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  Grainne's Kitten Diary Summer 2017
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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June 25th, 2017

Everes

Everes

 Momma and Luna

Luna

Placed out to build confidence. 

Pieres

Luna and Van

Van

Van


June 24th, 2017 -  The kittens are all doing so well. They are strengthening their legs and begging to test out their growing abilities. I've seen Luna moving about in the nest like she is about to start doing little bursts of zooming, lol. Van and Everes love to roll around on their backs and play with their feet in the air. Pieres is doing his best to become the big guy in the litter. He has huge paws, I think he may end up growing from smallest to largest. He's also working on building his confidence.

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 10.9 ounces = 309 grams - up 7.1 grams

Vanessa is  10.9 ounces = 309 grams - up 10.7 grams

Luna is 10.1 ounces = 288 grams - up 3.5 grams

Pieres is 10.9 ounces = 309 grams - up 17.8 grams

Top to bottom- Everes, Pieres, Luna, and Van.


June 23rd, 2017

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 10.6 ounces = 302 grams - up 14.2 grams

Vanessa is  10.5 ounces = 299 grams - up 10.7 grams

Luna is 10.0 ounces = 285 grams - up 14.2 grams

Pieres is 10.25 ounces = 292 grams - up 10.7 grams


June 22nd, 2017

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 10.1 ounces = 288 grams - up 14.2 grams

Vanessa is  10.1 ounces = 288 grams - up 14.2 grams

Luna is 9.5 ounces = 270 grams - up 10.7 grams

Pieres is 9.9 ounces = 281 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 21st, 2017 Two Weeks Old

Left to right - Pieres, Everes, Luna, and Van

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 9.6 ounces = 274 grams - up 14.2 grams

Vanessa is  9.6 ounces = 274 grams - up 10.7 grams

Luna is 9.1 ounces = 260 grams - up 14.2 grams

Pieres is 9.3 ounces = 266 grams - up 10.6 grams

Everes

Van was a bit sleepy

Van

Luna

Luna

"Do I look Like my Momma?"

Pieres


June 20th, 2017 - . You go Pieres you're catching up.

Everes - not quite sure he likes that Momma keeps blocking him from coming forward, lol

He's definitely scowling.

Vanessa is always at the front of the nest ready to go forth, but not quite yet.

Luna

Luna

Pieres sleepy eyed

This is Pieres the lighting just makes the nose look darker than it is.

"Moooommmm, she's got me again"

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 9.1 ounces = 260 grams - up 7.1 grams

Vanessa is  9.25 ounces = 263 grams - up 7.1 grams

Luna is 8.6 ounces = 246 grams - up 7.1 grams

Pieres is 9 ounces = 256 grams - up 21.3 grams


June 19th, 2017 - These weigh gains are nuts. What did they do eat all day? I think I need to double check the scale lol. Scale was fine it was me. I missed entering a day in the spreadsheet. Now its more normal, lol 

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 8.9 ounces = 252 grams - up 10.6 grams

Vanessa is  9 ounces = 256 grams - up 14.2 grams

Luna is 8.4 ounces = 238 grams - up 17.8 grams

Pieres is 8.25 ounces = 234 grams - up 21.3 grams


June 18th, 2017

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 8.5 ounces = 242 grams - up 10.7 grams

Vanessa is  8.5 ounces = 242 grams - up 10.7 grams

Luna is 7.75 ounces = 220 grams - up 10.7 grams

Pieres is 7.75 ounces = 220 grams - up 21.3 grams

 

June 17th, 2017

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 8.1 ounces = 231 grams - up 10.7 grams

Vanessa is  8.1 ounces = 231 grams - up 14.2 grams

Luna is 7.4 ounces = 209 grams - up 7.1 grams

Pieres is 7.0 ounces = 199 grams - up 7.1 grams


June 16th, 2017

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 7.75 ounces = 220 grams - up 17.8 grams

Vanessa is  7.6 ounces = 217 grams - up 14.2 grams

Luna is 7.1 ounces = 203 grams - up 14.2 grams

Pieres is 6.75 ounces = 192 grams - up 7.1 grams


June 15th, 2017
Everes

Vanessa

Luna

Pieres

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 7.1 ounces = 203 grams - up 10.7 grams

Vanessa is  7.1 ounces = 203 grams - up 10.7 grams

Luna is 6.6 ounces = 188 grams - up 10.7 grams

Pieres is 6.5 ounces = 185 grams - up 14.2 grams

 


June 14th, 2017 - one week old - The kittens are gaining well. They are very sturdy kittens with huge feet. I'm seeing lots of daddy's genes in them.

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 6.75 ounces = 192 grams - up 7.1 grams

Vanessa is  6.75 ounces = 192 grams - up 10.7 grams

Luna is 6.25 ounces = 178 grams - up 10.7 grams

Pieres is 6 ounces = 170 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 13th, 2017 - six days old - Everyone's eyes are peeping open. Tonight Luna's left eye is fully open. Pieres has a loud voice and He's not afraid to use it to alert Mom that he's being lifted out of the nest, lol. Everes is very soft and not bothered at all by being toughed. Well none of them are really bothered but she is very calm. Vanessa is the active one always on the move.

Everes

Vanessa

Luna with Pieres

Pieres

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 6.5 ounces = 185 grams - up 14.2 grams

Vanessa is  6.4 ounces = 181 grams - up 10.7 grams

Luna is 5..9 ounces = 167 grams - up 14.2 grams

Pieres is 5.5 ounces = 156 grams - up 14.2 grams

Vanessa and Momma Grainne


June 12th, 2017 - five days old - Nice consistent gains.

