Determining Gender (Sex) of a Kitten
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
Determining the sex (gender) of a kitten is easy when you know what to
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
Male 8 week old kitten
Female 8 week old kitten
As the male kitten grows the testicles become more apparent.
The color of the kitten may suggest its gender. Almost all (but not
ALL) kittens of calico (black, white and orange) or tortishell (black
and orange) color are females. More orange kittens are male than female
although the association between color and sex is not as strong as in
the calico/tortishell colored kitten.
Washington State University assumes no liability for injury to you
or your pet incurred by following these descriptions or procedures.
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