The kittens are 8 1/2 weeks old now and will be having their first vaccinations next weekend. At this point we’re very much at that “end of the beginning” stage – we have a critical mass of Tonkinese in the house – they’re a lot of fun and a great deal of hard work! A family came to visit on Saturday and went on to meet a fellow breeder in Oxford where they were introduced to the stud boy – Ramintha – that fathered this litter. In total they met over 20 Tonkinese in one day which turned out to be quite an overwhelming experience! We’re very pleased that Charlie will be joining them. Our focus now will be to find great homes for Delia and Joy who are both beautiful brown BCR (burmese pattern) girls.
As the kittens get older everything scales up – their play gets even more boisterous, and their sleeps even deeper. They’ve noticed the change in temperature that came with the rain this weekend and therefore nesting together in a large pile is the norm for long periods of much needed sleep. Character-wise we’re starting to see some little differences, but as all of the kittens are still very similar to each other there’s nothing much that can tell them apart at a glance so we are still marking them and will probably carry on until they are ready to leave. For new owners having a pair of kittens with the same coat pattern, we’ll work out a strategy for you if your kittens are still virtually identical to each other when they are ready to come home.
Rollie, who is currently the biggest kitten, is now able to jump over the panel in the kitten-room door – so we’re expecting more antics from everyone over the next week. We certainly have to choose a sleepy time whenever we need to weigh them – otherwise it takes forever! The kittens know no bounds in their agility as you’ll see from some of our pictures – click on any of the kittens for a gallery view.
Best wishes, Mike & Lizzi