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  Grainne's Kitten Diary 2018
This reads from the bottom up. New entries are added at the top so its easy to follow as they grow.
The music used on this page is Let Them Be Little by Billy Dean 
These kittens are the progeny of our sire Polo and dam Grainne 
Kittens from this litter will go to waiting families on our kitten list.
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July 19th - The kittens got to go for a ride in the car today, without Momma, to see the Vet for their first wellness check up. They all traveled quietly. They got to help a Veterinary student who was visiting learn about kitten exams. They were double checked by the Student and the doctor. They passed all the checks with flying colors. Of the three Peaches heart was racing the fastest He was Mr. Friendly and excited to be there so it must have been his excitement.  Genoise was doing the cool dude thing, lol, but I really don't think he thought it was cool to be there. His paws were wet with sweat. Miss Creme Pat was buzzing, visibly. Her heart rate was fast too but I think hers was from her nerves. They each got their vaccination shot and were good to go.

I held Creme Pat on my lap while we waited for the Vet.

" Do I have to be here?"

Mr. Peaches was  banging his face into the grate trying to get it open. 

So I put Miss Creme Pat into the carrier with Genoise.

And put Peaches on my lap. He was thrilled

 

He was making biscuits and purring hard.

And loving all the petting. He loves to be touched, he responds to touch.

" Oh, Here she comes!"


July 18th - eight weeks old  - The thought process was, Ill go in and catch some nice photos of the kittens as they wake up. They will be more likely to sit for a bit. The joke was on me. They heard me walking and as soon as I entered the room they were down around my feet saying hello  and sprinted out of the room to run and play. Okay, recalculating lol. I will take one at a time and set them on the desk nests for a photo shoot. Genoise was at my feet so he went first. Well this went well. He was a good boy and I got a few nice photo poses. I thought, no problem. Hahaha I hadn't thought through what was happening while Genoise was being good. The other two were off playing. I set Genoise down and he ran off. I enticed Peaches. He was pretty good I got a few nice photos of him too. Peaches knew he was missing out and could hear the other two dashing about, toys squeaking. He kept looking and wanting to leave. At this point I allowed him to run off and I stalked miss Creme Pat, basically tricked her with a toy and placed her on the desk. Two photos and she was gone. I hadn't accounted for each successive kitten to be more wound up from playing. So poor Miss Creme Pat has not so many and not so good  photos. Ill have to get her first next time, lol.

Peaches 8 weeks of age

Peaches

Peaches was so sweet yesterday he melted my heart. 

Normally they all nap together but yesterday he crawled up into my lap and onto my chest to sleep. No camera close to me of course.

No he's not looking at me, he's trying to look out into the hall to see what he's missing out on.

Genoise 8 weeks of age

Genoise

Genoise

Genoise

Genoise

Creme Pat 8 weeks of age

Creme Pat

Creme Pat has a hard time getting her turn to play with her brothers always taking the lead.

But she makes up for it with speed and quick direction changes. She can out run these boys chasing the toy.

Genoise is the bully, err I mean dominate kitten in the litter. He likes to get his way. 

There is a strong will in this boy. Good thing he is a good boy, lol.

Of the three kittens I think Creme Pat will be the one to change the most once she leaves us. 

She needs the freedom from her brother to come into her own


July 11th - seven weeks old - The kittens are in the chasseing speed demon phase. They are driving Momma's nerves to ruin, lol. Poor momma Grainne. It's her turn to adjust. 

bi-weekly weigh in ........

Peaches  is 2 lb. 1 ounce = 939 grams - up 71 grams

Genoise is 2 lb.  2 ounces = 968 grams - up 71 grams

Creme Pat is 1 lb. 12 ounces = 797 grams - up 64 grams

Their weights are right on track with the weights of Grainne's past litters. We stop weighing at seven weeks when the boys hit two pounds. Both of these boy made that mark. Creme Pat has a little to go but girls are almost always smaller than the boys and she will get there weeks before her surgery date. Early S&N requires 2 pound or 8 weeks of age. They will surpass that requirement way ahead of time.

