Merry Christmas!

This year we got no snow for Christmas in Stockholm, and it is unusually warm for December here, so I did not realize that the holidays were approaching so fast. We usually have kittens during the summer, this is the first time we have litters in  winter. Now it is all about them, besides our work. I did not make Christmas cards this year either, but today I realized that it is okay – we are like parents with small childen, they come first, and other things can wait. I should stop stressing about all the other things that much.

All the kittens feel great, Jossan’s five, and LillMupp, or Dexter, Claire’s son. When it comes to TF, they probably did not get it yet. We separated the litter boxes and are trying to keep them uninfected. How much that is possible, I do not know. They feel good, have good stools and I do not notice any odd symptoms. Our big cats feel good too. The medicines are ordered from abroad via our veterinary, and we are a part of the study within SVA (Swedish Veterinary Institute), where our cats will be tested 5 times, once before, and 4 times after the treatment. It all feels good.

I did make one e-card, with little Dexter, or LillMupp, which is his nickname. The photoshoot itself took about one hour, with the most of the pictures looking like this:

Merry Christmas according to LillMupp

Merry Christmas according to LillMupp

and then we got this one, which is our ‘official’ Merry Christmas card this year:

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Also, here are the portraits of Dexter (LillMupp), 7 weeks old, and Jossans kittens, 6 weeks old:

Etsuko, 6 weeks old

Etsuko, 5 weeks old

Electra, 6 weeks old

Electra, 5 weeks old

Elric, 6 weeks old

Elric, 5 weeks old

Eleonora, 6 weeks old

Eleonora, 5 weeks old

Ender, 6 weeks old

Ender, 5 weeks old

Dexter, 7 weeks old

Dexter, 6 weeks old

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In the living room

Jocke took beautiful pictures of the kittens today. Their individual portraits are here (today they are 10,5 weeks old). Here are some of the rest of the photos.

When they are sleeping, the kittens look like angels!

A white Siamese kitten, sleeping

The same story is when they are tired (that is the only way to get portrait pictures, if we are lucky):

Claire, sleepy

This is an attempt to take a portrait picture gone wrong. Charlie woke up totally and started jumping around:

Charlie: “Oh, look, a tail!”

Charlie: “I must fly!” (Look at that lovely baby tummy!)

Corto, waking up…

White siblings, trying to kill each other

Charlie, trying to kill Chloé

Chloé and Charlie, again, this time not fighting.

Albert, “the floating head”, peeking from behind the curtain, discreetly watching the small ones.

Albert is going to have surgery tomorrow at Buba’s. The bone he dislocated in April did not jump back and it is risky to have it stay that way; he risks a possibly serious injury if he runs into something with his chest. Also, he is not comfortable (even less than usual) being lifted. We hope the surgery goes well.

Our little gremlins

They are small kittens, and we must feed them after midnight as well! They eat wet food several times a day, and their dry food is always in the bowls. There is no help – they are growing and need to eat, so the food must always be available. Am, whose fault is it that they turned to gremlins and just stayed that way?!

Little gremlins. They are looking at you.

This is how it looks after they all got tired and fell asleep in different places in the living room after running around for hours.

Albert, Charlie (the little one), Miii and Jossan

Calvin and Casper

Chloé, Corto and Claire’s leg in the back

Kittens, 8,5 weeks

The kittens will get their first vaccine in two days. They have developed their little personalities more. We got one ad out two days ago, and we hope to find the right homes for them. We took individual pictures of the small ones, after many, many attempts and described their personalities in a few sentences here.

And, we have a hall of fame; the pictures we got in the process of trying to get good pictures of the small ones. The best we got can be seen here.

Calvin

Charlie

Corto

Casper

Chloé

Claire

And these are the funnier ones:

Casper: “I can fly!”

Chloé, Bucky The Siamese cat (Get Fuzzy) in real life

Corto, the Honey Badger. It is almost impossible to get a sharp picture of him.

Claire: “You said – what? WHAT?!”

Group pictures

Finally we managed to take pictures of all the kittens together! Well – one picture, since on two of them, Claire is missing – she jumped down from the cat tree. (BTW, the perspective is a bit deceiving; the kittens are pretty much the same size.)

