92, 10 May
to kitten behaviour:
20. Just because you're ready to leave home, there's no reason
to stop suckling!
93, 11 May
and Calamity have gone too...
Moon has been crying a bit and looking for her family, but the
grown-ups are comforting her, and now and again she comes to me
for a cuddle. She is following Missie around like a little shadow.
Although I miss them a lot, I know they're getting far more attention
than I can give them now. It's equally difficult for the babies,
but as they never go alone, or to homes where there are no other
cats, the trauma is minimized. 12-14 weeks is the ideal time for
a kitten to move: the mother has really had enough of them by
then, and the kittens are ready for more freedom and new horizons;
they are also at the ideal age for making friends with older cats
without being threatening or feeling threatened by the experience.
I try to make sure, too, that they will go to people who will
cuddle them through their first few nights and not shut them away
until they cry themselves to sleep. A good start now will mean
a happy, confident cat later. I've never heard of problems with
my kittens losing their litter training, which can happen with
a distressed kitten, and that is thanks to good owners.
the first few days are hard for me too, as I miss all the little
special things that each kitten used to do, and suddenly the house
seems very quiet. I stagger the kittens leaving days so that it's
not so sudden for me or the mummy, and this time Octavia Moon
is not going for another couple of weeks. The nursery suddenly
seems very empty though.
May: News from Calamity and Pandora
thought you might appreciate a progress report since the little
monsters have now been with us for the best part of a week. They
have settled in remarkably easily thanks largely to the fact that
there are two of them. They sleep curled up together, and when
they're not asleep they cavort around the house yelling loudly
and getting under our feet.
is no doubt that Calamity is the more adventurous of the two.
She is always the first to explore anything new. Tonight her discovery
has been ice cubes. Is it hygienic to drink gin & tonic when
it's had a cat's paw in it - several times? She also came close
to plunging into Freya's bath this evening.
is easily led. Whatever Calamity discovers she will try out immediately
are both complete trollops whenever anyone comes round to visit.
No stranger gets away without being jumped on, purred at and licked.
It's very difficult to imagine life without them now.
just seem to go from strength to strength. Today they have endured
(as have we all) a birthday party for fifteen three year-olds.
We shut them away in one of the bedrooms (the cats, that is) but
even then they received regular visits from parties of three year
old girls throughout the afternoon and it didn't seem to worry
them. They just sat there holding court. And tonight they are
tearing around the house as usual.
tells me she was blowing up balloons this morning and as fast
as she could blow them up Calamity (well it would be, wouldn't
it) was bursting them. She was quite unconcerned about the bangs
- just seemed a bit surprised that her toy had suddenly disappeared.
now have a conversation gambit which opens with " Well, actually
they're Tonkinese ... " and then we can bore for England
on the subject of our weasles.
photograph will come eventually ..."
But until it does, here are some I took in the garden this weekend
of Octavia (still here!) with other members of the family.