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 6 ounces = 171 grams - up 10.7 grams

Vanessa is  6 ounces = 171 grams - up 14.2 grams

Luna is 5.4 ounces = 153 grams - up 10.7 grams

Pieres is 5 ounces = 142 grams - up 10.7 grams


June 11th, 2017 - four days old - We are seeing very nice weight gains today.

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 5.7 ounces = 160 grams - up 17.8 grams

Vanessa is  5.5 ounces = 157 grams - up 17.8 grams

Luna is 5 ounces = 142 grams - up 21 grams

Pieres is 4.6 ounces = 132 grams - up 21 grams

Everes - left eye starting to peep open

Everes

Luna - ear edges darkening

Luna

Luna

Luna - nose leather darkening

Momma G and Vanessa

Vanessa - left eye peeping open too

Vanessa

Pieres

Pieres


June 10th, 2017 - three days old - Momma seems to be relaxing a little bit. She left the nest once briefly tonight.
It looks like we have one seal and three chocolates. Luna looks like a seal to me. Now sexes...Pretty much the first question we get asked every time is are they boys or girls? I can never tell until they mature more. My vet won't guess either. She says its not possible to tell accurately. So you want to guess? Boys look like a colon and the space between the dots is greater than in the females. The females look like an upside down exclamation point. Kate thinks we have two girls and two boys. I think for sure we have one girl and I go back and forth on the others when looking at them in person. We for sure have some boys. I'm just not set on the number of each. What do you think? Tell us on our facebook topic.

Everes

Vanessa

Luna

Pieres

We're going to have to start watching out for Pieres to make sure he's getting his share of milk. Seems like a piggy sibling may be pushing him off.

evening weigh in.....

Everes  is 5 ounces = 142 grams - up 25 grams

Vanessa is  4.9 ounces = 139 grams - up 14.2 grams

Luna is 4.25 ounces = 121 grams - up 14.2 grams

Pieres is 3.9 ounces = 110 grams - up 7.1 grams

 June 9th, 2017 - two days old -

Luna

Luna...hmmm is Luna a male?

Luna

Vanessa

Vanessa

Vanessa

The peace between Grainne and Fen ended today. Fen was nicely cleaning kittens when he desire for a treat overwhelmed her common sense. She snuck and got the treat container and made so much nose taking the lid off and spilling them that Grainne got spooked and went into tiger momma mode. She went after Fen and would not stop or calm. We had to remove Fen from the kitten room. We have tried to reintroduce Fen twice so far and Grainne growls at her. Time will tell if we can easily mend this. Momma cats are very protective of their kittens and things that surprise them and cause fright set them off. It's why we keep our breeding girls separate from our pet cats. The lower the stress ratio the better.

evening weigh in...... weigh gains are not big today but given the upset in Momma its not surprising. the two who gained the least today gained the most yesterday it's normal to drop off after a big gain.  The kitten who gained the least yesterday gain the most today. So shall it be. Gains are good and we are happy with them.

Everes  is 4.125 ounces = 117 grams - up  3.6  grams

Vanessa is  4.4 ounces = 110 grams - up 14.2 grams

Luna is 3.75 ounces = 107 grams - up 7.1 grams

Pieres is 3.6 ounces = 103 grams - up 3.6 grams

 


 June 8th, 2017 - one day old - Grainne isn't a very good momma when it comes to cleaning bottoms. Kittens need their bottoms licked to eliminate. It doesn't happen unless they are stimulated to go. She does it but she doesn't clean them up nicely. Kate has been on bottom cleaning follow up. Keeping the kitten fur nice and clean. Today Momma G welcomed Grandma in and grandma took over bottom duty.
They have all gained weigh really nicely in their first day. They are all good nursers.

evening weigh in...... 

Everes  is 4.0 ounces = 114 grams - up  21  grams

Vanessa is  3.9 ounces = 110 grams - up 10.6 grams

Luna is 3.5 ounces = 99.6 grams - up 14.2 grams

Pieres is 3.5 ounces = 99.6 grams - up 17.8 grams

Momma Grainne welcomed Grandma Fen into the nest.

Grandma cleaning a bottom with kittens sandwiched between the adults.

Getting those bottoms in ship shape


 June 7th, 2017 - Birthday -

The Stats at birth  

#1 9:47pm  blue   Everes 92.528 grams (3.25 ounces) 

#2 10:03 pm  red Vanessa  99.645 grams (3.5 ounces) 

#3 10.20 pm  green  Luna  85.410 grams (3.00 ounces)

#4 11:40 pm  white  Pieris   81.851 grams (2.875 ounces) 

#5 9:33 pm -stillborn  81.851 grams (2.875 ounces)

This was a litter of five,  the first kitten delivered was still born and we could not revive it. We believe it sat in the birth canal too long without oxygen. Grainne was talking to us a lot during the day and asking for belly rubs. I think she knew. 

We are grateful she delivered it and we were about to have 4 more healthy kittens. The deliveries were optimal with no problems. Kittens were born tail , head, tail, head, tail presentations.

They are named after local butterflies/moths
Blue- Everes comyntas (eastern tailed blue) - Everes
Red- Vanessa cardui (painted lady) - Vanessa or Van if we see its a boy, lol
Green- Actias luna (luna moth) - Luna
White- Pieris napi (cabbage white) - Pieris

I have not determined sex of the kittens.  Their names and my calling them him, he, her or she is not a reflection of their true sex. It can be very difficult to determine sex at this age. The names we use are just color association labels for the diary. Owners will rename them when they go to their homes.

 

Blue kitten Everes

Everes

Vanessa less that an hour old

Luna

Pieres

Pieres

 


 

           


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