The Five are Three

The kittens are three weeks old today! Well, technically tonight…but close enough.

Clearly they won’t fit in this basket much longer. They are all in the 12 ounce range now, some are 12.5. All gained weight last week, and that’s what we like to see.

Our little girl with the icky eye, Buffy, is looking much better, thanks to her eye drops.

And these two, the orange boys, Spike and Oz,  are often together. When they’re not they often cry for the other one. Might have a bonded pair here…too soon to tell.  (And yes, there’s the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme with these three.)

Our explorer extraordinaire, Pixel, continues his journeys, and is first to try anything new out.

And Jagger, our little buff boy…such a sweetie.

They are nursing well, though they don’t all fit at mom’s belly at the same time anymore. We will be trying to start them on some KMR (kitten milk replacer) soon, mostly to try to wean them so mom can be spayed and freed. She’s quite tired of being cooped up and she’s not quite friendly enough that we can let her roam in the cat house. So we’re trying to push the weaning by a tiny bit…may or may not work. And if not, momma is stuck with us a bit longer. She’s not terribly interested in the kittens, though she does what is required of her. But anytime she’s not nursing, she’s up on her shelf away from the kittens. She’s quite ready to go home!

In the meantime, the kittens are starting to look like cats, and developing their own personalities. Those unsteady legs of last week are steadier each day and climb over siblings without any problem. They are a bundle of adorableness on their way to being a bundle of mischief any day now. Our goal, in Derry Township Community Cats, is to NOT have kittens that need care, to get everyone possible spayed or neutered. But realistically there will always be some kittens. Last summer we were buried in them. Hoping this summer our ongoing work pays off and there are many fewer. And in the meantime, we’ll enjoy the little ones, who are just too cute for words.

Our Eyes Are Open: Two Weeks Old

I was out of town for a week and so much changes with kittens of this age. At two weeks old, they doubled in weight. They’re around 10 ounces now, headed to a full pound soon I suspect.

Their eyes are open, and they are able to stand, though they mostly wobble on those legs. Gotta develop a little muscle tone still!

One of the babies, the only female (we think) has a bit of an eye infection, but saw the vet this week and is on some nifty eye drops to help her with that.

But they can get themselves around now, even if it is a bit unsteady. Our tuxedo kitten, however, is the great explorer. He’s going to get himself over every barrier we can erect pretty soon.

Some of them are pretty vocal at times too, especially when separated from the rest.

 

They still sleep a lot, and huddle in a mass for their naps, which is just so stinkin’ adorable.

That’s the story of two week old kittens. They spend their days sleeping, toddling, and being adorable. Works for us.

The Bodhi Chronicles: Beach Dog!

Bodhi loves the beach, which isn’t much of a surprise. There’s very little that Bodhi doesn’t enjoy. He’s one of the most chill dogs I’ve ever met, much like Butterscotch of blessed memory. Butterscotch took everything in stride and enjoyed her days, and Bodhi is so much like her in that way. He’s been a joy to have on vacation with us. I think we’ll have to plan some more beach time in the future, for him and for us!

Bodhi Chronicles: Beach Week

We’re away for a week of R&R, and Bodhi got to join us this time. A friend has a beach home and she was kind enough to let us use it and bring Bodhi for his first beach adventure. So far he seems to enjoy it, but there’s very little that Bodhi doesn’t enjoy. We brought a sheet along to cover the couch, so we wouldn’t leave dog hair all over, and Bodhi has settled there with Marley, as he does as home, and he’s taken to the beach and ocean as if he’s always known it. Such an easy traveler. Life is good.