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!