Oh, those unneutered toms

The slang word tomcat that describes certain actions of human males is rooted in the real behavior of unneutered (“whole”) male cats. Tomcats really do roam around in search of a female in heat, and in doing so they sometimes stray far from home. The quest for a receptive female can lead to fights with other whole toms (besides which, whole toms are much more likely to fight over territory or just fight in general). In short, a whole tomcat is more likely to lose some of its nine lives in fighting—just another reason to have the cat neutered.
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