April 13, 2011
K and L - Kittens, Litter
Haven't been able to access the net; guess I flunked the challenge (not that I'm not going to finish in my own way anyhow) but we have a litter of kittens less than 4 hours old right now - a black-and-grey stripey, a black & white, another dark stripey with a patch of orange on top of his head, and an orange with a white face. He didn't seem like he was going to make it at first; we had to break the sac and rub him with a towel because he was so big that by the time he came out she was already pushing out another one and was too busy to get him breathing. Then she wasn't interested and he wasn't suckling or moving much. But now they're all suckling and mama is sleeping peacefully. Naturally she chose one of the master bedroom closets to do it in...I knew it all day; my husband had been so sure she'd do it in the back room but I just knew somehow where she'd end up. And we'll just leave them alone for the night; the little girl did a pretty good job for a young'un; only almost screwed up one of four. The last cat we had that had a litter had no idea what to do and wanted us with her...then she wouldn't even litter train them; just wanted to suckle them all day. But our other cat trained them; it was hilarious. She literally showed them how to use the litter, and taught them how to calm down and not play too rough. (She had played too rough with the last litter until they outgrew her; she didn't see that coming.) But this cat is very smart, I believe, and she's a fierce hunter - just full of cat cunning and instinct. I think she'll do a good job. Once they're on solids that's that, though, so I hope we have fun with them in the meantime. If I get pictures up I'll post them. They're really not cute yet; you know how it goes. In two weeks they'll be adorable.