Peaches

7 weeks old

Peaches

Peaches

Genoise & Creme Pat

Genoise

Genoise

Genoise

Creme Pat

 

7 weeks of age


July 7th - The kittens are making us laugh so much with they playful antics.

bi-weekly weigh in ........

Peaches  is 1 lb. 14.5 ounces = 868 grams - up 68 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.  15.5 ounces = 896 grams - up 57 grams

Creme Pat is 1 lb. 9.75 ounces = 733 grams - up 75 grams


July 4th - Happy Independence Day - six weeks old - We have removed the run fencing. Some photos were taken just before we removed it. We will be working on building confidence for whole house activity. Over the past few days we have spent time coming into the living room and basically sleeping behind the sofa. As they become more comfortable they will emerge more to play. Our goal for this coming week is to see them all playing out in the room. Creme Pat is the first to develop self awareness. She is very tuned into everything going on. The boys are still a bit oblivious. Self awareness in the big world at this age equals fear. They all go thought this phase. some more acutely than others. As they gain positive experiences they grow more secure with their place in the world. They learn the difference between what should be feared and what are normal everyday noises and movements.

Out investigating

Creme Pat

Creme Pat

Genoise

Genoise

Play time!
Creme Pat all white no hip color
Peaches Orange hip spot
Genoise Blue hip spot

Creme Pat gets her mouse.

Peaches playing ball

Genoise and his unbridled joy with toys.

Genoise has learned to be gentle when using his mouth as a hand.

He knows there are limits and now he's respectfully showing me mine.

Energy all used up. Time to nap.

bi-weekly weigh in ........

Peaches  is 1 lb. 12.1 ounces = 800 grams - up 75 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.  13.5 ounces = 840 grams - up 68 grams

Creme Pat is 1 lb. 7.1 ounces = 658 grams - up 46 grams


June30th -

bi-weekly weigh in ........

Peaches  is 1 lb. 9.5 ounces = 726 grams - up  78 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.  11 ounces = 772 grams - up 68 grams

Creme Pat is 1lb. 5.5 ounces = 612 grams - up 60 grams


June28th - Some better photos of Creme Pat with a couple of Peaches too.

In the range of nose shapes (not muzzle but actual nose leather) Keva has a more arched, rounded nose, Fenya has a flat wide nose. Grainne falls right between the two. Creme Pat's nose is looking more like Keva's.  It's more of an arched rounded shape. It's a sleek, delicate looking nose.

Creme Pat

Creme Pat

Creme Pat also likes to sit on my lap with her paws up on my arm. 

She's watching the boys play.

"I can't see you...no you can't come up. Its my lap. Girls only right now." Creme Pat with Peaches

I looked over and saw Peaches with both his front paws standing on the food inside the big kitty bowl.

Peaches

I still need to get him into some stronger light to really show off his eyes.


 
June27th five weeks old - Over the past few days the kittens have been exploring...

Up the cat tree

Out into the house ....Noo one was timid about going out.

Oh my all these new smells they don't know....

Momma's fussing meows didn't help

Creme Pat lost her nerve first and ran back to her safe room.

Genoise wanted to go further.

But momma's fussing got louder and Peaches high tailed it back to the room too.

Gemoise headed back but more in a "I'm still checking things out I'm not done yet" sort of way.

He really, really wanted to go up. But he's too small and just couldn't get up. 

Genoise kept trying even though he fell back on his rear each time.

I convinced him maybe he should try next week when he's a bit bigger.

I had a really hard time getting nice face photos for their birthday. They just wanted to play not pose for me.
Peaches

Five weeks of age.

Peaches

Peaches (really needed better lighting)

Genoise

five weeks of age

He's got big boy paws

Geoise

Creme Pat

five weeks of age

Creme Pat

I'll have to try to sneak in when they are sleeping so I can get some quiet time photos that are better.

bi-weekly weigh in ........