All six kittens! From left to right: Chloé, Claire (back), Charlie, Corto, Calvin and Casper (back)

WIth Jossan! (Claire is missing) From left to right: Corto (back), Chloé, Charlie (back), Calvin, Jossan, Casper

They are looking at me! In shock! Look at those wide open big eyes! (I was waving with toys like crazy in order to keep their attention for a short while while Jocke was taking the photos…) From left to right: Chloé, Corto, Charlie, Casper, Calvin

7 weeks; gremlins

The kittens are turning into gremlins. They are adorable, but their ears are in that unfortunate bunny phase. They also move around in large numbers and attack various moving and still objects.

We have decided upon the names for the kittens. The girls will be called: Chloé (seal point) and Claire (white). We picked French girls’ names we liked most for them and thought suited them.

The boys will be caled: Corto (lilac point), and the white boys: Casper, Calvin and Charlie, as in: Corto Maltese (Jelena’s favorite comic), Casper the friendly ghost, Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes, and Charlie as Charlie Brown.

The white brothers – “The monster must die!”

Casper – “Hmmm, this room is new for me.”

Charlie – “Do I look like I have time for posing? I must run!”

Corto to Chloé: “My toy!”

Another time, another place… Again – MY TOY!

Claire – “Gracious? Who, me?! Always!”

Calvin as Dr Jekyll

and – as Mr Hyde

3+ weeks

Hello world, here we come! C litter, three weeks old.

The kittens learned how to get out of and back into the kitten house this week, and the house was put into the kitten play pen in order to calm Jossan down. That will be enough for one, maybe two more weeks, until they learn how to climb out of the play pen as well, and then we will have to remove it.

It is hard to get all of the kittens in one frame. On the picture above the little white girl is missing, she was sleeping in the tipi.

Foreign White girl, 3 weeks old, sleepy

Blue (or seal) point girl and one of the Foreign White brothers, exploring

It got scared! Look at that tail!

Blue (or seal) point girl, 3 weeks old

Two Foreign White brothers, 3 weeks old

Lilac point boy, looks like Leroy when he was small :*

Day 16

The kittens are growing. Now they can hear and they are trying to walk. We tried to take individual pictures of them several times, but they protest and move a lot, so the pictures did not turn out that well.

Here are some pictures we managed to take last Thursday, when they turned 2 weeks. The kittens are very similar in their type and looks. We believe that we have three Foreign White boys, one Foreign White girl, one blue point girl and one lilac point boy.

Blue point girl and one Foreign White boy

Last week when we weighed them one evening (we weigh them twice a day), Albert ran into the kittens’ room, really worried because one kitten cried and protested loudly when I weighed it. He stopped thinking that they are scary small weird smelling creatures, and he started licking and comforting his small yelling sibling.

Albert loves his siblings

Since then, he behaves exactly like Leroy – he is also the best nanny one could wish for. Jossan is so happy, she is just purring when both Leroy and Albert are with her and her kittens. Also, she goes out more often and leaves the guys to take care of them. We are so happy that we have so gentle and caring cats!

Our hippie cats, everyone is taking care of the small ones

Miii and Maven do not enter the tipi, but Miii guards the room. Maven is just curious. I know she licks them and cares for them when she can, but Jossan is not too happy about either her or Miii doing that at the moment, so they try to stay away from the small ones for now.

Day 16, Albert is baby sitting

C-litter, one week old

Yesterday Jossan did something we did not think she was capable of; she moved the kittens! She moved them to a much smaller tipi, that Leroy usually uses when he is in the kittens’ room and watches them. Now it is crowded, but she is happy and we let them be this way for now. We may be puzzled why she moved her kittens, but she knows why.

Smaller tipi – much better!

We think that we have one seal point girl, one blue (maybe chocolate) boy and three white or lilac boys and one lilac or white girl. The seal point girl was the first one to open her eyes. The others are still opening them.

Seal (or blue) point girl

C-litter, day 7

Kitten, one week old, sleeping on Jossan’s back

White and seal (or blue) point girl, one week old

Kittens, day 2

The kittens are getting bigger, and have lovely small rounded bellies. Jossan has enough milk, and we feed her in the tipi, about 6-7 times per day with egg yolk and cat milk (once in the mornings) and wet cat food.

Kittens, C-litter day 2

Leroy is following us to her room and watches the kittens patiently. He loves the small cats and wants to lick them and takes care of them. They are too small, still, so he is with them only when we are there. Otherwise, he would lie all day in the tipi with Jossan.

Leroy licks kittens

Leroy sniffs a kitten

The kittens and Jossan are now in the smaller tipi, that keeps warmth better, but in a few weeks they will move to the bigger one and then Leroy can lie with them (and Albert).

Kittens and Jossan’s paw

Jossan and the kittens, day 2