At the risk of boring all of you, here’s a little more about the B Litter. They’re just so darn cute, and at this tender age, there are constant milestones. That slows down in a month or so. But for now, here’s the events and milestones of day 2.
The kittens are sleeping with my snuggle bunny. Gracie slept with that when she first came here as a young puppy, and she was never in her crate without it. Don’t tell her I lent it to the kittens, but she hasn’t used it for a few years now. It is a wonderful transitional piece for kittens without their mom (and puppies without their litter when they go to a forever home.) The babies just love it and constantly cuddle up with it and each other.
Lesson 1 for the day…these little ones can be quite LOUD when they are hungry!!! Can’t believe the volume that comes out of those tiny little bodies when they want their lunch. Mealtimes right now are 7 am, noon, 4 pm, 8 pm, and 2 am. Getting up at 2 am isn’t really fabulous, but I shouldn’t have to do it for more than a week, I suspect.
Milestone: The kittens have learned to latch on to the bottle and suck down their meal very quickly. It always takes a bit of time for kittens to get the hang of this, but they are doing wonderfully now. Maybe on Sunday I will introduce a slurry of KMR (kitten milk replaced) and Mother and Baby Cat Mousse and start teaching them about eating for themselves. That usually takes a bit of time as well!
Milestone: The kittens got their first nail clips today, and their first deworming. I’m not sure they were enamored of either of those, especially the nail trims, but they will get used to them over time! I try trimming kitten nails every couple weeks so they get used to that very young, which makes it easier to keep up for life if adopters chose to do so.
Milestone: We have some litter box usage, both #1 and #2, pee and poop for those who aren’t squeamish! I’m not assisting with potty duties as much today, and they are starting to understand what to do and where. They are, of course, also peeing outside the box, but they will learn. These things take time, but time we have.
Tomorrow, I hope, they will move to a new space, a plexiglass enclosure that will give them more space and freedom and will work until they are able to scale the walls, which is usually about 6-7 weeks old. I need my second foster room for that, and the two residents there will be moving to one of our locations where people can meet them, freeing up the room. Stay tuned for pictures. The plexiglass enclosure is really cool.
That’s the report from day #2. Every day is full of new things for the little ones…so much fun to watch them explore the world. I’ll end with some individual pictures of the three. Not great shots – my phone camera isn’t up to the perpetual motion of the kittens, and those of you who follow me will know that I do at least a little better work than this normally, but I thought you might like to meet each of them briefly. Better pictures to come at a later date!