Peaches  is 1 lb.6.75 ounces = 648 grams - up  75 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.  8.75 ounces = 705 grams - up 107 grams

Creme Pat is 1lb. 3.4 ounces = 551 grams - up 60 grams


June 23-24th - I witnessed Peaches properly using the litter box. I'm sure Creme Pat is also. We have had no accidents at all. So I expanded the run area to three quarters of the room. I saved the last quarter in front of the door so I can safely enter and exit without being rushed by tiny escape artists, lol. We introduced a moving toy. The kittens have set up an observation panel to study this phenomena. They are trying to determine if it is safe or not. If it gets to close too quickly they don't hesitate to hiss a warning at it. Momma wants to eat its feathers, lol. The kittens are starting to drink from the big bowl. They have also successfully figured out how to climb up to the first level perch on the cat tree. Momma has decided she doesn't like the big family nest. Apparently 4 in a one cat nest is not too crowded for her.

This is what I saw when I can in to see them this morning, lol

Of course as soon as they heard the door they all woke up.

Creme Pat, drinking out of the big bowl

Peaches, Momma has nipped off all his whiskers cleaning his face.

He is such a sweet and gentle boy. While the other kittens still like to bite/mouth my fingers, Peaches licks me.

He also enjoys sitting on my lap with his paws on my arm. 

These photos were taking in low light with my phone. I'm sorry they are awful quality.

Genoise in the hole and Peaches on my arm....falling asleep, lol.

Both Peaches and Creme Pat learned right away, very fast, not to bite hard. They are both very gentle. I think this led to Genoise needing special instruction. He still bites a little bit too hard. They needed to bite him back to teach him to be gentle. So we are working on teaching him appropriate use of those teeth, lol. When I tell him "no lbite" he's does understand and is more restrained.

I'm not sure who this is. It could be Creme Pat or Genoise.

Teething toys make good bit surfaces instead of fingers, lol

Watching that moving toy carefully. Is it safe or not?

Nap time, I had to get this photo through the glass on the French doors so I wouldn't wake them.

Please may I come up on your lap? Note only whiskers on the right side, lol, left side nipped clean.

Summer sun, breeze from an open window, Ahhh

Zzzzzzz

At the end of a long day of playing and new challenges, we still need momma.

left to right - Genoise, Creme Pat, and Peaches

bi-weekly weigh in (23rd)...... Larger gains because of that change in the interval for weights.

Peaches  is 1 lb.4.1 ounces = 573 grams - up  71 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.  5.0 ounces = 598 grams - up 43 grams

Creme Pat is 1lb. 1.25 ounces = 438 grams - up 28.4 grams


June 21st

Genoise

Creme Pat takes on Genoise

Peaches

Peaches and Genoise


June 20thfour weeks old - The kittens are doing great. They are very active, goofy, and sweet. They are developing skills through play. I watched Peaches walk along the top edge of the big litter box today. I also witnessed that Genoise has master the use of the litter box. He left both a wet spot and a deposit at different times today. There have been no accidents so the transition to litter box use is going very well. As of today we will begin weighing bi-weekly. Once the kittens move to kibble weights very too much for daily weigh ins. 

Genoise, "I know what to do!"

Genoise in his favorite spot

Genoise on the other side. He just like the crook of my arm. to snuggle into.

They all love my lap really.

Creme Pat playing on the wave scratcher.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 1 lb.1.6 ounces = 502 grams - up  14.2 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.  3.5 ounces = 555 grams - up 28.4 grams

Creme Pat is 15.4 ounces = 438 grams - up 28.4 grams


June 19th

Someone's getting sleepy

Sleepier

Sleep

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 1 lb. 1 ounce = 484 grams - up  14.2 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   2.5 ounces = 527 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 14.4 ounces = 409 grams - up 7.1 grams


June 18th

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 1 lb. 0.5 ounces = 470 grams - up  17.8 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   2.1 ounces = 516 grams - up 21.4 grams

Creme Pat is 14.1 ounces = 402 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 17th

Top to bottom, Peaches, Genoise, and Creme Pat

Peaches

They have their teeth in.

