Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Castration

Synonym(s): Orchiectomy

Contributor(s): Andrew Gardiner

Introduction

  • Surgical removal of scrotal testicles.

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Uses

  • Prophylactic neutering of male cats to inhibit fertility and reduce male sexual behavior patterns.
  • Testicular trauma, neoplasia Testis: neoplasia or abscess.
  • An initial step in the surgical procedure of perineal urethrostomy Urethrostomy in intact male cats.

Advantages

  • Almost all male domestic cats kept as pets benefit from castration to reduce urinary marking behavior Indoor marking and conditions associated with roaming and fighting (bite abscess/cellulitis Abscess, RTA, FeLV infection Feline leukemia virus disease, etc).

Disadvantages

  • If performed before skeletal maturity is attained, some reports have indicated that growth plate dysfunction may occasionally be seen.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Excellent.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Demetriou J L & Welsh E M (2000) Colonic obstruction in an adult cat following open castration. Vet Rec 147 (6), 165-166 PubMed.
  • Mandelker L (1978) A sterile surgical procedure for feline castration (a photographic essay). Vet Med Small Anim Clin 73 (7), 904-905 PubMed.


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