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Determining the sex of your new kitten could be tricky. A lot of cat owners think they have a female cat only to find out later that their cat is male. It is essential to find out the sex of your kitten so that proper medicines can be given and the proper surgeries done (if any). To give an example, urinary tract problems are more observed in male cats.
weeks or more
easier to find the sex of your cat if it is eight weeks old or older.
The procedure, in this case, is a simple one. To find out, select a
time when the kitten is at its most calm. A good time to do so is
after a meal. You sit on a chair and lightly hold your cat in your
lap. It is important to make the cat feel comfortable. When
everything is calm and proper, lift the animal's tail and take a good
look at the rear end of the kitten. You should focus on two aspects:
distance between genital opening and anus and the genital opening's
shape. You should know that the distance between the male penis
opening and the anus is more when compared to the distance between
the vulva and anus in females. The opening of the penis appears like
a circle, and the vulva opening is like a line.
understand that the penis may not be visible in kittens. It is hard
to locate, especially when they are incredibly young. The testicles
are felt to be there within the scrotum. However, do note that they
could be too little to identify or the kitten could be already
neutered. In short, the absence of testicles does not mean that the
cat is a female.
It is much
harder to identify younger kittens. Because the identifying
structures are underdeveloped and tiny. It is a good thing that
kittens at this young age stay together and you can find out the sex
of the kitten by comparing sizes. You must not stress these kittens
by taking them away from their mother. If you do have to take them
away, you should not take them away for more than five minutes.
A few coat
colors happen more in cats of a particular sex. Female cats have
exclusively tortoiseshell colored coats. These appear like a blend of
black and orange. The female will be calico as this takes the
presence of all two X chromosomes. Only a rare male cat would have
these coats. The orange tabby- a mix of white and orange- would
mostly be a male cat- but a considerable number of female cats also
have the same coat color.