Peaches is the most gentle when he bites on my finger. They have done a good job of teaching each other pressure limits with biting.

Peaches

Peaches

Genoise

Genoise' head is maturing. He's losing the baby roundness a bit.

Genoise needs to work a little bit on pressure compared to the other two but he responded and looked at me intently when I indicated it was a little bit too hard....it wasn't really hard at all but he could be gentler so I want him to learn.

Genoise

Creme Pat

Creme Pat

Creme Pat is very gentle when she bites on my finger. She knows it will hurt me if she bites hard.

Creme Pat

Visitors to play with

 

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 15.9 ounces = 452 grams - up  10.7grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   1.4 ounces = 495 grams - up 25 grams

Creme Pat is 13.6 ounces = 388 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 16th

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 15.5 ounces = 441 grams - up 21 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   0.5 ounces = 470 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 13.1 ounces = 374 grams - up 10.7 grams


June 15th - I decided this morning to bring in a small bowl of baby cat kibble. I was so shocked to see them all run to it  and begin eating it at the same time. This never happens. I wasn't even prepared with a camera, and it was so cute, darn. I ran and got my camera but had to sprinkle food on the rug to get eating photos. They are also still nursing. I need to get the room all set up with a training litter box too. They are exploring all over the room now. No longer tentative about leaving home base.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 14.75 ounces = 420 grams - up 10.7 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   0.125 ounces = 459 grams - up 25 grams

Creme Pat is 12.75 ounces = 363 grams - up 17.8 grams


June 14th - I'm convinced these kittens want more food then they are getting. They all lick on every surface. I think they are ready to eat kibble.

Ill make a bridge, you go under

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 14.4 ounces = 409 grams - up 14.2 grams

Genoise is 15.25 ounces = 434 grams - up 7.1 grams

Creme Pat is 12.1 ounces = 345 grams - up 3.5 grams


June 13th - three weeks old - On one end of the spectrum is creme Pat. She is a busy little sprite. She was first into my lap and very active.  On the other end is Genoise. He is more of a thinker. He is also social but just not a busy bee....yet. Watching his wrestle I think he may end up being the leader in this litter. Peaches falls into the middle between them. He likes to be busy with Creme Pat but can also sit and study things with Genoise, until Genoise attacks him for a wrestle, lol. All the kittens are social and curious with us.

Peaches left and Genoise

Peaches

Three weeks old

Peaches cat walk

Bite that ball!

Peaches

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Genoise

Genoise has an interesting face. He has this wide open look but when I play with him with a new toy he changes expression. 

His face gets a questioning look on it. I can see the muscles move forward in his brow.

Genoise

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Creme Pat

Stalking the ball

She was picking the ball up in her mouth but I caught it at the wrong time.

Creme Pat

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evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 13.9 ounces = 395 grams - up 21 grams

Genoise is 15 ounces = 427 grams - up 21 grams

Creme Pat is 12 ounces = 342 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 12th -

Momma calling, "Babies come in here, its fun."

Gemoise, "Come on in Creme Pat."

"Ahh, I can control them now.", thinks Momma

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 13.1 ounces = 374 grams - up 17.8 grams

Genoise is 14.25 ounces = 384 grams - up 21 grams

Creme Pat is 11.5 ounces = 317 grams - up 10.7 grams

Oh Genoise! I'm looking forward to when the kittens can each kitten kibble.


June 11th -

Good Morning Babies

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 12.5 ounces = 356 grams - up 10.7 grams

Genoise is 13.5 ounces = 384 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 11.1 ounces = 317 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 10th - Nice gains tonight

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 12.1 ounces = 345 grams - up 10.7 grams

Genoise is 13 ounces = 370 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 10.6 ounces = 302 grams - up 17.8 grams


June 9th - We opened up the cabinet doors and placed the run fence so that the kittens can start exploring. Creme Pat and Peaches have been showing a lot of interest in wanting to learn about what's beyond the nest edge. We will start out with a smaller area and expand it as they, and momma,  get more comfortable.

