Tomcats are male, un-neutered cats by definition.
Sometimes, the term "tomcat" is inappropriately used to
describe a big, fluffy male companion cat, even when he's neutered,
although this is inaccurate.
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A tomcat's personality will vary, depending on his breed. Tomcats
are not defined singularly by their breed, as all felines can be
trained to assimilate into domestic life by their owners.
An owner that allows a tomcat to scratch up the furniture or climb
all over the drapes at a young, kitten age will have problems in
the future with torn-up sofas and be reduced to installing Venetian
Providing your tomcat with firm, strong disciplinary rules will
help you and your pet have a long life together. Of course, in
addition to your plan of discipline, you must give your tomcat
lots of love, attention and affection and it will learn by positive
reinforcement what to do and what not to do around the house.
Cat's Not Broken So Why Fix It?
The biggest problem you will experience with a tomcat is during
the mating phase. If you are a pet owner, it is imperative that
you get your tomcat neutered to prevent obnoxious feline behavior.
When a tomcat goes into the mating phase, he will spray unpleasant
smelling urine around the house to mark his territory.
If he is an outdoor tomcat, he may also start showing up unexpectedly
on doorsteps where there are pussycats
in heat, begging for attention and more than a little love. An un-neutered
tomcat may be well trained and a perfect joy when not in the mating
phase, but his entire good upbringing may be thrown out the window
when his hormones take over. Although it may sound cruel and unusual
to remove your male cat's reproductive organs, the results of the
surgery produce a much calmer, happier kitty.
If your tomcat is a house cat, he
may try to escape when it's mating time, become disoriented and
get lost. Even when you successfully deter your male feline friend
from running off to the next-door neighbor's crowd of queens in
heat, he may become frustrated and take it out on you and your
home. To eliminate his frustrations (and yours), it is your responsibility
to take your precious and unhappy tomcat to the vet, get him neutered
and take him home to live a much healthier and pleasant feline
Tom Swift ...
If you don't take the responsibility to get your tomcat neutered,
you are setting him up for a difficult life (not a swift move).
While it may seem like a good idea to allow your tomcat a mating
experience with the pretty pussycat down the street, the resulting
litter may not be so easy to deal with. If this happens without
your knowledge and you are not a cat breeder or intend on keeping
the litter of kittens, the chances of these adorable creatures
finding good homes are slim.
Unwanted kittens end up in animal shelters, do not find suitable
human parents and are many times put to sleep. If the spawn of
your tomcat doesn't make it to the animal shelter and end up living
on the streets, they will face an even scarier existence that
may end in starvation, disease or a deadly car accident. Be responsible
and turn your furry friend from tomcat into a friendly feline
gelding doing him and yourself a big favor.