Monday, June 30, 2014

I Couldn't Resist

It appears I have 2 full time jobs.  One I work outside the home and the other in my home.  Cullen, Conley and Cypress (the new 3 kittens) held their own until today for weight.  Then suddenly they kicked in and are really, really enjoying their food.  I managed to catch a picture of Cullen (more pictures on their 5 week birthday on Thursday) after he had his supper.  He really really enjoyed his supper.  I laughed so hard when I saw him.  Then I had to give him a bath to get the food off.  Then I wrapped him up in a blanket to make sure he didn't get chilled and get into trouble because of chilling.  He got warm then wiggly then wanted to go and play. 
     It is a full time job keeping 5 litter boxes clean upstairs, feeding kittens (about 6 cans per day), weighing kittens and loving the kittens as often as humanly possible.  But it is so rewarding to see all 12 babies eating, growing, playing and being normal little kittens that it is impossible to not want to keep doing this second full time job.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Galaxy, Gulliver, Garnett, Gianni and Granger are 6 Weeks Old!

They are 6 weeks old and starting to be so much fun.  Galaxy is always the one I have to look for in the morning when I get up and feed them.  I have learned not to worry, that she is off and involved in whatever is interesting her.  They are all off the bottle and eating on their own. They are playing a lot with toys and each other and are a lot of fun to watch.  Galaxy, Granger and Gianni are all medium fluffy now and are little balls of fluff running around.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lots of Pictures

My house is so busy!!!  The three new babies arrived--Cypress, Conley and Cullen.  They are eating canned food mixed with formula.  Conley gained 30g today and I am waiting for the other 2 to have a significant weight gain too.  They are good babies and figuring out their new world.
     Fergusson and Freckle are 7 weeks old.  Hard to believe that in a couple of weeks they could be going to their forever home.  They have discovered the cat post and had a grand time playing on it tonight.
     I managed to get a picture of Gianni and Gulliver sleeping on the couch.  The babies now go everywhere in the house so head counts are challenging.  Today two babies were sleeping in the baby room on the bed in the cat bed, some were sleeping in the cat bed in the living room, one was on the back of the couch, one was on the couch, and a few others were playing.  Yes, busy busy in my house.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Polo and Pickles are 5 weeks old

It was a battle but they are now on the right road.  Both are eating canned food.  It took Polo a while to give up the bottle once he decided to drink from it.  But he is happy eating canned food too.  Both are loving their extended family and fit right in.  They love playing with their new family and enjoy snuggling when they nap.  They are still pudgy boys and are good babies.
     I get 3 more babies tonight after work.  They are about 3 weeks old so should take a bottle easily.  A new routine to figure out.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Suddenly Granger, Galaxy, Garnett, Gianni and Gulliver have grown up.  This week saw a lot of changes.  My little ones have gone to eyes not open, learning to walk on legs and not their bellies,  learning to use a litter box and now to eating canned food.  I have been off for 5 days and had wished to get them off the bottle when I was home.  It was not to be as they just turned 5 weeks old and usually kittens are really good on canned food at about 6 weeks old.  So back to the bottle (fewer feedings) and eating canned food in between.  Suddenly today they all decided that eating canned food was great and ate enthusiastically enough that I saw they did not need a bottle.  So no bottles today.  They are growing up and playing just like big kittens which makes my house a very busy place.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Fluff Balls Are 6 Weeks Old Today

My little darlings are 6 weeks old today!  We have gone from 1 1/2 weeks old to 6 weeks old in the blink of an eye (though some of the 2 am feedings were hard to drag my body out of bed and it seemed that it would be forever before I could sleep through the night).  Fergusson and Freckle are little kittens now and not babies.  They are eating canned food quite well and only got a half bottle of milk each today (transitioning off the bottle is hard for me too).  I will see if they can go tomorrow with no bottle.  They scamper through the house and are playing a lot with each other and all the others.  On Thursday night I was watching t.v. in bed before I went to sleep.  All of a sudden there was Freckle on the bed with me.  I was surprised as Fergusson has been the go getter and Freckle was the observer.  Fergusson seems to know how to go down stairs but can't make it back up as he is not big enough to pull himself up the step.  I told him that he is only to go down a stair if he can get himself back up the stair.  He needed rescuing a couple of times as he did not heed my advice.  Freckle was proud of herself for getting onto my bed.  Fergusson was happy when I put him on the bed with us.  They were so happy and wiggly that it made me smile over and over.  But after a while of having whiskers and nose in my face when I was trying to fall asleep I had to get up and put them in the living room with the G kittens.  Then this morning I went into the bedroom to put socks on when I saw my comforter moving.  I knew it was a kitten but who?  I cautiously pulled the sheet back to find it was Freckle who had wormed her way between the comforter and the flat sheet.  She also loves sleeping on my computer chair or the back of the couch.  How fast they grow up and start doing  big kitten things!  These are two very sweet babies.  Today I was calling Freckle to come and get her half bottle of milk.  She was coming towards me slowly.  I put the bottle on the floor about 3 feet in front of her and she zoomed over right to me and was eager for her bottle.  They sure know what the bottle means early on.
     I was so very relieved today when the two new kittens finally started eating.  I find the kittens who come in at 4 weeks old the hardest to look after.  They are too old to take to a bottle easily yet too young to be able to eat enough canned food to be adequate to keep them full.  It has been a huge battle since I picked them up Tuesday after work.  I have been very worried until now as they were not eating much at all.  Anything I got into them was a huge battle.  Their weights would go down over night and even during the day even though I was getting as much food into them as I could.  They fought me when I was feeding them.  When babies are given cat milk it plays a number on their digestive system as the cat milk is only good for adult cats, not babies with delicate digestive systems.  So it takes a few days of the babies having an upset stomach and for the cat milk to make it's way through their system.  We have made it!  Pickles is eating Whiskas canned food (I will buy whatever they will eat as long as they eat) enough to help him maintain his weight.  Polo has decided to drink from the bottle--at long last he is able to eat when he is hungry. He also purrs when I hold him quite often so he now knows I am his mama.  I am so happy that they are eating like normal kittens, the worry is over hopefully.