Many cat owners find it very difficult to determine the sex of kittens, particularly newbornkittens, and often need their veterinarian to sex their kittens for them. Now you can determine the sex of your kittens all by yourself! This page contains everything you, the pet owner, need to know about sexing kittens and cats.
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.
Determining the sex of a kitten may be difficult especially before about 8 weeks of age. The male and the female kitten's genitalia look remarkably similar. If kittens of both sexes are available to compare, it makes the process easier and more likely to be correct.
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. So don't get too anxious to determine the sex of your kittens.
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.
When your new kittens are born and mum and babies are settled down it is not unusual to want to know what sex the kittens are………in fact I would say sometimes that some people find it vitally important to know just what sex their new kittens are! Your queen and the new babies could not care less though and as far as I know still do not come with little labels on so I thought it may be useful to put down my experiences on this page. When comparing a male and female kitten together the differences are usually fairly obvious but imagine having a litter of boys or a full litter of girls!!!!
An experienced breeder is unlikely to make a mistake, but a member of staff in a pet store may not be quite so competent. So rather than rely on an inexperienced assessment, or if your cat is pregnant and you would like to know what sex the kittens are straight away, you can follow the information here and check for yourself. Sexing kittens is easier if you can compare one sex with the other.
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.
However, if it is from someone with no experience it can be quite difficult when the kitten is small — as kittens grow the process gets easier. In female cats the anus and vulva openings are close together and look like the letter 'i'. In a male cat there are small testicles under the anus and the penis is below these — see pictures.