Recently we got a lot of pictures from Gusten’s ‘mom’ Maria, and update about the little dark nose. 🙂 Gusten is a classic seal point, like his sister Bea from B-litter. He was very similar to Albert in temper when they were small. A bit less wild, but as playful.
Like his mom and brother Tjabo (Antoine, who lives up north in Luleå) Gusten grew up to be an excellent hunter of not only toys. He goes out when it’s not cold.
Gusten, 6 weeks
I was not too surprised to hear that he even tried to sneak on a roe deer! The deer noticed him and left, but Gusten continued to follow the deer in the hunting fashion! I’ve seen Jossan do the same thing with a group of five roe deer and it is so funny! Cats are about 50 times smaller than deer. I think that cats are aware of their and their prey size, but instincts are still so strong – a prey is a prey, and cats are predators.
There are some pictures of Gusten playing with a real mouse and also catching a bird, but I won’t post them here, for the faint of heart (as I am. Our cats do not bring me presents anymore. Although Leroy and Miii can cach in the best case an insect. But Maven and Jossan… that is another story. Albert does not go out. If he did, he would probably be the first cat to actually catch a deer!)
Elora and Gusten, 2011
Gusten hunting, 2011
Gusten in front of the fireplace, summer 2011 is over
We got one series of pictures from Agneta, Bea’s ‘mom’.
Agneta woke up early one morning. She heard noise that at first she thought came from the walls.
Was it mice, she wondered. No, it was Bea, standing very high, doing stuff! Agneta grabbed the mobile that was standing next to her bed and took pictures of the little explorer. After the last picture was taken, Bea fell down in her human’s bed. 🙂 I thought to share the pictures here. Thank you so much for the photo, Agneta! 🙂
Bea, boldly jumping where no kitten has jumped before
The kittens turned 11 weeks today! They are so big now. Next week they are getting their second vaccine and in two-four weeks they will be moving to their new homes. The feelings are mixed. They are all moving to very good homes and we are looking forward to see how it goes for them in the future.
This is how the beginning of our evening with the kittens looked like (it is Stockholm, and summer, it is still not completely dark yet).
In the living room, Leroy was sleeping on one of his sheep
While in another room, the kittens were slowly waking up from their afternoon nap (Bea, Blanche and Jossan is behind them)
Balthazar and Belle, on another highest part of the cat tree
I’ve just received the result of Beatrice’s DNA test. She is a seal point, (and a carrier of chocolate and dilution). What contrasts! Amazing. The contrasts between points and body color like she has are not so common for seal points (in the US the seal point Siamese in general have better contrasts than here).
She will darken with age, even in her body (all Siamese except for the white ones do) but you can see already this early which cats will have better and which worse contrasts.
Beatrice, a seal point Siamese
The kittens got their first vaccine and exam today at our veterinary dr Buba. They did not yell at all in the car, and they were not that scared at the vet. Leroy was in the same soft cage as they were and he is the best nanny ever. A big, calm, confident and caring cat. Leroy. 🙂
Now they are fine, a bit swollen at the places they got the vaccine. Bea is sleeping a lot, I think that she got a reaction to vaccine that I hope will go over the night. She ate and drank some water. The others are running around, but they are a bit less enthusiastic than usual. It is their first vaccine and the first trip outside the house. It is not easy!
We are not sure if Beatrice (the dark girl) is seal or chocolate point Siamese. I’ve sent the DNA- color test to UC Davis in California. That is the only way for us to know for sure.
The Siamese come in many colors, but the traditional four ones are:
seal (black that looks like dark brown on Siamese, the most common color),
blue (diluted black, looks like cold gray with a bluish tinge, like our Miii),
chocolate (milk chocolate, lighter and warmer than seal point) and
lilac (diluted chocolate, pinkish gray, like Jossan and Leroy).
When the kittens are small, their points are not as developed and they are lighter than as they grow older, so sometimes it is hard to distinguish seal from chocolate (and blue from lilac). I am curious, and since different breeders had different opinions about Beatrice’s color, I had to test! I believe in science. 🙂 It is easy to take a DNA sample, it is a simple swab test.
Here are some pictures from yesterday’s photo session when we tried to take pictures of the paws on the masked kittens. Belle is blue, we are 100% certain about that, and right now I believe that Beatrice is chocolate. Look at the pictures. And – no, I am not torturing them!
The blue paw and the chocolate (or seal?) paw, 7 weeks old Siamese kittens
Belle, blue point Siamese girl, 7 weeks
Beatrice, chocolate (or seal?) point Siamese girl, 7 weeks old
Our chocolate praline, Augustin, pet name Gusten, is growing to be a very elegant and stylish guy!
Thank you, Maria, for these wonderful pictures of the little charmer! (His cat friend is a blue point Siamese, Elora).
Augustin, whose pet name is ‘Gusten’, our little praline (seal point actually, but he looked as chocolate; the only seal point kitten in the litter, always so easy to spot when they were small, very playful) moved to Norrtälje. He lives with two humans and Elora, a 5 year old blue Siamese lady. Here is he with beautiful Elora. Dear Gusten’s matte, thank you for these terrific pictures!
He was the last kitten to move out, and Albert and the other cats got very upset when he was gone. They already were quite shaken after Ada and Alfred moved out, but Augustin’s departure was the drop that made them really distressed. We spent a lot of time trying to comfort them, and, luckily, Albert was so active and playful that others got occupied with playing or disciplining him.
But, look at little Gusten. Spoiled? Him?! What do you think? 🙂 (I think that all of the babies are dirt spoiled, and that thought makes me very happy)!
And this one… the cats are so cute when they forget to pull their tongue tip back. 🙂 What an expresion!
Individual portraits of the kittens taken today can be seen here: 11 weeks
And here is one of our attempts to have a picture of all of them, no one with his back towards the camera. It is hard! Those kittens are not really calm, they are jumping and flying around all the time!