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4-Month-Old Kitten: What to Expect


At four months of age, you'll notice signs of puberty beginning to make themselves known in your kitten. Your mellow kitten is all of a sudden climbing the walls and trying to escape every time a door opens. Your once quiet kitten starts singing in high-pitched tones at all hours of the night. An unspayed female cat usually reaches the peak of sexual maturity at six months of age but now is a good time to think about getting her spayed.

Here's what you should be thinking about with a 4-month-old kitten:

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» The Mechanics of Spaying and Neutering
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