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  Grainne's Kitten Diary 2019
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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April 31st. - Its the close of the month and the close of our kitten diary. This was a delightful litter to have around. They all behaved really well for us and were easy to love and care for. We wish them close and loving relationships in their new homes.

Closing Stats

#1 Love Bug is now ??? and lives in Marblehead, MA. Her owner is very excited to another Siamese to love and share with her friends.

#2 Cutie Pie  is now Ollie and lives in Woburn, MA. He will be playing with full sister Winnie from last years litter when their owner's, who are sisters that live blocks from each other, get together.

#3 YumYum  is now Nalani and lives in Shirley, MA. She is joining  her full big brother Alakai from our 2013 litter.

#3 Honey Bun  is now Frodo Baggins and lives in Plainville, MA. She is joining a resident  cat  Pearl who shares a very similar personality. 


April 29th - We said good bye to Yum Yum today.

Yum Yum


April 28th - We said good bye to Love Bug today. Momma no longer allows the kittens to snuggle with her. If they jump up to join her in the bed she hisses at them.

Silly Love Bug. I think she might be an undercover cat when she's not full of playfulness.

Love Bug

I'm waiting for my Meowmy to arrive to pick me up

I can sit here but I can't touch Momma. It's time for me to go home.


April 26th - We said good bye to Cutie Pie today. He's settled right in to his new home.His family sent us some evening photos.

Momma getting Cutie Pie ready to go. She making sure his whiskers are well trimmed, lol

Sleeping

Cutie Pie newly at his home.


April 24th - The kittens are doing very well post op with no bad reactions, no complications. We are starting to send them to their forever homes. Today Honey was picked up. She has been doing really well I do believe her surgery adventure has help her develop more confidence. She is going to join a resident rescue cat. She will enjoy having a brother to rub up against and chase toys with. He is an expert at ball retrieval perhaps he will teach her his ways. 

Through the glass  door to see if they are awake yet...yep lol

Honey Bun

Honey, such deep blue for a chocolate

Honey just about to yawn lol you can see it in her muzzle.

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This is Honey in the right with big brother Pie in the center and sister YumYum left.

This towel was brought by Honey's family for her new adoptive brother. 

They can learn each other scents wheile adjusting to the new home for Honey.

No we don't want to wake up for a photo.

Love Bug was up napping with Momma

Love Bug

Cutie Pie with YumYum

I kept trying to get them just as they wake up so I can get some quiet energy level photos with good light. 

I lost the light during the process though.

Love Bug with YumYum - poor light but too good not to share

 love Bug

sleepy Bug

Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie

Yum Yum

Yum Yum

Yum Yum


April 19th - Today was alter surgery day. Dr. Wright said the kittens did exceptionally well.  They arrived home and crawled right onto my lap. Their tiny incisions look great. We are trying to keep them from being too active. They are all behaving like nothing happened to them at all. We will be watching them closely for the next few days for any sign of possible complication. They all look great as of bed time. Honey Bun and YumYum's families were able to visit with them this week before surgery. All the kittens loved having them visit and play.

"I'm so glad your home Cutie Pie. I missed you all"

Honey showing what all the kitten's look like. Pupils blown wide from the medication. Fur around her eyes showing signs of the lubricant put in the eyes to keep them moist while they are under anesthetic. Fur shaved on her from leg where she had her IV line.

Bug's shaved tummy with glued incision

YumYum's incision looks worse than it is because the red blood mixed with the glue and is preserved in the glue.

Honey's shaved tummy with  surgical skin glued incision


April 16th - Today is YumYum day. The reason its YumYum day is that I need to make up for her cruddy Birthday photos. I also think I may be under featuring her because I'm trying to correct for bias and not play favorites. I usually don't have a favorite as each kitten has things about it that I feel makes them a favorite. I love the qualities that makes each of them unique. With this litter YumYum has consistently been "my kitten". She has made herself my shadow and has attached herself to me unlike most kittens. When I enter a room she gets up and tries to come to me even when they are all sleeping. She is always right with me making me smile. YumYum is a wonderful well rounded outgoing girl. At first I thought she was dominate but watching her with her brother who is dominate I can see she couldn't care less. She is just that bubbly friendly kitten that wants to play and interact. She just craves stimulation and will play with whomever wants to play or will make her own playtime with toys if everyone is tired. She doesn't pester or play attack like Pie does. She doesn't need to prove dominance like Pie. So here are some better photos of YumYum, 

April 14th - ten weeks birthday - Love Bug and Cutie Pie had their new families come to visit this weekend. The kittens are really enjoying play time.

Birthday photo session, lol

Love Bug just wanted the toy for herself

Honey Bun and Cutie Pie

Love Bug

Love Bug and Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie 

 Honey Bun

Honey Bun

Yum Yum

Yum Yum

I had the most trouble getting good photos of Yum Yum


April 12th - We are so busy playing. No one hides anymore and they all sleep out in the open. Honey will even just curl up in the middle of the floor to nap, lol. Cutie Pie is definitely the big boss now and the dominate kitten. We all went to the Vet for the first check up and vaccinations. They all did excellent.  Honey was buzzing the whole time but I think the experience gave her some confidence too. Dr. Gould checked them all over thoroughly. She was impressed by how solid and sturdy they were. She said they all have strong hearts and good lungs with no problems. We talked about Love Bugs tail and she feels it happened due to positional in utero development. she had it bent when the bones hardened.  She said all the kittens are at good weights. They had their blood drawn for surgery too. As I predicted the ones that gave the techs the most trouble were the most outgoing kittens.They had places to go and toys to play with, they didn't want to sit still o get blood drawn, lol.

