I Think I’m in Trouble


First there was the puppy we got a few months ago that we thought was a boy. Only it turned out to be a girl.

Then I took two of our cats to be fixed this week. Wiggles, a long-haired black male, and Killer, a gray female tabby. I picked them up yesterday. The vet assistant started talking about the black female. I said, “What?” She said, “I think we got the sexes transposed when you brought them in and we made up their charts. We had it down that you said the black one was a male and the gray one was a female.” Transposed? Meaning not only were we wrong about Wiggles– “The black one is a female and the gray one is a male.”


I’m going to end up with 15 roosters, aren’t I?


  1. Renna says:

    We had that happen with a kitten once. After we’d had it a couple of months, my sis-in-law was visiting and informed us that “Henry” was a girl. Oh. :hellokitty:

    I can’t say as we ever had trouble identifying the ‘parts’ on any of our dogs, though. :mrgreen:

  2. Kim A. says:


    Well, as long as both are fixed so they can’t produce unwanted kittens, it’s all good.

    -Kim :purr:

  3. Jenn says:

    Well, you know, roosters are FAR more common than hens. I think the ratio is 3 of 5 chicks will be born roosters. So, you won’t get fifteen, but you will get a majority. Which is why I get mine already hatched and sexed. Unless your plan is to eat them, of course, then it doesn’t matter what you end up with! Just know that roosters WILL beat the snot out of each other as soon as the hormones kick in.

  4. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    My daughter had a kitty she named Fluffity. Now 3 different people told me “It’s a girl” So at the appropiate time I take her to be “fixed”. I just dropped her off and ran. Vet called and said “It’s a boy” :shocked: Fix him says I. When told the news that she needed to do a name change said daughter replied “It don’t know any different”. So we had this huge tomcat named “Fluffity” around for years. So you end up with several roosters, the hens will love you for it. 😆 Have a great day and :hug: to all.

  5. Jan says:

    The roosters will beat the snot out of each other AND YOU whenever they feel like it! We have commercial chicken houses and let me tell ya, they KNOW I am afraid of them and come after me like they are on a runway. I won’t go in the houses anymore unless I have on chaps. THEY HURT LIKE HECK when they hit the back of your calves with their spurs~they’ll bring blood!!!

    Sex of chickens is very hard to determine. These big companies have Asians who sex them, as they are the only ones that “have the secret” supposedly! If you are wanting eggs, you really should just order the chicks from a company and pick out what you are wanting. It is more fun to get those baby chicks in the mail, and it is wickedly fun to drive the mailman nuts having to hear the things cheep all day long!!!

    We mistook a male kitty for a female recently too! I agree though, dogs really aren’t that much of a problem. Laughing…

  6. Susan says:

    That is too funny! :rotfl:

  7. Jenn says:

    If you end up with a bunch of roosters, the hens will be constantly harassed and will get stressed out enough that they won’t lay. We have one rooster for about 24 hens and he keeps them hopping. Roosters are generally mean and can easily take out an eye on kids or scratch the crap out of your legs with spurs. The only reason we have the rooster is because he’s a good protector of the hens against smaller predators.

    Jan…one of my friends is a mailman and he knows spring has arrived when the mailroom starts “cheeping” constantly!

  8. Mental Pause Mama says:

    These comments are too funny! We have a flock of wild turkeys in our neighbohood, and the tom turkey is so mean, he chases cars! I’m scared to death of him. He attacked the guy from the electric company the other day when he was reading meters.

  9. Lisa in Californi says:

    At least it was YOU who made the mistake and not the vet. I took a stray cat in and told them I thought it was a female, but wasn’t sure. I could barely touch the cat, much less check it’s parts. They actually opened him up to spay him before realizing the kitty was actually a boy. I couldn’t believe they didn’t check after sedating him. We never went back to that vet again.

  10. Suzanne McMinn says:

    We’re getting our eggs from a neighboring farm where they raise chickens, so I plan on getting help figuring them out when they hatch! I’m pretty sure already I won’t be a good judge of it, LOL.

    Note: Very occasionally real comments go to spam and this morning I went into the mass of bodily “enhancement” offers and just as I hit “delete all” I realized there was a real comment in there, but it was too late! WordPress zapped it into the ether just as I saw my mistake, so if you posted a comment and it didn’t appear, I apologize!

  11. LdeG says:

    You can always eat the roosters :yes:

  12. margiesbooboo says:

    do i smell chicken and dumplings?

  13. Crystal B. says:

    LOL I understand completely. We had a cat named Lacey that we thought was a female and later realized he was male when he developed noticeable genitalia. My husband thought Lacey was too feminine for a male cat and changed his name to Tom. LOL

  14. Estella says:

    Fifteen roosters is a lot. They are very agressive, you know.

  15. Sarah says:

    I work at a vet clinic, and this is a common mistake. It is kind of hard to tell sometimes. I mean, you don’t want to be creepy, staring at cat’s private parts. I usually just take a quick peek and pray I am right! 🙂

  16. Melissa says:

    Every time I see those udderless ‘cows’ I think they just haven’t reached puberty yet which is why I can’t easily see their udders. Jokes on me. It can be confusing, especially if there is fur or feathers to get in the way. Just remember, the roosters are the flashy looking ones and the hens will be a bit drab in comparison.

  17. Brandy says:

    We had that happen once, when I was teenager. We were told our black perian, Boo-Boo, was a girl. When my Mom took Boo-Boo to the vet to be fixed, the vet called and told her they had neutered the cat sucessfully. Uh-huh. Good luck with those Roosters! *G*

  18. kacey says:

    Well, at least they are fixed…whatever their sex. LOL. :rotfl:

  19. catslady says:

    We have a female cat named little guy and my latest kitten was named stripe and got renamed lilystripe when we found out he was a she lol.

  20. Lis says:

    lol well at least you know now :mrgreen:

  21. Jane Squires says:

    I remember when I was little and my Dad was in hospital, we named one of our cats Tom. Then we decided it was a girl and changed it to Nancy. When Dad came home from the hospital, he discovered it was a boy and it went to Randy after his roommate in hospital so it happens.
    I have at least 20 outside cats if you want to try to figure out what is what. I am laid up from surgery and don’t know which is which. My daughter moved out and she would know. :hellokitty:
    I got a good laugh.

  22. Marilyn says:

    Transposed genders…sounds like a title for a new book. :shimmy:

  23. Alice Audrey says:

    That’s how we ended up with half a dozen gerbils. We only bought two.

  24. jan says:

    Hope everything is okay. Haven’t heard from you in forever. Must be moving into that wonderful farm house in God’s country. :snoopy:

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