~ These kittens have gone to their forever homes. ~
Fenya's Kitten Diary Fall 2012

This reads from the bottom up. New entries are added at the top so its easy to follow as they grow.

The music used on this page is Let Them Be Little by Billy Dean 
These kittens are the progeny of our sire Polo and dam Fenya 

Update information from owners will be added to our "Where Are They Now" page.

Closing Stats

#1 Parsley is keeping the name Parsley and lives in Douglas, MA with a houseful of visiting grandchildren to play with.

#2 Sage  is keeping the name Sage and lives in Marlborough, MA with her new family of Siamese.

#3 Rosemary is now Latte and lives in Danvers, MA  with her her brother Thyme (Mocha). 

#3 Thyme is now Mocha and lives in Danvers, MA  with his sister Rosemary (Latte).

      Mocha and Latte's family runs the Kitty Kamp feline boarding facility.

November 16th - twelve weeks old - We sent Parsley home last night. Her family bought her some crinkle balls after reading that she tried to steal Thyme & Rosemary's out of their carrier. It was a great enticement for her to climb into her own carrier. After she left Sage ran around and called for her. I put a fur mouse on the wand and played with her until she was tired. This morning She called for her sister again and looked for her, then accepted she is no longer here. She and momma wrestled and played together. Its interesting how they accept change so quickly when they are little. Its becomes much more difficult when they are older. We expect Sage to go home this weekend so I'm going to close the diary with today's entry and final photos. We are going to miss these kittens each one is so sweet and special.  We know they have all gone to Siamese trained owners and will be well loved.

Parsley & Sage

Trying to get a photo with eyes open, lol... They blink in time with the flash.

Parsley - 12 weeks of age

Sage - 12 weeks of age


November 12th - Sage and Parsley are doing well without their siblings. At first Parsley was a bit scared of the change but she adjusted. Today she figured out she can jump up on the chairs to get up on the tables and island. I'm spending my day telling her no and setting her down on the floor, lol. Yesterday Sage seemed like she was going to be the leader of the two but today Parsley's new level of exploration has her leading Sage. 

Denise let us know that Rosemary (Latte) and Thyme (Mocha) adjusted fine with their move. She reports they are very affectionate and loving. They snuggled up in bed their first night and didn't miss momma at all..

Parsley, Got you bug.

His antenna poked my nose.

You can't see me Parsley.

Sage

Sage


November 10th -  Rosemary and Thyme's family came to pick them up this morning. The kittens were at the window watching for them, lol. They loved their travel carrier, even Sage and Parsley liked it. Parsley went inside and picked up a crinkle ball and ran off to hide it under my desk. Thyme found a fur ball he played with then one of the seals pick it up and ran off with it too, lol. Rosemary gave me a few last kisses and off they went to their new home.

 Rosemary & Thyme waiting and watching for their family to arrive...

...and being easily distracted by Sage, lol

Sage, Nothing in here but us toys.

Parsley, Come on out toy and play with me


November 9th - eleven weeks old - When putting together the kittens folders I realized I hadn't posted their weights on the day they had surgery. Thyme was 3.37 lbs, Rosemary 3.31lbs, and Parsley 3.19 lbs. Sage didn't get weighed since she stayed home. Sage was so cute that morning, she called for her siblings and when she realized they were gone she puffed her fur and hunkered down in her bed. She was upset they left her. I've noticed since their return she has been snuggled with each one during nap times, grooms them, and spends extra time with momma. I'm going to try to send Thyme and Rosemary home and keep Parsley and Sage a few more days for them to adjust a bit before they go home. Thyme just loves watching my monitor when I work at my computer. I opened some kitty entertainment videos on youtube and he loves fish. Not as keen on birds and squirrels though, lol. I made a video of him fishing on his favorite video. Rosemary joins him and she is smart, she looks to see where the fish have gone when they swim off the side of the monitor, lol. Parsley's little swelling remains solid and stable. The kittens are becoming very affectionate and people seeking. They are showing they are ready to bond with their owners and leave momma.

Parsley - 11 weeks of age

Sage - 11 weeks of age

Rosemary - 11 weeks of age

Thyme - 11 weeks of age

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Thyme gives Sage hugs after Sage gave Thyme a bath and cleaned his ears, lol.


November 7th - The kittens are doing very well post surgery. All their incisions look great. Parsley has a little bit of a bump where her muscle wall sutures are. This is a pretty common reaction on kittens that come home too active. This swelling will resolve itself with healing time. We are watching it to make sure the sutures hold. I went and got a hair cut today and when I got home all the kittens were very curious and wanted to smell my hair. Thyme was very skeptical of me. I don't think he liked that I didn't smell like me, lol.

Thyme waking up from naptime.

Parsley, Rosemary, & Sage waking up.


November 5th - Up before the sun this morning because today is alter surgery day. My husband took Parsley, Rosemary, & Thyme to the animal hospital early. Sage was marked last night with her green color so no mistake would be made when the kittens were loaded into their carrier this morning.

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Sage's siblings keep her occupied and out of trouble. With them away Sage gets into mischief. 

Not to worry the stems in this vase are silk and plastic.

Momma watching Sage play with minky on the stairs

Uh oh. momma's not watching....

Did she see me?

Gotta check this out...

...and this too.

The hospital kittens arrived home at 4:00 pm. They ran around the room then started rubbing their bodies on the rug and scratching the scratching post. Parsley was in fast forward darting about. Once she settled she spent all her time cleaning her fur. Rosemary found the fur thing and started growling and playing mighty hunter with it, lol.  When she was distracted Thyme took it over and he started growling. Both Parsley and Thyme tried to nurse but momma would not allow it. They all ate dinner and the girls curled up for a nap. Thyme keeps coming to me and purring, lol. He has no clue he had surgery. All three kittens have pain meds on board that will last three days to get them past the worst of it. I just took him into momma and she is allowing him to nurse a little as he falls asleep.

Parsley's incision - this may look big but remember kittens in these photos give the appearance of being larger then they really are, lol

Rosemary's incision. Its not really a zig zag incision. It looks like that because of the skin glue......look Ma no stitches!

Parsley working on cleaning her beautiful fur 

Rosemary and Thyme with their fur thing

Photo taken last night of Thyme fascinated by a new video of grandpa Balor on his walk.


November 3rd -

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Parsley practicing to be a good momma cleaning Thyme's ears

Thyme & Sage with Rosemary nursing in the background

Parsley working hard helping me with the diary update, lol.


November 2nd - ten weeks old - All the kittens are starting to talk to me with little meows. They are showing signs of wanting to bond. I see this most in Parsley and Rosemary right now. Parsley is spending lots of time sitting with me at my desk and watching my face closely. She likes to watch me when I talk to her almost like she is learning what I am saying, lol. Rosemary will do this too but she likes to get her two cents into the conversation.

Parsley was so sweet yesterday. I came into my desk after nap time and she stayed with me, crawling onto my lap. She purred and rubbed against me, walking in circles on my lap. Then she went up my right arm onto my shoulder. She rubbed her muzzle all around my neck then came down my left arm onto my lap again. So sweet to be so loved on....or was she just trying to find the new baked cookies I smell of?  This could be the beginning of a Christmas cookie baking elf.

