Hannah is healthy, as are the kittens, and they sleep about 23 hours a day, and only wake up to eat.
If I were to put a camera on them for a live feed, this is pretty much all you would see.
The kittens are still tucked away behind the sofa, where Hannah moved them a couple days ago, so excuse the poor quality photos. I had to use the camera’s settings and flash since it is pretty dark back there.
With no other company in the foster room, Hannah is now bored. And since she has many weeks of kitten-rearing ahead, the Hannah Enrichment Project is underway.
Hannah apparently never learned to play, so right now I’m focused on teaching her about toys. She has ignored most of the things I’ve tried, but I’m getting a little bit of response to the Katipede, a centipede-like creature on a long wand. I can’t tell if she likes things on the ground or in the air, or maybe both, but she will follow it with her eyes and head, and has started actually going to it and touching it lightly. All of which is better than the responses I’ve gotten to the laser and the Cat Dancer. She gets more interested in it each day, and actually almost pounced on it today. I can get her to climb the small cat tree, as well, by putting it on the tree and luring her up. These kinds of hunting behaviors should be natural for cats, but Hannah seems to have missed that lesson, but I think we’ll get there.
For something to really get her thinking (and hopefully then a bit tired) I’ve tried clicker training. Some of you might remember some work I did with a cat I fostered a year or so ago, with my handy click stik, a clicker with a long arm and a ball at the end of it. I started with teaching Hannah to “target” or touch the ball with her nose or face. Once she did that, I clicked immediately and she gave a few licks of tuna cat food.
That, unfortunately, isn’t going as well, and I think it is partly or perhaps entirely because Hannah, as a nursing mom, has food available to her 24/7, so food isn’t a nifty reward for the right behavior at this point. Toys aren’t a reward yet either, and I don’t think a quick pet is really the jackpot reward you need for clicker training. So we are probably on hold on the clicker training for now.
Hannah and Gracie have been anxious to meet each other, so we did a little of that yesterday. Gracie got to come into the foster room on leash and with my pocket full of treats. She and Hannah did pretty well, with some sniffing mostly, and not a single bark or hiss. Gracie really wanted to play but I thought that was a bit much for Hannah, and amazingly Gracie did nice sits and downs on cue, and with treat rewards, so Hannah could get used to her a little more. But it looks to me like Hannah is going to be fine being adopted in a home that has a dog (with appropriate introduction and get acquainted period, of course!)
That’s the update for now. The kittens are still very stationary, but they are gaining weight, and give them another bit of time and they will start exploring a little more. Right now, I think they have the right idea for our quarantine time…sleep..eat…repeat.