"кішка" is a "female cat". "і" is spelled as "ee" in "feet", but shorter.
And "кишка" means "guts". "и" is spelled as "i" in "fit". (This one is the same in Russian too!)
If I see a random cat in the street, should I se кіт or кішка? Which one is more frequently used?
Кішка is a female cat. I guess, a random cat in the street won't tell you its gender right away.. I would say кіт
Like every other language except English and possibly German, which can use a neuter term, "it".
Comments from SergioRuido and Vinnfred are completely correct. But no metter how you say about a random cat. If you see a cat and it look like a female you boldly may say кішка and noone don't say you anything athwart.
Even if the animal doesn
t look like femal you can say кішка, till you dont know the gender. It`s just no metter how you say about a random cat :)
Some people say : котик, котичок, кицьо, кицюлік (mal), кицька, киця, кицюня, кицюля (femal) - this are diminutive, and we also say it to lovely person, to boyfriend or girlfriend. Ukrainian people like a diminutive forms very much :)