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  Grainne's Kitten Diary 2018
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 Grainne 
Kittens from this litter will go to waiting families on our kitten list.
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June 21st

Genoise

Creme Pat takes on Genoise

Peaches

Peaches and Genoise


June 20thfour weeks old - The kittens are doing great. They are very active, goofy, and sweet. They are developing skills through play. I watched Peaches walk along the top edge of the big litter box today. I also witnessed that Genoise has master the use of the litter box. He left both a wet spot and a deposit at different times today. There have been no accidents so the transition to litter box use is going very well. As of today we will begin weighing bi-weekly. Once the kittens move to kibble weights very too much for daily weigh ins. 

Genoise, "I know what to do!"

Genoise in his favorite spot

Genoise on the other side. He just like the crook of my arm. to snuggle into.

They all love my lap really.

Creme Pat playing on the wave scratcher.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 1 lb.1.6 ounce = 502 grams - up  14.2 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.  3.5 ounces = 555 grams - up 28.4 grams

Creme Pat is 15.4 ounces = 438 grams - up 28.4 grams


June 19th

Someone's getting sleepy

Sleepier

Sleep

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 1 lb. 1 ounce = 484 grams - up  14.2 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   2.5 ounces = 527 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 14.4 ounces = 409 grams - up 7.1 grams


June 18th

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 1 lb. 0.5 ounces = 470 grams - up  17.8 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   2.1 ounces = 516 grams - up 21.4 grams

Creme Pat is 14.1 ounces = 402 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 17th

Top to bottom, Peaches, Genoise, and Creme Pat

Peaches

They have their teeth in.

Peaches is the most gentle when he bites on my finger. They have done a good job of teaching each other pressure limits with biting.

Peaches

Peaches

Genoise

Genoise' head is maturing. He's losing the baby roundness a bit.

Genoise needs to work a little bit on pressure compared to the other two but he responded and looked at me intently when I indicated it was a little bit too hard....it wasn't really hard at all but he could be gentler so I want him to learn.

Genoise

Creme Pat

Creme Pat

Creme Pat is very gentle when she bites on my finger. She knows it will hurt me if she bites hard.

Creme Pat

Visitors to play with

 

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 15.9 ounces = 452 grams - up  10.7grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   1.4 ounces = 495 grams - up 25 grams

Creme Pat is 13.6 ounces = 388 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 16th

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 15.5 ounces = 441 grams - up 21 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   0.5 ounces = 470 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 13.1 ounces = 374 grams - up 10.7 grams


June 15th - I decided this morning to bring in a small bowl of baby cat kibble. I was so shocked to see them all run to it  and begin eating it at the same time. This never happens. I wasn't even prepared with a camera, and it was so cute, darn. I ran and got my camera but had to sprinkle food on the rug to get eating photos. They are also still nursing. I need to get the room all set up with a training litter box too. They are exploring all over the room now. No longer tentative about leaving home base.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 14.75 ounces = 420 grams - up 10.7 grams

Genoise is 1 lb.   0.125 ounces = 459 grams - up 25 grams

Creme Pat is 12.75 ounces = 363 grams - up 17.8 grams


June 14th - I'm convinced these kittens want more food then they are getting. They all lick on every surface. I think they are ready to eat kibble.

Ill make a bridge, you go under

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 14.4 ounces = 409 grams - up 14.2 grams

Genoise is 15.25 ounces = 434 grams - up 7.1 grams

Creme Pat is 12.1 ounces = 345 grams - up 3.5 grams


June 13th - three weeks old - On one end of the spectrum is creme Pat. She is a busy little sprite. She was first into my lap and very active.  On the other end is Genoise. He is more of a thinker. He is also social but just not a busy bee....yet. Watching his wrestle I think he may end up being the leader in this litter. Peaches falls into the middle between them. He likes to be busy with Creme Pat but can also sit and study things with Genoise, until Genoise attacks him for a wrestle, lol. All the kittens are social and curious with us.

Peaches left and Genoise

Peaches

Three weeks old

Peaches cat walk

Bite that ball!

Peaches

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Genoise

Genoise has an interesting face. He has this wide open look but when I play with him with a new toy he changes expression. 

His face gets a questioning look on it. I can see the muscles move forward in his brow.

Genoise

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Creme Pat

Stalking the ball

She was picking the ball up in her mouth but I caught it at the wrong time.

