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. ūüôā

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¬įC, 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!

B-litter, day #2

The kittens are almost two days old and they are growing before our eyes.

We weighed them this evening and three of them went 20 gr up already and one went up 28gr! Jossan is so proud of them, and the big cats come and sit and watch the small ones few times per day, from a meter or two of distance.

I wonder what Albert is thinking… he is so excited, and scared and curious at the same time. He can just sit and calmly watch his mom and his small siblings for hours.

Albert had a date!

Did you know that in Norway they do not have only Norwegian Forest Cats, they also have beautiful Siamese!

Arwen (NO*Masked Bandits April in Paris)

Arwen (NO*Masked Bandits April in Paris), a beautiful blue point Siamese lady from Norway came to us over the weekend (she was here for about 30 hours) to visit Albert.

Both Albert and Arwen were inexperienced, but two important factors were just right:

1. Arwen is a very brave and at the same time gentle lady that did not let the voyage distress her too much and she did not totally despise the little almost 10 months old white Bebis who seemed to have a huge admiration for her. She was not too crazy about him, but she did not hate him.

"Jag tycker om dig!"..."Jeg liker deg ikke!" (photo by Janne Flusund)

Well, it could have been a better start, some would say. What about love at first site and all? But, for Albert that ‘not really hate’ was more than enough. So we come to the factor #2

2. Albert was very goal-driven since he was a kitten; while his siblings played and dragged toys around just to fall asleep exhausted next to their mommy, Albert killed toys paying a great attention to detail, for a long time, barking and growling at them like a little dog, not a cat; disintegrating them with precision and dedicataton you thought only Dexter had. He had the same approach with Arwen. Precision and dedication. Only, now it was about attraction, not killing.

Albert: "Precision and dedication"

Albert rolled like a girl, talked, sang, circled around the tough blue beauty, tried everything. She hissed a bit at him, showed a paw, ignored him, tried to stare him to death, but he just continued to sing… 6 hours later there was a familiar sound from their room you cannot mistake for anything else. An event!

Albert and Arwen continued dating during the night and the next day, completely exhausted towards the Sunday evening. Arwen and her matte had to fly back to Oslo, but it seemed that the love birds had the job done, so to say. Albert was so tired when Arwen left, he just lied on the couch and slept and slept… He played a bit with us this morning before we went to work and greeted us and played when we came home, but now he is sleeping again. He is back to being just a kitten, our all crazy 1st class stud of a great determination and not so bad skill (apparently). But now all he cares about is his toys and to cuddle with us. “Girls” –¬†what is that? Give me my rats! Our little white guy is Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde impersonated in a cat.

It's been a hard day's night...

We keep our fingers crossed that Arwen stayed pregnant and that there will be some nice tempered beautiful Norwegian-Swedish Aceso Siamese in the near future! Arwen’s matte has a blogg here and her cattery name is Aceso. Also, check out this vidio of Arwen taken by her matte. Arwen is one smart cat!

Twelve weeks (the next step – world domination)

Within next six days all of the kittens, except for Albert that is staying with us, are moving to their new homes.

Antoine is on his way to Luleå now (about 800km from here, traveling by car). His matte called us twice today and we know how the little one is doing.

He is our most talkative kitten, and I guess that there is a lot to talk about on such a long trip… they are spending the night at a family friend’s place and will arrive to Lule√• tomorrow. Antoine is researching the car and his room (including the curtains) thoroughly and it is going quite well for him. It was very hard to separate from Antoine and there are five more kittens to leave! The feelings are mixed.

We are very proud of our little furry ‚Äėbabies‚Äô and hope that they will live many healthy and happy years with their new families.

The next step ‚Äď world domination:

Kittens, 7,5 weeks old

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Our kittens got names after famous scientists whose first names start with ‘A’: Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist;¬†Archimedes of Syracuse,¬†a¬†Greek mathematician,¬†physicist¬†and¬†astronomer;¬†Albert Einstein, a theoretical physicist, philosopher and author;¬†Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace,¬†a writer and the world‚Äôs first¬†computer¬†programmer;¬†Augustin-Louis Cauchy, a French mathematician;¬†Alfred Bernhard Nobel,¬†a¬†Swedish chemist, engineer and innovator and Antoine Lavoisier, ¬†a French chemist.

We are happy with the new homes the kittens will be going to. Beside nice humans who will adore them, all of them will have a cat friend there.

Archimedes will live with Misty, a (now) 10 months old Cornish Rex; Alessandro will move in with Skeletor, a mixed breed with a behavior of an Oriental cat; Ada and Alfred will move together to their new home; Augustine will move to a new home where he will live with 5 years old Elora, and Antoine will move in with another Siamese guy, almost 4 years old Frasse. Albert will probably stay with us.

Here is a few pictures taken yesterday. Antoine and Alessandro were too fast to be caught on camera!

Buy a kitten from us!

Edited, August 2010: all the kittens have moved to their new homes, except for Albert, the white Siamese, that we decided to keep. 

We found the best homes and humans for our kittens, or, actually –¬†they found us. However it was, I know for certain that all of our little¬†sweethearts are and will continue to be very loved and spoiled at their new owners.¬†

July 2010: Our homepage is up, and the ads are out.

Here is the link to the ‘Buy a kitten from us’ page – in Swedish, and here in English! The kittens can move to their new owners in the middle of August 2010 at earliest.

Jossan and kittens, four weeks old

Our kittens are delivered:

– At least 12 weeks old, weighing at least 1 kg

– With a pedigree, registered i SVERAK (FIFe)

– Vaccinated twice

– Dewormed

– Id-marked with a chip

– Had a health checkup within a week before they move to their new owner

– Insured against hidden defects for 3 years (not to be confused with the health and life insurance, you should insure your new kitten yourself, as soon as it moves in with you!)

– Given a lot of love, care and contact during their first 3 months of life

– Fed with high quality food (we prefer raw food for our cats, of the best quality)

– We will always be available to advise you and help you with our support and knowledge. Our love and care for kittens we breed started even before they were born, and will last as long as they live.

New pages

There are new pages in the menu on the right:

Buy a kitten from¬†us , where we write more about our breeding cattery¬†and what we aim for with our breeding program (yes, we’ve just started, it may seem to you, but we had studied the subject of breeding of Siamese thoroughly and prepared ourselves well!)

La Voix first litter , where individual pictures of all seven kittens will be posted regularly.

Siamese kittens, 3 days old

The babies are growing. This is how they progressed the last three days. Their weight is given in grams:

At birth, May 23:

86, 94, 94, 96, 98, 98, 102

May 24

94, 94, 102, 106, 108, 110, 110

May 25

106, 108, 108, 108, 116, 116, 116

May 26

116, 122, 130, 132, 132, 136, 136

Look at that little ear on the kitten in the front, it is starting to get color. That kitten will probably be seal or chocolate point.

Seal, chocolate, blue and lilac point and also white (Foreign White) are possible colors. According to another breeder that has experience with FW it does not seem that any of our kittens will be white, all will have points. We’ll see.

Also, great news, our cattery name got approved by SVERAK.

La Voix it is! The country code included, it will be SE*La Voix! All the kittens we breed will have SE*La Voix at start of their names.