I had my cat, "Darien" (1 yr 3 months, Persian) neutered this last Sunday. He is doing okay, he's sleeping nicely, he is eating well as usual, and we are always monitoring him. It has been 4 days since the castration, and he has not meowed constantly to mate like he used to and seems like he is not much interested to run outside like he used to.
During the day of the appointment, when the doctor was shaving his bottom, she called me out and showed me that Darien has only one testicle. And that it is known as "Feline cryptorchidism". The doctor told me not to panic and that if the other testicle is inside, it will be very small and not worry about it. In the rare case scenario, it may form cancer. Or the inside testicle may descend on its own later on, and if that happens, bring him for castration again.
Further, she told me to perform an ultrasound to check the condition of the problem. Since where I am living there is none for the animals, I am planning to go to another city to perform an ultrasound later when Darien is fully healed.
What I would like to know is in such case, where one of his testicles is retained and is sterile, while the other is neutered:
- Will he be wanting to mate? My doctor told me he probably won't like he used to. But I think since hormones are secreted by the testicles, the retained/sterile testicle will produce the hormones.
- Can you guys share some of your stories if you have a cat with this problem?
- Does the retained testicle really descend on its own?