Creme Pat

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evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 13.9 ounces = 395 grams - up 21 grams

Genoise is 15 ounces = 427 grams - up 21 grams

Creme Pat is 12 ounces = 342 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 12th -

Momma calling, "Babies come in here, its fun."

Gemoise, "Come on in Creme Pat."

"Ahh, I can control them now.", thinks Momma

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 13.1 ounces = 374 grams - up 17.8 grams

Genoise is 14.25 ounces = 384 grams - up 21 grams

Creme Pat is 11.5 ounces = 317 grams - up 10.7 grams

Oh Genoise! I'm looking forward to when the kittens can each kitten kibble.


June 11th -

Good Morning Babies

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 12.5 ounces = 356 grams - up 10.7 grams

Genoise is 13.5 ounces = 384 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 11.1 ounces = 317 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 10th - Nice gains tonight

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 12.1 ounces = 345 grams - up 10.7 grams

Genoise is 13 ounces = 370 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 10.6 ounces = 302 grams - up 17.8 grams


June 9th - We opened up the cabinet doors and placed the run fence so that the kittens can start exploring. Creme Pat and Peaches have been showing a lot of interest in wanting to learn about what's beyond the nest edge. We will start out with a smaller area and expand it as they, and momma,  get more comfortable.

Back row left to right is Creme Pat and Peaches. Across the front is Genoise.

I tried all morning to get a video of the kittens first leaving the nest to explore. Right when I quit and turned away both Peaches and Creme Pat crawled right out, lol.

Creme Pat may not have had her dinner meal yet.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 11.75 ounces = 334 grams - up 14.2 grams

Genoise is 12.4 ounces = 352 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 10.0 ounces = 285 grams - up 7.1 grams


June 8th

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 11.25 ounces = 320 grams - up 17.8 grams

Genoise is 11.9 ounces = 338 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 9.75 ounces = 277 grams - up 10.6 grams


June 7th - Gaining equally today.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 10.6 ounces = 302 grams - up 14,2 grams

Genoise is 11.4 ounces = 324 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 9.4 ounces = 266 grams - up 14.2 grams


June 6th - two weeks old -  All three kittens are gaining color like seal points. 
Good Morning Babies

Left to right - Creme Pat, Peaches, and Genoise

Playing and biting on each other.....teething?

I noticed that Creme Pat keeps going to the back of the nest to the towel behind it....

After bringing her forward I'm pretty sure she is self soothing her gums on the terry cloth nubs.

She does it to all the terry cloth. I rubbed my little finger in her mouth and she has little bumps of teeth under her gums.

Peaches

Peaches has a more modified wedge head shape like his momma and a closer coat like hers too.

He's going to have nice dark saturation in his points

Peaches

Genoise

He didn't want to sit in my hand. He wanted his legs to hang, lol.

Genoise doesn't like posing for photos....yet.

Creme Pat

Creme Pat

Creme Pat is a natural model.

Momma Grainne and Creme Pat

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 10.1 ounces = 288 grams - up 17.8 grams

Genoise is 10.9 ounces = 309 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 8.9 ounces = 253 grams - up 7.1 grams

Considering if I should supplement Creme Pat with some kitten milk to help her fatten up a bit. She's gaining okay but feels thinner by comparison.


June 5th - They have now taken to enjoying a roll on their backs and waving their feet in the air, lol. I take it as an invitation to rub their tummies. I'll get good photos tomorrow for their two week birthday.

They all gained the same amount  again. 

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 9.5 ounces = 270 grams - up 17.8 grams

Genoise is 10.25 ounces = 292 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 8.6 ounces = 245 grams - up 17.8 grams


June 4th - Creme Pat you let me down. Eat baby eat. lol

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 8.9 ounces = 253 grams - up 14.2 grams

Genoise is  9.6 ounces = 274 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 8 ounces = 227 grams - up 7.1 grams


June 3rd - 

Peaches

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Genoise

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Creme Pat

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Nice equal sharing today. They all gained the same amount of weight.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 8.4 ounces = 228 grams - up 10.7  grams

Genoise is  9.1 ounces = 249 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 7.75 ounces = 210 grams - up 10.7 grams


June 2nd -  We are starting to see the definition in the development of their eyes. Momma is much more settled again.

Creme Pat

 

This video is of Creme Pat visiting with me. The rapid ticking you hear is Genoise purring as he nurses. Peaches is also nursing you can see his back leg if you look closely, lol

Creme Pat better stop day dreaming and start eating again.  Genoise is all about eating all the time.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 8  ounces = 228 grams - up 14.2  grams

Genoise is  8.75 ounces = 249 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 7.4 ounces = 210 grams - up 3.5 grams


June 1st -  This month started by scaring me out of my wits. Grainne was waiting for me at the door. I set down her wet food. I've been giving her some each day. I lifted the towel that covers the nesting box to see this.