Pretty Yum Yum

Pretty sure this is Honey

These one kitty beds are a bit full, lol

Honey waiting for the Vet

Pie after he had his exam, shot, and blood draw. He wanted to go look around more, lol.

Yum Yum falling asleep next to me on the sofa.

Momma and Bug with Honey and Yum Yum sleeping on the sofa

Pie joins Momma and Bug. That's Yum Yum down below in the bed on the sofa

Honey got up and moved to sleep on the floor for about 30 mins then came back to the sofa.

Honey back on the sofa sleeping

We had company visit and play

Bug says Herman Miller arm rests are restful, lol

Silly Pie


April 7th - nine weeks birthday - The kittens are starting to show signing that they are looking to bond. Love Bug Is doing very well. She is a little theif. She likes to get things and haul them  to a different location to invstigate them.  I just wathed her pick up Tom's crossword pen and run with it under the  coffee table. She showed it to Yum Yum thn took off to find something new, lol. She still has a healthy dose of caution which puts her behind Cutie pie for leadership. She allows me to hold her without struggling. Love Bug is back in my lap but sometimes she has to share it with Cutie Pie who is most often in it. Cutie Pie has really developed into a nice boy. He plays large and hard dominating the play field but he's also sweet and lap sits with me. He also allows me to hold him He has started talking quite a bit for a baby. He will go into th kitchen and call-howl over and over. lol. Yum Yum continues to be my little shadow. When I'm doing chores she's always right near me wanting to know what's going on. She is unflappable and a busy girl  who's always ready to play. She easily entertains herself. When I hold her she never struggles. Honey is also doing well. She needs warm up time to get going. She will watch play and allow her siblings to burn off energy before she enters the play. I've discovered she really likes small things. Her favorite toys is a string pulled across the floor. I often see her playing some tiny bit of something she finds on the rug. She allows me to pick her up and carry her but I can tell she is not as relaxed as the other kittens. She hasn't stayed on my lap but we are working on trying to show her its a comfortable place. I think its possible with time she will lap sit or at least sit close up. She falls asleep in the middle of the floor so I really don't think she is fearful. It seems more of a need to  be comfortable in a situation. She regularly plays in the middle of the melee after she warms up to the idea. She also runs and tackles her siblings taking the upper hand in the wrestling bout with a head lock. Honey Bun is definitely a momma's girl she will run to momma and rub on her. She loves when momma plays chase with her.
Momma is the pied piper when she calls

Love Bug

Nine weeks old

She likes to sit with her legs flat out to the sides

 

Pie and Bug

Honey Bun and Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie

Nine weeks old

Yum Yum 

Nine weeks old 

She was a little sleepy

Honey Bun

Nine weeks old

Honey got comfortable with Da Bird, lol

Honey working on lap sitting. She did very well with this session.

Three with momma and one on top the cat tree sleeping

Wake up stretches!

Introducing Da Bird toy with unexpected results

They kept hissing for a full day

Look out there....

Oh I want up too

Two on top


April 2nd - I've been watching Honey more closely. She is making progress. She is staying out in the room more and playing. Noises are not as startling to her.  Her maturity is coming along. Yesterday she went and sat under the dining room table and yelled .LOL she wanted someone to come play with her. Her three siblings were playing rough and crazy in the living room with me. Momma was sitting with me on the sofa. Momma wasn't responding. So I called back to Honey to come play in here. She continued to yell. I got up and went to the doorway from the kitchen and said come in here and play with us. She just looked at me like "go away" lol. I walked around to the front hall and sat on the rug and rattled some toys. I rolled a ball toward her and she was trying to look at me with a "go away" look but she clearly couldn't resist playing. She really wanted another cat not me. I moved away and she yelled again. This time momma came to see what was up. Honey was very happy She ran at momma and jumped her. She ran back and forth trying to get momma to play chase. She went up on the first stair and jumped momma from between the rails. I think Yum Yum would be very happy to live with one other cat but no more than one. She may be the sensitive kid that wants a friend and the right one is enough. 

I swept all the toys from under the cabinet and sofa, lol

Sleeping behind the sofa. I guess Yum Yum got the short straw & had to be the pillow. lol

Honey playing with a mouse and a fur ball. You can see she doesn't bolt when Tom unexpectedly drops a book. A week ago she would have.

