Feb 25, 2009

This is a video taken on Tuesday.

If you want to watch the videos when they first go live, I am always adding them on youtube.com feel free to look for username heatherwanderer7 make sure you add just one 7 at the end, or you might find someone else. :)

I'm pretty sleepy, but I wanted to add this video on here for you all. I have a busy day tomorrow with a nurse and bath assistant coming out for Grandma. I'll try to update a little better tomorrow. Maybe just do some still photos of the babies.

Feb 23, 2009

Snuggling in a pile with your family is an important part of being so darn cute!

Video and Pic taken on Sunday, the kittens were 16 days old.

Just wanted to post a quick note to thank everyone who has shared my grief over the loss of Screamarella.

As the kittens are now 17 days old (can you believe its been that long already?) they are still at the age of bobbing heads and mews of extreme loudness. Of course Coonie boy is the best, but Pinkzilla is a close second. They both allow me to pick them up and move them all around with hardly any protests! Little Sister is carrying on Screameralla's legacy and is quite vocal in her princessly duties. I'm still tinkering with her name...so it may change from post to post, but she is the only girl so we should be able to follow along at home...hehe.
A few days ago I noticed that Monkey seemed to be losing weight so I thought I would go and get some kitten formula and supplement the kittens feedings to take some of the strain off of her. She is already on a high calorie kitty food, but still was losing weight. So anyway, I ran out and bought some formula and a bottle and very carefully prepared my first feeding. I thought I would start with Coonie since we get along so well. He went "nom, nom, YUCK!" he spat out the nipple and said nope. So on to the next kitten with similar results. Some wouldn't even try it...with many loud protests involved. I was like well that worked real well. lol

However just when I thought I had thrown away alot of money I happened to reread the container to see if maybe I wasn't mixing it right or that there might be a reason the kittens wouldn't take to it. On the can it says that you can supplement the nursing queen with the formula! So, I mixed in some with Monkey's food and BOY HOWDY! She LOVED it! She wouldn't even let it settle into the dry food. I thought it would make a nice mush she might nibble on...but no, she lapped it all up and was like "OMG, momma where you been hiding this stuff?!?!"

So long story short, kittens hated it...Monkey loved it! I've been mixing it several times a day in with small amounts of her dry food and she eats it all up. She seems to have put some of the weight back on and is doing great. Of course, the kittens are growing and there are still six of them so the calorie intake demand is high. I'm glad I added this to her diet.

It says on the container you can start weaning your kittens at 25 days of age, by mixing in a lot of liquid and little bit of hard food to make it a mush. Its hard to believe since they don't have teeth yet...but I was playing with Coonie who loves to Nom on my fingers and I felt little nubbins along his gum line. Only a few more days and they should have a full set of chompers at this rate!

Feb 21, 2009

This is Raowr's day and so the video is of her instead of the kittens.

Kitten pics and updates will be back on Monday. ;)

Feb 19, 2009

This is a video of my favorite little guy, Coonie.

I don't know why but its taking forever to process, over 2 hours and its only a 4 minute video! I'm going to upload it to youtube and try it that way if this doesn't work.

It never worked on here, so I uploaded it in like 5 minutes on youtube!

Coonie spazzed a little but thats why he is so special!

I also uploaded another video on my other site. This is the second part of that video...this video on this entry. I hope thats not as confusing as I am making it..lol. Watch the video on this other blog, then watch this one...and you'll see what I mean. www.picsfrommylife.blogspot.com

Feb 17, 2009

Kitten Pile

Notice the kitten with its mouth open at the bottom of the pile? That is Screameralla. There is something going on with her and I'm starting to get worried. Last night I was woken up several times to hear a kitten in distress. Monkey had Screameralla in her mouth and was jumping over the gate and taking her down the hall. Then she would bring her back to the nursery. This morning I found Screameralla off by herself away from the other kittens. I put her back in with them, and the whole time she was screaming like crazy. Monkey came over and started grooming her and she didn't calm down, she kept meowing loudly. She has always been the most vocal of the entire litter. So I'm not sure if this is just my imagination that she seems to be even more vocal. Now all the other kittens are climbing on top of her and she still protests loudly, but she wasn't crawling away...and eventually drifted off to sleep. Its something to keep an eye on anyway.

As for the rest of the babies, I am sure there are two girls and five boys. The one with a pink nose is definitely a boy! So henceforth his name shall be Pinkzilla. Ziggy is doing well and everybody who meets him admires his unique tail. Screameralla is a girl and so shall remain Screameralla...lol. There is a boy with a white muzzle, grey nose, and light grey around his eyes. His name is Coonie and I shall keep him I think. He really responds to being petted and lifts his head away from his momma when I come in and leans into my hand when I stroke his little body. So four out of seven have temporary names. There is another one with half grey half white ears and he takes after Screameralla....so I can call him Pharaoh, as he thinks he is in charge and lets you know it! (This one has actually turned out to be the other female, so new name for her in a few days)

About half of the babies have at least some eye showing. Some have both eyes almost fully open, some only have a tiny bit of one eye open and some have tiny bits of both eyes open. I'm hopeful by the next photo day all eyes will be open!

