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Friday, July 2, 2010

Cat-astophic Kittens

WARNING: Another post about the newborn kittens

The newborn kittens are 3 weeks old today. No, they can't get into anything yet. They still paddle on their bellies making valiant attempts to stand on their four legs. Then why-oh-why did I call them cat-astrophic? Because they've taken over my dog life and my blog. And since today our friends Amy, Barney, Stella, Gus, Lola, Virgil, and Kirzon from the world famous House of Cats, posted about us, I felt that I should at least talk about the kittens. But first, a public and heartfelt thank you to Amy for helping my mom along the way.

We took Farrah in, a feral kitty wandering the streets of downtown L.A., (where I was found too) when she was already pregnant. Farrah was being assaulted by the three male cats in her hood who were definitely going to harm the kittens as soon as they were born. We had to take her in to keep her safe and well fed plus we are spaying and neutering advocates, so this was our one shot at witnessing the miracle of a cat giving birth and caring for newborn kittens.
Farrah came home 4 weeks ago. She was tiny and while obviously pregnant, she never got too big.

She gave birth to FIVE healthy kittens a week after we brought her home

This picture of the nursing cat was taken a few short minutes after she delivered her last kitten. She's been a great mom from day one.

I had asked for help finding cute kitten names. Well, all the names you suggested were either perfect or funny, but kittens have a way of naming themselves. This one, opened it's one eye on day 6. Four days before it's litter mates did. It started to get into trouble right away so, we call it for now: Trouble

Trouble is the only boy out of the five newborn kittens

This is calico kitten A, or Puddles
Her calico sister is a dilute calico kitten which means her colors are muted

Life is a basket full of kitten cuteness
with their mom standing guard

As far as kitten development goes, this guy, the only guy, has got the lead.
Trouble was the first one to attempt to walk. In this picture he is paddling.

But the calico kitten is close second in development and she loves giving herself a bath

Picture of fawn (dilute red) kitten sucking, and chomping on finger

Today, the fawn and white girl got strong enough to sit fully up

The calico girl, Puddles can also walk a bit, although she prefers to spend the day on her back messing with her litter mates

And Trouble . . . always a step ahead of the girls

This has been our newborn kitten saga so far. It's been scary at times, terribly disruptive, and tons of fun. Our mom even built an outdoor cat enclosure which I'm afraid is the first step in keeping all the kittens. Help! Until Farrah came over the numbers were equal, three dogs and three cats. Today, since the kitten birth, we're outnumbered. I live in a house with NINE cats. 

For kitten video, please visit MY CHANNEL and have at it. My favorite is Kitten Cuteness - Day 6 because, while it's rather long, it shows you the steps the nursing cat takes to care for her newborn kittens. And as Amy already mentioned, you can view more photos on our other blog pregnantcatinfo.


Twinkie

17 comments:

3 doxies said...

That Puddles kitteh sure is purty and smart, huh?
It has been quite interesting to watch how they are growing and stuffs and seeng milestones.
Ummmmm...please
don't send Puddles the kitteh to Khyra. You know since her was named afters me. Send dat other one to hers.
Puddles

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Aw thanks for thanking us Twinkie! If it makes you feel better the kittens are there, we have gotten tons of great comments about you at our place - but none so far about the kittens! We have tons of dog friends and they all just adore you - just like we do!

And seriously, the fawn and white one, since you are sure it is a girl now - that is totally the face of a Trixie.

Sagira said...

So cute...almost makes you want a kitten. Oh wait...I didn't just say that. :)

Stella said...

Hi Twinkums!

I am curious as to why you call the "other" calico diluted. She has all the colors the sister has, just not such big patches, to my notion. If you look at a pictue of Zkhat (the former Ali Z), her tortie colors are all mixed up, but they are all there, being in kind of a grey tweed coloration. Now I am no expert here, so maybe even a lighter hue is called dilute, but I have never heard that.

Cheers and hugs,

JO and Stella

mayziegal said...

Oh, Twinkie, I know you feel like you've been invaded but I just never gets tired of looking at all that baby kitteh cuteness. Sorry abouts that. I mentioned to Mona that you might be trying to gets rid of some of them but to keep it on the down-low since your mom might not know that.

wiggles & wags,
Mayzie

JackDaddy said...

Nine kittens???? I think I saw that story on the teevees one time! :)

LUCKY LUKE said...

O the Twinkie, you are surrounded by the kute kittehness... you are!

I know it must be scary to be so outnumbered, but I also know you are so proud of your the Mom for the generous and lovin fing what she has done!!!

Life will return to a new normal furry soon! Please to keep us posted of all developments, from you eye witness vantagepoint!

wif love from the Luke

Lola said...

That's a LOT of kitties. No question about it and that enclosure does have a kind of permanent look about it. But Twinkie, I think you'll probably always be top dog at your home.

wags, Lola

houndstooth said...

You know, Twink, if you're not going to mail that fawn kitten to me, perhaps you should just go out and find six more dogs that need homes. Then you'd be equal in the ranks! If you are going to mail me the kitten, then you only need to find five dogs to make equal numbers. Unless you just want to be one ahead!

Bunny

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooo Wooos! Momma wants the fawn one... she is still going Awwwwwww.....
I am really glad they are not here...
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Remi said...

What cute little kitties!!!

The Two Country Poodles & Uncle Puppy said...

Awww...We love the babies...they are full of fur and cuteness.


Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

So many flavours in one litter!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Mango said...

Are you sure that is a boy kitteh? I mean, where are the nards? Maybe I need to bigify.

Slobbers,
Mango

Madi and Mom said...

Twinkie
You are very kind to have given up your mom and your blog for the kittens...just proves you are a top knotch citizen of the world. We thank Mom for her devotion too.
The kittens are beautiful, healthy ahd happy...TLC works. Farrah is a beautiful cat.

Happy 4th of July,
Madi and Mom

Oskar said...

Aw the cuteness never stops coming!!!

Martine said...

Thanks for taking us on your kitten adventure! We think you and your mom are great and we can't wait to see photos of the kittie enclosure!

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