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.
I very often get questions on birthing in queens.
Nothing abnormal here : no doubt it can be a stressful moment.
Indeed, hard to predict with certainty what is going to happen when multiple kittens are expected !
As cat breeders, what should you do ? What should you NOT do ?
This is why we decided to give this webinar on parturition in queens.
Cat breeders from 12 different countries attended.
One thing I can tell you for sure : we had a very good online discussion !
If you missed it, don’t you worry, you can still watch the replay, the video is right below !
And if you have stories / anecdotes / questions, post them in the comment section below !
I’m looking forward to reading them !
Remember this previous blog we did on kittens & transport (if you missed it, you can read it here) ?
It clearly highlighted how in kittens the consequences of stress could be problematic.
« Big 3 »… Rhymes with Micheal, Denis and Scottie. Dwayne, Lebron & Chris. Tony, Manu & Tim.
Sounds pretty obvious, right ? I’m a NBA fan, clearly !
But I’m also a veterinarian working with kennels and catteries.
When I mention the « Big 3 » in my lectures, it has nothing to do with basket-ball unfortunately.
« What is the best way to prevent pyometra ? »
My answer, in one word : « Gestation. »
The person I was talking to sounded surprised. « Really ? I was thinking more of an antibiotic treatment. »
And I can understand why she would think that.
A week ago I was in Jakarta, Indonesia to give a series of lecture on sanitation in kennels & catteries.
Jakarta is famous for its super-dense traffic… and I surely experience that ! I was told beforehand not to be scared about the amount of motorbikes and scooters I would see. And for sure, while we were driving those busy streets, there were quite a few surrounding our car. Nearly at all time !
Number 1 priority these days in catteries? Prevent the consequences of stress. This is of the utmost importance for kittens. Especially when they are leaving your cattery to go to their new owners’ place.
When it comes to reproduction, the feline species never ceases to amaze me. Despite our ever growing understanding of the hormonal mechanisms behind the reproductive function, things that are theoretically not possible might be seen from time to time in queens. It definitely reminds us that biology is drastically different from mathematics ! Feline reproduction is still an open book, no doubt that more research is still needed to unravel all those mysteries !