This handy poster shows pictures of both female and male genitalia and zeroes in on the differences, which are often hard to see in kittens. It explains what to watch for, particularly the distance between genitalia. You can use the distance trick for sorting adult cats too.
Q: I found a litter of kittens and want to give them away. How do I determine their age and genders? They average two pounds and are eating dry kitten food.
Accurately determining the sex of a kitten is important, and not just to avoid naming mishaps. For example, while urinary tract disease is common in all cats, males are at a much higher risk of developing a potentially fatal urinary tract blockage in comparison to females. If your cat is 8 weeks of age or older, the procedure is fairly straightforward.
There are a number of differences between the feline sexes. After spaying, female cats are usually more independent and aloof than their male counterparts. Neutered males are generally more affectionate, but about 10 percent of them engage in spraying.
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.
Having decided to have a kitten, many owners already clearly know what color, sex and what breed they want to buy an animal. If it is enough to contact breeders to buy a certain breed, and to acquire a baby of the desired color, you just need to look at it, then many pet owners have problems with determining the sex of young cats and cats, because the anatomical features of small kittens are almost absent. To determine the sex of the kitten is not difficult when the baby is weeks old, that is months.
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Your cat has given birth to a litter of delightful kittens, each and every one of them as cute as a button. Not that it matters much, a cute kitten is a cute kitten whatever its gender, you are keen to know which are the boys and which are the girls. You've taken a peep and they all look pretty much the same down there. Ah, what about this orange kitty, must be a boy right?
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.