Pixel moved her kittens out of nest, so it was a good opportunity to update the pictures of her kittens! Their eyes are open and the six of them are doing well (the seventh kitten faded and passed away a few days after birth, unfortunately).
While there is nothing routine about a litter of kittens, we are able to predict certain things the mother and kittens will do. Long before Pixel moved her babies we placed fleece in corners and other places where she might decided to move her kittens. Our planning paid off and the winner was “corner underneath the vintage radio cabinet.”
The usual kitten bundle!
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Starry Night’s kittens are getting big and are very, very cute (though we may be a bit biased). Since Starry Night is named after a post-Impressionist painting, we thought that this litter could be named after post-Impressionist artists. After a little googling we had some names!
Suzanne Valadon (girl)
Pablo Picasso (boy)
Paul Gauguin (boy)
Edvard Munch (boy)
Emily Carr (girl)
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The last of Lola’s kittens went to their forever home today so the main living area of our house feels a little quiet. That will change this week when Queen Sara Saturday’s kittens get their first vaccinations and can emerge from their private room to join the rest of the cattery.
In the meantime, they decided to spontaneously pose just perfectly for a picture on their cat tree. Usually when kittens do something like this I’ll run for my phone and they will have moved on when I get back. This time they just waited patiently for me, and this is the result.
All of these kittens are reserved.
(l-r) Duchess, Baron, Princess, and Countess
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Pixel gave birth to seven lovely kittens last night over the course of three hours. She was a little stressed out but knew exactly what to do and pumped out a kittens at a mostly regular pace. They were popping out every 15-30 minutes. The 6th took about 50 minutes, just long enough for us to get a little worried before we saw the head. (That isn’t actually an especially long time, but when she sets a precedent with the first five you get expectations).
The kittens are all doing fine this morning . Pixel gets very anxious when we take the kittens out for weighing, so we are trying our best not to disturb her. She started to go into labor under the bed before we moved her to the nest and we don’t want her to move the babies.
Even after all this time we’re still learning new tricks. We always drape a fleece over the nest but this time we let it drape most of the way over the opening in the hopes that she’ll consider it a more secure location than under the bed.
Update: A few days after Pixel gave birth one of the kittens started declining and passed away. All of the others are doing well and are very chunky.
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Pixel went to the vet for her X-ray today and she’s going to have seven kittens. She’s a fertile turtle! (Turtles… there’s a theme).
Maximus, the father, was very pleased with his part in this accomplishment and looks forward to the next time. At least, I think so. I was throwing a toy and he was fetching it so it was hard to tell.
Count the skulls
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Starry Night’s kittens have firmly entered what we call the “potato stage.” They are just little, plump potatoes! They are all growing fast and becoming more active. Starry did not want to keep them in the nest but so far they haven’t tried to venture beyond the fleece and the heating pad underneath.
All of these kittens are reserved
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Update: Wilson has been reserved!
Wilson is available! He had been reserved by someone who really wanted a black-and-white kitten but something about another kitten really spoke to them. As we like to say, “The kitten picks you.”
Because of his little goatee we have lots of nicknames for him like , “Jazz Man” and “Hipster Kitten.”
He is very playful (of course, he’s a kitten) but he is also very people-oriented and is turning into a lap kitten. When the kittens got their first vaccinations and were released into our main living area he was the brave one who ventured onto the couch and into our laps early on. Everyone else eventually caught up, but he was the pioneer.
If you are interested in Wilson please fill out a placement application.
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Since Queen Sara Saturday is royalty, we decided that her first litter should stick with that theme. These kids are all doing very well and have easily transitioned to solid food. Also very important: They learned to use the litter box with a minimal period of “thinking outside the box.” Maybe it’s their refined royal manners!
All of these kittens are reserved.
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Starry Night gave birth to five beautiful kittens starting on Thursday, October 3rd at 11:37PM and finishing and hour later at 12:37AM on Friday. The delivery went very smoothly and all of the kittens are doing great.
Maximums, the father, must have sensed something was up. He was hovering outside her door just before just before Starry went into labor.
As always happens with a new litter the mom is making it hard to get good pictures but we’ll post more when she is slightly less protective.
Three of these kittens are reserved.
You want to look at my kittens? Ha!
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We’re very happy to welcome Tigerlily as the latest addition to our home! Lily comes to us from Amerikoons and we can’t thank them enough for allowing her to join our cattery.
Tigerlily is a beautiful and very personable girl who loves snuggling and lap time. We think she’ll make a great mother someday. Until then she gets to enjoy playing with the other kittens in the house, going to cat shows, and expending her very bountiful kitten energy!
I am too cute.
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