Oh No, They were not under the beds, not in the box at all. I checked each possible place and no kittens. I scoured the room and started to panic. Momma where did you hide them?

The only place left was behind the old computer brain. Its no longer used but I've kept it in place to fill the cubby so kittens don't go in there. I pilled the brain forward. Sure enough. Momma had a bed back there. Amazing she carried each one up over the case to put it back in there. My guess is they had crawled out of the nesting box and she didn't think it was safe anymore. I moved them.

They are now in the corner cabinet nesting area with a box of food blocking the opening, lol Babies can't crawl over the box but momma can hop it.

The bed in front is just in case it goes wrong again. lol

I left the case pulled out of the cubby and all opened up. I'll go back later after she has time to be quite and settled and clean it out  and figure out what to do with it.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 7.5  ounces = 213 grams - up 7.1  grams

Genoise is  8.25 ounces = 235 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 7.25 ounces = 206 grams - up 14.2 grams


May 31st - All ready for nighty night...welll almost 

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 7.25  ounces = 206 grams - up 7.1  grams

Genoise is  7.9 ounces = 224 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 6.75 ounces = 192 grams - up 10.7 grams

All weighed and ready for bed


May 30th -

Silly sleeping  places

Creme Pat

Genoise

Peaches

They love to crawl up out of the center of the nest.

Peaches one week old

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Genoise one week old

"Mommmmm, she's got me."

You can see the ear color is coming in too

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Creme Pat one week old

Her nose leather coloring up so much like the others has me questioning if she is chocolate or not.

Her coat definitely has the whiter color of a chocolate. Time will tell. Maybe she will have deep chocolate points or

 maybe she will have a really light seal body, lol

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 7.0  ounces = 199 grams - up 7.1  grams

Genoise is  7.25 ounces = 206 grams - up 7.1 grams

Creme Pat is 6.4 ounces = 181 grams - up 10.7 grams

I need to make sure that sleeping outside the nest is not interfering with their nursing. I hope we see big gains tomorrow to compensate for the smaller ones today. They are right on track for weigh. They have basically doubled their birth weight in the first week.

Left to right - Peaches, Genoise, and Creme Pat.


May 29th- day six - Putting the new bed in made no difference. They were all up on the bolsters on different sides until Momma meowed at me. Then Peaches decided he needed to eat and crawled down. Their noses are looking dark tonight.....even Creme Pat's. I'll get some good birthday photos tomorrow for comparison.

Creme Pat

Genoise and Creme Pat

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 6.75 ounces = 192 grams - up 17.8  grams

Genoise is  7.0 ounces = 199 grams - up 10.7 grams

Creme Pat is 6 ounces = 170.8 grams - up 7.1 grams


May 28th- day five -  They are very independent lil guys I rarely find them clumped together. Maybe its time to put in a bumper bed, lol.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 6.1 ounces = 174 grams - up  10.7  grams

Genoise is  6.6 ounces = 189 grams - up 21 grams

Creme Pat is 5.75 ounces = 164 grams - up 14.2 grams


May 27th- day four - 

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 5.75 ounces = 164 grams - up  14.2  grams

Genoise is  5.9 ounces = 167 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 5.25 ounces = 149 grams - up 17.8 grams


May 26th- day three - All is well this morning. Momma is hungry and eating. A good sign. I see some eyes peeping open.

If you want to give a go at guessing the kittens sexes here are some photos taken today. I'll add my guess tonight when I add the weights. Momma didn't want me to pick up Peaches so that's her paw at the bottom holding firm.

Peaches

Genoise

Creme Pat

I think Peaches and Genoise are seal point boys and Creme Pat is a chocolate point girl Time will tell if I am correct or not.

Peaches

Genoise

Creme Pat

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 5.25 ounces = 150 grams - up  17.8  grams

Genoise is  5.25 ounces = 150 grams - up 17.8 grams

Creme Pat is 4.6 ounces = 132 grams - up 10.7 grams


May 25th -  day two - I'm going to start today with good news. All three kittens and momma are fussy and hungry this morning.

