Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Semen collection

Contributor(s): Prof Gary England, David Godfrey, Rob Lofstedt

Introduction

  • Semen collection and evaluation is a technique that can assist for breeding soundness examination (natural breeding followed by pregnancy diagnosis is the most practical procedure in cats).
  • Semen collection in practice is of little use because collecting semen requires an artificial vagina or electro-ejaculation.
  • For the diagnosis of prostatitis and for artificial insemination Artificial insemination procedures.

Uses

  • To evaluate ability to achieve erection and ejaculation.
  • To evaluate semen quality.
  • To evaluate for breeding soundness.
  • To diagnose the cause of infertility or subefertility.
  • To obtain a sample to evaluate the prostate.
  • Artificial insemination with fresh semen.
  • To freeze semen.

Disadvantages

  • In practice it is an arduous task to obtain a semen sample to measure effectively sperm numbers and evaluate morphology and motility.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Dooley M P, Pineda M H, Hopper J G et al (1991) Retrograde flow of spermatozoa into the urinary bladder of cats during electroejaculation, collection of semen with an artificial vagina, and mating. Am J Vet Res 52 (5), 687-691 PubMed.
  • Dooley M P, Pineda M H (1986) Effect of method of collection on seminal characteristics of the domestic cat. Am J Vet Res 47 (2), 286-292 PubMed.
  • Pineda M H, Dooley M P (1984) Effect of voltage and order of voltage application on seminal characteristics of electroejaculates of the domestic cat. Am J Vet Res 45 (8), 1520-1525 Europe PMC.
  • Pineda M H, Dooley M P, Martin P A (1984) Long-term study on the effects of electroejaculation on seminal characteristics of the domestic cat. Am J Vet Res 45 (5), 1038-1041 PubMed.


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