Honey playing with YumYum in the ball box


March 31st - eight weeks birthday - The kittens continue to do well. They enjoy playing and are ever busy when awake. Yum Yum continues to be her ever outgoing self. She has been consistently the kitten sleeping in a sofa bed when everyone else is behind the sofa for nap time. With that confidence come a bit of a stinker too. She had a hard lesson in "don't bite " this Wednesday. We really haven't seen biting from any of the kittens so this was a surprise and she was strong willed about it. I have one of those plush lap throws on the sofa and the cats like to sleep on it. Yum Yum started biting and pulling the fabric. I had to bop her nose gently and hiss at her like a momma cat would. I looked her in the eyes and said 'no bite'. She challenged me multiple times but in the end she learned it was not allowed and she went off to play. Then Thursday she snuggled up next to me under my arm and startled nuzzling me. Then she nipped the underside of my arm. I said 'no bite' firmly and she stared into my eyes. She knew it was wrong. She has been good since, lol. 

Sister Bug my ever present lap baby hasn't had time to sit with me lately. She is off being busy or watching for her chance to get in on the playing. She is no longer # 2 in dominance. Pie has taken the roll of  playing hard with Yum Yum. Bug is still struggling with her confidence a bit, which surprises me. Pie has bull dozed his way into the lime light. He has a mission to play and he is right in the thick of it running over everyone else, lol. Miss Honey wants to play so badly, she loves chasing, she loves toys that move. She just really dislikes getting beat up either intentionally or unintentionally by the gang so she hangs back. We are seeing progress and I think Momma is trying to help. She has been chasing and play attacking them when they go into crazy mode. Honey tends to look like she is uncomfortable staying in safe zones but when they are all asleep she is the one who is most relaxed. Its really a funny contradiction. Instead of being curled up and protective she will be draped all over everyone completely stretched out, full tummy exposed. Not an ounce of concern or need to feel protective at all. I think she will do really well as an adult. She may not be at the door to greet strangers but she will bond closely and thrive in a comfortable environment. She is so playful when she gets the chance to play. Right now I think she finds her crazy siblings overwhelming. That being said she is off playing with them, just not quite in the thick of the melee. I can see them in the hall playing.  Honey just ran in from the side and smacked at them as she went past, lol. I was just reminded by her lyrical tones that Honey has the most adorable trilling voice. She uses it to call others to her. and when the kittens start tiring and she gets her chance to play she happily trills are she runs about playing. She was trilling like crazy the night she found her way up onto the sofa. Both Honey and Pie saw their reflection in the window, from the back of the sofa, and thought it was another cat. Yum Yum and Bug have been unaware. 

On a sunny day. We need more of those, lol

Yum Yum sleeping on the sofa

Bug napping in the other bed next to me

Napping on the cat condo with momma

Pie and Yum Yum 

"I'll swing it for you!"

I was getting out some of my Easter decor lol

She had to try on both colors

Honey was first up on the sofa and first to discover her reflection looking back at her.

She puffed up with concern that a stranger was looking in. 

I talked her back down to calm and the next night she was fine looking in the window.

Then Pie found his way up and he had the same reaction.

I'm big and I'm bad!


March 24th - seven weeks birthday - The kittens are doing well with their newly expanded space. Still seeing uncertainty to the unknown and some known depending on the circumstances. They are still a bit on edge. Honey continues to be a beautiful demure lady. She seems a bit overwhelmed by her siblings. I've called her out. She seems to know her name and comes out to play but getting into the thick of play is not her thing, yet. I don't know if it will ever be. She is happy to play and likes to play. She likes being pet too. I think she will do well with a homebody who will take the time to get to know her and bond closely with her. The biggest change I've seen this week is in Pie. He's really come into his own. Bug is still a little bit cautious and Yum Yum is as always right out in it all. Pie and Yum Yum seem to be pairing up this week. Momma has also gone back into heat this week which was a bit confusing to the kittens. Momma's gone crazy a bit, lol. We are also seeing weights over two pounds so we will stop the weighing. They are all doing great and those not at 2 will quickly get there too. The recommended inclusion for early spay/neuter is 8 weeks, 2 pounds. We are doing very well with our kitten weights. We prefer ten weeks for our kittens.

Kittens Playing

"Oh my, I'm confused by that noise you made Meowmy.", Pie

Bug playing with a big mouse

It's all so sweet until someone gets Momma's mouse. Poor Bug

Bug, " I want that toy."

Bug playing

When a kitten meows too much momma thinks there's a problem and comes to the rescue. This happens a lot to Honey when she sits in the kitten room and calls for someone to come back to be with her. Momma or I bring her out to the living room.

Wrangled by Momma for meowing too much. Poor Pie.

"I'm done playing no but I made this toy better. See I spindled the corner. Doesn't it look nice?" YumYum

Honey playing after the other three were getting tired out.

Beauty Honey, I love her face.

bi-weekly weigh in......

