A 5 month old kitten will show some physiological changes that make them appear more like an adult cat; however, they are still a cute kitty that needs your care not less than before.
There are some physical and behavioral changes that you can expect from your kitten. It is important that you respond to those changes wisely to make sure that the changes don’t affect you, your kitten and your environment adversely.
5 Month Old Kitten’s Physical Changes
Congratulation, your 5 month old kitten now appears like a smaller replica of their adult counterpart. Their eyes no longer appear pale blue and have already gained the sinister dark tint typical of adult cats.
Their deciduous teeth have begun to shed since a few weeks ago and you should see tooth remains in foods or carpet.
If you don’t see any, that means your kitten may have swallowed them. Don’t worry because it is normal for kittens to swallow their baby teeth. In brief, physically, your kitten has already become a cute and lovable beast.
5 Month Old Kitten Behavioral Changes
Your kitten also shows some changes in the way they behave. Remember that your kitten is now a young adolescent flooded with all kinds of hormonal surge.
They will become more sensitive and they will start thinking about mating. It is thus best for you to consider spaying or neutering your kitten.
Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your 5-Month Old Kitten?
There are clear reasons why you should spay or neuter your kitten. If your 5 month old kitten is female, spaying prevents unwanted pregnancies, prevents unwanted noises when your kitten starts to “call” male cats, and avoids possible infections.
If your kitten is male, neutering prevents them from straying over a large area, prevents them from marking their area with urine, and protects them from diseases.
Should You Declaw Your 5-Month Old Kitten?
While you attempt to spay or neuter your kitten, you may also consider declawing them;
however, remember that declawing procedure will render your kitten defenseless for the rest of their life, so declaw only if you think that the claws will be dangerous or if the kitten will stay indoors forever
Your kitten will no longer be able to fight back when attacked or to climb tree when escaping if you declaw them.
5-Month Old Kitten Care
There are some important things to mind when you want to care for your 5-month old kitten. The first is about 5-month old kitten food.
Feed your kitten with healthy kitten’s food, be it wet or dry (protein-rich is preferable), to boost their growth while paying attention to their weight.
There are many factors that determine how much a 5-month old kitten weighs, such as the kitten’s build, breed and neutering status, so it’s best for you to ask your vet to find out whether your kitten is of the right weight and size.
Lastly, your 5 month old kitten has now had adult teeth, so tooth brushing will become your new routine. You should also brush their hair coat to remove unwanted hair strands