I've noticed over the past couple weeks that Sage has become more of a momma's girl. When Fenya was walking through the house calling, Sage would run to her and sashay beside her meowing back to her. It is really cute the way she struts just like momma, like Fen's mini me or shadow. There is something about Sage I really like. She is composed and elegant. An Audrey Hepburn sort of presence. She doesn't seem to have the same frenetic way about her the other kittens have. She doesn't seem to be as easily spooked anymore. Today a service man came to the door and I invited him into the entry hall. Sage sat on the rug in the living room in full view. She didn't run for cover like she used to.

Whenever I come in a greet Rosemary whether its in the morning or after nap time she always waits to talk to me and give me a kiss before she runs off to play. I've made a video clip of her giving me kisses that I will add tomorrow.

Thyme is so funny when I try to kiss him like his sister he leans his head away from me like I have girl cooties, lol, but he is still first kitten into my lap and competes with the other kittens for "his" space.

Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, & Parsley

Parsley gives Sage a bath and ....

Sage returns the favor

Rosemary and Thyme takes his bath

Thyme

Thyme, Parsley, & Sage...Rosemary was on the couch and I made the video clip of her for posting tomorrow.


October 31st - Happy Halloween Lots of tricks here today. Everyone got puffed up, even momma, when Rose found a post it note upstairs and went flying through the house with her treasure. lol. After the big storm I thought about Dorthy, Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion for Halloween costumes but then I realized they already have masks on (oh my). They are all dressed as witches familiars and they have many magical powers that effect the heart. Although the standard chant is trick or treat their favored one is...

Treat or Treat

Momma Fenya, Thyme, & Sage

Thyme nursing, Parsley, Rosemary and Sage


October 30th - The kittens surgery that was scheduled for Monday was rescheduled to next Monday because of the hurricane. We faired really well through the storm. We never lost power but the town next to us is blacked out and they are saying it will be out all week. We were very lucky. I've started to give the kittens little pieces of treats to help them learn how to accept treats without biting fingers. I know there are some children who will love giving treats to Parsley and I want her to learn the difference between food and fingers. Rosemary is the one having the hardest time with this lesson. When they all get treats they get competitive and sort of go into a feeding frenzy, lol. Thyme and Parsley have turned into little kitchen vacuums. I have found them trolling the floor for crumbs several times now. We put the mylar sparkler onto the wand for some very excited play time. It sounds more like rain and helped the kittens to be comfortable during the storm.

Rosemary sticking her tongue out at her brother before jumping him, lol

Storms over...did you see that deer run past?

Sage

Thyme and Sage

Parsley

Sage and Thyme

Back to front - Sage, Thyme, and Rosemary

I think this is Rosemary based on the lighter fun under her eye.

Help the sofa is eating me.

Sage

Trying to get all four into one photo doesn't work well at all, lol

Parsley

Yes, I meant to slide down behind this pillow.

Rosemary, Parsley and Sage

Sleepy Thyme


October 27th - This video clip is of a kitten nursing. They don't get any milk. There hasn't been any for a couple of weeks now but they all nurse as part of their emotional development. This is why they don't go home at 8 or 9 weeks of age. They still need momma a little bit. Fenya has just entered her second estrus since giving birth.

Lower your blood pressure and enjoy biscuits and purrs with Momma, lol

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Emma, What are YOU doing in our bed?

Thyme nursing, Sage sleeping

Rosemary

And Parsley


October 26th - nine weeks old

Sage 9 weeks of age

Parsley 9 weeks of age

Parsley

Rosemary 9 weeks of age

Thyme 9 weeks of age

Rosemary with her arm around Thyme, and Sage

Parsley

Parsley, "Looks like you lost your whiskers too raccoon "

Thyme & Parsley

Parsley & Sage

Thyme

Parsley & Rosemary

Sage


October 25th - We had turkey cutlets for dinner so the kittens got their first taste of turkey. The seals all are gobblers but Parsley wants her treat to last longer. She licks and licks her pieces. They have all started running up and down the stairs to play.

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October 23rd -  Today the kittens went for their first Vet exam and vaccinations. They traveled quietly in the car. Robin the Vet tech laughed at how close they all are in weight and Dr. Schaefer said they are such nice big kittens.  All the kittens passed their exams and got the strong and healthy approval. They were all quite when they got the shots. The only complaint came when I put Rosemary back in the carrier, she wanted to stay out and visit, lol.  Both she and Thyme kept standing up an peeping out of the carrier after they were done. Robin kept pointing and saying, "Look, look", lol. Dr. Manley got a hold of Parsley and kept her until we were ready to leave. She said she needed to hold a kitten, lol. They have been resting today as their bodies make antibodies from their vaccinations.
Today's weights:

Parsley      2 lbs 10.5 ounces

Sage         2 lbs 11.5 ounces

Rosemary 2 lbs 11.5 ounces

Thyme      2 lbs 12 ounces

Sage, Parsley, and Thyme waiting their turn

Parsley and Dr. Manley

Parsley

Sage

Rosemary

Thyme

Yawning Rosemary with Parsley and Thyme

Yawning Parsley

Yawning Thyme, lol

Sage, Thyme and Parsley resting

Rosemary & Thyme

Resting with Momma

Parsley sleeping

Sage sleeping

Thyme


October 21st - The kittens have figured out how to get up onto my desk on their own. They have taken over the top, lol. I had to clean my desk off or they push all the papers off onto the floor. That's okay by me most of my desk is usually covered by cat beds anyway. :) We may have to start calling Parsley Amelia, she has started leaping off high perches. She thinks she can fly.  Sage has picked my daughter as her special person...and I think its mutual, lol. My daughter was telling me today about what a sweet kitty Sage is and what a good model she is. She swears Sage knows and understands what a camera is. She said every time Sage saw the camera she would stop moving and pose. lol  Here are a few of her photos of Sage.

Sage

This is either Thyme or Rosemary and I put the kitten up here for the photo.


October 20th - Parsley's owner came to visit today and brought her daughter and grand daughters with her. This was the first visit the kittens have had with children. Parsley wasn't so sure about them at first but the girls were so good that she came around and played. Sage was asleep behind the sofa, Rosemary and Thyme played too until Thyme left to join Sage in a nap, then Rosemary too left. Parsley stayed the whole visit and I think she is very happy with her new family. She loves to play and grandchildren will be great friends for her. 

Napping in my sunny office.

Sage was the first to climb up to the top of the cat tree. That's her on top with one of the seals. I'm sorry I can't tell who, lol. Momma's in the tube and Parsley and the other seal are on the lower perch.

October 19th - eight weeks old - My husband was gone this week and just got home. He said he can see how much the kittens have grown. I wondered if they were in a growth period as they have been sleeping for longer stretches of time.

Parsley

Parsley has found a spot on the sofa she likes to sit on by herself. She is content and falls asleep there. Unexpected noises still spook her. I suspect she will always have a quick startle reaction. She loves to have her head rubbed and will rub her face herself on surfaces to make them her own, lol She also loves playing with Da Bird and just about anything that moves.

