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Are there cat condoms?

With cat populations growing rapidly around the world, many pet owners are looking for ways to prevent unwanted feline pregnancies. This leads to the logical question – are there condoms made specifically for cats? The short answer is yes, there are products marketed as “cat condoms” available today.

What are cat condoms?

Cat condoms, sometimes referred to as animal birth control sheaths, are small, thin rubber sheaths designed to fit over a male cat’s penis during intercourse to collect semen and prevent pregnancy. They work much like traditional human condoms as physical barriers between sperm and egg.

Most cat condoms are designed with a reservoir tip to safely collect semen. They are lubricated with a mild, non-spermicidal lubricant safe for animal use. Cat condoms are available in different sizes to accommodate male cats of varying ages and body sizes.

Are cat condoms effective for birth control?

When used correctly, cat condoms can be an effective method of feline birth control. However, they do not provide 100% guaranteed protection against pregnancy. Here are some key factors that determine their effectiveness:

  • Proper size – The condom must properly fit the male cat’s penis to prevent leakage of semen.
  • Consistent use – The condom must be applied every time the cat mates.
  • Cat behavior – Some cats may resist wearing condoms or attempt to remove them.
  • Manufacturing defects – Poorly made condoms may break or tear during mating.

Overall, studies estimate that cat condoms used consistently and correctly have a pregnancy prevention rate of around 80-85%. This is lower than hormonal and surgical sterilization methods which are over 95% effective.

What brands of cat condoms are available?

Here are some of the major brands manufacturing cat condoms today:

  • Animal Birth Control
  • Petsterdam
  • Buster’s Cat Condoms
  • Four Paws Magic Condom
  • Bon A Petit

These brands offer an assortment of latex and polyurethane cat condoms in different sizes. Most cat condoms range from 1.5 inches to over 3 inches in length to accommodate tomcats. Pet specialty stores, veterinary clinics, and online retailers carry various cat condom brands and styles.

Are cat condoms safe?

When used as directed, FDA-approved cat condoms are generally safe with minimal risks to feline health. Here are some tips for safe use of cat condoms:

  • Choose the right size to avoid injuries and escapes.
  • Apply a non-toxic animal lubricant inside to ease insertion.
  • Monitor the cat during initial wears to ensure safety.
  • Never reuse cat condoms as they lose efficacy.
  • Avoid non-animal tested products which may irritate.

It’s a good idea to monitor the cat after first inserting the condom and remove it if the cat appears distressed. Mating attempts should be closely supervised. Used cat condoms may present a choking hazard if left within a cat’s reach.

What are the pros and cons of cat condoms?

Here are some key advantages and disadvantages of using cat condoms as a feline birth control method:


  • Non-permanent – Fertility returns after condoms are stopped.
  • Minimally invasive – Avoids surgery or hormone alteration.
  • Reversible – Can alternate between using and not using condoms.
  • Allows mating behavior – Cats can still experience mating urges.


  • Not 100% effective – Still some pregnancy risk with improper use.
  • Cat resistance – Some toms refuse to wear or remove condoms.
  • Difficult application – Putting on cats takes training and skill.
  • Need for monitoring – Mating must be supervised to ensure condom stays on.
  • Recurring cost – New condoms needed for each mating encounter.

Overall, the non-permanent nature and ability to still allow mating behavior are advantages for some cat owners. However, application challenges, cost, and lower efficacy make cat condoms best suited for short-term birth control needs.

Are cat condoms better than cat spay/neuter?

Surgical sterilization procedures like spaying (ovariohysterectomy) for females and neutering (castration) for males are the most effective means of feline birth control. Here’s how cat condoms compare to spay/neuter:

Birth Control Method Cat Condoms Spay/Neuter Surgery
Effectiveness 80-85% effective Over 95% effective
Permanence Non-permanent Permanent sterilization
Cost Recurring purchase of condoms One-time surgical fee
Convenience Time-consuming application before each mating One-time procedure, no action needed after
Behaviior Impact Allows mating urges and behavior Reduces mating urges and roaming
Health Risk Minimal Requires anesthesia, small surgical risk

For cat owners seeking permanent sterilization or 100% guaranteed prevention of unwanted litters, spay/neuter surgeries remain the gold standard. However, cat condoms offer a temporary and reversible option for shorter-term control of feline breeding.

How to put a condom on a cat

Putting a condom on a cat takes patience, care, and technique. Here are some tips for properly applying cat condoms:

  1. Wait until the cat is calm and relaxed. Rushing increases stress.
  2. Apply lubricant inside the condom reservoir tip to ease insertion.
  3. Gently grasp the cat’s penis and hold perpendicular from the body.
  4. Roll the condom over the penis tip and shaft.
  5. Ensure the reservoir end is not twisted and the condom is secure.
  6. Distract the cat with pets, treats, or catnip for a positive association.
  7. Monitor the cat closely following application.

Proper training, skill, and two people make the process much easier. One person calmly restrains the cat while the other inserts the condom. Going slow, offering praise and rewards, and making it a positive experience can help gain a cat’s acceptance.

Can you put a condom on a female cat?

There are no condoms designed for use on female cats. The feline vaginal anatomy and mating behaviors make proper insertion and retention of female condoms extremely difficult.

Attempting to use human female condoms in cats is not recommended and unlikely to be successful. Surgical sterilization remains the only viable contraceptive option for female cats looking to prevent pregnancies.


In conclusion, condoms designed specifically for cats do exist and can provide temporary contraceptive protection. However, they are less reliable than spay/neuter procedures and require proper training to apply. For cat owners looking for reversible, short-term birth control or who need to postpone permanent sterilization, cat condoms may offer a solution. But ultimately, spaying and neutering remain the best choices for permanent feline population control. Continued research and design improvements to make cat condoms more effective and easier to apply will help increase their viability as a contraceptive option.