Originally posted by Gothic_Amethyst
|My aunt said her and my grandma had male cats on the farm that lived like 10 years without being fixed.
Living out on a farm, these toms were probably exposed to less hazards than toms living in more populated areas which is why they lived longer. Also, they probably had unspayed females available to them on the farm, so they didn't need to wander off searching for a mate.I wanted to mention some things I have personally experienced.
I agree with what the others here have said about intact toms allowed to roam usually living only a short time.
When I was growing up we have two intact toms as family pets. Both were indoor/outdoor cats. One of these was brought home by my dad as a two week old orphaned kitten and bottle fed by my mom while she was also bottle feeding my infant brother. When this kitten reached the age of about six months, he was run over. He lived for a while, but later died of his injuries. A year later, we had a different tom as a pet. When he got old enough, he started to wander looking for females to mate with. He would be gone for several days at a time, and eventually died of suffercation after being accidently locked in a neighbor's garage. Neither one of these intact toms ever reached their first birthday.
I also agree that allowing cats to breed freely causes over-population and results in unwanted litters of kittens.
Of the last two cats I have had, Midnight (now deceased) was rescued by a no-kill shelter after she was discovered wandering the streets alone at the age of two months. She was at this shelter for six months before I found and adopted her. My current cat, Snowball, is from a litter of kittens the owners couldn't find homes for. He was the only kitten to actually be adopted, the others were sent to a relative's farm to live as barn cats.
All the cats I have had as an adult have been spayed or neutered and all have been indoor only cats.