Saffy delivered a litter of seven kittens in the early hours of Wednesday 28th August, following her mating to the very special Ramintha of Rameses – a true native Tonkinese imported from Thailand. The kittens are all browns, which was the only colour available from this mating, with four Tonkinese pattern (TCR) and three Burmese pattern (BCR). There appear to be two boys, both TCRs, and five girls. It was a text-book delivery in many ways – after a day of first stage labour where Saffy was unsettled and the kittens were obviously lining up for delivery, she fell asleep on her favourite chair in my office for about an hour and then woke up with the first proper contractions. Half an hour later, the first kitten was delivered at 2am. Kittens came quite regularly – six were delivered and we had thought she’d finished, so put everyone to bed and went for a cup of tea just before 5am. No. 7 was a pleasant surprise when we came back upstairs a few minutes later (note to self – don’t change all the bedding until you’re sure all the kittens have arrived!) By 5.30am we were all back in bed – shattered but very happy!
It took a day or two for Saffy’s milk to come in at the quantities required for 7 hungry babies – however they are all feeding fine. We did give a little help to lighten the load, but haven’t needed to do that in the last few days. Eyes are just starting to come open.
At present, the two TCR girls are already spoken for, and we are reaching out to some of the families that have enquired about kittens since our last litter to arrange visits (for more about how we select new homes for kittens, click here)
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Best wishes, Mike & Lizzi