Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Failure to accept male at breeding

Contributor(s): Rob Lofstedt

Introduction

  • Probably rare in cats when not observed, but a problem when observed closely.
  • Cause: psychological (dominance, poor socialization), physiological (immature, wrong stage of estrus), pathological (pelvic canal abnormalities   →   pain, physical barrier).
  • Signs: fear/aggression in presence of male, refusal to submit to mounting.
  • Treatment: depends on cause - artificial insemination, sedation, surgical correction.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

Psychological

  • Sire preference seems to occur occasionally.
  • Traveling to stud may upset timid queens and inhibit estrus.
  • Some males will not mate away from their home territory.

Pathological

  • Previous trauma to pelvic canal.

Physiological

  • Immaturity.
  • Not in estrus.

Predisposing factors

General

  • Poor socialization.
  • Pelvic trauma.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Christiansen I J (1984) Reproduction in the Dog and Cat. London: Baillere Tindall, pp243-245. ISBN 0 7020 0918 0.
  • Chandler E A, Gaskell C J and Gaskell R M (1994) Feline Medicine and Therapeutics. 2nd edn. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications, pp 272-273. ISBN 0 632 03361 4.


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