Life has been so much fun with my 5-month-old kitten, Gmork. He has grown so much in the 2 months that we’ve had him and I can easily say that I’ve totally fallen for him.
He is playful and likes to climb the window screens and indoor tree decorations. He attacks shoelaces when you’re late and trying to tie your shoes in record time. He tries to get his older sister, Ariel, to play along with him and watching him skid, full-speed, across the slippery floor is just the funniest thing ever.
He also has a super sweet side to himself as well. I like to call him an “aggressive cuddler” because when this little man wants attention, he doesn’t make you guess that’s what he wants. He has the sweetest purr that sounds a little broken and loves when you rub his paws and kiss his head. He’s quickly become one of the brightest parts of my day when we get to settle into bed and he purrs on my pregnant belly and doesn’t even mind when he gets kicked from the little baking baby in my stomach.
One new thing I’ve noticed he has started doing is chewing on everything. At first, I thought he was just getting more aggressive in his play and working on that fun “take it down” attitude cats have. He would chew on my iPhone, corners of books, but stuffed toys seemed to be his favorite thing to attack with his teeth. The way he was chewing on things — constantly — reminded me so much of when my kids were younger and in that teething phase in toddlerhood. When their bigger baby teeth were starting to come in and they drooled and chewed on all things in sight.
Turns out, kittens go through teething too! According to PetPages, “The teething period starts when your kitten is around 4 months old and I can continue for several months afterwards although they are quite often completely done by the time they are 7 months old.” Once I realized that’s what was going on, I have been making sure there are safe things for him to chew on around the house so that he can get some relief.
His favorite thing to chew? This adorable Gmork-sized Mickey Mouse stuffed toy. He can’t seem to get enough of it and carries him around with him everywhere.
Photo credits: © Devan McGuinness