Disorder - CryptorchidismOrgan Systems Involved
Alternative disorders described within LIDA
Inguinal hernia; Umbilical hernia
The testes of the cat are normally located in the scrotum at birth or soon after. Cryptorchidism is failure of one or both testicles to descend into the scrotum by seven to eight months of age. It most often affects one testicle. Most commonly, the undescended testicle is underdeveloped and is located in the groin or the abdomen. Generally, cats with testicles retained in the abdomen are infertile because the development of sperm is suppressed by the higher temperature inside the body. Retained testicles are also at risk for cancer or torsion (twisting), although this is rare. There is evidence that the condition is genetic, therefore it is not recommended to breed from affected male cats as their offspring may carry the same problem. If a cat with no obvious testes sprays urine and has spines on the penis, it is likely that he is entire but cryptorchid.
Cats at Risk
Cryptorchidism is a sex-limited trait expressed and carried by male cats.
Surgical. Breeding from affected males is not recommended.