According to Best Friends, a nonprofit that partners with animal welfare groups across the U.S., testosterone levels alone won’t make a cat’s cheeks ultra-chunky. But that testosterone does cause males to roam and get into fights—and this behavior can make a cat’s cheeks grow.
Do tomcat jowls go away once a male is neutered? Once a cat is neutered and his testosterone levels drop, jowls will usually decrease in size although some breeders and pet owners with former tomcats say they didn’t decrease once the cat had been neutered.
Swelling can have many causes including a cat bite abscess, dental disease, insect bite, allergy etc. A vet check would be needed to determine what is going on and prescribe the appropriate medicine. In the mean time, prevent any rubbing or scratching the area. I would also feed soft food in case there is oral pain.
Unneutered males pay less attention to grooming than other cats, giving them an overall more unkempt appearance.
Tomcats are larger and more muscular than neuters and female cats, with a broad neck, and prominent stud (tomcat) jowls on the face. The testicles are clearly visible in the adult tomcat. Battle scars are common in Tomcats who are allowed to roam, who will often have torn ears and facial scarring.
Male cats reach sexual maturity as early as 6 months. Signs of puberty include territorial spraying of urine testicles that are more prominent.
Neutering will result in the sterilization of your cat. He will no longer be able to reproduce, so if you intend to breed your animal, do not have him neutered. Neutering changes his appearance. Your cat will look different because his testicles will no longer be present.
Male & female cats call out to each other, and this can sound very odd. Females are flirtatious and extra affectionate – back arching, rubbing & rolling on the floor. Male cats in heat are more attention seeking too but can be pushy and demanding. Raised hindquarters, moving the tail from side to side.
A neutered female cat is called a molly
Once a female cat has been neutered, they become a molly, while a neutered male cat is known as a gib.
Why does my cat still look like they have testicles after being castrated? When a cat is castrated, the testicles are removed but the scrotum (ball sack) isn’t. This means sometimes they look like they still have testicles after their operation. Over time the scrotum will shrink and become less noticeable.
Male cats have bigger heads than females, partly because their cranial bone structure is thicker and heavier. They also tend to have more muscle and larger bodies, allowing them to grow bigger than females. When you put it all together, a bigger cat is likely to have a bigger head.
If a pet has been injured in an accident or an altercation with another animal, the pet might experience facial swelling as a result of an injury. In addition, lymph nodes that are swollen due to cancer can also cause facial swelling. All of these diagnoses are cause for concern that require prompt treatment.
Unaltered male cats are commonly referred to as “Tom” cats. Intact male cats have a characteristic appearance, with a heavier, more muscular body, thick neck and the typical big, heavy tomcat head.
Remember, it is never too late to neuter a cat and, even if it has been left a few years, this does not mean the operation cannot be performed. Even in later life, neutering a cat still provides many benefits and is usually the best option.
“Whole” cats: Tomcats that have not been neutered have readily evident testicles and a broader jowl. They also have unique behaviors that begin as they reach maturity. Un-neutered male cats tend to be more active and aggressive. They’re also more likely to mark their territory through urine spraying than neutered toms.
Tomcats that are unneutered may grow to be bigger than fixed male cats that are neutered prior to attaining physical maturity.
Conclusions. The optimal age to spay/neuter a cat is before it reaches 5 months of age. For owned cats, the optimal age would be 4 to 5 months; for cats in shelters, the optimal age could be as early as 8 weeks.
How much does it cost to spay or neuter your cat? The cost of having your cat spayed or neutered depends on your cat’s age, size, where you live, and on your individual vet, of course. According to Dr. Liff, the pricing for a routine spaying or neutering of a cat can range anywhere between $250 to $2,000.
Once spayed or neutered, keep in mind that it may take up to one month after the surgery for the cat to exhibit appropriate behavior. Also note that cats spayed or neutered after 1-2 years of age may continue aggressive behavior.
Is Neutering Painful for a Cat? Cat neutering is a surgical procedure and is painful. However, with the advent of modern pain medications and a better understanding of pain control in cats, most felines experience minimal discomfort after surgery when all post-surgical recommendations are followed.
After being neutered it’s normal for male cats to experience side effects from the anesthesia and the procedure itself including lethargy, nausea, vomiting, and discomfort. This makes it important to follow your vet’s post-operative care instructions carefully, so your cat can recover as safely and quickly as possible.
Yes, even though male cats do not experience a ‘heat cycle,’ the question of how to calm “a male cat in heat” is one are asked in our veterinarian practice and we answer it frequently. The truth, this is actually a misuse of the term ‘in heat’, since only female cats go into heat.