Saturday, July 16, 2011

Future Kittens - Photo Hunt - Backwards


 I guess you could say I'm going "backwards" in time with the new blog.  I'm trying to set up the new blog to show the kittens from their birth until the age I actually know who chooses me.  I want to give you a realistic idea of how all of the kittens looked at the same age, not in "real time".  This actually helps me to compare all five of them realistically.  Remember, Chloe's babies were born 9 days before Zoey's.  I love these videos where  you can actually see the kittens at two weeks of age where their eyes are just starting to open.

Here are Chloe's kittens at 11 days old.



Here are Zoey's kittens at 2 weeks of age.



I have a lot of pictures and videos of the kittens and many of them I will share with you once I know who is coming home with me.  Terri also sends me wonderful updates.  Here is the email I received from Terri on June 25, 2011.  Chloe's kittens were a little over 3 weeks old and Zoey's kittens were 2 weeks old.

"The kittens are all doing fabulous.  I could not be any more proud than I am.  All 5 are strong, healthy, beautiful babies and that is all I could ever ask for.  Both moms are doing a fantastic job. 

To give you an idea where everyone is at....Chloe's babies are walking steadily now.  They are beginning to try to climb.  If I am sitting on the floor with them, they immediately start to climb onto my lap, then up my chest until they get right up onto my shoulder.  They are downright adorable if I may say so :)  They have become quite vocal in their demands and momma answers them immediately.  They are just beginning to play with each other and routinely play bite each other until someone squeals, which effectively stops the roughness. They have wandered to the food dish and are definitely interested, so I will be starting them on food this week.  This will be a messy endeavor (it always is) and litter box training will start about the same time.  Most kittens I've raised begin to use the box all by themselves with few or no accidents. I put the baby box down, put in litter, and they climb in.  I use an all natural wheat litter to start with because babies tend to eat everything and the clay litters are toxic if they ingest too much.  They will be using normal clay litter long before they are ready to go home with you. Even if there is truly a 'training' period, it usually lasts less then a week and then they've got it down. Once they are using a litter box consistently at about 5 weeks old, I will move them down to the living room into one of the kitten condos that you've seen on your visit.  They will have run of this end of the house during the day and will spend the nights with momma in the condo.  This gives me peace of mind knowing that I will find them safe each morning and gives them quality snuggle time with their momma."

"Zoey's babies are 2 weeks old today. They opened their eyes so early that they somehow seem older to me already.  They are just lifting themselves onto their legs, but are wobbly and topple over quite rapidly.  They still spend the majority of their time nursing, but are awake more and more alert.  They hear us when we come into the room and they are definitely looking for their share of attention. They are gaining weight rapidly, and have almost caught Chloe's kittens in size.  Before long they will be one big happy group of babies.  It will help with socialization for them to all be together and will also be a lot of fun."

I'm trying to convince Terri to start a blog.  She is such a good writer and when she sends me stories and updates about the kittens, I can just visualize them so clearly.  I know she's visiting this blog as a guest, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she'll start a blog.  In the meantime, I'm just enjoying the pictures, videos, and email updates!  Soon, I'll be traveling to visit the kittens for the first time!

17 comments:

Jacqueline said...

OOOHHH, those baby faces are just so adorable and precious!!...We can't wait til you meet your babies, but we can already see it will be a difficult choice, Paula!...They are all such gorgeous sweethearts!...Happy weekend, sweet friend...love and hugs...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Furkidsmom said...

This is so exciting!! Thanks for sharing every step in the journey with us!!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

MoMo said...

Good to follow the kittens from the beginning. Must convince Terri to start a blog. She is so good with the kitties and the love comes through in her writing.

Karen Jo said...

The kittens are all adorable. I can hardly wait to read of the kitten romps when they all start playing together.

Sparkle said...

I am so excited, and I can't wait to see which kitties decide they belong to you!

Marg said...

Those videos are just great. They are all so darn cute. We can't wait to see who chooses you. Good stuff. That would be great if Terri would start a blog. Take care.

Admiral Hestorb said...

oh what a treat to see. precious darling babies

Katnip Lounge said...

I think if it was me, I'd have to have ALL seven!

Tia said...

Mom Paula

My babies are just starting to climb too, although they haven't climbed onto the human yet, on accounta the fact that they're in a pen with me and they can't make it over the side yet. It's funny really, cuz I hardly need to lift my foot to step over it!

They're all yummy, and we can't wait to see which little ones you choose to bring home with you!

Punapippuri said...

Amazing. We have just added two twelve weekers here, and Ă„iti saw them when they were a day old. It has been incredible to watch them grow up into little baby cats.

Brian said...

They are all so adorable! I can't imagine how excited you are, we get excited just seeing them!

Eric and Flynn said...

They are all adorable. We can't wait to see them when they come home with you.

The Whiskeratti said...

It's good to see you back! All those kittens are absolutely adorable.

Laila and Minchie said...

That's it! Mom Paula, you just HAVE to take all five home! We'll get a chip in for you and we'll have everyone donate to the fund!

Sweet Purrfections and Angel Praline said...

Funny, Laila and Minchie and everyone else! I'm already nervous about bringing home 2! I'm going to need a lot of advice!

Mom Paula

chancythegardner said...

What adorable little sweeties. Seeing them makes me want to reach out and get one and smooch all over it. Can't wait to see who chooses you and watch them grow. Hugs!

The Misadventures Of Me said...

New kitten smell - do dey has that in metal machine smelly fings? If so we'd like sum fer the mom as she was Oooooooo and Ahhhhhh ING over the kits. We fink we heard da werd KYOOT several times too!!