Mom went in to feed the kittens the other day and one of the girls slipped by the door and into the airlock (which is why it is there). Upon seeing Ivy and Daiquiri, she did this:
It also makes mom laugh to watch us around the house. Normally we don't snuggle too much with each other. But the top of the bed next to mom's pillow is a prime spot. It is normally taken by the oldest cat in the house: Butterscotch, then Maestro, then Tim then Mozart and now Ivy.
However every once in a while Daiq decides to join her and mom will wake up to this:
With the kittens reliably using the big litter boxes, it was time to take down the bigger panels dividing the room. Mom left the small panels to attempt to block the storage drawers but they came down pretty quickly too.
Morrigan is not sure she approves of more space. They run around more plus she lost her private kitten free zone.
They have discovered toys now too. Everything is fun, but the mylar ball is a favorite.
First, since mom has been working from home.l, the TV tends to be on for background noise. Yesterday morning, there was a zoo show on and Chanel heard a tiger:
In the meantime, the kittens are 4 weeks old today. They were getting more and more active so mom rearranged the foster room a little. Barriers up to keep the kittens out of Morrigan's litter boxes (those have clumping litter in them and kittens are this age eat everything....). Other barriers up to cut the room in half to keep the kittens slightly contained.
A quick word about the Kitty Kasas. A foster we follow on Instagram reported she had a kitten get stuck in the openings in the back. To avoid that, mom took duct tape and covered the openings.
Pretty Morrigan the momma cat
Good news: negative FIV & FeLV test results
The kittens are doing great and are pretty active. They are using the litter box and mom has seen one of the girls eating with her momma. They come running over when mom comes into the room - certainly no issues with friendly momma cat and kittens in this crew. haha
Everyone weighs in just around 15 ounces, so right on track (kittens average about a piubda month). Don't forget the web cams are live and you can find them at the tab near the top of the page.
If you missed it on social media, Morrigan ad the kittens got a trip to the rescue on Saturday. Morrigan needed blood drawn for her FIV/FeLV test (she was very good...waiting to hear results though). The kittens went for a second opinion on genders. Turns out mom was right the first time and we have 3 boys and 2 girls.
The tabby boys are now Herne and Alator.
Have we mentioned this is the "impossible to get picture" stage?
The other boy is the black kitten with the tail light - named Taliesin.
The girls (one has a white locket on her chest so yay!) are Brigid and Danu.
Mom plans to rearrange the foster room a little bit but did give them a litter box to hopefully start using. The plan is to block off the big litter boxes (kittens this age put everything on their mouths and that will keep them away from the clumping litter) and divide the room in half to keep them sort of out of trouble.
It seems like kittens go from blobs to tiny cat creatures overnight. We think it is the ears. Once those pop up to further they look more like real cats. This crew is just starting to get their teeth in as well.