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Whole: Definition When Applied to the Reproductive Organs of Cats

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Definition:

"Whole" Cats: Cats with intact reproductive organs, who are capable of mating and reproducing their species. Whole male cats are referred to as "Toms" and whole female cats are called "Queens."

Antonym; Male cats; "neutered." Female cats: "spayed." When speaking collectively, "neutered" or less common "altered" may refer to either male of female cats who are no longer capable of reproducing.

Pronunciation: hole
Also Known As: un-neutered cats, toms, queens
Common Misspellings: hole
Examples:
A whole male cat is usually readily identifiable by his large visible testicles and heavy jowls. Responsible breeders will not sell whole cats as pets, but will require spaying or neutering before delivery to a buyer.
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