Parsley 8 weeks of age

The Zen of squirrel watching

I like this one because she looks so much like her daddy

and the Parsley bear

Parsley & Rosemary


Sage

Sage is a daredevil. I think it is because she doesn't want to take the time to figure out the best way to do something. She just wants to do it NOW, lol. This morning she jumped from the 4th stair up through the rails. Not a high jump she makes a jump of similar height from the cat tree. This morning her jump when awry and she smacked her nose into the carpet hard enough to make both her eyes water. Poor baby she went running and shaking her head. I scooped her up and wiped her eyes and gave her kisses. She recovered quickly. :) She also climbs down from the top perch head first, lol. Last night she climbed into my lap and kept looking up at me. Those soulful Siamese eyes reaching into my heart. She is sweet and unique.

Sage 8 weeks of age

Sage's tummy, lol

I'm snuggling with Meowmy, sigh of content

Meowmy, I was here first!

Pawlease, This is just so unfair.


Rosemary

Rosemary is a lap snuggler and has started giving me kisses, lol, her rough tongue is tough on the lips. She is a good match to Thyme as they have the same activity level and enjoy wrestling together. They often race through the house and end rolling into a wrestling match. This week she is the gentler of the two. I suspect they will continue to switch back and forth on who is the leader. She has some very unique coloring in her eyes right now. I've been using it to tell if a photo is her or her brother, lol. She also falls asleep in my hand on my shoulder, too sweet.

Rosemary 8 weeks of age

As the kittens eyes develop it is normal to see changes occuring in the color in their eyes. 

The uniqueness in Rosemary's is how distinct the wide circle of dark blue contrasts with the lighter blue center.

This lap is Mine, Mine, all Mine, ahahahahaha


Thyme

Thyme is Rosemary's matching bookend, lol. They are always together. This week he is being a bit of a bully making everyone cry out when he bites too hard. I'm working with him as are his siblings to teach him not to bite so hard. Even momma is working with him, holding him and biting him back, lol.  He's really pretty gentle with me but I think he's getting lost in his enthusiasm when playing with his siblings. He is still the first to crawl into my lap. Definitely a people cat.

Thyme 8 weeks of age

Fenya & Sage

Fenya, Sage, & Thyme


October 18th - I'm working on the photos for a big update. Here is a video of clips of the kittens playing to tide you over until tomorrow.

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Nursing  in the sun (no milk, just comfort) and purring up a storm


October 16th - Rosemary and Thyme have switched rolls this week. Now she is the sweet snuggle kitty and he is the attack crazed demon, lol

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October 13th -14th - This weekend Thyme and Rosemary had a nice visit with their family. The kittens do so may sweet and wonderful things I wish I had photos of those moments to share. When I have the camera of course they don't want to cooperate, lol. They are just too busy playing. Sunday I found the three seals asleep in the ottoman bed with momma and when I went looking for Parsley I found her asleep in a nest with Magi. Fenya has cycled into estrus and is calling but the kittens don't even seem to notice her calls.

Parsley & Mags

 Parsley & Sage

Rosemary & Parsley

Rosemary, Parsley, and Momma Fen

Thyme

Rosemary

Thyme

Sage & Parsley

Sage, No I'm not waking up for photos.

Sage

These next photos are of Thyme & Rosemary


October 12th - seven weeks old - Another rainy dreary day good for napping, growing, and running around like a wild child, lol. Even Momma Fenya was getting fed up with all the action. She was grabbing kittens and putting them in time out by holding a back leg in her mouth, lol, and it works. She is teaching them not to go too crazy with playtime. Even with them bouncing all over the room they are playing nicely with the house and our furnishings. They are good kittens full of kitten energy. :) Unfortunately dreary days make for poor photos. I'm really sorry for the washed out quality of the eye color. We will work on getting some sunny faced birthday shot for truer color. 

Thyme and Rosemary

Thyme

Thyme & Rosemary...I have a lot of these, lol

They love to wrestle together

I would get a kitten all lined up, this is Thyme, then pull the toy away to get a face shot and he or she would turn quickly before the camera shutter could click

This is Rose...I have a bunch of these too, roflol.  Paw in the air turning to leap away.

Rosemary?

This is Thyme...see the dark fur on his abdomen. His up-tuck is not tight. He has a small poochy belly and because the skin id not tight up against his muscle the skin temperature is cooler causing the fur to be darker just like on his points.

Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Rosemary, has a little poochy belly too. +I couldn't get a photo of her face. She always has it planted into a toy or her brother, lol.

We have to settle for this rather crazed looking one, lol... silly Rosemary

Thyme

Thyme or Rosemary?


October 11th - We had a visit from a Siamese breeder today. She picked out Sage to be a new queen in her cattery. We are working with her to bring a new line into our breeding program in the near future. I had her take a look at Parsley and tell me what color she felt Parsley was. She confirmed what I've been thinking. Parsley is turning chocolate. Each week her nose fur has gotten a little richer in color. I think she has passed the point of being lilac. Parsley is a slow to develop chocolate point.

Parsley

I tried to get some photos of the kittens playing in the sun this morning but all I got was a lot of photos that look like this...

...they are in super fast play mode, lol.

Rose challenging the Great White....frog

Can we help decorate for fall?

Oh Man, even Meowmy's socks tell us to behave. They say No Nonsense!

 

Napping and waiting for our visitor

Hmmm I might need to order some cat toys from this Cat-a-log pile.

Sage playing king of the basket. When she got down....

Parsley got up and leapt off onto Sage. lol

Sage parked on the sofa back

Hanging out behind the sofa....

....i-pawing. Don't tell PawPaw.


October 10th - This morning I turned on the big screen TV and placed Sage on my lap for some lovin'. She sat up tall and watched the TV, lol. The video below features Parsley, Sage and Rosemary. My daughter was playing with Da Bird when Parsley chirruped at it. So cute. She kept teasing them trying to get them to do it again. They were too smart to fall for her baiting, lol.

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October 9th - Now that the kittens all weigh over 2 pounds this will be our last weigh in.

bi-weekly weigh in...... 

Parsley is 2 lb. 2 ounces = 968 grams - up 78  grams

Sage is 2 lb. 1.25  ounces = 947 grams - up 82 grams

Rosemary is 2 lb. .75 ounces = 932 grams - up 85 grams

Thyme is 2 lb. 2.75 ounces = 989 grams - up  85 grams

Thyme and Sage drinking out of the big bowl

Magi moved to the kitchen cat tree and relinquished the nest behind the corner sofa to the kittens.

Thyme who is on standing on the bolster likes to sit just off to the left on the heat register.

Parsley

Rosemary with the camera strap

Thyme standing with Rosemary

Rosemary winding up to throw and invisible frisbee

Parsley trying to get maximum height so she can get the bird

Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme and Sage


October 7th -

Rosemary asleep on my lap while I work on the diary

Parsley


October 6th (pm) - I was able to get photos of everyone today except Parsley. I got one just before she curled up to sleep, lol. I'll get some more of her tomorrow.
Parsley

Sleepy Parsley

Sage, "Sorry Meowmy, she won't wake up."


