|Posted on September 22, 2014 at 11:35 PM||comments (3102)|
Tried to make a posting yesterday and lost it to a malfunction. Aaargh!
Here's an adorable picture:
Got the latest weight chart here—they just keep on growing! I’ve cut back to weighing them just every other day now. Tris, Blaze, and Streak are so close in size their name labels are overlapping. Dot's the smallest now, but she's growing steadily.
Cass is still the biggest—less than an ounce shy of 2 lbs!--but Streak is starting to catch up to his sibs now that he’s started eating. I was thinking they were fully weaned, but I saw Isabel allowing a couple of the kittens to nurse for a short time today. I stopped adding milk to their food and started moistening it with water only. They all seem to prefer the moistened food, even Isabel! Izzy had been having some loose stools, so I figured I’d better quit with the milk. I hope she's okay.
Tris and Streak typically greet me at the top of the stairs, along with their mama Isabel. Sometimes I don’t see all five of the kittens when I go upstairs, but just when I start getting worried, the missing one(s) will show up. Izzy has really been a love glutton. I gave her lots of pets tonight, and she just ate it up. It's so sweet the way she puts up with the kittens playing with her tail. She plays with them sometimes too,
Cass is the lazy one. Seems like he's always the last to wake up and join in the playing. Blaze is turning out to be the loner. Dot and Streak were really wrestling tonight; actually I thought it looked awfully rough! Isabel didn't seem to think there was a need to intervene, tho.
|Posted on September 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM||comments (44)|
FINALLY Streak ate from a dish! Silly me, I've been trying to tempt him with canned food and milk-moistened dry food. He went for the plain dry kitten chow!
I've reduced the frequency of weighing to every other day, figuring they wouldn't be growing so fast. They're still putting on weight daily!
Two of the kittens are currently attacking an old sock. Or they were, and now they're going for each other.
Maybe this is a little silly, but I'm trying to call Isabel by her name and not "Mama." She IS a mama cat and a good one, but she's also a beautiful kitty with a sweet disposition and her own identity. (Projecting, maybe?) I always give her some cuddling, too, when I visit the babies. Isabel really is a very sweet cat; she loves to be cuddled and petted. She's never tried to scratch or bite me, and she's always waiting for me at the top of the stairs when I come visit. I suspect she may have some purebred Siamese in her lineage--she's long and lean with a wedge-shaped head and a whippy tail. Izzy's rather vocal, too. Some people might find that annoying, but I think it's sweet.
I haven't noticed any obvious or strong alliances forming among the kittens. A couple of times I've seen them segregate themselves by color.
|Posted on September 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM||comments (438)|
I know you've been waiting impatiently for the latest growth chart! Again, the dotted line is the average.
Streak has finally passed the 1-lb mark, but he's still not eating from a dish.
No-Dot got a new name! I first thought of Dot-less, which made me think of Dauntless. If you've read Divergent, you know that the heroine, Beatrice, assumed the nickname Tris upon joining the Dauntless faction. So, now No-Dot will be known as Tris.
Mama Isabel does not like the new pellet-type litter and has been pooping outside the box. I gave her back the corncob clumping litter.
The kittens are super active and playful; great fun to watch!
|Posted on September 10, 2014 at 11:40 PM||comments (306)|
Have continued to weigh the kittens each day, but haven't gotten around to posting the latest weights. Got some canned kitten chow at Petsmart in San Antonio yesterday; that did the trick to get Dottie to eat from a dish today! Got her interested in licking the spoon, then moved her over to an available spot on the plate. She ate it with apparent relish! So now Streak is the only one not eating from a dish. He's still the smallest, but he continues to gain weight. He's just a hair under a pound.
I found our powdered kitten milk replacer, made up some of that, and mixed it with the reconstituted goat's milk. Seems to work for them. It was funny--I prepared a bowl of dry kitten chow with some canned on top, no milk, for Mama Isabel. Then I prepared some dry food with the milk and canned food added, and Mama IMMEDIATELY pounced on it! Two of the kits ended up eating most of the bowl full that I'd prepared for Mama.
The babies seem to recognize me as their second mama. They all gathered around me when I came up to see them this morning. Precious!
|Posted on September 8, 2014 at 12:05 AM||comments (76)|
I took some cute pictures but had a wee bit of difficulty getting them uploaded, so I'll have to post them tomorrow.
I was a little worried about Dot this morning b/c she was sleeping while the other kittens were playing and nursing. When I checked on her later, though, she was wrestling with the others, and she nursed, too. Turned out she gained a good bit of weight since yesterday, so I'm not worried about her now!
The kittens keep on growing. Cass has broken the one-pound barrier, the only one so far. Blaze is growing faster than the others, since she's the first to start eating from a dish. However, Cass figured it out today, so I expect he will keep the lead. The others don't get it yet. Everyone is still nursing.
I try to give Isabel plenty of attention and cuddling, too. She certainly seems to enjoy it--I even hold her belly-up, like a baby, and she eats it up. I was watching the kittens nurse, and I petted Isabel, and she kneaded against my hand! That was a special moment.
Four of the kittens are sleeping in the kitty bed (I moved two of them there from the floor), and the fifth one is curled up a distance away on a pile of old shirts.
|Posted on September 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM||comments (49)|
This morning I decided to let the kittens out of the crate without my supervision. When I went up to check on them later, they were all cuddled up together in the crate--guess it still felt like home base.
Another time when I visited the upstairs kitties, the two b&w's were in the crate, and the three Siamese were on the pillow (my pillow) on the floor in front of the crate! Hmmm. . . segregation?
Blaze is the only one that's taken to the food bowl so far. It shows--she gained the most weight!
They all seem to enjoy being cuddled, Mama included! She continues to become more comfortable with me. I held her belly-up and rubbed her chin and behind her ears, and she just ate it up. I don't think she wanted me to put her down.
Not much more to say except stuff about how adorable the kittens are and how amazing it is, the way they've grown. . .
|Posted on September 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM||comments (49)|
|Posted on September 5, 2014 at 2:55 PM||comments (35)|
Here's the beautiful mama kitty. . .
. . . and four of her precious babies!
Their growth and development has been amazing to watch. Just a week ago the kittens could only walk two or three steps without stumbling. Not only have they gotten perceptibly bigger, their coordination has improved to an incredible degree! They're still a little clumsy, but they walk and even run without falling down. They've started using the litter box, too!
This is the first time I've gotten to observe young kittens closely over a period of time. It's fascinating on an intellectual level, and of course they're also just plain adorable!
I believe that Cass and Streak are male and the others are female.
|Posted on September 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM||comments (28)|
They're growing and developing! See Mama in the background keeping an eye on the babies?
|Posted on September 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM||comments (83)|
The babies are growing like crazy! It's not so obvious just looking at them (like in a still photo), but they've gained weight each day over the three days I've been weighing them. They're also less awkward and more adventurous (but still endearingly clumsy!)
I've been letting Mama Isabel out a few times a day, giving her some time away from her kittens. I had the five little ones with me on the bed this morning while Izzy roamed. It's such a precious experience, having wee kitties climbing all over one! At one point Mama hopped up to check on the babies, meowed a bit, took a good look, and then meandered off again. I guess she was satisfied that her offspring were in good hands.
Being a data person, I just have to post the table of the kittens' weights (in ounces). . .
Ok, a graph too, can't resist. . .
Dot appeared to have lost weight between 9/1 and 9/2, but I think there was just some measurement error there. She must have been moving around and given too high a weight on 9/1.