The day we got this kitten, no one was more surprised than us, except maybe our dog, Pedro. From a barn colony where 15 more needed homes, we couldn't refuse this one. So in the car, taking shelter under the driver's seat, we brought it home to cool off on a scorching hot Summer Sunday. We let Pedro sniff the kitten briefly, put it in the bathroom on the bath mat, a bowl of water nearby while Pedro layed outside the door sniffing inquisitively as we went to buy kitten supplies. We couldn't find a litter pan, so we settled for a paint tray, some fine litter, dry and wet kitten food at our local "trading post".
The cashier was a cat lover who had bred some 20 litters of kittens. She congratulated us on our choice of kitten food and asked the gender of the kitten. We had no idea, so she said "oh it's easy to tell" and went on to describe picking up the kitten, like its mother would, gently by the "scruff" of its neck, if the tail extends straight out behind, it's male and if the tail curls under between the legs, it's female. When I next got the chance, I lifted our little one up as gently as I could as instructed by the cashier and watched its tail. First it was straight down, then straight out, then curled under. Not wanting to hurt it, wondering how long I should suspend this poor little thing, I gave up and went in search on the Internet.
I found some photos online, which didn't really help with my one kitten, unable to compare. I lifted up my kitten's tail to examine and compare with the photos describing distances between orifices using this photo below from the thepetcenter.com which was great except that my kitten's genitalia was spaced somewhere in between these two. Cats are after all, as individual as people. A sibling of the opposite gender might have helped. Our visit to the Vet cleared all things up. Scampy is male, about 8 weeks old now. He was barely 6 weeks old at the time of the visit, but as he has long legs, she estimated that he is going to be a big cat, he's a good strong little guy, too young for vaccinations just yet. We're to keep him indoors until he can be protected and feed him kitten food until he's a year old. He weighed 1.4 lbs at that visit, but he seems to have grown bigger this past week, eating well, eliminating well, playful, independent and we think he's very clever.
So we conclude that Scampy was born on or about June 29th, in very good health and very loved by his "mum" and "dad". His "bruv", Pedro is tolerating him more and more just walking across his belly, hitching a ride across his back from sofas to desks and even lying nose to nose with him on the carpet.
Until next time, this is VivBounty reminding you to hug your pets, have them spayed or neutered, and if you're thinking of getting one, visit your local animal shelter.
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