Back row left to right is Creme Pat and Peaches. Across the front is Genoise.

I tried all morning to get a video of the kittens first leaving the nest to explore. Right when I quit and turned away both Peaches and Creme Pat crawled right out, lol.

Creme Pat may not have had her dinner meal yet.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 11.75 ounces = 334 grams - up 14.2 grams

Genoise is 12.4 ounces = 352 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 10.0 ounces = 285 grams - up 7.1 grams


June 8th

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 11.25 ounces = 320 grams - up 17.8 grams

Genoise is 11.9 ounces = 338 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 9.75 ounces = 277 grams - up 10.6 grams


June 7th - Gaining equally today.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 10.6 ounces = 302 grams - up 14,2 grams

Genoise is 11.4 ounces = 324 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 9.4 ounces = 266 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 6th - two weeks old -  All three kittens are gaining color like seal points. 
Good Morning Babies

Left to right - Creme Pat, Peaches, and Genoise

Playing and biting on each other.....teething?

I noticed that Creme Pat keeps going to the back of the nest to the towel behind it....

After bringing her forward I'm pretty sure she is self soothing her gums on the terry cloth nubs.

She does it to all the terry cloth. I rubbed my little finger in her mouth and she has little bumps of teeth under her gums.

Peaches

Peaches has a more modified wedge head shape like his momma and a closer coat like hers too.

He's going to have nice dark saturation in his points

Peaches

Genoise

He didn't want to sit in my hand. He wanted his legs to hang, lol.

Genoise doesn't like posing for photos....yet.

Creme Pat

Creme Pat

Creme Pat is a natural model.

Momma Grainne and Creme Pat

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 10.1 ounces = 288 grams - up 17.8 grams

Genoise is 10.9 ounces = 309 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 8.9 ounces = 253 grams - up 7.1 grams

Considering if I should supplement Creme Pat with some kitten milk to help her fatten up a bit. She's gaining okay but feels thinner by comparison.


June 5th - They have now taken to enjoying a roll on their backs and waving their feet in the air, lol. I take it as an invitation to rub their tummies. I'll get good photos tomorrow for their two week birthday.

They all gained the same amount  again. 

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 9.5 ounces = 270 grams - up 17.8 grams

Genoise is 10.25 ounces = 292 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 8.6 ounces = 245 grams - up 17.8 grams


June 4th - Creme Pat you let me down. Eat baby eat. lol

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 8.9 ounces = 253 grams - up 14.2 grams

Genoise is  9.6 ounces = 274 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 8 ounces = 227 grams - up 7.1 grams


June 3rd - 

Peaches

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Genoise

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Creme Pat

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Nice equal sharing today. They all gained the same amount of weight.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 8.4 ounces = 228 grams - up 10.7  grams

Genoise is  9.1 ounces = 249 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 7.75 ounces = 210 grams - up 10.7 grams


June 2nd -  We are starting to see the definition in the development of their eyes. Momma is much more settled again.

Creme Pat

 

This video is of Creme Pat visiting with me. The rapid ticking you hear is Genoise purring as he nurses. Peaches is also nursing you can see his back leg if you look closely, lol

Creme Pat better stop day dreaming and start eating again.  Genoise is all about eating all the time.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 8  ounces = 228 grams - up 14.2  grams

Genoise is  8.75 ounces = 249 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 7.4 ounces = 210 grams - up 3.5 grams


June 1st -  This month started by scaring me out of my wits. Grainne was waiting for me at the door. I set down her wet food. I've been giving her some each day. I lifted the towel that covers the nesting box to see this.

Oh No, They were not under the beds, not in the box at all. I checked each possible place and no kittens. I scoured the room and started to panic. Momma where did you hide them?

The only place left was behind the old computer brain. Its no longer used but I've kept it in place to fill the cubby so kittens don't go in there. I pilled the brain forward. Sure enough. Momma had a bed back there. Amazing she carried each one up over the case to put it back in there. My guess is they had crawled out of the nesting box and she didn't think it was safe anymore. I moved them.

