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Sometimes determining the sex of a very young kitten can be challenging. Many years ago, my mother-in-law took her darling fluffy little girl Shannon to the veterinarian to be spayed. A few hours later the vet office called: "You can come pick up your kitten now. We have neutered him."

I once agreed to adopt a sweet young female kitten when my best friend developed hives shortly after bringing her home. Knowing my husband would balk at a female cat, I showed up with him, saying, "Isn't he sweet?" Since the kitten was named Chablis, we renamed him Arthur, after the Dudley Moore movie and song popular then. A couple of weeks later, feeling guilty about my deceit, I mentioned casually that I thought Arthur might really be a girl kitty. Asa lifted her tail, took a look and said with conviction, "Balls is balls!" a statement I teased him about long after Arthur was spayed.

How, then, can you determine the sex of a kitten" This reader asked:

How do I determine the sex of a kitten? My cat slipped outside awhile back and recently had kittens. I'd like to keep one of the males before finding homes for the others. How do I determine the sex of a kitten?
The litter pictured here was only a little over a week old when this photo was taken. Except for the calico markings on one kitten, they were really too young to be sexed at that time. However, the gray kitten on the left is my Joey.
Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy

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September 7, 2008 at 8:33 pm
(1) Brianna says:

I was able to tell the sex of a litter of kittens that were a few hours old. Boys will have tiny scrotum bumps. However I found that it is easier to tell the sex of someone elses kittens. When my cat had them, I had a really hard time being sure. They were so special to me I think I was blinded by love.

September 8, 2008 at 11:26 am
(2) Standtall (Nigeria) says:

I am an expert in knowing kitties sex. Even if they r a day old. I can tell the sex. Rare gift hun? I have being in love with cats since I was little and I think this helps

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