Here are 4 facts about calling female cats ‘queens’. I think that there is a misconception by quite a large number of people about how this description came about and is used.
- Why is a female cat called a queen? The answer is because “when she is on heat, she lords it over the toms”. Those are the words of Dr. Desmond Morris. He is describing the moment when an unsterilised female cat is on heat and the male cats gather around her like a circle of courtiers. They approach with deference and are sometimes punished by the female cat as if she is a queen. That, then, is the origin of the phrase.
- The important fact within this description is that the word “queen” in this context refers to an unsterilised i.e. unspayed, female cat. It does not apply to all female cats as some websites are stating.
- Cat breeders talk about their male and female cats as “studs” and “queens”. It is in this context where the word is used most often. You hardly ever hear it being used among standard cat owners because their female cat is spayed.
- It should be added that when a female cat is spayed, they no longer go into heat. And because they know longer go into heat, they cannot attract toms as described in item 1 above. Therefore, she no longer behaves like an autocratic queen attracting courtiers and scolding them. Therefore, a spayed cat can no longer be called a queen.
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The well-known cat rescue charity Cats Protection have a tweet today about the need for people to be particularly caring towards queens. If they find a female cat who is pregnant they require particular care for obvious reasons. Below is the photograph which illustrates their campaign.
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