Meanwhile in the room just off the bedroom (which we call the Kitten Room) Lola’s kids are getting big and chunky. Lola is eating a lot and it looks like it’s all going directly into the kittens! At only a week old all they do is nurse, sleep, and grow, but boy are they growing!
Nov 12 2018
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Nov 11 2018
Update 1/20/19: Well, we finally got the results back from the New Hampshire Lab (they were really backed up over the holidays). The kittens died from sepsis resulting from an infection. The lab’s theory is that Tribble’s uterus opened early, allowing something in and they were infected in the womb.
The good news is that means Tribble is still okay for breeding. We can also start giving our mamas antibiotics starting ten days before delivery in order to mitigate something like this in the future. We aren’t in love with the idea of medicating a mother unless it’s necessary, but we’re even less in love with losing kittens this way again.
Update 11/17/18: None of Tribble’s kittens have survived. Two more died the next day, but one held on for another week. The last kitten did not make much progress despite supplemental feedings.
We’re awaiting the results of a necropsy on one of the kittens from the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab before we make any decisions on Tribble’s status as mother of future litters. We had already decided to retire Diggy to make space for Max when he is an adult.
Tribble gave birth to seven kittens this weekend. Unfortunately only three have survived. The three kittens are very good eaters and are very mobile. Tribble is being a very attentive first-time mama and will even hold off on eating a bowl of fresh food if the little ones are nursing.
That said, this was probably the hardest and most stressful delivery we’ve had in over ten years of breeding. Tribble gave birth to her first kitten late Saturday morning and her second one an hour later. That’s a little slow for us, but not unheard of. Four hours later we still hadn’t seen a third kitten (even after a shot of Oxytocin) so off to the vet we went. The x-rays confirmed that everything looked fine and another kitten was on the way. The third one came out at the vet and it looked like smooth sailing from there.
A fourth kitten arrived a few hours later, but there was no activity the rest of the night. At this point we were only a little concerned because it was obvious that Tribble is a girl who takes her time delivering. In fact, other breeders have told us stories of girls who took two days to deliver their litters. We set regular alarms through the night so we could check on Tribble’s progress and tried to sleep.
Finally, a little after 6:00AM out came three kittens in quick succession. Two were stillborn and the last one (a surprise, we were only expecting six) was small but lively.
We thought that was the end of it. Five kittens! But over the course of the morning two of the kittens that were born earlier died.
The remaining three kittens (including the smallest) are doing great and we’re obviously keeping an even closer eye than usual on their progress.
We don’t know how other catteries handle communicating about these things. We’ve always felt it was important to be up front about how this works, and sometimes that means talking about bad news. Things like this happen no matter how many heart tests and genetic tests we do, especially with a boy and girl who haven’t been together before: You just don’t know what’s going to happen. Obviously we hope that these three kittens will grow up to be big and beautiful, but this isn’t a breeding we plan to repeat.
All of these kittens are reserved.
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Nov 05 2018
Lola gave birth to three beautiful kittens starting around 3:00AM this morning. This was Lola’s first litter and it went very smoothly. As with many of our mothers she is very protective so we’re taking care not to disturb her too much lest she decide to move the litter out of the nest and under the bed.
That said, this litter was a bit more than two days later than expected. We appreciate the hard work Lola has done with gestation and delivery but once she has settled into motherhood we will have a serious conversation with her about punctuality. I’m sure that she she will take constructive criticism to heart.
All of these kittens are reserved.
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Nov 04 2018
Update: Collette and Harriett have been reserved!
(I’m looking at the title of this post and realize that it sounds like an add for a bad dating website).
Collette and Harriett are fourteen weeks old as of this writing and available now! If you are interested in adopting please fill out a placement application.
People seem to prefer Maine Coon boys. Normally our litters are reserved even before they’re born, but Nikki and Buster’s all-girl litter changed things up. A few people decided to wait for a boy from a later litter.
That’s absolutely fine. People want what they want and it would be a disservice to the kitten and them if we didn’t do our best to allow for the right match. That said, this seems like a good opportunity to talk about Maine Coon girls and why one might be the right cat for you.
- It’s true that boys are bigger, but girls get big, too, especially when they are spayed. Most of our girls grow up to be 10-15 pounds (though there have been some both bigger and smaller). That’s still pretty big compared to other breeds.
- In our experience girls are more likely to be lap cats. They form stronger bonds with their people and become extremely devoted companions. Boys tend to be more gregarious and are chill with everyone, but don’t always form such intense bonds.
- Female Maine Coons are smarter. Boys tend to play the dog-like “I’m dumb and I like everyone” card. Maine Coon girls are very friendly as well, but they tend to be more clever and cat-like.
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Oct 30 2018
In a few weeks Tribble and Diggy will give birth two five or six kittens! Well, Diggy won’t do anything except pace around in the next room. I’m kidding. He’s oblivious.
Five of these kittens are reserved. If you are interested in a kitten please fill out a placement application.
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Oct 25 2018
We’re far too late in publicly announcing the latest addition to our home: Maximus! Max is four months old and comes to us from Elegant Lynx Maine Coons in Connecticut. Someday he will be a proud father, but right now he is just happy to play and hit the cat show circuit.
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Oct 24 2018
Lola will be giving birth to at least three kittens in early November. We were expecting more because she is so huge… but these kittens look huge, too. There could be a couple of kittens hidden behind the poop (and silly us for forgetting to keep her away from food before the x-ray).
Two of these kittens are reserved. If you are interested in a kitten please fill out a placement application.
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Oct 22 2018
The Buddies got their first vaccination today and got to meet the rest of the cattery! Sometimes kittens are a little wary when they meet everyone but these guys are just wandering around and poking their pink noses into everything. The adults are following them around, wondering, “What are these new things?” but the Buddies are completely unperturbed.
Both of these kittens are reserved.
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Sep 15 2018
Nikki and Buster’s all-girl litter means that we have kittens available! People who were hoping for a boy have decided to wait for boys to pop out of one of our other mamas. That means that these lovely ladies are still up for grabs.
If you are interested in adopting please fill out a placement application.
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Sep 15 2018
Good news and bad news. The good news is that the two boys from Starry and Diggy’s litter are thriving. The picture doesn’t do them justice — they are porkers! They love to snuggle up together so we thought we could call them buddies — Buddy Hackett and Buddy Holly, in this case.
The bad news is that the little girl didn’t make it. She was doing fine for a week but then started lagging behind the boys, stopped gaining wait, and didn’t have much of an appetite, even with supplemental feedings. We took her to the vet and the prognosis wasn’t good for her. She passed later that night.
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