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How to tell whether a kitten is male or female


How to tell whether a kitten is male or female

How to tell whether a kitten is male or female

 Because kitten genitals are not as fully developed as those of an adult cat, determining a kitten's gender is a complete guessing game. Male and female kittens may be difficult to tell apart at first appearance, even for experts. However, even in kittens as young as five weeks old, sex may be deduced from changes in genital spacing, coat color, and behavior.

Handling with Caution

  • During the first several weeks of life, don't interfere with the mother-kitten relationship. The mother may abandon and stop feeding her kitten if it is handled excessively at this period. So, don't worry too much about your kittens' gender. Delay handling your kittens for at least two weeks, if not longer.

  • Minimize stress while determining the gender of your cat. Picking them up, caressing them softly, and cuddling them close to your body are good places to start. Scratching their back around the base of the tail may induce them to raise their tail, giving you a bird's eye view of the problematic areas.For kittens that are scared or standoffish, wait to check them and focus your attention on a less fearful member of the litter.

Recognizing the Genitalia

  1. Cat genitalia may resemble punctuation marks as young as two weeks old, according to some breeders. Feminine genitals resemble an exclamation point turned upside down, with the vertical slit right below the anus. There will be very little space between the two (when the cat is upside down and facing you).
  2. There is enough room between the penis and anus for the male kitten's testicles, making the organ resemble more like a colon. If you look closely, you may be able to notice a few bumps that form as the kitten grows older.
  3. If all the kittens seem to be the same to your eyes, then choose one and gently put your finger and thumb on each side of the scrotum region . Under the skin, feel for two little, firm oval-shaped items. This is one of the testes, and it's very hard to hold onto it because it slithers away from your fingertips when you grasp it. If you see testes, your kitten is most likely a male.

Color of Coat

  • The color of your kitten's fur is a less complex, but less accurate, approach to determine its gender. Cats that are tortoiseshell or have a tri-color pattern on their coats are usually invariably female.  Because this colour is completely due to the chromosomal composition of female cats, you can be certain that every calico cat you see is a female.
  • Cats that are orange or ginger in color, on the other hand, are almost always male (think of the iconic male tabby cats). Only three-quarters of ginger-colored cats are female, hence this trait is less dependable than the tri-colored trait.


  • Kittens' distinct personalities begin to emerge as they grow older. In the process of reaching sexual maturity, male "tom kittens" may begin to stray. They may also grow aggressive and spray to protect their territory and keep intruders out. In addition to being restless and aggressive, males are also more dominant.
  • The "coming of age" behavior of female kittens may include loud yowls and attention-seeking behavior such as when they are as young as four months old. In general, the sooner you spay or neuter your kitten, the less likely it will be to exhibit these gender distinctions. The recommended age for pediatric spay and neuter is 6 to 8 weeks.
  • According to some, male cats seem to be nicer and more social. Despite the fact that this distinction does not apply universally, the personalities of cats may be just as diverse as those of people. Consider the connection you have upon meeting your pet for the first time before considering its gender.