Big changes happening this week. The kittens – especially the black one (who is not so black anymore…more in a bit) — were about to breach the birthing box, so we had to move on to stage two in the foster room. The birthing box was in a big dog crate (think Labrador size) and it wasn’t safe for the kittens if they climbed over the box, and they are now able to better control their own body temperatures. They still need some warmth and their bed has a self-warming blanket that reflects their body heat back to them, but they don’t need to be in the cat cave/sauna anymore. So…here’s their new enclosure!
They are starting to walk more steadily now, and this gives them a safe place to toddle around in for a few weeks where they can’t get caught under or in anything. They will be getting their first litter box – a pet food box lid – to explore. They are too young for food just yet…two or three more weeks for that introduction.
But I’ll probably introduce some small toys this week and see what they think. I suspect they will end up teaching Amelia about toys – something Amelia seems to have missed in her early life.
So far they are a very healthy bunch, at the top of the weight charts for their age, and the black one is over the top of the chart for three weeks. Speaking of the black one, he is turning gray. Not prematurely gray, but I’ve seen this happen before where a black kitten turns gray. I suspect he is going to be gray all over and maybe a medium haired cat too. The combo will make him hot on the adoption list if so! So far his belly, chest and legs are gray…stay tuned. He is a big boy – already over 400 grams when starting weight for week three is 350 grams.
Our other two kittens are also both over the 350 grams of a three week-old kitten, but not by so much. Still, they are a healthy group. Since Amelia needed a vet visit this week for her eye (which looks very good) the kittens went too, mostly so the vet staff could get a solid dose of cute to start their day. They didn’t get formal exams or anything but the vet looked at them all and thought they were very healthy. And the staff thought they were very cute – they were right!
Here’s the dark grey tiger, whose face I am just in love with. (No I am not keeping her! ) She’s a real sweetheart and the most mellow of the group. She’ll be a good cuddler, I think. You can see that she is much steadier on her feet now. They all hear and see pretty well now too.
And finally, the brown tiger who is very camera shy! He’s absolutely handsome but not about to show it off apparently!
He hates being separated from the group, and is very quick to make a racket. He’ll definitely need to have a kitten or young kitty companion.
And that’s the week three update. So far so good.