Light to moderate chaos in the ChorusCats household this week 🙂 Some of the kittens are ready to wean, and with weaning comes litter training. With litter training comes accidents, and with accidents the slow realisation that the bedroom carpet will never be quite the same again. We’ve had a reasonable hit rate with the litter trays in the first few days, but have always wanted an excuse to test the restorative powers of steam cleaning, so once everyone’s moved again we’ll give it a go.
As if that wasn’t enough to get on with, Saffron, having observed a single kitten nosing at some “proper” food promptly came back into season, which is a good thing in many respects as all her systems are working again. However, with coming into season comes less eating, so less milk production, and the confusion between looking after litter number one and the desire to go and get started on the next lot (as if!)
Weaning-wise two of the kittens are strong eaters, the others less so at the moment, and with Saffy being a little distracted we think this is going to take a little longer than we’d hoped. That’s why we’ve not taken too many pictures this week – we are trying to keep any more disruption to an absolute minimum.
We have also decided on some names as follows:
- Front Left = Flora, Blue BCR, after Flora in Purcell’s “Nymphs & Shepherds”
- Back Left = Basil, Blue TCR, after Basilio, the music master in Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”
- Front Right = Freddie, Brown BCR, after Frederic, the pirate apprentice in Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance”
- Back Right = Barty, Blue TCR, after Dr. Bartolo in Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”
- Head = Hercules, Blue BCR, after Handel’s opera of the same name
- Blank = Bella, Brown TCR, after Dorabella in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte”
We’ll try for portraits again next week but for now here’s a gallery of just-fed kittens from a quiet moment earlier today: