Breeding A Litter
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Determining Gender In Kittens

It is very handy to be able to determine the gender of your kittens. You would not be the first breeder who named a male "Lady", or a female "Tarzan"... In the pictures below you can see the differences between the males and females. As you can see the distance between the genital openings is smaller for a female as it is for a male. You can also see that the female has a bald stripe in between the genital openings, where the male has a hairy piece. Note: the presence of nipples does not say anything about the gender of a kitten!


A female (top) and a male (bottom) at the age of 10 days. At this age it is very obvious that the female has a bald stripe inbetween the genital openings (red circled), while the male has a hairy piece at that spot. Also the distance between the genital openings is smaller for the female as it is for the male (red arrow).
Photo credit: Misha Peersmans.


Here the kittens are 5 weeks old. At this age the female (top) also has some hair between her genital openings. However, the male (bottom) has much more hair. Next to that the difference in distance between the openings has become larger.
Photo credit: Misha Peersmans.

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