There are a few humans equipped with the ability to remain unfazed by the allure of tiny, tiny kittens. It doesn’t matter if those furballs grow up to be pioneers of what we call a resting bitchface, they can still melt the coldest heart with their infinite cuteness.
When you bring a kitten home (from a shelter or a rescued one, hopefully), the first thing you would want to do is to give it a decent name. No, there’s no need to compromise by picking a unisex name; there are ways to determine your kitten’s gender at home. Pay close attention to what follows.
Before we begin, note that the kitten in question should be at least over the age of three weeks for you to venture a fairly accurate guess.
First step, ensure that the kitty is calm, and not in a playful mode whatsoever. Even a young kitty knows how to protect her privacy, and doesn’t mind using her (very) sharp claws. Kittens sleep a lot, so a good time would be when it begins feeling drowsy.
Hold the kitten very gingerly, as the precious little thing is still very delicate. Now, stroke it lightly to calm it further.
You need to take a look at the kitten’s posterior to find the answer. Therefore, the tail needs to be moved. Do so very gently. If the kitty becomes agitated, set her down lightly, and try this later.
If not, you need to take a look just below the tail; this is where you’ll find the anal opening. This looks the same in case of both, males and females.
The next and most vital step is to look lower, where you’ll find either possibilities:
- In case your kitten is female, you will spot a vertical slit (the vulva) very close and right below the anus.
- In case of male cats, the genitals are further down, about half an inch lower from the anus, and have a rounded shape.
And you’re pretty much done.