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Anyone ever have their male cat spayed?

post #1 of 29
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My darling 7 month old Persian boy, Sluggo, is going to get spayed tomorrow. He has just started marking the house, so this is essential! I've been putting off getting him neutered because he has an undescended testicle and the vet suggested waiting a while instead of doing the more invasive surgery. Has anyone else ever had this done and did it go well? Sounds to me like it's risky for a male? I love my boy dearly, but I can't put it off any longer with him peeing everywhere now.
post #2 of 29
Well we are a pro spay/neuter board, and prefer that all our members spay or neuter their pets, that said, my only male cat had 2 decended and rather large testicles, so i haven't dealt with the same issues, but both of my girls have been spayed and they doid just fine!

I'm sure it's not terribly uncommon.
post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by turtlecat
Well we are a pro spay/neuter board, and prefer that all our members spay or neuter their pets, that said, my only male cat had 2 decended and rather large testicles, so i haven't dealt with the same issues, but both of my girls have been spayed and they doid just fine!

I'm sure it's not terribly uncommon.
I agree with you on spaying/neutering all pets. I just never had a male cat that had to have a spay instead of a neuter. We tried waiting to see if the testy would drop, but no luck. I hope this takes care of the marking problem.
post #4 of 29
It should be just like spaying a female, no real differences in the aftermath. I'm sure he'll be fine but I'll keep him in my thoughts!
post #5 of 29
Ummmmmm....isn't spaying an ovariohysterectomy? (sp?) i.e. females only?
post #6 of 29
coaster, if the testicle is not decended the procedure is more like an ovariohysterectomy- so like a spay.
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by turtlecat
coaster, if the testicle is not decended the procedure is more like an ovariohysterectomy- so like a spay.
Basically, it's a more invasive procedure, so it costs more!
post #8 of 29
It is invasive surgery, but I don't think the correct name is a spay!
post #9 of 29
I hate replies like this, but...

I've never had a problem with neutering males, decended testicles or not. Our darling Hobbes was VERY well developed at 4mos (and had been for two months before we took him in), so we didn't experience any problems with him.

Sorry I couldn't help!
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by turtlecat
coaster, if the testicle is not decended the procedure is more like an ovariohysterectomy- so like a spay.
Sorry, I'm holding out for a definitive definition.

Is there a vet in the house?
post #11 of 29
We still call it a castration, but we just say that we have to go looking for it.

Sturgis was the same way, we had to go in and find it. It took us 3 surgery's an ultrasound and a blood test (to test for testoterone in the bloodstream) to find the darn thing. It was underdeveloped, but we finally found it when Sturgis was 1 1/2 years old, I actully teared up in the surgery room when we finally pulled it out of him. I now keep it in a jar of fomulin on my computer desk as my trophy of everything we went through. A couple of weeks ago I was talking to my dad on the phone and Sturgis got up on my desk and pulled the jar down (it is plastic) and was batting at it, so I told him to stop playing with his testicle and my father started laughing, said that was the funniest thing he had heard all day.
post #12 of 29
Words fail me
post #13 of 29
It is a very common thing to see cats and dogs with their testicles not coming down. Surgery is done on them all the time.. It is safe and you have nothing to worry about!!!
post #14 of 29
While working for the animal rescue here, I did see a rather large number of male cats that needed a spay and a neuter. It pretty common as far as I know, and they all pulled through just fine. =)
post #15 of 29
From Merriam-Webster online:
Quote:
to remove the ovaries of (a female animal)
post #16 of 29
I had to take Jamie to the vet today, and asked her (a German who reads all sorts of veterinary literature in English) what she would say in this case, and she said "castrate". However, most Germans say "kastrieren" when they're talking about spaying.
Our second cat, who was supposedly a spayed female when we got her, turned out to have an underdeveloped testicle and deformed penis. (I had a thread on this, but it appears to have disappeared during the great "meltdown".) Anyway, we had "her" (actually a hermaphrodite) "castrated". We had ultrasounds done, first by our vet, and then at a big area clinic, to determine whether she was a cryptoorchid, as I was advised that there was a chance of testicular cancer. Her testicle and tiny scrotum were removed, but her penis (hardly worthy of the word) was left in place. The vet who originally spayed her mustn't have thought it worth mentioning that she also had male reproductive organs, or her original owners (Croatian) didn't understand.
post #17 of 29
coaster I imagine it would be called castration irregardless of the differing procedure. We are laypeople, and it's easier to call it a spay as it is none too dissimilar..

it's a matter of semantics.
post #18 of 29
Oxford English Dictionary:
Spay - Sterilize (a female animal) by removing the ovaries
Castrate - remove the testicle of

or perhaps we should just use Neuter which isn't gender specific?

