I was wondering if you could answer some of my questions regarding sexual selection in cats (or any other animals). I would like to apologize beforehand for my incorrect term use.
When it comes to mate choice, is mutual choice for both males and females the norm? If not, is it mostly a tomcat or a female cat who does the choosing?
Do female cats always have freedom to choose, or is it more like a rape or consensual sex?
How do cats choose their prospective partners in the wild, what are the mechanics of this process? Does a prospective partner come with the territory or are there any courtship rituals? I am interested in mate availability for female cats and sexual selection from a female cat perspective.
Thank you very much in advance.
P.S. Any other animals will do if they do not live in groups, prides or harems. I am interested in individual choices.