Sage


Rosemary


Thyme


October 5th - six week old& 6th - Last night Sage found the fur thing toy and also found her inner lion. She had it in her mouth and started growling. This totally freaked out her siblings who ran for the cover of the sofa. Their running freaked her out and she ran after them, lol She came back out with her catch and thoroughly enjoyed her new found "power of the growl". Rosemary now sees her with more respect and approaches her less aggressively. It made such a different in Sage's body language. At one point, no longer with the fur thing, she was strutting around the room with her tail held high, very proud and strong. She is still the first to flee if something unexpected happens but she has much more confidence....and Rosemary has a little less, which is a good thing she was becoming quite the beast, lol. Their weights are nice and consistent. Nobody really stands out as larger or smaller. I feel I can tell them apart in person and when I take photos I think I will know who is who but then I see the photos and its all gone, lol. In person my brain must be able to pick out the subtle differences but in photos those differences are not as apparent. They are a beautiful litter. We are starting to see their bodies growing to match the size of their heads,  becoming more elegantly balanced. They are losing the bobble headed toddler look.  I especially noticed the elegance of Parsley and Sage last night. Parsley is now hauling toys too. That means everyone can hoard their secret stash now, lol

This morning someone had tracked soil into the hall and I swept it into a little pile to the side of the door. When the kittens came out of my office to play Parsley tried to eat it when she walked past, lol. Rosemary came happily prancing along and stepped right into it. The look on her face was priceless. She has never encountered the deadly dirt pile before. She picked up her paw and immediately puffed up. She very gingerly began walking backwards back into the office, turned and ran to the cat tree. Poor dear, she recovered but I hugged her anyway and brought her out to play in the living room. 

bi-weekly weigh in...... 

Parsley is 1 lb. 15.25 ounces = 890 grams - up 75  grams

Sage is 1 lb. 14.4  ounces = 865 grams - up 57 grams

Rosemary is 1 lb. 13.75 ounces = 847 grams - up 78 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. 15.75 ounces = 904 grams - up  64 grams

I'm trying to get them to come into the dining room where the light is better for good eye color, to get birthday photos. I'm sorry I don't have more good birthday photos for today. I'm working on it and will add them.

Given the fullness of the mask, I think this is Sage.

Sage 6 weeks of age

Looking at the eyes I think this is Thyme? Rosemary has a shorter muzzle but without them both in the photo to compare I'm not completely sure, lol

Parsley

Sage growling with her fur thing

Rosemary tucked safely away from the growler between the sofa sections

Momma coming to see what the growling is about

Got you mouse

left to right - Parsley, Rosemary, & Thyme

October 4th - I'm having a fun time learning about these kittens. I normally start playing with moving toys by keeping them on the floor and dragging them. Its less intimidating to inexperienced babies. Sage was uncomfortable with this technique. Her favorite toy is a fur mouse. She  picks them up and plays with them, carries them by their tails, lol. I discovered last night that she loves feather toys in the air. She was captivated when I wagged the feather wand above her head. She jumped up to grab it. She is gaining confidence daily and now that I know what she likes I'm sure she will move past that discomfort of ground floor moving toys. Her behavior still reflects that she is lowest kitten in the dominance order. She is trying to challenge herself and the other kittens but she is just not as aggressive as the leading kittens. I believe when she gets out from under Rosemary's influence she will come into her own.

Here is a video of her playing and Rosemary joins her. You can see Sage is taken aback then she sneaks up from behind to attack Rosemary in play, lol. Her confidence is growning. Also a second video of the seals playing. Parsley was sleeping.

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I'm having a hard time telling Rosemary from Thyme. Usually the kitten being the most crazy, zooming at high speed, making quick turns, and hauling toys, means its Rosemary. She has turned into a toy hog. Thyme is more of a gentleman. He was the first kitten to pick up the feather wand and run off with it. Once Rosemary saw this she decided all the feather toys were hers, lol. The first time she ran off with one she growled the whole time it was in her mouth. She ran behind the sofa with it. The growling freaked all the kittens out. They ran to her. The closer they got the more she growled, and the more she growled the closer they wanted to get to see what was up. lol. I had to get out a loose bird just for her so we could actually play with Da Bird. She has started crawling up into my lap much to Thyme's dismay. She may surpass him yet as leader of the pack.

The kittens love to under, run between, and behind the sofa sections. Momma gets some licks in as Parsley pops out.

Sage & Rosemary - You can see that Sage has more color coming into her mask. Her body fur looks duskier too.

Up on top the tube

Parsley

Parsley & Sage

 

Rose trying to haul off the bird

Rosemary & Sage

Sage, " That Rosemary is sooo bossy and always taking all my toys."

Sage

Sage with her mouse

Parsley & ?

Rosemary & Sage

Thyme or Rosemary?

That's Rosemary on her back with her paw in Thymes ear. Parsley in back and Sage in front of Parsley.


October 2nd

bi-weekly weigh in...... 

Parsley is 1 lb. 12.6 ounces = 815 grams - up 103  grams

Sage is 1 lb. 12.4  ounces = 808 grams - up 92.5 grams

Rosemary is 1 lb. 11 ounces = 769 grams - up 92.5 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. 13.5 ounces = 839.9 grams - up  107 grams


October 1st - The kittens spent the weekend playing hide and seek and learning to climb the cat tree they found in the living room. They no longer listen to their momma, lol. She calls them to come out to play, then calls them to come back to eat, use the litter box and nap. They don't run to her anymore, poor Momma Fenya. I help her by picking them up and bringing them back for her. We were watching Fenya closely this weekend. On Saturday morning I noticed she was licking herself and she seemed disturbed by her circumstance.  Keva was famous for dripping milk all over the house when her kittens started weaning so I though maybe this was what was distressing her.  I checked Fen's tummy and she had a very engorged mammary gland.  It was warm and she was irritating it by licking it. All the others were empty.  If they were not eating enough we would expect to see the same level of extra milk across all the glands being used. I watched the kittens to see if they were nursing on it. They kept picking the empty nipples. I was beginning to worry about possible mastitis (infection). Was she not allowing them to nurse on it?  I then saw Rosemary try to nurse. She would suck three times then pop off looking dissatisfied and try again. After three or four attempts she gave up and switched nipples.  I began using warm compresses on it to help with the engorgement. Its possible it became clogged. Happily Sunday afternoon it was back to normal. Birthday photos and a couple of videos from the weekend.

 

Parsley
Parsley is so sweet. She hangs relaxed when I pick her up. As they lean how not to bite hard she really doesn't like being bullied by her siblings. She can give as good as she gets but I sense that she is a gentle cat. She doesn't want to have them play rough with her. She loves having her head and cheeks rubbed. She's very attracted to movement and rattley noise, can't resist it. Her desire to chase it over powers her cautious nature. I rarely find her alone anymore. 

5 weeks of age


Sage

Sage has started to find her own drummer. She is no longer part of the seal pack. I often find her sleeping on her own now. When Thyme and Rosemary run off to the living room. Sage and Parsley have hung back. They were happy to stay and play in the office. Eventually Parsley comes too and we've been bringing Sage out. This afternoon Sage and Thyme ran off to the living room without any coaxing.  Sage and Thyme are playing in there while Rosemary and Parsley are playing at my feet.  It may be the new found expanse in territory had unsettled Sage and she needed time to become comfortable with it. Her eyes seem so much wiser then her age when she looks at me.

