Kicking it with Gunner

No babies, but big belly!

As you can tell, Monkey doesn't like having her tummy photoed. I thought it was really cute how she was purring and rubbing all over Gunner so I took a few photos. I liked the first one so much I had it put on as my desktop photo. :)

January 25, 2009

Monkey and the squirmy aliens

This picture was taken the 18th, she hasn't gotten a whole lot bigger since then. Based on her pregnancy dates, I'm putting the earliest kitten arrival date as tomorrow though I think its much more likely to occur around thursday. I'm actually hoping for them to arrive on Groundhogs day, cause that would be cooler. ;)

Her tummy is firmer and you can see the squirmy aliens getting comfy throughout the day. Her breasts are getting a little bigger as the milk ducts prepare for the all important job of providing for the aliens.

As soon as any make an appearance I'll be sure to take plenty of photos!!!

January 14, 2009

Today is two bellies for the price of one!!

This is a photo of Keera. Do you remember when she first moved in how skinny and weird looking she was??? In just a few short months she has filled out quite a bit. She has medium length fur. I thought she might be long furred when I got her, because she has the FLUFFIEST tail in the world! lol. It only gets super fluffy though when she is startled or off on one of her wild romps around the house. She is very cute and funny.
(Thought I would post a little about her since I've been ignoring her in the blog to focus on Monkey)

And speaking of Monkey.....

This photo was taken moments ago. She no longer lays with her paws tucked under her, she is always off to one side to give her little squirmy ones plenty of room. She has just begun her 42nd day of pregnancy *based on the first day of heat* She could be less days along, its hard to tell since SOMEKITTY had to sneak off for random kitty lovins instead of the planned matrimony with George and was gone for 11 days. Its entirely possible that she was in heat, didn't breed successfully went out of heat and back in again 5-7 days later and only returned home after spending 3 days with a random Mr. Kitty Mclovin. I won't really know until the day of her labor. I plan on staying home for the 10 days surrounding the potential kittens arrival date.

I think based on her tummy lumps, she is going to have an odd number of kittens. One side, when viewed from above her, is definitely bigger then the other. Of course she could have an even number, and just have 1 on one side and 3 on the other. I'm hoping for 3 kittens, but worry we might have more!!!

Hopefully Monkey is in love with the "nesting box" I've prepared. I made up the unusable shower into a nesting area. I have several large sheets in there, a water dish and soon to be an extra litter box in the bathroom. As the date gets closer, I'm going to get a child gate so that once the kittens have arrived, Monkey can have the bathroom be offlimits from Gunner (the dog).

I know he loves to play with all the kitties, but I think until the babies are at least 8 weeks old, he will have to be kept separate from them. I want him to be able to see and smell them and vice versa, but I don't want him to accidentally squish them since he has a rather large fluffy butt.

Jan. 3, 2009

Today, Monkey looks pregnant

I swear its the oddest phenomenon with Monkey. She was like this when I first brought her home. The people who rescued her thought she was pregnant then decided she was just fat. Somedays, she definetly looks pregnant....other days, she doesn't!

She has been sleeping off in different parts of the house a lot more then she use to. She also isn't as playful, rather she enjoys more time cuddling and purring instead of chasing the laser pointer like mad up and down the hall.

When she first decided to take off, she was a very well rounded kitty. Not obese, just pleasantly round. When she came back, she was on the slender side of good health...not emaciated, but not her normal size. The first few days, she packed it back on. I always have a full bowl in the house for the cats to enjoy. Its too hard to try and get several different bowls and make sure everyone gets their fair share....for the most part, the full bowl policy has worked for us. :) So anyway, its still a bit difficult to say for SURE that she is pregnant but based on her first day of heat Dec 2, 2008 ( with the escape on the 3rd, I think) I would say she is probably between 28-31 days along. So its not too much longer and I'll know for sure! If she is not pregnant, I will take her in asap to be spayed. Otherwise will have to wait till after the babies are weaned.

George, who was suppose to be an indoor only cat has decided he likes indoors for about 5 minutes at a time. I don't understand, he has lived outside all his life but is being offered a warm, safe, loving, indoor home and he won't have anything to do with the idea. He calls (loudly) and hoots and hollers all day and night unless you let him come and go as he pleases. :(
As of the last few days, now he only comes up to the house to eat and then takes off on adventures. He stopped letting me pet him, so I wonder whats been going on while he has been out?? I need to get him back inside as he is due for a nueter and shots in a few days! Once that is taken care of, well if its his hearts desire to really be an outdoor kitty I will respect his wishes...but even though he is a beautiful boy, the feral forest population doesn't need another intact tom. The coyotes and mountain lions have been keeping the forested felines populations rather low, a gruesome thing, but nature isn't always beautiful or kind to cats without homes.

I'm just lucky that my outdoor cats know where the safe zones are in our neighborhood and forest and have lived outside for 2 years with no wild animals making off with them. Though the indoor cats that get out do not have the same knowledge or good fortune. :( I still wonder everyday what ever happened to Napoleon. I was watching a video of him and I miss him so much. I hope he was catnapped by a good but misguided samaritan who adopted him and kept him indoors and safe forever.