Yesterday six of the kittens received their vaccinations as planned but we decided not to vaccinate Joy quite yet (more on that in a moment). We’ve got vaccination days down to a fine art with our vets – two baskets for kittens – vaccination forms labelled up in advance at home – and the right vaccines ordered in for us in advance. Along with the health checks it takes quite a while but it’s reassuring to have such a thorough examination done at the same time. We have a production line system where kittens are decanted from one basket to the next in just the right order to avoid any confusion! Everyone checked out fine and they were very good having their jabs – and were MUCH admired in the waiting room. They had a snoozy Saturday and a quiet night afterwards as is quite typical after vaccinations – but were very much back to full speed today.
Joy has not been putting on as much weight recently as we would expect, and this has been quite vexing, although there are no changes to her behaviour or energy levels – she’s as feisty and vigorous as everyone else! More recently she’s developed an upset tummy and it’s very obviously related so we’re working out what’s causing that whilst supporting her with some additional fluids to keep her hydration up and to balance her gut. Two different vets couldn’t find anything of note from a physical exam, and neither could we – so we’re reassured that she’s not poorly in herself. Over the weekend she’s done much better and is putting weight on, so we’re keeping up this regime and having some samples analysed to see if there’s anything to be found. As a result of missing her vaccinations yesterday Joy will not be ready to leave at the same time as all the other kittens.
Today we had a visit from the family who are having Rose & Petal, so everyone was much admired again and there was a lot of purring, from kittens and adults alike. At this stage we’re starting to put together all the information new owners will need – shopping lists for food and litter, updates to our kitten guide and contracts, and all the rest of the paperwork involved in having a new kitten head out in to the world. In addition this weekend Hercules has helped me install and test a new washing machine – it’s one of his favourite things to watch the drum spinning round – and both Saffy and Sylvia have come into season simultaneously which is to say the least – NOISY. With such distractions this weekend we don’t have any pictures to share today, especially as we wanted to let everyone have a very restful day after their vaccinations.
Over the next couple of weekends we have families visiting who are interested in Delia and Joy, and we’ll try to take some pictures of the two pairs that are going together (Petal & Rose, Sophie & Rollie) and more of Charlie, Delia and Joy as well.
Best wishes, Mike & Lizzi