5 weeks of age


Rosemary

Rosemary is full of life and full of herself, lol. She is bigger then her size in all ways. She loves to wrestle and fight and demands the others respect her. I think Thyme, who is top cat, just laughs at her. She is definitely his right hand man. She is full of spunk and is sweet, gentle, and loving too. She often fools me into thinking she is Thyme or Sage when she crawls into my lap. I just love to scoop her up and give her kisses or roll her over and rub her tummy.

5 weeks of age

I CAN fit in here

I don't care my fur is mussed, pretty is for wusses


Thyme

Thyme is a calm and confident boy. Nothing ruffles him. He knows what he wants to do and does it. He loves to crawl into my lap and fall asleep. Am I really that boring?  I often find him at my feet looking up at me. Rosemary is always trying to intimidate him but he just calmly goes along. It reminds me of a big brother holding the little one, on the head, at arms length and yawning, lol. He likes all his siblings and is a good play companion to them all. He's a gentle kitty and never bites me too hard. More often he licks my fingers.

5 weeks of age

I'm supposed to be in your lap! Tell Rosemary to get out.

In this video at 1:16 Rosemary makes a snap noise with her mouth. The kittens have been doing this as a sign of power and its pretty funny. Not a hiss just a snap.

 

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Thyme, "Somebody said we have big heads...I say its not the camera....we need big heads for our big Siamese intelligence."

"Janet my butt can look as big as my head and that is the camera ", lol


September 30th - Momma Fenya's mask is showing speckles from the birth. Siamese point color is temperature sensitive so when her core temp went up during delivery her developing hairs received lighter pigment. They have now gown to where we can see it. Her mask will return to its dark color as time passes.

After I took this photo Parsley, who is on top, rolled off the side, lol

Sage

Sage

Sage

Under the coffee table, a perfectly good, clean, bed ...empty 

Under my desk


September 28th - five weeks old - Today was a dark and rainy day so I didn't even try for nice birthday photos. I'll try to get some this weekend.

 I opened the doors last night and allowed the kittens to check out the front hall. They were not timid about it just curious about all the new scents. They sniffed each new item they walked up to really well. Parsley rubbed her face on edges to make them smell like she does, lol. Rosemary tried to jump up the first step but tumbled back. Thyme gave it a try too and couldn't make it. He moved on to the living room. He's not the least bit afraid. Rose went behind the door and kept playing through the crack with Parsley. I tried to get a photo of her with her face smashed into the crack and legs reaching through as far as she could but she was just too fast for me. Sage was interested but didn't really want to come out. It seems that as Parsley found her courage Sage lost some of hers, lol. We are working with her to help her gain that bit of confidence back. We played for a short time then went back to go to bed.

Thyme heading into the living room

This morning I opened the doors again and allowed them to explore on their own. They all ran into the living room and when Sage didn't come too momma Fenya scruffed her and carried her into the living room. The kittens didn't hide right away like most litters do, sniffed and played. They like going under and between the sofa checking things out. Magi has been sleeping in the kitten corner behind the sofa but nobody seemed to care. When they were all tuckered out Fenya laid down with them behind the ottoman to nurse.

I'm hoping as the kittens became more independent Keva will forgive Fen and come play too, she's not ready yet. We will keep working on it. While the kittens were napping with Fen in the living room I deep cleaned my office/kitten room, All new rugs and bedding, closed up the corner cabinet, and steam cleaned the floor. They are all doing so well with using the regular litter box that I removed the training litter box. 

bi-weekly weigh in...... 

Parsley is 1 lb. 9 ounces = 711 grams - up 67  grams

Sage is 1 lb. 9.1  ounces = 715 grams - up 78 grams

Rosemary is 1 lb. 7.75 ounces = 676 grams - up 89 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. 9.75 ounces = 733 grams - up 64 grams


September 27th - Everyone is starting to get pretty rambunctious in here, momma worst of all, lol. We are going to start allowing the kittens to explore a bit outside the kitten room so they can begin to become comfortable with the house. Short excursions of play time to make sure they know to come back and reinforce their litter box use. Their habits have been exceptional and we want to keep at that level. :)

September 24th - The kitten had their nails trimmed today. Everyone was very good. I have seen them all leave deposits in the litter box. Now all they need some experience with how to complete the task and exit without getting messy feet, lol. They are doing very well with eating. Their weight gains are good. They are all so sweet and snuggly. I'm having trouble telling who is who when they crawl up into my lap. I will think it is one then look for the color mark and discover I am wrong, lol.

bi-weekly weigh in...... 

Parsley is 1lb. 6.6 ounces = 644 grams - up 114  grams

Sage is 1 lb. 6  ounces = 637 grams - up 107 grams

Rosemary is 1 lb. 4.6 ounces = 587 grams - up 92.5 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. 7.5 ounces = 669 grams - up 99.6 grams

Getting nails trimmed didn't stop us from climbing up to play.

Momma plays with us and it spooks us to see her act cuckoo.

Sleeping so we can play again

Parsley & Rosemary

Sage

Thyme


September 24th - The kittens spent the weekend learning to scratch and climb on appropriate surfaces. We have full length drapes so we can teach our kittens proper kitten manners. They lean never to climb the claw or curtains before they leave us. We do allow them to play around them and hide behind them though. They are great places to pounce out and get a sibling from, lol. This morning I found someone left a baby solid deposit in the litter box. So far we have had no accidents with litter box use and the kittens all are using the box, yeah. Its interesting to watch Parsley. She seems to operate on a differ wavelength then the seals. All the seals are very similar in how they react and interact with new toys. They are skeptical  of toys that move but Parsley is totally enticed. She didn't even think when I tapped my nails on the floor and made a spider with my hand. She ran right after my had and chased it. When I rattle a mouse and drag it across the floor the seals all go wide eyed and stare, Parsley springs forward to go after it. The seals are happy to go after toys once they learn they won't get attacked, lol.

Parsley showing how to scratch  here.....

 

...and there.

Parsley says, "Rosemary pay attention"

Rosemary playing behind the curtain...

...and her favorite hiding place behind the door.

Back to playing with the drapes and learning NOT to scratch or climb them.

Rosemary showing she does know where to scratch.

Momma shows you can scratch this too.

Sage was the first to climb up top the condo

But momma we don't want to nap.


September 22nd - Munchies and Sleep

Sage eats breakfast

Parsley eats a big breakfast.....

Learns to blow bubbles and drink water

Parsley drinking while Sage watches

Sage falls asleep while Parsley eats even more breakfast

Rosemary eats breakfast...

All while Thyme sleeps in my lap

 

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Rosemary, " I hath slain the beast that threatened my family... and...

...now I...

...must...

...sleep.

 


September 21st - four weeks old - The kittens are running about and playing. They are beginning to tentatively climb. Today I saw Parsley pop up into the air while she was zooming about, lol. She also went into the litter box and left her first wet mark all on her own. Tonight Rosemary was yelling and when I placed her into the litter box she also left her mark. She knew she had to go but wasn't sure what to do so she yelled for help, lol. Yesterday Rose had baby cat kibble for a snack. Anytime the kittens hear me, even if they are sleep, they came running toward me calling out.

bi-weekly weigh in...... 

