Monday, June 27, 2011

Peek-a-boo - June 27, 2011

Well, we're a week old now ... it's time to see the world.  Little baby eyes are starting to open up!  Meanwhile, everyone is growing big & strong; they have all just about doubled their birth weight.  Here's the latest pics:

Anakin, up from 3.7 oz

Ben, born at 3.0oz - way to go!

Han, the biggest at birth, 4.2oz

Leia, with a little wink, started at 4.1oz

And Luke, from the littlest 2.9oz, he's my hero!

Creamy and her band of rebels

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Update on Amethyst - June 25, 2011

Here's a little update on one of our girls from earlier this year.  Amethyst was the only kitten from her litter to test FeLV+.  She's a pistol though, very spunky.  She'll make a great cat for someone who cares.

You go girl!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ssh-sh-sh.... We're sleeping - June 22, 2011

When you've got a good mom-cat, this is pretty much what you see for the first week to 10 days.  Mom does all the work and the kids just sleep in a big kitten pile.

But aren't they cute?
Day two

Day three

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kittens first day - June 20, 2011

Kittens born in foster care have a big outing in their first day of life.  Everyone gets their first car ride to the shelter to have their first vet checkup!

My little gang from a galaxy far, far away have all checked out fine - even gaining weight overnight (mom's got LOTS of milk for them!)

Other than that, it's mostly sleeping that occupies their time for now.
Better pictures will follow :)
L to R - Anakin, Luke, Leia, Ben, Han

Welcome to the world .... June 19, 2011

About six weeks ago, a new foster mom came to stay with us.  The shelter folk found out she was pregnant when they had her belly shaved for spaying.  "We love kittens here", they said, "off to foster care for you."

"Creamy is her name and she should be due very soon", they said.  Ha!  Cats are only pregnant for about 9 weeks (roughly 65 days), so she was maybe half done (not really 'very soon'). 

So we waited...and waited.

And, she got bigger & bigger.  Thought maybe she was fielding a baseball team.

Sunday, I had been out all day.  When I got home, Creamy was very anxious.  She tried to scruff my other foster kittens & drag them into the birthing crate we had set up.  Since they are about 8-9 weeks old, they weren't too co-operative!

At 5pm I sat down with her in the crate (she wouldn't let me leave!) and by 5:25, we had the first kitten born.  Followed quickly by #2, 3, 4 and 5.  By 7:30, she was done and we have 5 new little souls in the world.

Since 'Star Wars' was playing on the TV in the background while all this was going on, the kittens all got names from a galaxy far, far away.  Good thing they were mostly boys (there aren't many girls in the Star Wars universe).  So here's the stats:

#1 - all black male (with amazingly long nails!) born 5:25pm, 3.7oz, named Anakin
#2 - brown & white tabby male, born 5:59pm, 3.0oz, named Ben (because Obi-Wan is just too Jedi)
#3 - black & white tuxedo male, born 6:11pm, 4.2oz, named Han
#4 - a dark Tortie, the only girl, born 7:00pm, 4.1oz, named Leia (of course)
#5 - last, but not least, a grey & white tabby male, born 7:25pm, just 2.9oz, named Luke

A couple of the more icky pictures ...

Luke coming into the world

Creamy & kids
Mom & kids all doing fine.