They are now in the corner cabinet nesting area with a box of food blocking the opening, lol Babies can't crawl over the box but momma can hop it.

The bed in front is just in case it goes wrong again. lol

I left the case pulled out of the cubby and all opened up. I'll go back later after she has time to be quite and settled and clean it out  and figure out what to do with it.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 7.5  ounces = 213 grams - up 7.1  grams

Genoise is  8.25 ounces = 235 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 7.25 ounces = 206 grams - up 14.2 grams


May 31st - All ready for nighty night...welll almost 

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 7.25  ounces = 206 grams - up 7.1  grams

Genoise is  7.9 ounces = 224 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 6.75 ounces = 192 grams - up 10.7 grams

All weighed and ready for bed


May 30th -

Silly sleeping  places

Creme Pat

Genoise

Peaches

They love to crawl up out of the center of the nest.

Peaches one week old

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Genoise one week old

"Mommmmm, she's got me."

You can see the ear color is coming in too

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Creme Pat one week old

Her nose leather coloring up so much like the others has me questioning if she is chocolate or not.

Her coat definitely has the whiter color of a chocolate. Time will tell. Maybe she will have deep chocolate points or

 maybe she will have a really light seal body, lol

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 7.0  ounces = 199 grams - up 7.1  grams

Genoise is  7.25 ounces = 206 grams - up 7.1 grams

Creme Pat is 6.4 ounces = 181 grams - up 10.7 grams

I need to make sure that sleeping outside the nest is not interfering with their nursing. I hope we see big gains tomorrow to compensate for the smaller ones today. They are right on track for weigh. They have basically doubled their birth weight in the first week.

Left to right - Peaches, Genoise, and Creme Pat.


May 29th- day six - Putting the new bed in made no difference. They were all up on the bolsters on different sides until Momma meowed at me. Then Peaches decided he needed to eat and crawled down. Their noses are looking dark tonight.....even Creme Pat's. I'll get some good birthday photos tomorrow for comparison.

Creme Pat

Genoise and Creme Pat

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 6.75 ounces = 192 grams - up 17.8  grams

Genoise is  7.0 ounces = 199 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 6 ounces = 170.8 grams - up 7.1 grams


May 28th- day five -  They are very independent lil guys I rarely find them clumped together. Maybe its time to put in a bumper bed, lol.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 6.1 ounces = 174 grams - up  10.7  grams

Genoise is  6.6 ounces = 189 grams - up 21 grams

Creme Pat is 5.75 ounces = 164 grams - up 14.2 grams


May 27th- day four - 

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 5.75 ounces = 164 grams - up  14.2  grams

Genoise is  5.9 ounces = 167 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 5.25 ounces = 149 grams - up 17.8 grams


May 26th- day three - All is well this morning. Momma is hungry and eating. A good sign. I see some eyes peeping open.

If you want to give a go at guessing the kittens sexes here are some photos taken today. I'll add my guess tonight when I add the weights. Momma didn't want me to pick up Peaches so that's her paw at the bottom holding firm.

Peaches

Genoise

Creme Pat

I think Peaches and Genoise are seal point boys and Creme Pat is a chocolate point girl Time will tell if I am correct or not.

Peaches

Genoise

Creme Pat

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 5.25 ounces = 150 grams - up  17.8  grams

Genoise is  5.25 ounces = 150 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 4.6 ounces = 132 grams - up 10.7 grams


May 25th -  day two - I'm going to start today with good news. All three kittens and momma are fussy and hungry this morning.

Now I have some bad news I've beat myself up this morning really well. There was another kitten. I found it delivered and cleaned but cold and unresponsive this morning. The staining on the towels indicated it was relatively recent delivery, still red. Wednesday night when the kittens were born, I thought I felt another kitten. I was uncertain because her last litter I thought the same thing. We took her for an x-ray and there was nothing. This time I allowed myself to be convinced I was wrong...again. With hindsight we should have gone and had her x-rayed to see what I was feeling. She could have been given oxytosin to induce contractions. I've added # 5 to the birth day post stats. I'm happy she delivered it...now we wait and watch. We watch momma to make sure she not developing an infection and watch weights to make sure the kittens are eating and strong. Not sick from bad milk.

