- Jan 16, 2011
Many might know that a "tomcat" is a male cat—especially an unneutered one which is often called a "tom." The word “tomcat” originates from a book called "The Life and Adventures of a Cat" that was published in 1760. The book was very popular and had a promiscuous feline character called Tom the Cat who wooed many females. Because of this main character people began calling male cats “Toms,” and the word became commonly used along with the slang word "tomcatting," which refers to promiscuous behavior. Prior to this, male cats were called rams or boars.