I'll keep you up to date as new names develop and personalities become obvious.

Sad update:

Through out the day I noticed that Monkey would take Screameralla out from the middle of the furball pack and take her to the edge. Every time I would find her far from her littermates I would put her back. Screameralla's tummy was not as full as the rest of the kittens so I must now assume she slowed or even stopped feeding. Monkey would lick her occasionally but for the most part ignored her. Screameralla even stopped her loud meows that were her trademark.

Even when I picked her up and held her she didn't make any more noises, which she has always done from the moment I first held her at just hours old.

This evening when I went in to check on everyone I once again found Screameralla off to the side. Only this time when I picked her up she was cold. She had passed on. I don't know what was wrong with her. She wasn't sneezing, there was no outward signs of any disease. She didn't have any mucus, no difficulty breathing or feeding up until the very end. I can only assume that Monkey knew something was wrong and that is why she put her to the edge of the furball pack. When I finally took her out to bury her, Monkey did sniff her once and try to take her back. But as soon as she lifted her Monkey dropped her back to the ground sniffed her again and then went back in with the rest of the babies. She seemed to know that Screameralla had passed on.

I don't even know what signs to look for to see if there is anything wrong with the rest of the litter. This doesn't seem like a disease, I guess it could be genetic. I don't know. I will keep you all informed if I notice any of the others being taken out of the furball pack by Monkey. I know now that this means they need to go to the vet and maybe they will be able to tell me if something is wrong.

Though Screameralla had only been here about 11 days she made a lasting impression on everybody who held her or who met her. She will be sorely missed.

Feb 15, 2009

Tehya holding two kittens

Close up of kittens

My niece, Tehya, came over today to visit. She loved on all the kittens and held all of them.
My best friend, Karrie, brought over a babygate yesterday so I was able to create a doggie free zone for Momma Monkey to be able to leave the kittens without worrying. Now, she jumps over the gate and back again. She joins us in the living room and knows her babies are safe. I am sure Gunner will get use to the babies, but right now he kind of looks at them like they are squeaky toys.

When I first brought the kittens out, I put the gate away and put Gunner on his leash so we could have them out safely in the living room. He did a great job, but he did feel a little left out. At the end of the visit he got to play chase the ball with Tehya and get petted and loved on too.

But anyway, I first brought out all 7 kittens and put them in a basket. But by the time Tehya and my mom got here...Monkey had taken 5 of the babies back to the nursery! lol. Several times I would take a few back and trade them and get some other kittens. And at first I swear I think Monkey could count! She would be like..."wait a minute I only have 6...where is that other one?" And she would come out the living room and get him or her! So eventually we had to close the door so we could have some petting time without Monkey making off with the babies. They are only 8 days old now, so I can understand that she is very protective. I'm hoping she will get more relaxed and let everyone pet the kittens over time.
Their eyes are just starting to open, not sure if you can see that in these pictures. I'll post some more on Tuesday when they should all have open eyes! :)

Feb 12, 2009

Ziggy didn't want to pose for pictures today...he just turned his head away.

This one is the only one with a pink nose! She just wanted to climb on my hand and forget about pictures too!

Three of the baby kittens now have temporary names, ones that will help me identify them...but that their new parents/owners can change if they want. Ziggy is the one with a little crook in his tail. Screamarella has half white ears and half grey ears. And Peenka is the only one with a pink nose! :) Oooops, turns out Peenka is a boy! So now I have to rename him! Peenko seems odd. I'll have to think extra hard.

Btw, I finally checked out the sex of the whole litter. I am fairly certain that I only have 2 girls and the rest are boys. I'll have to recheck in the next few days. I'll update you all on who is what and everything..lol.

(I know I said I would update every other day, but sometimes you just want to blog extra! Especially when you have such cute subjects to photograph)

Feb 11, 2009

There are seven kittens with their Mommy can you find the hidden one??

This is day 6, and the personalities of the babies is becoming quite clear. There is one with half grey and half white ears, she is the most vocal and is not that happy with being held and petted! She has already decided that, maybe I can change her mind?lol. I am spending extra time each day trying to show her that being petted and cuddled is a good thing. I'm hopeful for her because it makes it alot easier to place her with a good family.

Little Z, Zorro or as I've now taken to calling him Ziggy....was from the moment of his birth easy to hold and cuddle. He cried at first but was always the first kitten to calm down and accept being petted. All of the babies cry very loudly at first when they are picked up. But he calms down within seconds some of the other can take 30 seconds and some take several minutes.

I've always wondered about nature vs nurture and wether that played a major role in which cats I have chosen to take home. I think I am able to pick the one out the litter that is most likely to be compatible with me and my habits...and I spend lots of time with him/her and bond with them.
I just never realized that it was probably their personality...and not the fact that I spent so much time with them...that made them so compatible. Interesting huh?

I really like Ziggy, but I'm trying to not become too attached. However, I will be VERY selective about which home gets to keep him as he is a special little guy who will make an excellent pet that will enjoy lap time and cuddlings.

Feb 09, 2009

Here are photos of some of the babies and one group shot!

