Sam or Samantha

Identifying Kitty’s Gender.

When you have very young kittens, it can be quite difficult to tell whether one is a boy or a girl. A very common question for owners of new kittens is – “how do I determine the gender of my kitten.” Dr. Wendy Zimmerman explains what to look for and how you can quite easily tell which gender your kitten is.

Once you have an unobstructed view of kitty’s backside, the first opening you’ll see right below the tail is the anus. This is true for both males and females, and tells you zip about which yours is, but it’s a good point of reference! It’s the genital opening below the anus that tells the tale. These openings are in slightly different spots, and are slightly differently shapes in male and female cats. If your cat is female, you’ll find her genital opening (vulva) immediately below her anus, and it will be in the shape of a vertical slit. If your cat is male, his genital opening (penis) will be a noticeable distance from his anus – about ½ inch in kittens and 1 inch in adults – and will be a rounded shape. The testicles of unneutered mature males will be visible in the area between the anal and genital openings.

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