Jan 31

Pictures of mobile potatoes

The Bowie litter is growing like gangbusters. A few weeks ago one could fit into the palm of your hand and now they’re each the size of your hand (unless you have really big hands).

The kittens are definitely in what we call “mobile potato” stage. We have a completely unscientific list of growth stages for the kittens, you see.  They start as milk balloons, grow into sausages, then potatoes, then mobile potatoes, and so on. These kittens are just starting to crawl out of the nest, so they are definitely mobile!

We haven’t given these kittens names yet, but here are some pictures!

All of these kittens are reserved!

bowie01 bowie02 bowie03 bowie04 bowie05 bowie06 bowie07 bowie08 bowie09 bowie10 bowie11

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Jan 16

Holy mackerel!

Kitten Cluster!

Kitten Cluster!

Kittens instinctively cluster together for warmth, which inevitably makes for a very cute picture. So, here is the kitten cluster picture for the Bowie litter! The kittens are growing fast and Fiona is being very attentive, as always.

Several of these kittens have a beautiful mackerel pattern.  It’s going to be very interesting to see how they turn out (and a challenge to tell them apart!).

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Jan 14

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Squeaky little things!

Fiona gave birth to six squeaky kittens on Tuesday, January 11th. It was a couple of days earlier than expected, but they were also all a little bigger than normal. Lucky Strike, the father, was not surprised. “Mrrph!”* he said, “They got it from me. I’m never late for anything. Especially dinner.”

Fiona, as usual, is taking excellent care of them while they get on with the whole eating and sleeping and growing thing. This bunch is particularly noisy! If Fiona shifts position of gets up to use the litter box we know it immediately because we hear a chorus of squeaks. Sometimes in the middle of the night we question the wisdom of putting the kitten nest in the bedroom!

For obvious reasons we’ve already decided on a David Bowie naming theme for this litter.

All of these kittens are reserved!

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*No, really, that is the sound he makes. Mrrph.

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Jan 05

Six spines for six kittens

The X-ray says that Fiona will give birth to six kittens late next week! That’s how we’re interpreting it, anyway.

Lucky Strike, the father, had no comment when told the happy news. Well, he did say, “Mrph!” and went back to grooming himself, but that can be interpreted any number of ways. We think it means something like, “What, you doubted my virility? For goodness sake, Fiona looks like she swallowed a basketball.”

All of these little skeletons have been reserved!

Six!

Six!

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Dec 19

Yeah, we’re just gonna be cute now

Jackie’s kittens are getting bigger! They are very curious and outgoing. They’re making great progress on the litter training, too. They are finally finished with that phase where they rub their butts on the floor and leave skidmarks everywhere. The floor ends up looking like a pirate’s treasure map, except the treasure at the end of our map… not so great. Sorry, TMI moment there.

If you’re wondering, these temporary names come from the Warrior Cats novels (http://www.warriorcats.com) at the suggestion of our niece, Julia.

All of these kittens are reserved!

UPDATE: Frostfur is a boy. Really.

Frostfur (girl)

Frostfur (boy)

Bluestar (girl)

Bluestar (girl)

Whitestorm (girl)

Whitestorm (boy)

Graystripe (boy)

Graystripe (boy)

Cinderpelt (girl)

Cinderpelt (girl)

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Nov 22

The Many Moods of Kittens

Jackie’s kittens are starting to get a little more mobile. We are fairly sure that there are three boys and two girls, but we’re going to wait a little longer to say which is which and make sure we have it right. It’s all a little fuzzy. Ha!

Meanwhile, we took the kittens out of the nest for a bit to take photos. They were squirmy and uncooperative as kittens normally are at this stage. We decided to ask them, “How do you feel about this little photography adventure?”

"I feel... chipper."

“I feel… chipper.”

"I feel... bemused."

“I feel… sleepy.”

"I feel... confused."

“I feel… determined.”

"I feel... sleepy."

“I feel… like I am never going to look right at the camera.”

"I feel... desperate."

“I feel… like I am never going to stop sniffing this fleece. What fabric softener do you use?”

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Nov 13

Snuggling up

Keeping warm

Keeping warm

Here are Jackie Blue’s kittens all lined up in a row. They do this on their own (around here was call it the “Kitten Cluster”). Kittens can’t regulate their body temperature on their own for about three weeks, so they instinctively huddle together, or next to Mom. Jackie’s warm milk helps, too (and we have a heating pad under there as well).

All kittens in this litter are reserved!

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Nov 10

Afternoon delight

I'm tired. Leave me alone.

I’m tired. Leave me alone.

Jackie gave birth to five big kittens this afternoon! She is a bit worn out (delivery took almost four hours) but everyone is doing fine. More pictures to come!

All kittens from this litter are reserved.

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Nov 03

Five or Six!

Kittens!

Kittens!

It looks like Jackie Blue will be giving birth to five or six kittens next week. Definitely five, but we think there is another one partially obscured by the poo.

At Last Cats: Your best source for poo-filled kitten x-rays. Accept no substitutes.

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Oct 29

Miss Belleh

Something is kicking in there!

Jackie Blue will be getting X-rayed next week and then we’ll know how many kittens to expect.  In the meantime, here she is showing off her big kitten belly!

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