Retained Testical in Cats (Feline Cryptorchidism)
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.
The testes of male cats are in the abdomen during fetal development. They normally descend through the inguinal canal into the cat’s scrotal sacs by the time the kitten is somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks of age, although sometimes this can take a bit longer. Certainly by 6 months of age, both of a male kitten’s testicles should be out of the abdomen and fully dropped into the scrotum. Occasionally, one or both testicles
Cryptorchid cats have one or both of their testicles in their abdomen or in the inguinal canal, which is the passageway between the abdomen and the scrotal sacs. Normally, the testicles descend from the abdomen through the inguinal canal into the scrotum by the time a kitten is 6 to 8 weeks old. Unneutered cryptorchid cats still produce testosterone and will still feel the urgency to mate. They may or may not be able to
Owners of cryptorchid cats are often unaware that their companion has one or two retained testicles. The condition is usually discovered during the kitty’s initial visit to a veterinarian for a wellness examination and kitten vaccination series. Most veterinarians will check to see if both of a male kitten’s testicles have descended into their proper anatomical location. This can be detected by manual palpation. Usually, both testicles are completely descended into the scrotum by about
The goals of treating feline cryptorchidism are to find and remove the testicle (or testicles) that haven’t descended normally, prevent or reduce the risk of testicular torsion and cancer, neuter the animal so that he can’t produce offspring with the same disorder and remove any source of testosterone that is causing undesirable male reproductive behaviors. The therapeutic goals for cryptorchid cats are best accomplished by castration and removal of both testicles, whether they are retained