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Male cats generally reach puberty and become sexually active among nine and twelve months of age, although there is much variation in this and in some it can be as early as seven months. Once puberty is reached, a torn cat can mate at any time with a sexually receptive female and there is no breeding season for males. A pedigree stud tore cat is not usually used for breeding until he is one year old, and the number of matings in the first year should be limited to about five. He can continue to mate throughout his life but is usually 'retired' by the age of about six years.

As mentioned previously, once a torn cat reaches puberty, he sprays a pungent-smelling urine at suitable points to mark his territory and advertise his presence. During the breeding season, when there are females in the area ready to mate, urine spraying is performed even more frequently. The urine contains chemical substances, known as pheromones that are attractive to sexually receptive female cats. When a female cat is calling and advertising her willingness to mate, all the torn cats within range are attracted to her. The torn cats fight fiercely for the privilege of mating although it is the watching female who chooses which torn she will except. Neutered males may be attracted to watch the proceedings and can be drawn into fights under these circumstances. Any cat can be involved in an occasional fight. Roaming torn cats, however, are more likely to receive injuries in battles with rivals and usually become scarred over the years are a result of these frequent encounters.

Ofcourse, in the breeding of pedigree cats, matings can be planned and the whole process made more civilized for the stud tore as rivals are eliminated. A stud torn cat is usually housed in suitable accommodation outside the home. This should consist of a spacious outdoor run containing a tree branch, shelves and other vantage points to which the cat can climb and bask in the sun. The floor should be concrete as this can be easily washed and disinfected. The cat should have access to a warm 'house' or shed that contains his bed and perhaps some other home comforts and toys. Tom cats, especially if kept in confined quarters, are apt to develop a condition known as 'stud tail'. This is an accumulation of greasy, crusted material along the length of the tail that must be treated by washing with a suitable solution and thorough grooming.

Usually there are separate adjacent runs and houses in which visiting or resident female ('queen') cats are accommodated. A torn cat is happier if he has the plenty of human company and establishes a good, affectionate relationship with his owners. He should therefore be allowed out into the garden and house from time to time and be treated as a pet as well as a valuable breeding animal. Reputable, caring breeders are naturally likely to do this as a matter ofcourse, as the ultimate aim is to win prizes at shows with then-cats. Hence each animal is a treasured individual that is well used to the grooming, pampering and attention that is such a prominent part of the cat show.