Love Bug  is 2 lbs.  3.25 ounces = 10004 grams - up  128  grams

Cutie Pie is 2 lbs. 1 ounce = 940 grams - up 71 grams

Yum Yum is 1 lb 11.75 ounces = 698 grams - up 93 grams

Honey Bun is 1 lb. 13.5 ounce = 840 grams - up 50 gram


March 20th -  The kittens all made it out to play in the living room for the first time today. There were lots of new smells and areas for them to explore and get used to. This is the first time all four have come into the room. It was a funny morning for Pie. He was in Honey's corner and Honey was out on the cat tree. He acted all scared like he was going to bolt for the hidey hole. I gave him pets, held him and put him down on the floor. Then he took off and was running all over the house all full of confidence, lol. He and Bug were playing on the cat tree in the kitchen making momma crazy lol. Being able to come out and play is when the kittens get a big confidence boost. Each now experience helps build the up. I've been opening the doors everyday but they all haven't chosen to explore until today. Yum Yum was leaping and jumping for the feather toy even. This is a skill they usually have to learn. She is a natural.

Bug loves to sit in the hole in my legs.

bi-weekly weigh in......

Love Bug  is 1 lb.  14.75 ounces = 875 grams - up  50  grams

Cutie Pie is 1 lb. 14.5  ounces = 868 grams - up 60 grams

Yum Yum is 1 lb 8.5 ounces = 698 grams - up 43 grams

Honey Bun is 1 lb. 11.75 ounce = 790 grams - up 64 gram

This is Honey's feeling insecure bed

And her hidey hole for when she's just not sure.

Under the desk in the knee hole. Yum Yum and Pie comfort nursing.

Honey joins them up by momma's head

Honey sleeping on the cat tree

Trying to get them all to look at me is challenging, lol.

Honey & Bug on top

Pie and Yum Yum inside

Honey and Bug


March17th -six weeks birthdayHappy St. Patrick's Day!  The kittens are dealing well with their new "I'm afraid of everything" phase. When they discover the world is bigger than they ever imagined if gives them a bit of extra caution until experiences catch up and equal it out. The order of caution strength is YumYum, Bug, Pie and then Honey. Honey is having a much harder time. She wants to hide sometimes. She is doing pretty well rebuilding her bravery though. She was out and about playing today. She takes a bit of time to warm up and doesn't like being surprised. Their faces are starting to mature. Bug's face changes surprise me the most. Her face has slimmed down. Pie's face has become wider. The contrast between him and Honey when they stand together is striking given how much they looked alike as toddlers..
Love Bug

Cutie Pie

Yes, there is a hair on my nose.

Yum Yum

Yum Yum going up the stairs alone then wondering if she really wants to be up there. 

She quickly hopped back down every stair very deftly.

Honey, Bug and Pie

Honey Bun 

Sleepy Honey 

bi-weekly weigh in......

Love Bug  is 1 lb.  13 ounces = 826 grams - up  132  grams

Cutie Pie is 1 lb. 12.4 ounces = 808 grams - up 96 grams

Yum Yum is 1 lb 7 ounces = 655 grams - up 100 grams

Honey Bun is 1 lb. 9.5 ounce = 728 grams - up 93 gram

Yum Yum and Cutie Pie playing with a new toy. That is Honey Bun in the background rolling around and trilling. I'm not sure if you can hear her but that's why I trilled back to her, lol.


March13th - I was able to get some face photo of these littel sweethearts. If they look a bit surprised its because they are. I had to surprise them to get them to look at me, lol.
Love Bug

Bug

Sweetie Pie

Pie

Yum Yum

Yum Yum

Honey Bun

Honey

Getting rid of the run 

and going for a run

bi-weekly weigh in......

Love Bug  is 1 lb.  8.4 ounces = 694 grams - up  53  grams

Cutie Pie is 1 lb. 9 ounces = 712 grams - up 64 grams

Yum Yum is 1lb 3.5 ounces = 555 grams - up 64 grams

Honey Bun is 1 lb. 6.25 ounce = 634 grams - up 82 grams


March 8th - five weeks birthday - The kittens are doing very well and are very active between naps. 

I've been watching Cutie Pie and he is such a funny goof. I think it may be that because he sat and watched the others when they were small. He didn't develop the same skills at the same time. So now he appears clumsy as he works on developing his skills as a bigger kitten. He's slow to get started but can be a brute once he's going. I watched him jump on every toy one after and other and run head first into the cat tree. He really didn't see the carpet covered perch and hit it with his head. He was so focused on where he was going. He's very good at climbing up and down the condo. He was the first to figure out the safe way down. Despite his reserve I've watched him become the attacking aggressor today in playing with the other kittens. It will be interesting to see if he can leave behind his slow start and take over as the dominate cat or if he will continue to be sensitive and hang back. He's slower to chase and his movements are not as refined as YumYuim's.

Yum Yum is a refined little package, fast and very tight in her movement. She's got mad play skills. Toys won't get away from her. She freaked her siblings out last night when she found her growl, lol. We were playing and she got a toy in her mouth and started growling and pulling on it. She is such a contrast to her big brother Cutie Pie. I left the run gate open today and Yum Yum went off exploring all by herself when she saw the door as open. Momma freaked out but I talked to her and she sat back and watched Yum Yum and gave her the space she wanted. She never left the hall and she came back on her on.

Bug is pretty on top of her game. She is more of a bonding kitten in my opinion.  She is pretty much an all around good guy cat. She takes on all comers and has a good play with everyone. Her energy is a little more quite than Yum Yum's. Yum Yum wants to be in the center of everything, Bug wants to be there too but if she's not the center she's good too. She will go off on her own and do her own thing.

