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post #1 of 19
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Hee, hee, hee. Actually, my 5 mos. old perisan, Sluggo, went in to get neutered today. Well, the vet called me to say she couldn't do the procedure because one of his testicles hasn't decended yet, so we'll have to give him another couple of months. Has anyone ever had this problem before? I just don't want him to start spraying or getting aggressive with little Pandora. Thanks for any advice!
post #2 of 19
My sister's cat Chandler was like that. Her vet did perform the surgery but charged her the price of a spay since the vet had to perform a more invasive surgery. Chandler was about 6.5 months and his still hadn't descended. Hopefully it comes down naturally before any naughtly boy behaviours start appearing!
post #3 of 19
Our "part-time cat", ZsaZsa, is a hermaphrodite. (S)he was neutered at six months, thanks to her former owner, but when she ended up spending most of her time at our house, I took her to our regular vets. (S)he has the usual female reproductive organs, minus her uterus after the spay, but also a deformed penis, and a scrotum which contained a desiccated testicle. I took ZsaZsa to an animal clinic when our vets said they suspected she had an undescended testicle, which was a possible site for cancer. The procedure involved ultrasounds and exploratory surgery. Since ZsaZsa is the second hermaphrodite I've encountered, I'd take cryptoorchidsim seriously. Stuff happens.
post #4 of 19
Hey, at least it's a cat! I had the same problem with a horse!

I hope it does descend on its own, but my suspicion would be if it hasn't by now it's not gonna. Although OTOH, I have heard that Persians can be a bit slow to mature ...

Cindy
post #5 of 19
Really Tricia? Wow.

Yes, we have encountered this many times. It's fairly common.
post #6 of 19
I did have a cat with one undescended teste.
He was 9 months old before he was neutered and yes, he'd already started spraying.
Thankfully (and I know that this isn't always the case) he stopped spraying as soon as he was neutered.
post #7 of 19
A cat with a undescended testicle can still be neutered, but it's more expensive, and it's more complicated, because the veterinary surgeon has to "go in there after it". I think your vet's advice to wait was reasonable.
post #8 of 19
Sturgis had one testicle removed at 6 months and 3 surgery's, 1 ultrasound, and a hormone test to check for testoterone later, had the second removed at a year and a half later. Sturgis had started spraying and was becoming aggressive, when we found the other testicle I literally started crying for joy (my co-workers thought I was a little strange). Once the other testicle was removed the spraying stopped along with the aggresion, so definately pursue getting it out of there.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by coaster
A cat with a undescended testicle can still be neutered, but it's more expensive, and it's more complicated, because the veterinary surgeon has to "go in there after it". I think your vet's advice to wait was reasonable.
Yes, my vet did tell me they could "go in after it", but that it was a much more invasive surgery for the kitty. She, the vet, thought it best that we just put it off a couple of months to see what happens. I agree with her. If it doesn't descend by that time then I'll consider doing the latter. Sluggo, the persian, did just turn 20 weeks, so I still consider him young.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lndscpsam
Hee, hee, hee. Actually, my 5 mos. old perisan, Sluggo, went in to get neutered today. Well, the vet called me to say she couldn't do the procedure because one of his testicles hasn't decended yet, so we'll have to give him another couple of months. Has anyone ever had this problem before? I just don't want him to start spraying or getting aggressive with little Pandora. Thanks for any advice!
How old is Pandora? If she hasn't been spayed..and he hasn't been neutered, I would monitor their interaction until he is neutered and she is spayed.

Katie
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by TNR1
How old is Pandora? If she hasn't been spayed..and he hasn't been neutered, I would monitor their interaction until he is neutered and she is spayed.

Katie
Pandora is 10 weeks old now. I got her from the Humane Society, so she is already spayed.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lndscpsam
Pandora is 10 weeks old now. I got her from the Humane Society, so she is already spayed.
Well..at least you don't have to worry about accidental pregnancies.

Katie
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by TNR1
Well..at least you don't have to worry about accidental pregnancies.

Katie
AMEN for that! There are SO MANY free kitten ads where I live. I would never consider breeding my kitties!
post #14 of 19
My parents have a monorchid (one undescended) beagle. Neutering him was much, much more expensive than a regular neutering or spay job. The vets had to hunt for the other testicle because it wasn't where it ought to have been undescended. My parents got him for free from a litter of puppies bred for showing, which goes to show that a free dog (or cat) is never ever free.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by jcat
Our "part-time cat", ZsaZsa, is a hermaphrodite. (S)he was neutered at six months, thanks to her former owner, but when she ended up spending most of her time at our house, I took her to our regular vets. (S)he has the usual female reproductive organs, minus her uterus after the spay, but also a deformed penis, and a scrotum which contained a desiccated testicle. I took ZsaZsa to an animal clinic when our vets said they suspected she had an undescended testicle, which was a possible site for cancer. The procedure involved ultrasounds and exploratory surgery. Since ZsaZsa is the second hermaphrodite I've encountered, I'd take cryptoorchidsim seriously. Stuff happens.
i had a cat like that when i was younger, well sort of.
fat cat (very creative, i know )had testicles--very very large testicles. he also had 3 litters of kittens. the vet was amazed, as were we. however, it was most difficult to explain it to the kiddos LOL
post #16 of 19
iam wondering about what age do the testicles start developing i have noticed that osi has his and they look pretty big but he is still just a baby should i be concerned about this?
post #17 of 19
No, just like people they can come in different sizes.
post #18 of 19
I have heard that if they haven't fully descended by 3 months, they probably aren't going to. But since he's just 5 months old, there's no harm in waiting a month or so. It probably wouldn't be a good idea to wait much longer than that, though, unless the testicle is well hidden and the vet can't find it. But usually a retained testicle is pretty close to where it's supposed to be and the surgery, while a little more complicated than a routine neuter, is still pretty straightforward.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by jcat
Our "part-time cat", ZsaZsa, is a hermaphrodite. (S)he was neutered at six months, thanks to her former owner, but when she ended up spending most of her time at our house, I took her to our regular vets. (S)he has the usual female reproductive organs, minus her uterus after the spay, but also a deformed penis, and a scrotum which contained a desiccated testicle. I took ZsaZsa to an animal clinic when our vets said they suspected she had an undescended testicle, which was a possible site for cancer. The procedure involved ultrasounds and exploratory surgery. Since ZsaZsa is the second hermaphrodite I've encountered, I'd take cryptoorchidsim seriously. Stuff happens.
WHEW! Im glad hermaphoditism is not all that rare. PB is a hermaphodite-- First vet we went to said " I THINK its a girl, but it looks like it might be a boy too" i was floored. Im hoping that it wont be too much more to get PB fixed. Oh well we will see.
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