Hi welcome to TCS, this is such a great site and everyone here is so nice it is also very helpful as u can see, and of course in the lounge we have fun time to time
Everyones done a good job of informing you with some information
As for the questions I will add some of my 2 cents too
1) Are female cats better for kids or are males? Any difference?
It really all depends on the cat itself and their personality, with 6 cat (2 males and 4 females) they are all really different, our one male is very"wild" like and the other male Willie is just the friendliest cat u will ever met, as for the females Blue is a cuddler but shes coming into her own since she is still a kitten, same for Stormie but she isnt much of a cuddler. Bella she is VERY Very friendly and attached to me
and Tessa she is just a character, she also was used for byb so she does have some trust issuees but since shes come to trust us she is very friendly!
2) How clean are cats? Our new cat would be kept primarily indoors and we want to keep her clean. How often do you bath a cat? Do you even bath a cat? How do you bath a cat?
Mine stay pretty clean themselves, I have never given any of my cats baths and they stay well cleaned and sometimes they clean each or like willie does he cleans the dogs
3) What about protecting her/him from fleas and ticks?
Usually whnever its flea season we put advantage on them,we just check them for fleas because all of our kittie are indoors except for the males which are indoor/outdoor Willie was already 3 and was an outdoor kittie and we tried to break him from that but it didnt go so well, but thye do usually never catch fleas, but when flea season comes we usually give all the animals advantage (Its easy to tell because our one dog is allergic to fleas)
4) I use to have a Golden Retriever. She was a very gentle dog that could be pushed around, held, and bathed without fear of ever getting your hand bitten because she got mad at you. Are cats as easy going as my dog use to be?
some cats are and some cats arent, it all depends on their personality!
Also for ur questions earlier
should start with a kitten or a fairly mature cat. Any suggestions for us?
Kittens are harder to understand their personalitiy and they take alot of time! Mature cats you already know what their personality is like!
Also, how easy or difficult is it to potty train a cat. I think that's the thing we fear the most is having a cat who has a lot of "accidents" on the carpet. Another concern is preventing any scratching of furniture.
All of our cats are very good on using the litterbox, when we got all of them they went to them right away!
I suggest also adopting a pair of cats/kittens. Its always better when they have a playmate to play with! Ecspecially whenever no one is home!
Well see u around the forums and good luck, ask any questions that you want