Honey Bun is sort of a middle child type. She tends to hang back a bit but given the stage she will take the attention and really enjoy it. She has a really silky coat. I love petting her. She loves to chase moving toys, loves balls and will play soccer with them. She is a little bit more reserved than Bug. She can be overwhelmd by Yum Yum and Bug when they get to play fighting.

I'm looking forward to seeing how my observations of them change as they grow and start to play out in the main part of the house as they mature more. First we have to be sure everyone has mastered the litter box and knows how to go back to it when needed. They are all doing very well moving to that stage of development.

I notice this week that I need to find unique cues to use with photographs to tell these kitten apart, lol. They all love to play in the hole in my lap. I'm having a hard time with who is who if I can't see the color mark. I will try to do better with next weeks birthday photos.

Honey drinking from the big kitty bowl. For some reason she felt the need to place her paw over the edge the whole time.

Bug

Bug

Yum Yum escaping the kitten room to see whats out there. Bold and Beautiful

Yum Yum

Yum Yum

Pie went after Bug repeatedly and now he's getting it back.

Hey, that mouse made noise!

Hello

I'm in the hole. Play with me.

I'm in the hole too, (later that night)

I'm the one the the blaze on my nose from my color coming in, who and I?

I went and looked at the kittens and I couldn't see the blaze patterns in person, lol

No blaze on my nose!

I know this is Honey Bun

Shhh, I'm pretending to be a desert fox in their burrow hole.

Honey Bun

I don't know, lol

Two in the hole

Who am I Meowmy? I've got a tiny little bit of blaze.

You know Meowmy you should check out ear tufts too.

Who am I? I have no ear tufts.

This is Cutie Pie

I'll get you green thing.

Exhausted

bi-weekly weigh in......Everyone is over one pound. Good gains from moving to solid food.

Love Bug  is 1 lb.  6.5 ounces = 640 grams - up  107  grams

Cutie Pie is 1 lb. 6.75 ounces = 648 grams - up 100 grams

Yum Yum is 1lb 1.25 ounces = 491 grams - up 93 grams

Honey Bun is 1 lb. 3.4 ounce = 552 grams - up 67 grams


March 7th - Today I had kittens in my lap as usual and was playing with them. The kitten I was working with bit on my finger with some pressure but not really hard. I made a little noise and she looked at me then licked my finger like she was sorry. In my mind I thought it was Bug. I looked up and Bug was in the nest in front of me. This was Yum Yum, she's learning to be sensitive to how she treats others. :) I think right now she is a pretty bomb proof kitten. When I came in with a plastic bag to change out the litter  none of them were scared. Three kept their distance and eyed me but Yum Yum with her usual enthusiasm ran up. Changing the litter is usually scary the first time. But she didn't seem to care at all. She sat near by waiting for me.

A new toy is introduced

It's nap time


March 6th - The kittens are growing up so fast. Yum Yum used the litter box today. All of the kittens have been eating kibble and we expect them to all start using the litter in the next day or two. We have seen no accidents at all. Pie climbed up to the first level of the cat tree.  Bug climbed up the condo last night and was fascinated by the big window. They are working on learning bite limits. Yum Yum has been pretty aggressive and biting hard. I've allowed her to bit on my finger so I can yelp and tell her no. The other kittens were staying away from her. I think because she wasn't listening to them. Bug bit onto the underside of my arm after she had been play fighting with Yum Yum. I yelped automatically, lol, It surprised both me and Bug. She seems quite moved by my response. She seemed ashamed and was very quite for some time after. I held her and talked to her so she knew it was okay. Momma has been holding onto them and biting them too, helping to teach them. This is a really important time for them to learn to be gentle in play. I've since allowed Bug to bite on my fingers in play and she has been very gentle. If I make a soft yelp she always looks me in the eyes then licks me. I think she is sensitive to how to behave now. They seem to have paired up by personality type too. Yum Yum and Love Bug are most often together and Honey Bun and Cute Pie are together. I see Honey and Bug together sometimes too.

Of the four kittens Yum Yum is the go getter and the most out going. She  and Bug are the first to run to me when I enter the room. As all the kitten run out of energy and settle down to nap yum yum still wants to go. Yum Yum is closely followed by Bug who is also out going but has a quieter energy level. Then comes Honey She is also outgoing but is a little more reserved to new things. Pie is the most sensitive. He is currently a Momma's boy. He loves being at Momma side. He is sensitive to new things and takes a little bit of time to warm up to them being "safe" He puffs up easily. But un-puffs just as quickly. It will be interesting to see how he grows out of this as he gains more experience. I think he will always be sensitive and concerned for others. Its his gentle  personality. Be ware this is my perception of them right now. As they develop this may change as they gain  experience.

A favorite place to be is in the hole of my crosse legs.

That's Yum Yum on the left and Bug on the right.

bi-weekly weigh in...... We have move to weighing twice a week so the gains are larger. The kittens are all reaching one pound except for Yum Yum. She is a petite kitten and I am not at all worried about her. When you see them in person you can see that she is smaller boned and all her features ar smaller. She is going to be a petite pixie. he has pixie energy and is interested in everything.