I'm already worried about how fussy they are. They are very hungry. I'm anxious to see tonight's weights.

Now for some cute photos. There's a little bit of color coming into Peaches and Genoise nose leather.

 

Peaches 

one day old

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Genoise

One day old

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Creme Pat

one day old

The room is 80 degrees so no need to huddle together.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 4.6 ounces = 131 grams - up  10.7  grams

Genoise is  4.6 ounces = 131 grams - up 7.1 grams

Creme Pat is 4.25 ounces = 121 grams - up 14.2 grams

Acceptable weight gains for early on with the lions share going to the smaller kittens is good.


May 24th - day one - All is well. A quick glance this morning makes me think we have one chocolate and two seals. In this photo Left to right is Genoise, Peaches and Creme Pat.  Pat looks lighter. That's usually an indicator of a chocolate point.

Since they were born late I will do weigh ins after dinner in the evening. We always weigh the kittens each day because you can see signs of trouble in their weights sooner then waiting to observe trouble through behaviors. Lack of mothers milk can be supported with a professionally formulated milk replacer if needed. These kittens are strong nursers they should have a good supply of milk with their strong demand calling for production. 

Strong nursers

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 4.25 ounces = 121 grams - up  17.8  grams

Genoise is  4.4 ounces = 125 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 3.75 ounces = 107 grams - up 14.2 grams

 


May 23, 2018 - Birthday - Grainne lounged on me for two hours getting belly rubs until about 10:15 when she started telling me it was time. We then went to her birthing box. Her contractions were barely visible but she called out with each one. A bubble of fluid appeared at 10:32 pm. The first kitten delivered easily head first at 10:43 pm. Kitten 2 delivered head first easily at  11:00 pm . Then we waited about an hour for number three to appear. A head first easy delivery too. Grainne needed no help from me. I just offered petting for comfort.  We had longer waits for the placentas but we confirmed all were expelled. We allowed Grainne to eat all three for the rich vitamins and minerals each contains.  

 It was another hour before I thought I saw a paw or tail but it turned out to be the head of an underdeveloped fetus. It was about  one inch in length, at about 4 weeks the  development arrested. This is the time when they go from being an embryo to a fetus. There must have been a critical error in  the developmental process. We are very grateful this caused no problems for Grainne and the healthy kittens.  The kittens were all strong and active as soon as they were born. #2 and #3 both nursed while still on their umbilical cords. Momma waiting for the  attached placentas to it to deliver.  I only assisted with the fetus delivery because it was too small and contractions had stopped. I also took away the placenta so she wouldn't eat it. Just in case it might make her sick. All is good.

 

The Stats at birth  

#1 10:43pm  orange   Peaches 103 grams (3.625 ounces) 

#2 11:00 pm  blue Genoise  110  grams (3.875 ounces) 

#3 11.55 pm  white  Creme Pat  92.5 grams (3.25 ounces) initially marked red but we will not continue to mark.

#4 12:55 am  none  Fetus   about 1 inch long, arrested development ,with placenta

#5 delivered on 5-25 early am still born more than 24 hours after the initial births. Photo link for those who are interested.

 

Diary naming scheme - I've been watching videos of the old British Bake offs. The kittens are a delicious seasonal treat.  If you've never heard of Genoise, this is how to pronounce it, lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi9fdVxo5xU

Mary Berry has a Fraiser cake recipe that uses Genoise, Creme Patissiere and summer Strawberries....but we think Peaches makes a cuter name, lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnjTCBX3MzI With the spring weather it should be an excellent peach season this summer. :)

Newborns latched on nursing - left to right Creme Pat, Genoise, and Peaches.

Tummy rubs while waiting for labor to begin


May 15th -Not only can we feel the kittens moving but we can now see them moving too.

 


March 17, 2018 - We are breeding Grainne to Polo this weekend.


 

           


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