I would call this a castration as although it is a more invasive surgery the result is to remove the testicle.

None of my toms have had a similar problem but I wouldn't have thought it was any more dangerous than a spaying.

Useless information - If he was a horse he would be called a 'rig', and it would be considered a castration.
post #19 of 29
Yes. All three of my males are neutered and Sage is spayed. They were done at 6 months because the base vet refuses to do it earlier. They will be fine.
post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 
Well Sluggo had his "procedure" done 2 days ago and is doing well. The vet said it was difficult to find his undescended testicle, but they finally got it. Sluggo had to have a total of 3 incisions and they are healing well. He seems no worse off than a regular neuter. She did give me pain meds for him though. He really doesn't seem to need them though the way he's still trying to climb his playgym. I'm just happy it all went well and there weren't any complications, amen!
post #21 of 29
I wonder why they would even need to remove that testical? Or is it different with cats than humans? (My son-in-law had one that never decended....and when he and our daughter went for fertility testing the doctors told him that that testical was useless anyhow) Could they maybe just remove the "good" one and leave the other????
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by stampit3d
I wonder why they would even need to remove that testical? Or is it different with cats than humans? (My son-in-law had one that never decended....and when he and our daughter went for fertility testing the doctors told him that that testical was useless anyhow) Could they maybe just remove the "good" one and leave the other????
I was told that there was a higher risk of cancer in an undescended testicle.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Lndscpsam
My darling 7 month old Persian boy, Sluggo, is going to get spayed tomorrow. He has just started marking the house, so this is essential! I've been putting off getting him neutered because he has an undescended testicle and the vet suggested waiting a while instead of doing the more invasive surgery. Has anyone else ever had this done and did it go well? Sounds to me like it's risky for a male? I love my boy dearly, but I can't put it off any longer with him peeing everywhere now.
I like the name Sluggo!!! Been watching a lot of old Saturday Night Live episodes??

Anyway, the procedure will not be a spay, it will still be a neuter, but the procedure will be more invasive than the average neuter. Any surgery, no matter how minor, is still risky, but it shouldn't preclude you from going through with it. As long as the anesthesia is properly monitored and you have a competent surgeon for a vet, your boy will do just fine. Monorchidism is a relatively common problem (although I know a woman who owns an hermaphridite), and I imagine that this is not a first-time operation for your vet.

My only other advice, if you can deal with the spraying, would be to wait for another month or two. The reason for this is that it is quite common that an undescended testicle will descend, if it is going to, by 10 months of age. After that, it is not likely to descend.

Barb Amalfi
post #24 of 29
The undescended testicle still produces testosterone, which in turn still gives you a cat with un-neutered tendencies, such as spraying, aggression, and very smelly urine.
post #25 of 29
Sometimes male cats that start spraying before they're neutered continue to spray after they're neutered. I still think it's better for them to be neutered before puberty, even if the more-invasive surgery to recover the undescended testicle is required.
post #26 of 29
We call it desexing. Yes it's very true that if cats have started spraying before they are fixed, it is very likely they will continue.
post #27 of 29
I was lucky Sturgis did stop spraying after the missing testicle was found.
post #28 of 29
i have a dog with an undescended testicle, and the reason it must be removed is that the retained testicle is likely to become cancerous later on. I am not looking foward to his surgery either...
hope sluggo is feeling better.
post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 
[quote=tailsoluv]I like the name Sluggo!!! Been watching a lot of old Saturday Night Live episodes??

Actually no. Sluggo is named after the old cartoon "Sluggo & Nancy". Remember that one? The cartoon character, Sluggo, is a tough little boy. My persian is a white & blue van bicolor which means he's primarily white. He has a blue splotch just above his left eye which makes him look like he got punched in the eye. He's just a tough kitty boy! Btw, Sluggo is recuperating wonderfully. He's been zipping around the house and climbing with no problem.
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