Love Bug  is 1 lb. .2.75 ounces = 534 grams - up  71  grams

Cutie Pie is 1 lb. 3.25 ounces = 505 grams - up 42 grams

Yum Yum is 14 ounces = 390 grams - up 39 grams

Honey Bun is 1 lb. 1 ounce = 484 grams - up 64 grams

They run to me and can't wait to get on my lap and play on the hole.

Yum Yum determined to use the end of the scratchier to walk on

I think she will be a muscular acrobat

Honey Bun and Cutie Pie


March 4th - The kittens no longer feel the need to be protected in the cabinet. They are sleeping out in the open. I believe I saw Honey eating kibble. I need to remark them so their colors are bolder from a distance. I can tell them apart when I'm holding them but just looking when I'm standing i harder, lol. Yum Yum spent a lot of effort trying to stand up on the narrow edge of the wave scratchier today. She is going to get it. They are all eyeing the uprights on the cat tree they want to climb. It won't be long before they figure it out. They seem to be biting very gentle for now. I haven't heard any cries....yet.

They really were sleeping like this. That's Honey sound asleep under and Yum Yum on top.


March 3rd - Four Weeks Birthday - Looking at the wigh gains its possible all the kittens are eating some kibble and I just haven't seen it. Nice gains. This is our last daily weigh in. Now that they are moving to kibble we will weigh them bi-weekly on Sunday and Wednesday. The differences in point color tend to be camera - lighting - contrast issues. In person they all look warm milk chocolate
Love Bug 

Love Bug at 3 weeks of age

Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie at 3 weeks of age

Yum Yum

Yum Yum at 3 weeks of age

Honey Bun

Honey Bun at 3 weeks of age

Honey tracking and stalking

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 1 lb.  .25 ounces = 462 grams - up  21  grams

Cutie Pie is 1 lb. 1.75 ounces = 505 grams - up 21 grams

Yum Yum is 12.6 ounces = 359 grams - up 17.8 grams

Honey Bun is 14.75 ounces = 420 grams - up 21 grams


March 2nd - Yum Yum is enjoying eating kibble. No one else has tried it yet that I have seen.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 15.5 ounces = 441 grams - up  14.2  grams

Cutie Pie is 1 lb. 1 ounce  = 484 grams - up 17.8 grams

Yum Yum is 12 ounces = 342 grams - up 17.8 grams

Honey Bun is 14 ounces = 399 grams - up 17.8 grams


March 1st - Today we expanded the run area, added in the training litter box so that we can introduce food. Added in the low baby bowls with Baby cat kibble and water. Yum Yum was out and about ith me talking up a storm. She went right to the food and had a small taste. I later placed each kitten at the bols but no one else was interested. It may be because while Yum Yum was out with me they were all nursing. Bug came out but she like to call when out and Momma hauled her back. I'm glad Yum Yum is interested in Kibble it looks like Pie ate Yum Yum's share of Momma's milk today. Hopefully Yum Yum will start eating food and gaining weight better.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 15.0 ounces = 427 grams - up  14.2  grams

Cutie Pie is 1 lb. 0.4 ounces = 466 grams - up 7.1 grams

Yum Yum is 11.4 ounces = 324 grams - down 3.5 grams

Honey Bun is 13.4 ounces = 381 grams - up 10.7 grams

Bug loves the heat registers

And the room is at 82 so its not cold, lol

Bug in the hole

Bug spent quite a bit of time just sitting on my lap last night.

Yum Yum finds her toes

Tickle tickle  Yum Yum

I have back toes too!

Yum Yum

We no longer have whiskers, We are unamused.


February 28th -

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 14.5 ounces = 413 grams - up  14.2  grams

Cutie Pie is  15.5 ounces = 434 grams - up 7.1 grams

Yum Yum is 11.5 ounces = 327 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 13 ounces = 370 grams - up 17.8 grams


February 27th -

What's That? (pixel camera)

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 14 ounces = 398 grams - up  14.2  grams

Cutie Pie is  15.25 ounces = 434 grams - up 10.7 grams

Yum Yum is 11.1 ounces = 317 grams - up 17.8 grams

Honey Bun is 12.4 ounces = 352 grams - up 10.6 grams


February 26th -

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 13.5 ounces = 384 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  14.9 ounces = 423 grams - up 21 grams

Yum Yum is 10.5 ounces = 299 grams - up 7.1 grams

Honey Bun is 12 ounces = 341.6 grams - up 14.2 grams


February 25th -

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 13.1 ounces = 374 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  14.1 ounces = 402 grams - up 10.7 grams

Yum Yum is 10.25 ounces = 292 grams - up 7.1 grams

Honey Bun is 11.5 ounces = 327 grams - up 3.6 grams


February 24th - three weeks birthday -  We seem to have two facial looks. The rounder faces of  Love Bug and Yum Yum, and the modified wedge of  Cutie Pie and Honey Bun. Or is it the shape of the  eyes that cause the difference in the look? They are too young to tell yet.  It will be interesting to watch how they change as they develop. 
Love Bug

Cutie Pie

Yum Yum

Honey Bun

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 12.75 ounces = 363 grams - up  7.1  grams

Cutie Pie is  13.75 ounces = 391 grams - up 7.1 grams

Yum Yum is 10 ounces = 285 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 11.4 ounces = 324 grams - up 7.1 grams

Cutie Pie seems to really want to learn to jump. He keeps hopping.

