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  1. Thank-you for you for your prompt reply and for the information. I didn’t know about the “ramcat” term. I always learn something from your blog. I was thinking of “Dowager Cat” for spayed females, as they’re past being Queens and the motherhood role. I supposed Eunuch Cat for neutered males would be too pejorative, so perhaps Monk cat or Hermit cat or Cardinal cat? Just top of the head ideas, not worthy of the time or effort of a serious reply, so none expected.

    • Yes, the ‘ram cat’ phrase goes back centuries, I think. I guess it is taken from the word ‘ram’ to mean an uncastrated male sheep. The users simply transferred the word to cats.

  2. If all male cats, neutered or unneutered are called toms, but only non-spayed females cat can be called queens, what then is the appropriate term for a spayed female cats? If there is an appropiate term.

    • Good question 😎. Probably female cat! Although the phrase ‘tom cat’ often refers, actually, to an intact male cat. The origin of calling a male cat a “tom cat” can be traced back precisely to the year 1760 when an anonymous story was published called The Life and Adventures of a Cat. In it the “ram cat”, as a male cat was then known, was given the name “Tom the Cat”. The story was very popular and before long people were referring to a male cat as a tom rather than calling them ram cats.

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