The female, or queen, reaches puberty between three and a half and nine months. The torn does not do so before seven months; for this reason he is often not castrated until six months in the belief that this will give him full time to mature mentally.
The torn cat, in common with the dog, mates best in his own territory, so pedigree breeders tend to take the queen to the stud.
Mating takes a mutually acceptable form. First, the male sprays the area, making his scent mark. He then approaches the queen, sideways from behind, awaiting her signal to mount when she will drop the front of her body and raise her hindquarters.
The torn has immense virility. He is able to mate as often as ten times in an hour, a performance he can repeat with renewed vigour if presented with another queen in season.
Some queens will mate only with the torn of their choice, often having several litters of kittens by the same father; others are blissfully promiscuous. It is believed that the queen is subjected to considerable stimulation during mating, for the penis of the torn cat is covered with tiny spikes.