Cutie Pie hopping out and surprising himself.


February 23rd -  The kittens are licking every textured surface and I learned their canines are in when one chomped on my finger in response to my tickling its tummy. lol  The biting games will soon begin. They teach each other why gentle is important at this stage. Our son's came to visit today and Cutie Pie really liked snuggling with our eldest. I suspect it was Pie's full tummy that made him want to rest though. Yum Yum is a little sprite of a kitten. She was out exploring all over. Sliding her back feet on the floor like it was ice, lol. She will build up those muscles in no time. She is so very curious.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 12.5 ounces = 356 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  13.5 ounces = 384 grams - up 25 grams

Yum Yum is 9.6 ounces = 274 grams - up 7.1 grams

Honey Bun is 11.1 ounces = 317 grams - up 10.7 grams


February 22nd - We moved into the corner cabinet nest. and set up the run. The kittens are all so outgoing. They are running around and exploring. Momma is so nervous she keeps hauling one back in to be with her. Cutie Pie is only to happy to stay back and nurse for her. Looks like Yum Yum is spending too much time running around and not enough time eating, lol 

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 12.1 ounces = 345 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  12.6 ounces = 359 grams - up 17.8 grams

Yum Yum is 9.4 ounces = 267 grams - up 7.1 grams

Honey Bun is 10.75 ounces = 306 grams - up 10.7 grams

Its time to move out of the box

The new place is all freshly set up and waiting

Settling in time for Momma

Out and about time for the kittens

The kitten love their new space


February 21st - Given the two huge gains for Cutie Pie I am not at all worried he didn't gain today. He has a fat little tummy.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 11.75 ounces = 335 grams - up  14.2  grams

Cutie Pie is  12.0 ounces = 342 grams - up 0 grams

Yum Yum is 9.1 ounces = 260 grams - up 7.1 grams

Honey Bun is 10.4 ounces = 295 grams - up 17.8 grams


February 20th - I've been waiting for our boy to pull ahead in weighing in. It looks like he's on his way to biggest kitten. We introduced a ball because Love Bug is seeking out stimulation. She's not paying much attention to it yet. I noticed that Honey Bun has a really silky coat. Slick like satin.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 11.25 ounces = 320 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  12.0 ounces = 342 grams - up 21 grams

Yum Yum is 8.9 ounces = 253 grams - up 7.1 grams

Honey Bun is 9.75 ounces = 277 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey bun decided to hang a nap in the corner too.

All asleep, lol

Honey Bun, "Oh, Hi"

I'm really pretty tired, falling asleep now, bye.

Sweetie Pie

Angle one

Angle two

Full tummy sleeping

Yum Yum sleeping


February 19th - Momma Grainne has not wanted to move the kittens yet but the kittens are on the move.  We may have to make the decision to move for momma so Love Bug can explore more safely. She is a calm and confident baby and wants to go, go, go. I think Cutie Pie must have spent all his time eating.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 11.0 ounces = 313 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  11.25 ounces = 320 grams - up 21 grams

Yum Yum is 8.6 ounces = 245.5 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 9.4 ounces = 267 grams - up 10.7 grams

Buggin' out


February 18th

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 10.16 ounces = 302 grams - up  14.2  grams

Cutie Pie is  10.5 ounces = 299 grams - up 10.7 grams

Yum Yum is 8.25 ounces = 235 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 9.0 ounces = 256 grams - up 7.1 grams


February 17th - Two Weeks Birthday - The kitten all had their nails trimmed for the first time. They all were so good allowing me to trim them. They have become much more alert. Tom walked in last night talking to me and Yum Yum not recognizing his voice called out. It was so cute. He's usually talks quietly not wanting to disturb them but this time he talked normally. He kept talking so that they would become familiar with his sound. Of the four kittens Love Bug has the closest baby coat, Yum Yum is next and Cutie Pie and Honey Bun have fluffier looking coast. This has to do with the top coat and under coat. Kittens lose these baby coats and get in adult coats. Sometimes if offers insight but other times the baby coat is unrelated to the adult coat. Its a very small difference that's hard to se unless your looking for it. I believe we have three females and one male. I think Cutie Pie is our boy. I scrolled back to the photos and I can see the extra space on Cutie pie there too. 

Love Bug 2 weeks of age

Cutie Pie 2 weeks of age

Yum Yum 2 weeks of age

Honey Bun 2 weeks of age

Yum Yum likes to crawl up into the corners and tuck her head into it to sleep.

