4 1/2 weeks today, and another move in the last few days – in fact a major upgrade to the accommodation situation! The kittens are now in our preferred location in the bedroom – a corner by a radiator around which we can make a much larger pen with our purpose-made perspex panels. The panels are also the right size to fit exactly into a door frame, so will be used later on when the kittens move into their own room. Saffy’s decision to move here suggested that the nest was getting too small, especially with Sylvia’s company, so everyone is now sleeping on some new fleecy blankets on top of a comfy bed. We expect the kittens to stay here for another couple of weeks, and then move downstairs to their dedicated kitten room. Kirstie & Phil – eat your heart out!
Over this week, almost everyone has started weaning, but they are also still feeding from Saffy. You’ll be able to see how much they’ve grown from our pictures. It’s getting difficult for Saffy to feed them all at the same time – as they don’t really fit anymore – so the kittens have developed a unique approach to this problem now they have more space to play with – as you’ll see in this week’s pictures. The kittens respond to us getting their attention now – they will look around and come to interact with us when we’re in the room or sitting with them in the pen. They are playing with each other more, washing themselves after meals, and getting on quite well with litter trays, although there are the occasional accidents. This isn’t surprising as these kittens have started weaning slightly earlier than our previous litters – in fact it’s remarkable to see how kittens know what a litter tray is for, even though they’ve never encountered one before!
Today I visited Ramintha whilst I was in Oxford and enjoyed a lovely time with him sitting on my shoulders to be cuddled – a truly remarkable boy in so many ways. We can see his good nature in the kittens already, and we’re looking forward to our friends Julia & Jo who brought him to the UK meeting his kittens in a few week’s time. Over the next week or so we’ll try to get more of the family integrated with the kittens – especially Agatha, who needs to be watching very carefully how this all works so that she’s ready for her first litter next year. Mostly, eating and sleeping remain the order of things, but playing is an increasing part of the day. More activity requires more energy, so more food will be needed and soon they will be eating raw minced chicken which is rather like rocket fuel for kittens.
We hope you enjoy this week’s pictures! Click on any of them for a larger view: