Is it normal for un-neutered cats to leave for days?

Just wondering.I took in a cat that had obviously been abandoned,been feeding it and got attatched.He really seemed to like his “home”.About the time I decided to keep him and get the shots and neutering done,he has been gone for 2 days.That is NOT like this cat.This cat loves having a home.People keep telling me it’s”normal”but I know nothing of cats,I only accidentally grew attatched to this one.I’ve checked with animal control,no luck.So,Is it normal?Maybe he will be back?How long in general?I can’t believe the little buggar has me worried like this,but,he’s my cat.Any advice?
Thanks everyone.I hope the little bugger enjoys himself,if he comes back…straight to the snip Dr.Lol

Chosen Answer:

Don’t worry he’s just out tomcatting around. I’ve had a few un neutered cats and this is very typical behaviour. He’ll probably be back today or tomorrow mine would be gone for up to 5 days and suddenly show up. Cats are very food oriented and he knows where he can get fed, you’ll see him again.
Once they are neutered they do tend to stay closer to home as that urge to roam has left them though they still like being outside.
It’s funny how animals can get under your skin. I was never a dog person until my bf brought home a puppy for himself. That dog lept into my arms when he brought him home and the little beast claimed me. Eleven years later I can’t think what life would be like without my little Toby.
Hope your new friend is home to you real soon. Have a good day.
by: Choqs
on: 14th September 07

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10 Responses to “Is it normal for un-neutered cats to leave for days?”

  1. Leslie L says:

    This is absolutely normal. Cats patrol their territory. He should be neutered and that will help keep him closer to home, but it would really be best if you kept him as an inside cat for his safety.

  2. corpsusmarine says:

    He could be gone for several months, but if you take care of him and he feels loved at your house….He’ll be back.

  3. barkyvonschnauser says:

    Very normal for a male cat. Guess what he’s doing??
    Additionally he may have found more than one home and the other home may be keeping him inside. I bet he comes back around in a few days.
    I know that sick empty feel though. Too bad they can’t leave a note or voice mail when they take off for days/weeks on end.
    LOL!
    P.S. When he comes back put a collar on him with your contact information. Make sure it’s one that will slip off he gets it caught on the fence or something like that.

  4. colortx says:

    Definitely normal, don’t panick….My female has done this several times. She has been gone for days at a time. I suggest you get your cat chipped, that way you won’t worry so much next time…

  5. Stephanie says:

    WELLL if he is un-neutered he may have just gone to find himself a lady… I’m sure he will be back soon

    Our cat was wild when we found him on the streets and he used to sometimes go for 1 to 2 days at a time HE ALWAYS came home =)

    Keep us posted on the outcome

  6. Jacqueline G says:

    Don’t worry he’s just out tomcatting around. I’ve had a few un neutered cats and this is very typical behaviour. He’ll probably be back today or tomorrow mine would be gone for up to 5 days and suddenly show up. Cats are very food oriented and he knows where he can get fed, you’ll see him again.
    Once they are neutered they do tend to stay closer to home as that urge to roam has left them though they still like being outside.
    It’s funny how animals can get under your skin. I was never a dog person until my bf brought home a puppy for himself. That dog lept into my arms when he brought him home and the little beast claimed me. Eleven years later I can’t think what life would be like without my little Toby.
    Hope your new friend is home to you real soon. Have a good day.

  7. sharon w says:

    This is NOT necessarily “normal”. I’ll bet that perhaps YOU weren’t the ONLY person feeding and caring for this kitty. My guess is that someone else has the cat in their house. Go around and ask all of your close neighbors if they’ve seen the kitty. An un-neutered male CAN stray away from home for a few days if he’s found a lady cat in heat–he’ll hang around her until SHE gets tired of him (going out of heat) and runs him off. I surely hope you get him back, and if you do, get him neutered and keep him INSIDE the house where you know he’s safe. Good luck to you.

  8. howldine says:

    Perhaps he knows your plans for his ’2 best friends’ LOL

    He’ll probably still do a little prowling even after the snip. Protect him with a microchip- the vet can give him one during the operation and the cost is minimal.

    Also, make sure he has all his shots and a good flea/tick preventative. As he ages, this old warrior will be more than content to give up the wandering and settle into your lap for the long haul.

    Thank you for rescuing a stray! Good luck.

  9. Abriel Lokiskona says:

    Yes. Cats are very territorial especially if they are not fixed. They love to prowl their territory and drive off intruders. Another problem could be that if he is unfixed there might be a female somewhere who is in heat and he’s having himself a wild time as you speak. You might want to go looking for him but he should be back as soon as he gets through sowing his wild oats. As soon as he comes back I would take him straight to the vet.

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