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post #1 of 11
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When a Tom is neutered (and a Queen spayed) are they still called Toms and Queens or is there a special name for neutered and spayed cats?

The reason for the question is I was talking to my brother about cats and we started discussing about cat gender after they were spayed / neutered.

Another thing I now think is that whoever came up with the names Tom and Queen to describe male and female cats must have preferred female cats, because Tom is a name, but Queen - well, I think you know what a Queen is.
post #2 of 11
I am not a breeder of course, but I think the terms refer only to cats that are capable of breeding. FOr neutered cats I have only heard 'male' and 'female' used. But maybe a breeder will know differently.
post #3 of 11
I've never thought about it, but I call them spayed girls or neutered boys.
post #4 of 11
We refer to them as Alters. That is the term that TICA uses too.
post #5 of 11
ACFA uses "Alters" too CFA uses "Premiers" but I think the poster was talking in general terms - not show terms.
post #6 of 11
Gib is the correct term for a neutered male cat, not sure about female though!
post #7 of 11
I've always just referred to them as male or female regardless of whether they have been spayed/neutered or not, LOL.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
Gib is the correct term for a neutered male cat, not sure about female though!
I think a spayed female is a Spay (or a Spey)
post #9 of 11
I call my intact cats, Studs and Queens. The altered cats are simply boys and girls, males and females.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Forensic View Post
I think a spayed female is a Spay (or a Spey)
Yep you're right!

Wasn't sure if there was a word for a female, there often is a particular term for a castrated male animal due to the thousands of years that castration has been practiced, whereas hysterectomy has only been possible since the advent of modern surgical techniques, there often hasn't been time for a word to enter the language relating to a female who has had that procedure- conversely, the terms for castrated male animals such as gib are often archaic in origin and that particular one seems to have fallen out of general use!
post #11 of 11
I say desexed male/female or altered.

To me, a stud is a breeding boy and Tom is an intact stray or moggie.
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