Parsley is 1lb. 2.6 ounces = 530 grams - up 46  grams

Sage is 1 lb. 2.6  ounces = 530 grams - up 28.5 grams

Rosemary is 1 lb. 1.4 ounces = 495 grams - up 39 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. 4 ounces = 569 grams - up 43 grams

We're 4 today....PARTY ROCK! (Parsley)

Yo yo, shufflin shufflin (Sage)

Parsley

4 weeks of age


Sage

4 weeks of age


Rosemary

4 weeks of age


Thyme

4 weeks of age

Thyme is always first onto my lap

Thyme sleeping

Rosemary and Parsley

Thyme and Sage

Parsley showing she knows what the litter box is for.


September 19th -  This morning Thyme decided to have baby cat kibble for breakfast and he tucked in and ate a big meal. Rosemary licked a few pieces from the towel under the bowl. Sage ran over and planted her foot into the water bowl. She was shocked and not happy to stay anywhere near the bowls, lol. Below is a series of photos of the seals who played on my lap while Parsley slept.

Sage eating last night ....

.....and washing her face after eating

 

Rose biting the edge of the bowl while Thyme chows down

Thyme having his breakfast

Rosemary upper left, Sage, and Thyme upper right.

Sage

Thyme & Sage

Rosemary

Thyme

While Parsley sleeps her ball waits patiently for her to wake.


September 18th - Last night after my diary entry Sage decided to try out the Baby cat kibble and had a small meal. She returned twice to nibble a bit more. Each time she ate she had to spend twice as much time cleaning her face, lol.  I wanted to weight Rosemary just to see if she made the 1 pound mark, she did, but while weighing her I realized  I'm going to be weighting on Tuesday and Fridays. Today being Tuesday I decided to start off right and weigh everyone today. So today is our last daily weigh in, lol.

This morning everybody is missing!

There they all are. 

 

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 1lb. 1 ounces = 484 grams - up 25  grams

Sage is 1 lb. 1.6  ounces = 502 grams - up 7.1 grams

Rosemary is 1 lb. 0 ounces = 455.5 grams - up 10.7 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. 2.5 ounces = 526.7 grams - up 14.2 grams

About half of the time I see this. The seals clumped together and Parsley napping on her own.


September 17th - The kittens are driving momma Fenya crazy today, lol. They are out of the cabinet and in the cabinet. When two are out and two are in they sit and yell to each other. Its this yelling that is making Momma bonkers. She thinks they are in distress. Poor dear she is running back and forth grabbing them and licking them and trying to get them all together. It's not working out her way. She will need to adjust to this new toddler phase. Here are a few photos of this mornings play session followed by the crash for a noon time nap. I've removed the towel ramps, they kept wanting to lick them, and rearranged a little for better play flow. They are doing a lot of play fighting and biting. This is a very important phase that teaches them to be gentle and not bite hard. The kittens have also begun playing with toys. Today Parsley is zooming about and Rosemary is playing the shy girl. I brought in the vacuum today for the first time since they were born. Fen doesn't like the vacuum so she hid under the cat tree. The kittens were all in the cabinet nest with the doors partially closed. They were concerned about this new noise but did very well. They called out to Momma and she ran into the nest with them. I had to turn off the vacuum and turn it on again. When I restarted it Thyme and Sage came running out of the cabinet yelling to me, lol. Maybe they were saying to turn it of already? They did not seem scared of it at all. The kittens have reached 1 pound, except Rosemary but she is close enough, so we will begin bi-weekly weighing. As they begin to be more active and start eating kibble their weight will fluctuate quite a bit. Bi-weekly weights gives us a better read on how well they are doing. Their training food and water bowls are waiting for them to investigate them and the training litter box is also set up for them to find as they explore further away from the nest.

Thyme - Can I come up?

Sage playing with the ball

Sage cautiously crawling onto the wave scratcher for the first time.

Help, Momma's gettin' me.

That is Parsley on top getting hug bit. She is giving it back too.

Momma stuck her head in here while a kitten was inside and stayed like this for about 5 minuets.

The kitten is on her left trying to squeeze out. She never did get out until momma withdrew.

Parsley playing with the mouse

 

Thyme & Parsley - Ur foots don't stinks

Thyme playing with the ball

Nap crash, lol. Rosemary is up in the cabinet nest, Parsley draped across Momma's neck, Sage by her back foot, and Thyme in the middle. All are asleep.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 1lb. .1 ounces = 459 grams - up 7.1  grams

Sage is 1 lb. 1.4  ounces = 495 grams - up 35.6 grams

Rosemary is 15.6 ounces = 444.8 grams - up 17.8 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. 2 ounces = 512.5 grams - up 21.4 grams


September 16th - This morning when I came in to see the babies all of them, even Parsley, came pouring out of the nest calling good morning. They crawled all around me and on my lap. Of course this morning was the one morning I didn't have the video camera ready. Every other morning that I've had the camera recording they sit in the nest and stare at me like I'm cuckoo, roflol. I have lots of little clips of them just looking at me while I talk baby cat to them. Now that they are running out we have put up the run fence to keep them safe and control how far they can wander until they are litter trained.

 

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 15.9 ounces = 452 grams - up 3.5  grams

Sage is 1 lb. .1  ounces = 487.5 grams - up 14.2 grams

Rosemary is 15 ounces = 427 grams - up 17.8 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. 1.25 ounces = 491 grams - up 21.4 grams


September 15th

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 15.75 ounces = 448.4 grams - up 17.8  grams

Sage is 15.6 ounces = 444.8 grams - up 14.2 grams

Rosemary is 14.4 ounces = 409.3 grams - up 21.4 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. .5 ounces = 469.8 grams - up 10.7 grams

left to right -Parsley, Thyme, Sage, and Rosemary


September 14th - Three weeks old - This morning after I said hello and held all the kitten momma decided to bring Rosemary out of the nest . The other three kittens were sleeping. She scruffed her and placed her into the bed on the floor in front of the cabinet. She then left her there and stretched out in the sun about three feet away. Rose took it in stride. She sat and peeped and looked around, lol. She was there for about five minuets then momma picked her up and put her back into the nest.  This afternoon Thyme ventured out on his own.

Rosemary out on her own

Parsley 

3 weeks of age


Sage

3 weeks of age


Rosemary

3 weeks of age


 

Thyme

3 weeks of age

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 15.1 ounces = 430.6 grams - up 21.4  grams

Sage is 15.1 ounces = 430.6 grams - up 7.1 grams

Rosemary is 13.6 ounces = 388 grams - up 17.8 grams

Thyme is 1 lb. .1 ounces = 459 grams - up 17.8 grams

Left to right - Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, & Sage


September 13th - The kittens are not quite confident enough, with their ability to walk about, to venture forth but I'm bringing them out for a very short time to explore right in front of the nest. They are spending quite a bit of time mouthing each other and their paws. Their baby teeth are in. 

