A case of cryptorchidism - Kitty's manly secret

Last month little Kitty, the 1 year old male cat, came into Reservoir Vet Clinic to be de-sexed. But Kitty had an interesting problem; neither of his testicles had descended from his abdomen. This condition is known as cryptorchidism and literally means ‘hidden testicle’.

It is important for animals with cryptorchidism to be de-sexed. When undescended testes remain in the abdomen the likelihood of testicular cancer is increased.

Kitty was placed on intravenous fluids prior to receiving the anaesthetic. Intravenous fluids help maintain normal blood pressure throughout the anaesthetic, protect the kidneys and allows for rapid administration of drugs should an emergency situation occur.

Dr Raj Wicks performed Kitty’s desexing procedure. Unlike normal castration procedures, Kitty had to have an incision in his abdomen for Dr Raj to locate and remove his hidden testicles from his abdomen. After his surgery Kitty recovered on a heating pad under observation.

That evening Kitty was able to go home to his owners. His owners were told to keep him inside that night to insure he kept nice and warm. They were also told to keep a close eye on his surgical site. Kitty would need to revisit they clinic again in two weeks to have his sutures removed, but revisit before then if his owners were concerned.