Defining Cryptorchidism in Cats
Cryptorchidism is a condition where one or both testes fail to descend from the abdomen into the scrotal sacs. Usually, only one testis is un-descended in cryptorchid cats, and the animal remains fertile. The testes are in the abdomen during fetal development. They normally descend through the inguinal canal into the scrotum by the time a kitten is 6 weeks old, although sometimes this takes longer. Certainly by 6 months of age, both testicles should be fully dropped into the male’s scrotal sacs. Most breeders check males for this condition before placing them in their forever homes. Retained testicles can occur in any breed. There is a strong genetic component to this condition. Other causes of cryptorchidism remain a mystery.