Parsley

Sage

Thyme and Rosemary

 

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 14.4 ounces = 409.3 grams - up 14.2  grams

Sage is 14.9 ounces = 423.5 grams - up 17.8 grams

Rosemary is 13 ounces = 370 grams - up 10.7 grams

Thyme is 15.5 ounces = 441 grams - up 32 grams


September 12th

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 13.9 ounces = 395 grams - up 21.4  grams

Sage is 14.25 ounces = 405.7 grams - up 21.4 grams

Rosemary is 12.6 ounces = 359.4 grams - up 7.1 grams

Thyme is 14.4 ounces = 409.3 grams - up 3.5 grams


September 11th

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 13.1 ounces = 373.7 grams - up 14.2  grams

Sage is 13.5 ounces = 384.4 grams - up 10.7 grams

Rosemary is 12.4 ounces = 352.3 grams - up 17.8 grams

Thyme is 14.25 ounces = 405.7 grams - up 25 grams

Breakfast left -right - Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, & Parsley


September 10th - This morning when I came in to see the kittens there was a visitor in the nest and nobody seemed to mind. We brought Fenya's raccoon in on Sunday to give her a friend to play with so she wouldn't play too rough with the babies.  I took it out of the nest and animated it and Fen attacked and bit on it playfully....I don't think she sees it as another kitten, lol. I know it didn't crawl into the nest itself so she must have brought it in to share with the kittens.

That is Parsley on the left, next is Rosemary, then Sage looking at us, and Thyme is under sleeping.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 12.6 ounces = 359.5 grams - up 14.2  grams

Sage is 13.1 ounces = 373.7 grams - up  25 grams

Rosemary is 11.75 ounces = 334.5 grams - up 7.1 grams

Thyme is 13.4 ounces = 380.8 grams - up 17.8 grams


September 9th - The kittens all continue to do well. They all look at us when we visit and peep to us. Today everyone got their nails trimmed and did very well. I only needed to scruff Thyme and only a couple times to relax him. I put a big nest on my lap and laid a kitten on it, then lifted each paw to trim the nails. None of them yelled and momma Fen laid in the family nest and watched me do each kitten. She was very relaxed. I think maybe Parsley is not quite as mature as the other kittens. We see this frequently with the largest kitten in the litter, although she is not the largest she looks it. She has huge paws and a big round head. She also yells the loudest. Whenever I handle her and return her to the nest she goes right to nursing.  At first I thought she just loved her milk but now I'm thinking nursing makes her feel secure. Like a child with a blanket or thumb sucking. Her siblings don't run to momma but they do start to nurse when they hear her smacking noises, lol, they don't want to miss out. When we handle her we are making sure she feels as secure as possible in our hands. In the past our slowest to mature kitten has become the leader of the pack. Will we have to see how Parsley develops.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 12.1 ounces = 345.1 grams - up 10.7  grams

Sage is 12.25 ounces = 348.8 grams - up  21 grams

Rosemary is 11.5 ounces = 327.4 grams - up 14.2 grams

Thyme is 12.75 ounces = 363 grams - up 21 grams


September 8th

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 11.75 ounces = 334.5 grams - up 14.2  grams

Sage is 11.5 ounces = 327.4 grams - up  7.1 grams

Rosemary is 11 ounces = 313.2 grams - up 17.8 grams

Thyme is 12 ounces = 341.6 grams - up 14.2 grams


September 7th - two weeks old - This morning Momma hauled a baby out of the nest and brought her outside the cabinet. I think she is wanting to encourage exercise. The kitten started nursing and momma started to play rough and kick her with her back feet. I didn't like how rough this was so I put the kitten back in the nest and brought Fenya some toys including the minky to kick. I also rolled up some towels and placed them against the cabinet just in case a baby needs to crawl back up. 

The kittens eyes are now showing blue. Parsleys light coloring made it difficult to show the color but you can see it in the other kittens eyes. On some photos you can see the pupils do not always track together. Sometimes the kittens look wall eyed. This is because their eyes are not fully developed yet and they cannot see and coordinate their sight yet.

Parsley -2 weeks of age


Sage - 2 weeks of age


Rosemary - 2 weeks of age


Thyme - 2 weeks of age

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 11.25 ounces = 320.3 grams - up 17.8  grams

Sage is 11.25 ounces = 320.3 grams - up  17.8 grams

Rosemary is 10.4 ounces = 295.4 grams - up 7.1 grams

Thyme is 11.5 ounces = 327 grams - up 14.2 grams

Baby hauled out nursing

Outside with new towel ramp


September 6th -

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 10.6 ounces = 302.5 grams - up 14.2  grams

Sage is 10.6 ounces = 302.5 grams - up  10.7 grams

Rosemary is 10.1 ounces = 288.2 grams - up 17.8 grams

Thyme is 11 ounces = 313 grams - up 14.2 grams


September 5th - I have been trying to get video of the kittens talking. Of course every time I have the camera on nobody talks, lol. Here is a clip of how they are moving about at 12 days old.

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Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 10.1 ounces = 288.3 grams - up 14.2  grams

Sage is 10.25 ounces = 291.8 grams - up  17.8 grams

Rosemary is 9.5 ounces = 270.5 grams - up 10.7 grams

Thyme is 10.5 ounces = 270 grams - up 17.8 grams


September 4th - I've been allowing the kittens some private time so Momma will feel safe in the new nesting area. Tonight when I opened the door to say hello They ran forward calling out to me, sooo cute. I wish I had the video camera on. Sage was the leader talking first and almost crawling out of the nest. He was very excited I came to visit. Rosemary was next to him looking for her share too. Thyme was looking eagerly forward and Parsley was snuffling about the nest. I think Parsley was thinking food, lol  As soon as Fenya went into the nest Parsley was eagerly nursing. Rosemary left me in favor of nursing too. Thyme came forward to see me and fill the place she vacated. I watched as Parsley finished her nipple and moved on to Rosemary's just in case it till had any milk left.  Thyme fully enjoyed having his head rubbed.

left-right - Thyme,Rosemary,Sage, & Parsley

left-right - Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley, & Sage

left-right - Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, & Parsley

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 9.6 ounces = 274 grams - up  10.7  grams

Sage is 9.6 ounces = 274 grams - up  17.8 grams

Rosemary is 9.1 ounces = 260 grams - up 14.2 grams

Thyme is 9.9 ounces = 281 grams - up 10.7 gram


September 3rd - Today I moved the kittens out of the birthing box and into the corner cabinet bed.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 9.25 ounces = 263 grams - up  21.4  grams

Sage is 9 ounces = 256 grams - up  14.2 grams

Rosemary is 8.6 ounces = 245.5 grams - up 14.2 grams

Thyme is 9.5 ounces = 270 grams - up 21.4 gram


September 2nd

Front  Sage, back left to right Thyme, Rosemary, & Parsley

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 8.5 ounces = 245 grams - up  10.7  grams

Sage is 8.5 ounces = 242 grams - up  17.8 grams

Rosemary is 8.1 ounces = 231.3 grams - up 10.7 grams

Thyme is 8.75 ounces = 249 grams - up 17.8 gram


September 1st -

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 8.1 ounces = 231.3 grams - up  17.8  grams

Sage is 7.9 ounces = 224 grams - up  7.1 grams

Rosemary is 7.75 ounces = 220.6 grams - up 14.2 grams

Thyme is 8.1 ounces = 231.3 grams - up 14.2 gram


August 31th - one week old -  Three of the kittens eyes are fully open, Sage is still working on hers. Weight gains are nice and consistent. I wanted to get really clear detailed birthday photos but Momma Fen had her own plans. She really didn't want me stealing her babies for photo shoots.

