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How to Determine the Gender of a Cat (with Pictures)
Before you buy a cat or kitten—do you want to know their gender first and foremost? Some people don’t have a gender preference for their new feline friends, others have their hearts set on tomcats or feline queens. However, if you have an existing cat, or you’d prefer one over the other, you should know for sure what you have.
Plus, if you’re buying a cat on a budget, you might want to know the costs of spay and neuter surgery beforehand (as they differ). Let’s discuss how to know for sure if your fluffy cat is a boy or girl.
Why Is Sexing Your Kitten or Cat Important?
If you don’t care what gender your kitten is, you may find it’s a pretty useful piece of information to have. It doesn’t take a lot of expertise to figure it out either. If you didn’t plan on finding out, here is a list of reasons why it’s a very good thing to know beforehand.
When the kitten is first born, it is incredibly difficult to sex them unless you’re highly experienced. The sex of newborn kittens is usually not determined until they are a bit more mature.
So you can usually sex them by 4 weeks, but it’s best to wait until they are 6-8 weeks old to be sure – especially if they have long hair that obstructs your view.
Female kittens have a small opening very close to their anus, whereas males have a lengthier reach. Also, there should be two visible lumps in the male that you can feel or see (which are undescended testicles.)
The best way to check is to lift the tail to get a better look. Longer hair can make this a bit challenging, so you might have to feel for testicles manually.
Sexing Adults Cats
Sexing adult cats can be a little bit easier since they are fully developed. That is especially true of intact males, as it’s usually pretty obvious.
Deciphering a male cat can be pretty easy, but fur length and neutering can sometimes make it tricky. In any case, male cats will have nearly an inch gap in between the anus and the penis. Females have these two parts less than a fingertip length apart.
Why Is It Important to Get Your Cat Fixed?
Getting your cat fixed is of utmost importance when you’re a pet owner. If you already have gotten your cat from the shelter, your cat might already have this surgery. If not, you will have to make arrangements with your local shelter or veterinarian.
So, what are the perks of spaying or neutering your cat?
If for any reason, you’re still unsure about the gender, you should always check with a professional. Shelter workers, breeders, and veterinarians should be able to sex your cat successfully. Although mistakes can be made, it’s not typical.
Once you get the hang of it, gendering cats will be a breeze for you. Regardless of gender, it’s best to spay or neuter your cat before the age of sexual maturity to avoid marking and unwanted pregnancy.
Featured Image Credit: Alexas_Fotos, Pixabay
Ashley Bates is a freelance dog writer and pet enthusiast who is currently studying the art of animal therapy. A mother to four human children— and 23 furry and feathery kids, too – Ashley volunteers at local shelters, advocates for animal well-being, and rescues every creature she finds. Her mission is to create awareness, education, and entertainment about pets to prevent homelessness. Her specialties are cats and dogs.