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Another mass of pics June 12, 2009

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They’respending much more time out of hte box these days, so I’m trying to keep here updated with fresh pics so you can get your fix inbetween their nap time!

The ‘new layout’ can been seen on Flickr, along with notes, and you’ll see how little the cam now actually covers!!

Anyway, KittenLand had to be created sooner or later, we knew they’d be work out how to get out of the box/boxes soon.. and yeah, they did!

Escape!!

Escape!!

The latest amusing thing is that as soon as anyone enters ‘their’ area, there’s suddenly a mass of kittens on you… as seen below! (with DH/Owen; ignore the milky footprints all over the place… the milk on the cushion.. you get the idea!)

Attack of the hugs!

Attack of the hugs!

and with Dave/Deev/Housegeek

We love you (x 8...)

We love you (x 8...)

And now, lots of individual pics, finally!

Emo-kitty

Emo-kitty

Emo-kitty streeeetch

Emo-kitty streeeetch

Emo-kitty snuggles

Emo-kitty snuggles

unnamed male kitty

unnamed male kitty

Grabbity (left) & unnamed male

Grabbity (left) & unnamed male

oh hai!

oh hai!

Grabbity

Grabbity

Davina

Davina

and finally, lapping!!

lapping kitties!

lapping kitties!

and Dave, covered in kittens…

feel the love! (and claws...)

feel the love! (and claws...)

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Day 26 June 9, 2009

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A few pictures (I’ll blog some new videos later too)

Firstly, a few of Sookie, without the kittens!
Getting ‘loves’ from a slightly tipsy Dave/Deev/Housegeek

Dave & Sookie

Dave & Sookie

Snuggled into me

Snuggled into me

More snuggles, but kitten this time

Kitten snuggles

Kitten snuggles

Emo-kitty tries to escape!

Emo-kitty escape!

Emo-kitty escape!

Davina discovers the wonders of lapping!

Davina lapping

Davina lapping

They’re growing at an astonishing rate, I’ve now added together the 2 initial boxes to make super-kitty-enclosure!

Kitty Extension

Kitty Extension

If you look carefully you can see KittenDaddy in the garden… Just at the top of the middle-2nd-from-bottom pane of glass

Juliet, and her romeo...

Juliet, and her romeo...

KittenDaddy keeps sneaking into the garden, and Sookie sits at the back door mewing at me to let her get to him! (fat chance!! EIGHT KITTENS!) He obviously knows he’s not welcome, because he shoots off the moment any of us arrive, but I managed to sneak a couple of pictures of him today, just wish I had better zoom!!

I need to get a better zoom...

I need to get a better zoom...

Final pic for the day, Sookie doesn’t really drink, certainly not from any dish we give her, even if it’s fresh every day!  She’ll drink from a running tap, and has recently tried sneaking water from our cups/glasses, so I’ve started leaving a cup of water on the table, specifically for her, and it’s worked! WOOT!

slurp

slurp

 

Videos en masse June 8, 2009

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I realised I’d got a few videos on my phone that’d I keep not quite getting round to sharing!

(some older, have possibly posted these before… I’m slightly foggy headed tonight!)

 

Bottle feeding 101… June 3, 2009

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Things I (now) know about bottle feeding kittens:

  • They have to be prone (legs down) – this is fine in theory, in practice it ends up with milk all down your legs
  • They should apparently recognise the teat and start suckling – in practise, the 1st few times you kind of need to shove it in a bit and dribble milk everywhere… by the 4th-5th time they kind of have the idea… cue more milk down legs
  • They should take down about 5-10 each feed – prep 20ml, 10 for the kitten, 10 for leg
  • They’ll still go back to mum after each bottle attempt, and look at you with scorn, like you just tried to poison them
  • Kittens will climb! All kittens really want to be parrots

And, just for good measure, worming 101

  • Kittens think that the worming solution syringe is the bottle…
  • Kittens realise it’s not the bottle when the sour solution kits their throats
  • Kittens spit our sour solutions
  • Worming solution is white, opaque white, and you should never attempt any of this in clean/nice clothes

We’ll try and get some better pics over the next few days, obviously I was more concerned with getting them to accept the bottle really, so hopefully it’ll mean it’s easier each time they feed! (also, ignore the slightly shabby shirt I’m wearing, you can see on the final pic why….)

 

Vet update June 1, 2009

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Vet update (x-posted to groups on Rav)

We’ve just had a good chat with the vet, mainly to check we’re not doing something stupid (thankfully we’re not) and to see if there was anything we could ‘help’ with the whole “OW! Kittens are biting my boobies!!” mews we’ve been getting the past 24 hours!! (poor Sookie, 8 sets of needle sharp teeth!).

They’re (the vets) quite happy with weights/progress etc, but agree with us that it’s going to start getting a little bit too much for Sookie, specially given her tiny size (she’s only about 3kg not-pregnant) and the large litter size (they were slightly amused/shocked at 8, hehe), so we’re going to pick up some replacement milk tomorrow and will wean them onto that over the next week or so (they’ll obviously still feed from her, but less frantically!!). They’ve also suggested weaning them onto more solid food earlier than usual, again due to the litter size/demand

But all in all they’re happy with their progress, and have said we can worm them as soon as we want (joy… trying to worm 8 squirmy kittens!!!), and they’re becoming VERY self-aware, I put my hand in to fuss last night and it was like I was a kitten-magnet!! SO CUTE!!

Meanwhile, when you mix an injured husband and an hormonal cat, you get CUTE!

 

Mummy-to-be visits May 31, 2009

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Suw, a mummy-to-be, popped over today to meet the kittens, and decide which would eventually go home with her.  After re-sexing the kittens again yesterday it comfirmed that we’ve got 6 boys and 2 girls (1 of which is ‘Dave’, who shall now be known as Davina…) and as she also wanted a girl, the other is now named Grabbity (said like ‘gravity’, so that when things get knocked over they can say that “Grabbity did it!”, cute, no?)

Obviously she took lots of photos and videos, so obviously here they are for the rest of you too!

(any voices are either Suw, me or Owen/DH, or possibly the tv!)

 

Kittens really don’t co-operate! May 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — dinosaursinsocks @ 7:12 pm

I’ve been trying to get some cute and lovely pictures to blog over the past few days… but something I’m learning REALLY quickly is that kittens decide when they’ll pose thankyouverymuch and not me…

So, instead, you’re getting a posting of photoFAIL! I prmosie I’ll try and photograph them individually over the next week, specially as their markings are now settling down, so I’ve got a chance of identifying which is which!!

(last count was 6 boys, 2 girls btw.. this may change as I get better at sexing kittens 😉 (click on an image to view full size)