Determining the sex of a kitten can be exceptionally challenging — especially before about six to eight weeks of age. The first step in sexing kittens is remembering the differences between male and female genitalia. Although it may look similar in young kittens, the parts are quite different. Male kittens have testicles, which typically have descended into the scrotum at the time of birth. Female kittens have visible vulvas.
One Simple Method That Can Help You Determine the Gender of a Kitten
Determining Gender (Sex) of a Kitten
Kitten genitals are not as developed as adult cats, making gender determination a crapshoot. At first glance, even professionals find it tricky to distinguish a female kitten from a male. However, a few characteristic differences can be observed in kittens as young as five weeks old—genital spacing, coat color, and behavior—indicating their sex. 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.
Determining a Kitten's Sex
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.
Determining the sex of a cat can be difficult at times, especially if there is no other cat or kitten with which to compare the anatomy. So how can you tell if you have a Merlin or a Misty, a Rex or a Ruby? Here are a few steps to tell what your kitten's gender is…. If you've established a good relationship with the cat, pick him or her you know, since we still don't know the gender up and lift its tail.