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Male Cat Health Care

 Submitted by Michael Adams on May 10, 2010

Cats are known to have an independent and aggressive nature. They enjoy dominating over human beings and other animals. Male cats, however, are seen to be more aggressive than female cats.

Many owners of male cats encounter difficulties in handling them.

The main reason for the aggressive personality of a male cat is his high testosterone level. This is known to result in much of the hostile behavior that male cats often display.

Due to this, may owners have their cats castrated in order to have greater control over them and help them adapt better to a household life. Male cats that have not been neutered are prone to displaying hostile behaviors. Male cat behavior is also very territorial and they spray their areas with urine in order to mark their spaces. They do this not only outdoors, but also inside the house. Another characteristic behavior of male cats is roaming.

Male cats may wander far from their homes in order to locate female cats for mating purposes. In some cases, the cats wander so far away that they many even forget their way back. They are mostly able to make their way back home, but it could take about three to four days. While they are outside, they may be attacked by other felines and animals. Male cats also have a fighting instinct and may often return home after long periods of time with bruises on their bodies. They may fight other animals indoors as well as outdoors when there is a territorial dispute or a fight over a feline. Cats that wander may also become victims of road accidents or may get killed in fights with other cats.

The bruises and wounds that a cat suffers during a male cat fight can even prove to be fatal. Cats that fight also become vulnerable to leukemia and immunodeficiency virus. Male cats may sometimes even attack kittens, although they do not do this with their own kittens. The only way to improve male cat health and prevent aggressive behavior is to have the feline sterilized. Most owners wait for the cat to grow to adult age before castrating him. This is however not ideal as by the time the cat reaches adult age; he would have already developed aggressive traits. Proper male cat care involves castration during the early days itself. Male cats that are neutered roam around less and this protects them from becoming victims of cat fights and road accidents.

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