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10+ Surprising Facts About Male Cats

Male cats are much different than female cats. Male cats have larger bodies, longer fur, and a stronger scent. They also have bigger heads and stronger jaws. Male cats may be more aggressive than female cats, and they may be more likely to mark their territories by spraying urine or marking objects with their claws.

1. Male Cats live for a shorter period of time

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Male cats, on average, live around a year and a half less than female cats. This isn’t a reason to be concerned if you have a male cat. Keep in mind that this statistic is based on an average, not a firm rule. Although the actual explanation for the decreased life expectancy is unknown, we do know that other factors are far more likely to influence a cat’s life expectancy. Consider whether a cat is an indoor or outdoor cat. Outdoor cats live an average of 2 to 5 years, while indoor cats live 10 to 15 years, according to WebMD. Furthermore, whether or not a cat has been neutered is a significant determining factor, which takes us to the next fact.

2. Neutered Males Live Longer

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Neutered male cats live 62 percent longer than unneutered male cats, according to a study, and the reasons are obvious. For example, a neutered male cat is fully immune to testicular cancer. Furthermore, a neutered male is less aggressive, which means he is less prone to get into catfights. Fewer fights also reduce the risk of a cat contracting lethal infections like FIV (feline aids), FeLV (feline leukemia), or feline distemper (feline panleukopenia virus). This is since these diseases are frequently shared through bites or scratches during fights. The less probable a cat is to have a sickness, the longer it will live.

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