36, 15 March
have FINALLY persuaded Mudpie to eat meat! I hid some in his porridge
and he was fooled into eating some, and having discovered it he
stuffed himself into a stupor. It's been the most lovely day all
day, and the 'grown-ups' spent a lot of it out in the garden in
their extended run, which now gives them access to the whole garden
as long as I'm around to keep an eye on them.
37, 16 March
went to visit the vet today to have her tail assessed. As she
has normal feeling in it, it isn't distressing her, so the urgency
of amputation is not there. The main reason for removing it is
that the lack of control she has means that there will always
be a danger of it getting caught somewhere. It has developed a
false 'joint', and I have to admit I'm not so sure that amputation
is necessarily essential. In any case it would be better to wait
until she is spayed, when she will be much bigger and stronger
and the anaesthetic will be a safer procedure.
38, 17 March
Cochese has been climbing up onto the window seat in the nursery
for nearly a week, it has taken until today for the others to
get up there. Having found it, though, they went completely nutty,
and demonstrated how little practice it takes for a kitten to
climb a curtain! They're all eating beautifully now, but do have
to be reminded where to find the food each time.
39, 18 March
out under the radiator...
40, 19 March
they get older and bigger it becomes far more difficult to get
photographs of them unless they're asleep. However, they do look
very sweet this way! This is one way of teaching them that carrying
baskets are not nasty things, but something to be associated with
security and mummy. Missie likes it too, as she has a 'cave' to
nurse them in.
are also very lucky to have TWO 'mummies' who love them, even
if only one has milk....
41, 20 March
627, 640, 640, 670 grams. This is good - right in the middle of
what I would expect. My last four litters on the same day have
been 570-632 (4 Tonks); 600-660 (5 Tonks); 614-722 (5 Burmese);
510-642 (8 Tonks). It's reassuring to have the previous weights
to compare, as I tend to get neurotic. Once they're weaned, kittens
can eat a huge amount of food, and they will keep stuffing their
faces for the next 7 weeks - probably 9 weeks of pigging out in
total. And people wonder why pedigree kittens are expensive!
42, 21 March
week, so another rogue's gallery. The time goes so quickly. Tonight
I have to call my list of prospective owners and arrange for visits.
This is one of the most difficult parts of breeding: some people
think that if they appear with money in their hand, then they
can have a kitten - like buying a bed or a new stereo system.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and that sort of owner
is not the sort I will sell to. I love all my babies (as do most
breeders), they're little people whom I've watched and loved from
their first gasp for air right up to the moment they leave, and
I worry about them long after they've left. The only way I can
cope with letting them go is to be sure they are going to a home
where they would get the sort of love and life that I would want
to give them myself. When the visits start, it's as much for me
to assess the families as for the families to choose a kitten.
Saying 'No' is hard, but not as hard as saying 'Yes' and regretting
it for the rest of your life.