Unsure if you have a boy or girl kitten on your hands? The visible differences between young male and female genitalia can be more subtle than in adults. But when you know what to look for, sexing a kitten doesn't have to be difficult. A vet's opinion can help you feel more certain, though even veterinarians can occasionally mistake the sex of a kitten. Before you try to determine the sex of a kitten, make sure you're in a warm, indoor area and that you won't be separating the kitten from its mother for longer than minutes.
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Distinguishing Males from Females Is Tricky
The PetCoach editorial team is comprised of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and longtime industry veterans who are dedicated to providing the highest-quality health Determining the sex of a kitten may be difficult especially before about 8 weeks of age. The male and the female kitten's genitalia look remarkably similar. If kittens of both sexes are available to compare, it makes the process easier and more likely to be correct. In the male kitten, the scrotum is located below the anus and above the back of the hind legs. The testicles are descended into the scrotum presumably at the time of birth.
Determining Gender (Sex) of a Kitten
Kitten genitals are not as developed as adult cats, making gender determination a crapshoot. Don't disrupt the mother-kitten flow within the first few weeks of life. If a kitten is handled too much during this time, the mother may abandon it and stop nursing it altogether. So don't get too anxious to determine the sex of your kittens.
This information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. You just brought home a kitten that you intend to name Sam but your roommate tells you that you had better consider the name Samantha instead. Lift the kitten's tail. The opening just under the tail is the anus. Below the anus is the genital opening which is round in males and is a vertical slit in females. In kittens of similar size, the distance between the anus and the genital opening is greater in the male than the female. The color of the kitten may suggest its gender.