I received an interesting question on infertility in canines today… which made me realized that I did not have a blog specifically on this. How come ? As a repro specialist, I had to do something. So here it is !
Last week, I was back on the road of the province of Quebec.
I stopped in Québec City, Montréal, Drummondville, Ste Hyacinthe & Victoriaville.
There are so many things I like in this canadian province.
I was writing an article recently on reproduction in the male cat.
And it reminded me of a #QuickFact that you guys cat breeders would be interested in.
We already touched on how difficult semen collection and evaluation is in the feline species.
There is however a quick and simple way to evaluate if a cat produces sperm.
The answer is in its bladder.
No, I’m not kidding !
In male cats in fact, nearly 50% of the volume of the ejaculate will end up in the bladder during ejaculation.
We call this retrograde ejaculation.
And you now understand that in male cats, it is quite common.
If you check the male cat’s urine after breeding, that will help answer the question if this male produces sperm or not.
It is not as good as a full spermogram, for sure.
But it is still a valuable clinical information.
That’s the #QuickFact I wanted to share with you today on cat reproduction.
Every day, around forty nutrients should be provided in the dogs’ food. There should be enough of each nutrient [more than a minimum threshold] for the body to work at its best. However, is it beneficial to the health to have too much of any one nutrient? This is far from being certain, particularly considering that ALL nutrients are potentially toxic over a certain maximum limit which is specific to each one.
It is therefore unnecessary and even dangerous to add mineral and/or vitamin supplements if growing dogs are fed with a balanced commercial food.