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Strange encounters I've had...

You and your young child decide that you want a kitten. You don't have any other pets and so you've decided you get two to keep each other company while you're at work and your child is at school.

You find an ad from an awesome person who has taken in a stray litter, in your chosen colors, and of your chosen temperament. They're perfect! Except...your child wants only girl kittens, and there are only boys available. The kittens from the ad already have their shots and are dewormed so it would save you money, also you really like these particular kittens.

Would you lie to your child about the sex of the kittens? Would you tell your kid tough luck? Or would you continue looking for female cats?

Do you have a preference when it comes to the sex of your pet? Why/why not?

Edit: The reason I ask is because put the kittens on craigslist, and out of 12 replies I've only had two kittens adopted out. I don't see what's so great about female cats. I mean, boys spray if you don't get them fixed, but if you don't get a girl fixed you'll have every male within a mile spraying your house.


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Aug. 29th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Tell my kid that little boy kitties need homes, too. I'd think that after visiting the cats and playing with them and everything that my kid would be more focused on "Cute, fun kittens!" than the fact that they're male. Or, maybe there's something fun for the kitties that my kid really wants that we can get with some of the saved money.
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Aug. 29th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yep this is what happened to me when I was a kid... only my mother wanted a male kitten and there were only females available.
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Aug. 29th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Oooh, matching stinky boy guinea pig comments.
Aug. 29th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
First of all, no kittens.

Second, no, I'm not lying about the sex. My kid is not dumb. I'd extol the virtues of kittens with shots and already wormed and how attached we already are to the cute buggers.

Third, not really a preference for the sex of my pets; that being said, if I got a guinea pig I'd get a girl because boys smell bad.
Aug. 29th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
But but...kitties are cute! Please take them. TAKE THEM OUT BEFORE THEY EAT ALL OF MY TOILET PAPER!
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Aug. 29th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'd be inclined to tell the child 'tough luck,' reminding him or her that boy kittens and girl kittens aren't that different, and what's important is that we give the kitten a home. I don't know many kids who would reject a cute little kitten because it's the wrong sex.

If I thought it was going to be a big deal, as in the kid wouldn't bond with a kitten that's the wrong sex, I'd probably rethink getting a cat entirely (at least until the kid grows up a bit).

I know some animals can behave differently depending on their sex, but I haven't noticed a huge difference when it comes to altered cats.

I don't have a gender preference when it comes to pets. I've had good luck with boy cats, but that's only because they seem to wander into my life more often than their female counterparts.
Aug. 29th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
I'd have to go with tough luck.

Personally, I've had better luck with boy kitties but we got a girl kitty yesterday. She seems nice so far.
Aug. 29th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
For me personally, I prefer male kitties, if I have to make a choice. But if the kittens were perfect in every other way (as you said... shots, wormed, hair length, color, temperment, etc...) I'd take one no matter what the sex. I'd be getting it spayed/neutered anyway.

I want to get another kitty. I miss mine. :(
Aug. 29th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
take one of mine! They're super cute orange and white tabbies. :D

I'll email it. :P
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Aug. 29th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Aug. 29th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't lie to my child about the sex, but I would take the child to meet the kittens and see if she fell in love with the little bundles of fluff on her own...

I actually prefer male cats and female dogs, due to temperament, or just owner bias, as all the male cats I've owned and known have been basically fabulous, and many of the female cats I've known have been elistist jerks ;)

Sep. 2nd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
We're quite similar. My favourite cat was male, and I've had nothing but female dogs for the last 15 years or so.
Aug. 29th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
In a complete 'not even answering the question', even neutered males tend to have smellier litter boxes, at least in my experience. Not that is anywhere near a good reason to get a pet or not to -- litter boxes don't smell if they are kept clean.

(And if I had a child, I'd ask them why they wanted girls and discuss the needs of pets to find homes and then if he or she really wanted a female and had a reasonable reason, I'd probably keep looking. I don't think sex preferences are less acceptable than color preferences, as an example. And I've had sex preferences with all of my dogs (for inter-dog relation reasons), but not with cats or parrots.)
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Tough luck, kid.

I don't care about the gender of my pets.

I want a kitten :(
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Assuming they've already been fixed, I tell kiddo they're pretty much the same (or will soon be, if they haven't been). And then I take her to meet the kitties, and if she can resist kitty charm in person, she's probably not my child anyway, and I put her up for adoption we can keep looking for girls.
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
I wouldn't lie...I'd tell my kid to get over it, boy kittens need loving homes too and if she insisted she didn't want a boy, we probably wouldn't get one because I wouldn't want her to be hateful toward it.

I used to prefer female dogs because I thought they were less aggressive but my female is a twat and my male is a snuggle bug so no more preference for me lol When we had a cat, we had a male and I wouldn't have had it any other way. My husband's parents have two males and I adore them. Actually, I don't think anyone I know IRL has a female cat lol
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
I guess I'm in the minority here, because I prefer female cats. I couldn't even really give you a reason for it. I just like them better. Oh, and I absolutely adore calicos, so there's that too.
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