
For instance, if a dog is mounting on a same-sex dog to exert its dominance, it might lead to fighting.
Our pets need to be able to get along and to be obedient all at the same time.
If your pet is doing any of these to alleviate stress, perhaps you should address them by observing them and helping them through it.
You might also want to have a long talk with your vet to determine exactly what could be triggering inappropriate mounting and cuddling.
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
She has been writing about pet care and nurturing and wants to share her readers’ experiences, learnings, and knowledge.
Over the years, she had the opportunity to work with various pet owners having multiple breeds, and that exposure gave her experience and the lessons of a lifetime.
Her family, her entire universe revolves around her two cats, who give her endless support and inspiration to move ahead with her objectives in life. Amanda is a live example of a balanced approach to all parenthood questions we all face in life.