Tomcat Tomfoolery

I was going through some old photos and found some of Domino when he was a feral tomcat. He demonstrates the classic secondary sexual characteristics of an unneutered male cat. Unneutered male cats may or may not be feral and male ferals may or may not be unneutered depending on if they are part of TNR (Trap/neuter/release program). All unneutered cats are prone roaming and territorial aggression which neutering curbs. But unneutered males are called tomcats unless they are purebred cats meant for breeding and they’re called studs. Confused yet? The only thing we want to say is: neuter/spay!

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The fat jowls and thick neck are nature’s way of protecting the most likely areas to be injured in territorial fights and during mating. Most cats these days are neutered before reaching puberty and never develop these features. Since Domino was neutered his cheeks remained just as fat but his thick neck has softened. His neck used to be an impenetrable as armor and now it’s pliable and responds well to massage. We think he is just as charming and sexy as ever and…

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