Do Male Cats Run Away from Home?

by Alex Kountry
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Do you have a male cat that seems to be running away from home more often than not? If so, you may be wondering why this is happening and what you can do about it.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the reasons why male cats may run away from home, as well as some tips on how to keep them safe and prevent them from running off.

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In general, male cats are more likely to roam and roam far from home than female cats. A neutered male is the least likely to roam, but even he may follow his nose (or a female in heat) if given the chance. An unneutered male, on the other hand, will probably start roaming as soon as he reaches sexual maturity (around 6 to 7 months old).


Contrary to popular belief, male cats are not more likely to run away from home than female cats. In fact, the majority of cats that are brought to animal shelters are male. There are a number of reasons why male cats are more likely to end up in shelters, but the most likely reason is that they are more likely to be outdoors.


The Domestic Cat (Felis catus), is a small, typically furry, carnivorous mammal. They are often called house cats when kept as indoor pets or simply cats when there is no need to distinguish them from other felids and felines. They are often valued by humans for companionship and for their ability to hunt vermin. Cats have been domesticated (meaning selectively bred by humans) for around 10,000 years.


Anecdotally, it seems that far more male cats ‘go missing’ than females – although there are no reliable statistics to back this up. Some people believe this is because males are more likely to roam, while others think it could be due to the fact that they are not as well cared for as females. We don’t know for sure, but what we do know is that if your male cat does go missing, you should act fast.


There are several reasons why a male cat may run away from home. He could be seeking out a mate, looking for a new territory, or trying to escape from an abusive situation. If your male cat has run away from home, it’s important to try to figure out why so that you can prevent it from happening again.

Lack of socialization

One of the most common reasons for a male cat to run away from home is a lack of socialization. When cats are not properly socialized, they can become anxious and stressed in new situations and around new people. This can lead them to bolt when they feel threatened or overwhelmed. If you got your cat as an adult, or if he didn’t have much exposure to other people and animals when he was a kitten, he may be more prone to running away from home.

Lack of spaying or neutering

One of the main reasons why male cats run away from home is because they have not been spayed or neutered. When a male cat reaches sexual maturity, he will start to feel a strong urge to mate. He will become restless and may start to roam around outside looking for a female cat to mate with. If he cannot find one, he may keep looking until he gets lost or runs out of energy and has to find his way back home.

Although neutering will not completely stop a male cat from wanting to mate, it will help to reduce his urge to roam. If you are thinking about getting a male kitten, it is best to get him neutered as soon as possible. This will help to reduce the likelihood of him running away from home when he reaches sexual maturity.

Poor nutrition

Pets that are fed a poor-quality diet are more likely to run away from home, according to a study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The ASPCA’s research found that nearly 60 percent of cats who ran away were not spayed or neutered, and 80 percent were not microchipped.

poor nutrition was the leading cause of cats running away from home, followed by a change in the family’s pets or financial situation.


if you want to keep your male cat from running away from home, the best thing you can do is have him neutered. Male cats that are left intact are more likely to roam, and they are also more likely to fight with other cats. Neutering will also help to prevent certain behavioral problems, such as urine spraying.

Spaying or neutering

The best way to reduce the number of unwanted cats is to have your male cats neutered and your female cats spayed. Neutering is a surgical procedure that removes the testicles of a male cat, and spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female cat. These procedures are usually performed by a veterinarian and can be done as early as eight weeks of age.

Proper socialization

Cats that are properly socialized with people and other animals during kittenhood are far less likely to run away from home. A kitten that isn’t properly socialized may grow into a fearful or anxious cat, who is more likely to bolt out the door at the first opportunity.

Kittens should be exposed to as many different people, animals, and situations as possible in a positive way. This will help them develop into well-rounded, confident cats who are less likely to be scared or stressed in new situations.

Proper nutrition

A well-fed cat is a happy cat, and a happy cat is less likely to run away from home. Make sure your cat is getting enough to eat, and that his food is of good quality. A diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates will give your cat the energy he needs to stay at home and play with his toys, rather than run off in search of food.


Based on our findings, it appears that the myth that male cats are more likely to run away from home than female cats is not supported by scientific evidence. However, this does not mean thatmale cats never run away from home – some individual male cats may be more prone to running away than others. If you are concerned about your cat running away, it is always best to consult with a veterinarian or animal behaviorist to get personalized advice.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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