The kittens are just over 3 1/2 weeks old today. It’s been rather a tiring week in that Saffy decided she WOULD move the kittens after all, into their larger nest. At this point Sylvia decided that she adores the new kittens, and has been stuck to them like a limpet ever since. After a few more days, Saffy wanted them in a different spot, which was fine except…. Sylvia preferred the original place. Thus followed a couple of nights whilst this got resolved after much carrying of kittens from A to B and back again. Eventually Sylvia accepted that mum knows best, and everyone is installed in a not-so-convenient location in our bedroom that’s in the way of everything, but FOR THE MOMENT seems to be working. Ultimately both girls would like to have the kittens in bed with us, under the duvet – but there simply isn’t room, nor would it be safe enough, let alone the hygiene factors involved! So just as the weather turns colder, the duvet has been banished to avoid nightly intrusions.
We have stopped any extra feeding as all the kittens have shown interest in weaning. It’s early to start, but ideal in limited quantities if we can have them balancing some early food with Saffy’s milk, as opposed to us feeding them. It will probably take another week or so at least until they are eating consistently, but it depends how hungry they are! Without too much detail, with new input, comes new output – and Saffy will get less comfortable cleaning it up, so there are some litter trays in the little enclosure just in case – it’s never too early to start!
As you’ll have seen from our previous update we have chosen the kittens’ names. We will continue to mark them until we are confidently able to tell them apart. Spotting either of the two boys is not difficult as one obvious difference between each of them and the girls, however both boys are very similar to each other! One of the Tonkinese pattern girls, Rose, is also a little darker than the other TCR girl, which might be helpful later on. The BCR girls are getting very dark already and will be beautifully sleek.
There’s not much to observe in behaviours at the moment, the occasional hint of playing perhaps, or early signs of grooming, but more will develop soon and by 4-5 weeks there will be a very noticeable change. How long we can keep seven tearaways in the bedroom overnight is anyone’s guess – much will depend on Saffy and Sylvia – but we won’t move them unless Saffy feels the time is right. Sometimes we wonder whether Sylvia thinks she’s just another kitten (but one who’s in charge). However, she plays a very important role in keeping Saffy company, so on the whole we’d rather she was involved than not! Here’s hoping we get more sleep this week!
Unfortunately their location doesn’t lend so well to pictures at the moment, and generally we’re trying to disturb them as little as possible, so haven’t worried about this too much this week. However here are the latest pictures:
Best wishes, Mike & Lizzi