"No, I don't like her up there"

"I'm taking her back even if I have to grab her tummy" 

"No, no, no, I said no photos"

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 7.5 ounces = 213.5 grams - up  14.2  grams

Sage is 7.6 ounces = 217 grams - up  17.8 grams

Rosemary is 7.25 ounces = 206.4 grams - up 10.7 grams

Thyme is 7.6 ounces = 217 grams - up 14.2 gram

Parsley
Sage

Momma's paw trying to grab her back ->

 

Rosemary
Thyme

 


August 30th - six days old - What an affable litter of kittens. 

Rosemary sleeping

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 7 ounces = 199.2 grams - up  14.2  grams

Sage is 7 ounces = 199.2 grams - up  17.8 grams

Rosemary is 6.9 ounces = 195.7 grams - up 14.2 grams

Thyme is 7.1 ounces = 202.9 grams - up 21.4 gram

 

 


August 29th - five days old - Parsley weighs just a tad bit more then the rest of the kittens, basically they're all the same size.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 6.5 ounces = 185 grams - up  14.2  grams

Sage is 6.4 ounces = 181.5 grams - up  17.8 grams

Rosemary is 6.4 ounces = 181.5 grams - up 14.2 grams

Thyme is 6.4 ounces = 181.5 grams - up 14.2 gram

Parsley

Sage

Rosemary

Thyme

 


August 28th - four days old

Sleepy Thyme

I think I now know sexes, photos really help. So here they are for you to guess. One way the difference is described is that females look like upside down exclamation points ( ) and males look like colons ( : ).

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female?

Parsley

female?

Sage

female?

Rosemary

male?

Thyme

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 6 ounces = 170.8 grams - up  14.2  grams

Sage is 5.75 ounces = 163.7 grams - up  10.7 grams

Rosemary is 5.9 ounces = 167.3 grams - up 17.8 grams

Thyme is 5.9 ounces = 167.3 grams - up 14.2 gram


August 27th - three days old - Weight gains couldn't be any better, no worry. Rosemary and Thyme's eyes are starting to open. I wonder if their burrowing under the other kittens is helping this process along. All the kittens had their cords when I took the morning individual photos. At the afternoon weigh in all the cords were gone...and I see none of them in the bedding? I think Momma has helped this process along during bath time, lol. In the group photo below you can see that Parsley is a little lighter in color.  Its looking more like three seal family and one choco? Now if I can just figure out if they are boys or girls, lol. I've looked at all of them multiple times to see if I could tell and I am totally unsure. o_0 The kittens are all relaxed when being held. Its really nice to snuggle them without their alarms going off. :)

Left to right - Thyme, Parsley, Sage, & Rosemary

Afternoon weigh in...... Wow

Parsley is 5.5 ounces = 156.6 grams - up  21.4  grams

Sage is 5.4 ounces = 153 grams - up  25 grams

Rosemary is 5.25 ounces = 149.5 grams - up 25 grams

Thyme is 5.4 ounces = 153 grams - up 25 gram

Parsley
Sage
Rosemary
Thyme

 

 

 


August 26th - two days old - I've been worried about Rosemary because she's the smallest and she always seemed to be crying that she was hungry and fussing at empty nipples. The bigger kittens pushed her away from her nipple so she took to burrowing under to eat. I was worried she wasn't getting any milk with the big piggys getting to it first. Well weights show clearly I had no reason to be worried, lol. I hope she keeps it up. Now I can worry about Thyme who had only gained 7 grams so I waited until after nursing and weighted again to get the recorded weight. Fen is spotting a bit of red blood. I think she is fine but we will be watching her to make sure nothing more develops.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 4.75 ounces = 135.2 grams - up  14.2  grams

Sage is 4.5 ounces = 128.1 grams - up  14.2 grams

Rosemary is 4.4 ounces = 124.6 grams - up 21.4 grams

Thyme is 4.5 ounces = 128.1 grams - up 10.7 grams

We're seeing a bit of color coming in. I think Rosemary is seal? Parsley looks lighter in body so maybe a chocolate or lilac? At times it looks to me like we have two choco and two seal family kittens but then they crawl about and they all look the same color again, lol. Time will tell. In the photos below you can see just a hint of color. Ear edges look shadowed. Nose leather looks a tad dirty. Rosemary's foot pads look dirty too, lol.

Noses & Toeses

The kittens had a short visit when the girls took a break from their AP homework

 


August 25th - one day old - All the kittens are nursing and doing well. They all gained weight. Fenya has turned into protective cuckoo momma. She cannot stand to see another cat in the house and has behaved this way with her past litters also. I thought this time was going to be different because Keva was in and out of the room while Fenya delivered her kittens and Fen was not concerned. Her first trip out of the kitten room to walk about last night sent her in a frenzied chase after her buddy Keva. She can't help herself, poor Keva. We will be keeping Fenya separated from the other cats until after this hormonal effect wears off. 

 

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Parsley is 4.25 ounces = 121 grams - up  17.8  grams

Sage is 4.0 ounces = 113.9 grams - up  14.2 grams

Rosemary is 3.6 ounces = 103.2 grams - up 10.7 grams

Thyme is 4.1 ounces = 117.4 grams - up 14.2 grams

 

You've got the cutest little baby face


August 24th - Birth Day - Fenya again pushed it to a later gestation date. Today was 68 days. I am very grateful that she delivered today without any problems. I bet my Vet is too, so we can all enjoy the weekend, lol. This litter will be going home in November so we've been considering diary names that have a autumnal feeling.  We ended up with the herbs of a 16th century English folk song. It was made popular in the '60's by Simon & Garfunkel. Celtic Woman has also recorded a very pretty version of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme. I guess I was imagining Thanksgiving turkey stuffing, lol.

Labor and delivery was fairly quick and uneventful. She chose the birthing box and delivered in my office/kitten room.  They were very active kittens in utero. They must have been doing summersaults and turned themselves around after the kitten count x-ray. All the kittens delivered head first without much fuss and Momma Fenya cleaned them and took care of all the placentas without any help from me. Parsley has been very comfortable with my handling with so much as a peep. Sage demonstrated a very loud yell when born and Rosemary has been yelling about being pushed about by the the other kittens. None of the kittens really fussed when I held them to take photos but Momma was a bit concerned so we kept it to a quick snapshot for each kitten.

Left to right - Parsley, Sage, Thyme, & Rosemary. I hope Rosemary is a girl, lol.

The Stats at birth  

#1   12:30 pm orange   Parsley  103.204 grams (3.625 ounces)

#2   12:42 pm  green   Sage  99.645 grams (3.5 ounces) 

#3   12:58 pm   purple Rosemary 92.528 grams (3.25 ounces)

#4   1:50 pm   white Thyme 103.204 grams (3.625 ounces)

Parsley

Sage

Rosemary

Thyme

August 14th - Fenya went to have her kitten count x-ray today. It looks like she has four kittens. Two on each side. One head down in the traditional birthing position and three rear first. In the image below I marked the spines (zipper looking structures) and skulls (round circles). The side panel x-ray was a jumble of bones with all the kittens lining up in the same plane, so I'm not including it.

Fenya's pelvis

June 16th-18th - Fenya is being bred to Polo

       

 


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