Kittens 5 months – update

The kittens from the B-litter have been living at their new homes for more than month and a half now. All of them are doing fine, and are very much loved by their other family members. Belle was a bit sick (she had a cough), but she got antibiotics and got well fast. Balthazar is called Phil now. Doyle and Phil, that sounds nice together.

I will post a few pictures that we got from the kittens’ new owners. Thank you for being so kind and for updating us about the kittens!

Blanche wants to go out. But, she is small, so for now all that she can do is can look at other cats in their little yard. But, is she happy with that?

Out! I want to go mewaoouuut!

She is so cute with her double teeth. 🙂

Belle is loved by her mom and also, by her Siamese friend Cayman. She loves Cayman too, so much that she is nursing on him. Poor Cayman is nice and lets her do it. He lost a bit of fur on his tummy, though. She will stop in a while on her own, kittens sometimes do that after they moved from their mom, it makes them feel secure.

Cute as always!

Belle and Cayman

Doyle is taking well care of Phil, whose ears are (I guess) always super clean!

Cleaned! The ears must be cleaned!

Sleepy guys

"I love you, you velvety tiger!"

And what does Bea say? Miriam cleans her as thoroughly as Doyle cleans Phil. She is very fond of climbing high up on shelves and wardrobes and tossing down the things that are fun to play with. She did not break anything so far. And we hope she doesn’t! 🙂

"Even I get tired sometimes!"

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B-litter; a photo session that went wrong

We tried to take some photos of the kittens today. They turned 10 weeks and all of them weigh over 1kg!

Here is a number of photos we took today.

And this is how it looked most of the time (one of their favorite toys is on the picture, it is made to look like a real dragon fly and we cannot leave them alone with it because of the plastic parts. They are crazy about it. The big cats adore it, too):

It's mine!

B litter, day #13

Here is a mom and her kitten! Jossan, the lioness.

We tried to take some individual pictures of the kittens today. It did not get better with time, Jossan still gets crazy when we take the small ones out for a photo session and make sounds with the camera and the flash… not a happy cat! We try to make it quick and not disturb the kittens and the mom too much! Here are the pictures and a little bit about each kitten.

Blue point girl

White boy

Seal point girl

White girl

Albert wants in!

There is a reason that our cattery name is La Voix. Siamese in general are more talkative than other cats, and our Siamese are very vocal when they want something. Leroy especially has a very strong voice that almost all of his and Jossan’s offspring got. It is not like our cats are yelling or being loud often. But they do express their opinions loud and clear!

Albert loves to be close to the kittens. They are very small and have one room where they can be left alone with their mom. Other cats can come and join them when we are there, and they like to sit and watch the small ones.

When we get up in the mornings, this is where Albert is, telling us that he wants to go in and see his siblings!!!

Let me in!!!

And today he sat in there for a long time, watching his mom and the small wonders and then, very carefully and gently, he sat in with them in the tipi! He was there for a few minutes, then I took him out so that Jossan could stretch a bit. He was melting with love, he adores them!

Mom, I'm your baby, too!

We also have a big kitten house that we got from Germany, but it is too soon for them to move in there. They have to be better at crawling first. They must be close to their mom where it is warm, and she prefers small spaces with roof, she feels that they are warm and safe there. I’ve learnt a lot from my cat about what is good for kittens.

Bliss!

We are very happy with Albert’s temper and I hope that his future kittens will get it from him. He is almost one year old, fertile and very capable as a tomcat, but he is not spraying at all and he is seldom restless. He is very cuddly with us, especially with me. He can be upset and yell sometimes, but that is when we do something wrong.

Day #4 (and why Siamese kittens are born white)

It is hard to see the gender of the kittens when they are this small, but now I think that there is only one boy, white or lilac, and three girls – one white, and two dark ones – seal or blue or chocolate. But we cannot be certain either about gender or color until they are about three weeks old.

In a few days they will start opening their eyes. For now they are just getting rounder. 🙂

Siamese kittens are born white. They may look all white and pink to you on the pictures, but you probably notice that some of them have started getting dark ear edges and nose tips. They will fully develop their point color as they get older.

The pointed Siamese pattern is a result of the partial albinism gene. The point restricted pattern is bound to an enzyme which, when exposed to temperatures above 37°C, causes the hair root to produce little or no pigment for the growing hair. That is why the Siamese kittens are born completely white – it is very warm in mom’s belly!

The neck and the body of the cat are warmer and don’t develop any or little pigment at adult Siamese. Their point color is restricted to the areas of the body that are cooler, such as the face, ears, legs, and tail. But, if your Siamese is a bit overweight, a layer of fat works as an insulator and the cat can become darker in its body also!

The B-litter is here. Sorrow and joy.

We did not sleep last night.

Jossan went into a labor late yesterday evening. We experienced a shock and great sadness early in the delivery. It took a long time for Jossan to deliver the first kitten, and its intestines were out. Other than that, it was alive and normal sized and looking kitten. I called a pet clinic and talked to a veterinary. The defect was major, and the only thing to do was to drive there and have them put the little one to sleep as soon as possible. I cried on the phone but understood we must do this, and stay composed, since the delivery had just started. The veterinary said that the kitten will feel no pain.

We wrapped the kitten gently in a towel so it would not freeze, and put it in an open box that Joakim held under his jacket and kept it warm while driving to the veterinary. There they confirmed that nothing can be done and the kitten was put to sleep with a high dose of sleeping medication. It is so sad, I am still crying while typing this. We named the kitten Alan, after Alan Turing, a brilliant person with a tragic destiny. The first baby kitten born yesterday is a little angel now and feels no pain.

It was hard for Joakim to drive with the kitten, and it was hard for me to stay with Jossan and help her deliver the next kitten. It took some time, and she was upset and looked for the first one. I did not know if this was a defect that all of them will have, will something else be wrong, are they still alive…

I kissed and petted Jossan during the whole delivery. She was in pain, but she curled next to me on the floor, on a pile of clean towels and blankets, and pushed, supporting herself on my body and hands.

The next one arrived at 00:25, and still crying and scared as I was, I managed to help Jossan clean the kitten and cut the umbilical cord. The kitten was perfect, big and healthy, but I could not be happy or relax after the first shock.

Jossan delivered three more healthy big kittens, the last one at 3:30 AM and I was not sure if there were more, so we waited until 6AM and then cleaned everything, put the new sheets in a clean tipi, tucked everyone in and went to sleep. I took vacation this week, but Joakim is working.

Today I am starting to feel more joy about the B-litter. I am also very happy that Jossan does not know what happened and is such a good mom to the four kittens she is nursing now. They are beautiful. I think that 3 are boys and one is a girl. There is one Foreign White, one lilac or Foreign White and two are blue or seal or chocolate. But I am not sure yet, the colors can be determined with certainty when they are three weeks old, and sometimes even later.

SE*La Voix B-litter, 1 day old

The weight and time of arrival for the surviving kittens, born on May 2, 2011:

00:25 girl 100gr

00:55 boy 104gr

02:00 probably boy 102gr

03:20 boy 94gr

Around noon they already weighed 104, 106, 108 and 112gr. Jossan has a lot of milk, and they all are quite happy to eat and sleep all the time!