when is a male cat sexually mature?
When is a male cat sexually mature?
on Sep 2nd 2009
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There can be variations according to the individual cat or breed, but about 6 months is the average. Male cats tend to reach sexual maturity later than female cats, and large breeds that mature slowly, like the Maine Coon, can take up to a year to become sexually mature (I had Harvey, a MC, neutered at 10 months, and even then, he wasn't showing any signs of sexual maturity). A male cat will show that it is sexually mature by exhibiting a desire to roam outside and mate, and, more often than not, spraying foul-smelling urine to mark his territory. I assume that when a cat starts exhibiting these habits, he's capable of impregnating a female cat=sexually mature. You definitely want to get a male cat neutered before he starts spraying, because neutering will not always cure the habit. Recently, early neutering is being practiced and seems to have no ill effects. On the other hand, all of my boys have been neutered at around 6 months or more, and I've had no problems.
Harvey answered on 9/2/09. Helpful? / 0
Usually its sometime between 4-6 months. Usually closer to 6 months on average. When they hit sexual maturity it is easy to tell as their urine will start to smell really strong and they'll start to roam/try to escape to chase the ladies.
Sassy (2001-2012) answered on 9/2/09. Helpful? / 0
It's best not to guess if your cat is at the point where he can mate and accidentally contribute to the overwhelming overpopulation of cats in our country. If you have questions about your cat's sexual maturity, please have him neutered. There are many spay/neuter programs all over the country which include low-cost clinics which will alter an animal for as little as $40. Thanks.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 9/3/09. Helpful? / 0