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.. Entire Tomcats & Queens

 

Un-neutered tomcats...

 

...will range surprisingly far & wide in search of a queen. This opens them up to dangers and presents the opportunity for them to lose their way. Similarly to a lion & his pride pride, male cats will maintain a dominance over a wide area, patroling it and fighting off invaders. Within this area will be several smaller territories maintained by females. (They do not tend to roam anywhere near as far as the males) Instinctually desiring to spread his genes, he will fight a battle for dominance and proliferation within as big a territory as he thinks he can manage.

 

These are usually the cats you may hear wailing at one another and fighting at night & in the early hours.

 

This becomes a fight simply for survival if pets get themselves lost. Entire males often come into rescue centers with infected injuries, sores or burst abscesses, they are usually underweight & battered. Abscesses can form & burst painfully - usually on the neck. These come from cat bites during fighting. A feral cat bite is like a series of needles infected with bacteria, piercing the skin, this can transfer infection & spread virusus. 

Even if a tomcat is strong & successful for a time it will not last & as nature intended he will eventually weaken & lose his position. Rescue centers see many of these older boys occupying their pens. It is often at this point in their lives when they are past their best, that they find themselves out of their depth. They may get into trouble, become injured & need to be rescued.


 

Un-Spayed queens...

 

...do not roam as far as toms but they will still go beyond their territory single mindedly in search of an entire male. This opens them up to dangers and presents the opportunity for them to lose their way. Female cats are capable of having 2 litters per year. Stray queens can spend their lives stuck in a cycle of repeated pregnancy, struggling to feed both herself & her kittens. Queens are often found to be pregnant again, whilst they are still feeding the young of a previous litter. Queens often come into rescue centers as skin & bone (or pregnant) & exhausted. Kittens born of stray cats have little chance of survival & are most likely to starve. Those that do not will only contribute to the feral populations, which in turn can suffer or have a detrimental effect on wildlife.

 

These are the cats you are most likely to hear yeowling singularly outside as they call for a mate. (the males do do this too, but it is often a female in season)

 

Please neuter & spay your cats!

Entire males and females out & about

Entire males and females out & about

Queens cats - females able to produce kittens

Queens cats - females able to produce kittens

Entire males have large jowls/cheeks, a result of testosterone

Entire males have large jowls/cheeks, a result of testosterone

2 years after neutering, the same male has visibly reduced jowls

2 years after neutering, the same male has visibly reduced jowls

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