I apologize, but the quality isn't that great, cause they were wiggly and upset about being away from momma Monkey.

This is little Z's tail.

Here is a photo of the rest of him

Some of the babies have a tiny bit of grey on their ears

Some have a lot of grey on their ears! and they have wavy fur!

And some have no grey ears and no wavy fur!!!

Here is one with Momma and all the babies!

If you occasionally notice a difference in their sheets, its cause I have two identical sheets. One time it is the tops of two different sheets and the other time its the bottoms of the set! lol What I do is take all the babies and Monkey out, put the fresh clean sheets in and make sure that they are folded enough to prevent any cold getting in from the bottom of the shower. Then I take the old dirty ones and wash them. Here is an interesting and potentially lifesaving tidbit, do not EVER use fabric softener or dryer sheets if you plan to let your kitties or doggies lay on the sheets! Even a tiny bit that gets into their tummies can make them very very sick! And could even kill them!!! So especially with newborns who taste everything, don't use that stuff! Babies are rooting around with their mouths and noses trying to find momma and they could get lots of chemicals that you don't want them to have.

More photos of everyone on Wednesday!!!

Feb 08, 2009

This is a video I just took of the babies. Some of them still have umbilical cords that are dried and rather long. Those will go away in a few days. Enjoy the babies!

Feb 07, 2009

And the picture you've all been waiting for.....

This is Monkey with her seven adorable offspring! They all appear in good health with the first born being the largest of the lot. But they are all fairly close in size. One of the babies has a kinked tail. I'm not sure how much it might straighten as he grows older, but for now I am calling him Zorro, the little z man. All of the babies are white, off white and beige in coloring...its kind of hard to tell for sure. I'm assuming from this that George is the most likely father. All the intact males in the neighborhood are very distinctive in coloring so its fair guess that these will either look like their mom, developing grey snowshoe points as they get older or like their father and developing fire point markings. I can't wait to watch them grow and get wonderful little personalities!
I've had a friend wanting to adopt one already...but he lives in Utah and I'm not sure how to help that happen for him. But we have 8-12 weeks to decide.
I'll try to post every other day, and take lots of photos, so check back frequently!!!

Feb 06, 2009

Just an update to the update

Nope, no babies yet!! That little minx is pretending...then acting normal....its sooooo bizarre!


Monkey has started delivering her babies! About 730 I had some friends over and she was Meowing and carrying on, and coming up to me then running away. Eventually she settled down and I was staring at her when I noticed a decidedly unusual ripple in her tummy. I looked up and said " I think that was a contraction!" So I picked her up and gave her a kiss. Then I carried her to the nesting area again and she seemed content to stay there. I went back out to visit with my friends, and before they left I went in to check and she had had one big white baby at 830. I keep going back to check and she now has 4, yup, FOUR babies. This picture is just taken now at almost 10pm. The whitest one is the first born who is the driest. I'm not sure she is done having babies, and I will take more photos as the babies dry and post them in tomorrow's blog posting.

As of 1130pm, there is now 7 yes you read that right...there are SEVEN little furry white babies. I'm worried that Monkey might be getting to worn out. I just happened to be in there at the right moment, as the last one arrived she didn't start to clean or break the sac...so I took of care, I was able to encourage her to bite through the umbilical...and the boy did start meowing and breathing. I am so hopeful that this is the last baby!!!!

Feb 05, 2009

I think it might be baby time!!! It started about 8 minutes ago at 930. She started getting restless and pacing. I noticed earlier in the day that she had hid in Grandma's closet, which she has never done before. So I chased her out of there and closed up Gran's room so we wouldn't have to worry about that.

I've moved a litter box, food, and water into the master bathroom. I set up a nesting area in the shower a few weeks ago and she has seemed comfortable with it, not preferring it...but not being shy about going in and smelling the clean sheets and looking around.

Anyway, the miracle of life is VERY disgusting...its wonderful...but EWWWW....so I plan on taking photos of the new ones after they are cleaned. I will give continued updates to this posting with photos as they arrive...if its tonight...fingers crossed!!!!
Well, She has been pacing the bathroom but that might be because she isn't use to being confined. She was meowing alot and purring...but its been over an hour and no signs of her straining or pushing. Also no signs of contractions or stress, other then being miffed about not having the run of the house.

I'm going to leave her alone in there for a while and check back on her every 30 minutes to see if we have any babies coming or any signs that she might need to go to a vet.

If I don't update again tonight it will mean that there are no babies born tonight. If I have to take her to the vet, I'll try and post a sentence before we leave. I have the cat carrier all prepared just incase and its lined with a nice soft towel.

Feb 03, 2009

No babies yet!

Tomorrow is the final due date for Monkey. If she has it tomorrow that will mean she was happy with the heat and got babies right away. If she waits awhile longer...it means she went out of heat, ran around with mr Mcfluffyannonnymouse for over a week and that will be the father of her babies.

I'm real worried though, cause she is HUGE! The pictures doesn't do justice to how round her belly has gotten. I'm thinking at least 4 maybe 6 or more!!!! ACK!!!!!!