Shelter Health

How to Determine Kitten Gender

Being able to accurately determine animal gender is a critical skill for anyone working in an animal shelter, and one of the biggest challenges is distinguishing male and female kittens – especially when they’re just a few days old.

We've got a handy poster you can put up in your shelter for quick reference to help you sort out the kittens.

The poster shows both male and female kittens up close and explains what to watch for, particularly the distance between genitalia. You can use the distance trick for sorting adult cats too.



Need help determining a kitten's age? Here's how (plus a free poster)!

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