Now I have some bad news I've beat myself up this morning really well. There was another kitten. I found it delivered and cleaned but cold and unresponsive this morning. The staining on the towels indicated it was relatively recent delivery, still red. Wednesday night when the kittens were born, I thought I felt another kitten. I was uncertain because her last litter I thought the same thing. We took her for an x-ray and there was nothing. This time I allowed myself to be convinced I was wrong...again. With hindsight we should have gone and had her x-rayed to see what I was feeling. She could have been given oxytosin to induce contractions. I've added # 5 to the birth day post stats. I'm happy she delivered it...now we wait and watch. We watch momma to make sure she not developing an infection and watch weights to make sure the kittens are eating and strong. Not sick from bad milk.

I'm already worried about how fussy they are. They are very hungry. I'm anxious to see tonight's weights.

Now for some cute photos. There's a little bit of color coming into Peaches and Genoise nose leather.

 

Peaches 

one day old

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Genoise

One day old

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Creme Pat

one day old

The room is 80 degrees so no need to huddle together.

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 4.6 ounces = 131 grams - up  10.7  grams

Genoise is  4.6 ounces = 131 grams - up 7.1 grams

Creme Pat is 4.25 ounces = 121 grams - up 14.2 grams

Acceptable weight gains for early on with the lions share going to the smaller kittens is good.


May 24th - day one - All is well. A quick glance this morning makes me think we have one chocolate and two seals. In this photo Left to right is Genoise, Peaches and Creme Pat.  Pat looks lighter. That's usually an indicator of a chocolate point.

Since they were born late I will do weigh ins after dinner in the evening. We always weigh the kittens each day because you can see signs of trouble in their weights sooner then waiting to observe trouble through behaviors. Lack of mothers milk can be supported with a professionally formulated milk replacer if needed. These kittens are strong nursers they should have a good supply of milk with their strong demand calling for production. 

Strong nursers

evening weigh in...... 

Peaches  is 4.25 ounces = 121 grams - up  17.8  grams

Genoise is  4.4 ounces = 125 grams - up 14.2 grams

Creme Pat is 3.75 ounces = 107 grams - up 14.2 grams

 


May 23, 2018 - Birthday - Grainne lounged on me for two hours getting belly rubs until about 10:15 when she started telling me it was time. We then went to her birthing box. Her contractions were barely visible but she called out with each one. A bubble of fluid appeared at 10:32 pm. The first kitten delivered easily head first at 10:43 pm. Kitten 2 delivered head first easily at  11:00 pm . Then we waited about an hour for number three to appear. A head first easy delivery too. Grainne needed no help from me. I just offered petting for comfort.  We had longer waits for the placentas but we confirmed all were expelled. We allowed Grainne to eat all three for the rich vitamins and minerals each contains.  

 It was another hour before I thought I saw a paw or tail but it turned out to be the head of an underdeveloped fetus. It was about  one inch in length, at about 4 weeks the  development arrested. This is the time when they go from being an embryo to a fetus. There must have been a critical error in  the developmental process. We are very grateful this caused no problems for Grainne and the healthy kittens.  The kittens were all strong and active as soon as they were born. #2 and #3 both nursed while still on their umbilical cords. Momma waiting for the  attached placentas to it to deliver.  I only assisted with the fetus delivery because it was too small and contractions had stopped. I also took away the placenta so she wouldn't eat it. Just in case it might make her sick. All is good.

 

The Stats at birth  

#1 10:43pm  orange   Peaches 103 grams (3.625 ounces) 

#2 11:00 pm  blue Genoise  110  grams (3.875 ounces) 

#3 11.55 pm  white  Creme Pat  92.5 grams (3.25 ounces) initially marked red but we will not continue to mark.

#4 12:55 am  none  Fetus   about 1 inch long, arrested development ,with placenta

#5 delivered on 5-25 early am still born more than 24 hours after the initial births. Photo link for those who are interested.

 

Diary naming scheme - I've been watching videos of the old British Bake offs. The kittens are a delicious seasonal treat.  If you've never heard of Genoise, this is how to pronounce it, lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi9fdVxo5xU

Mary Berry has a Fraiser cake recipe that uses Genoise, Creme Patissiere and summer Strawberries....but we think Peaches makes a cuter name, lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnjTCBX3MzI With the spring weather it should be an excellent peach season this summer. :)

Newborns latched on nursing - left to right Creme Pat, Genoise, and Peaches.

Tummy rubs while waiting for labor to begin


May 15th -Not only can we feel the kittens moving but we can now see them moving too.

 


March 17, 2018 - We are breeding Grainne to Polo this weekend.


 

           


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