Love Bug was posing very nicely for me

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 10.1 ounces = 288 grams - up  14.2  grams

Cutie Pie is  10.1 ounces = 288 grams - up 7.1 grams

Yum Yum is 7.9 ounces = 224 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 8.75 ounces = 249 grams - up 10.7 grams


February 16th - thirteen days old -

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 9.6 ounces = 274 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  9.9 ounces = 281 grams - up 17.7 grams

Yum Yum is 7.5 ounces = 213.5 grams - up 7.1 grams

Honey Bun is 8.4 ounces = 238 grams - up 10.7 grams


February 15th - twelve days old -

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 9.25 ounces = 263 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  9.25 ounces = 263 grams - up 14.2 grams

Yum Yum is 7.25 ounces = 206 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 8.0 ounces = 227 grams - up 10.7 grams


February 14th - eleven days old - Happy Valentines Day! The kittens all have their eyes fully open now. They run to the front of the box when they hear I've come to visit. Momma is much more relaxed about me holding them and can sit relaxing in the nest while watching me weigh and love on them, even when they call out. Weight gains continue to be good. 

Happy Valentine's from our Sweethearts Love Bug, Yum Yum, Cutie Pie and Honey Bun

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 8.9 ounces = 253 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  8.75 ounces = 249 grams - up 14.2 grams

Yum Yum is 6.9 ounces = 196 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 7.6 ounces = 217 grams - up 14.2 grams


February 13th - ten days old -

Behind the scenes

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 8.5 ounces = 242 grams - up  7.1  grams

Cutie Pie is  8.25 ounces = 235 grams - up 14.2 grams

Yum Yum is 6.5 ounces = 185 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 7.1 ounces = 203 grams - up 7.1 grams


February 12th - nine days old - The kittens are doing very well. They enjoy being stroked and held.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 8.25 ounces = 235 grams - up  7.1  grams

Cutie Pie is  7.75 ounces = 221 grams - up 14.2 grams

Yum Yum is 6.1 ounces = 174 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 6.9 ounces = 196 grams - up 14.2 grams

Love Bug is working on strengthening her legs


February 11th - eight days old -

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 8 ounces = 228 grams - up  21  grams

Cutie Pie is  7.25 ounces = 206 grams - up 14.2 grams

Yum Yum is 5.75 ounces = 164 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 6.9 ounces = 196 grams - up 10.7 grams

The low rumble is Grainne purring, The ticking is the kittens purr.


February 10th - one week birthday - The kittens are all doing very well. They are gaining weight as they should.
Love Bug one week of age

Cutie Pie one week of age

Yum Yum one week of age

Honey Bun one week of age

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 7.25 ounces = 206 grams - up  7.1  grams

Cutie Pie is  6.75 ounces = 192 grams - up 17.8 grams

Yum Yum is 5.4 ounces = 153 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 6 ounces = 171 grams - up 7.1 grams


February 9th - six days old - e changed out bedding for the family nest.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 7 ounces = 199 grams - up  14.2  grams

Cutie Pie is  6.1 ounces = 174 grams - up 17.8 grams

Yum Yum is 5 ounces = 142 grams - up 14.2 grams

Honey Bun is 5.75 ounces = 164 grams - up 10.7 grams

The room is kept at 85 degrees so the kittens don't ned to huddle for warmth. 

They can't produce their own warmth when newly born. Being cold is the leading cause of neonatal kitten death.


February 8th - five days old - There are no stand out color hints in this litter. I suspect that means we have a full litter of chocolates. Valentines chocolates, ha ha.  The kittens all lost their cords yesterday and we are seeing their eyes opening. The eyes and ears of kittens are closed when born. Their eyes won't be able to see well at all until the eyes finish developing. Right now they just look black.

I've taken some sexing photos for those who want to try to guess the sex of each kitten. I will reserve judgment until they develop a bit more. 

Love Bug

Cutie Pie

Yum Yum

Honey Bun

Ear edges showing a bit of color

Funny pattern with the weights tonight. Honey Bun missed being in the half with just an eight of an ounce.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 6.5 ounces = 185 grams - up  17.8  grams

Cutie Pie is  5.5 ounces = 156.5 grams - up 17.8 grams

Yum Yum is 4.5 ounces = 128 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 5.4 ounces = 153 grams - up 10.7 grams


February 7th - four days old -The kittens are doing really well with their fat little round tummies.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 5.9 ounces = 167 grams - up  17.8  grams

Cutie Pie is  4.9 ounces = 139 grams - up 17.8 grams

Yum Yum is 4.1 ounces = 117 grams - up 14.2 grams

Honey Bun is 5 ounces = 142 grams - up 17.8 grams


February 6th - three days old - The kittens are doing well with weight gain and cuteness overload.

Love Bug

_________________

Cutie Pie

_________________

Yum Yum

_________________

Honey Bun

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 5.25 ounces = 149 grams - up  17.8  grams

Cutie Pie is  4.25 ounces = 121 grams - up 10.7 grams

Yum Yum is 3,6 ounces = 103 grams - up 10.7 grams

Honey Bun is 4.4 ounces = 125 grams - up 14.2 grams

 
Yum Yum is getting more competitive

Yum Yum still wanting more milk


February 5th - two days old - No photos today. Momma is just too worried when I'm in the room. She can't relax. The few times I checked in I made sure to put Yum Yum onto a nipple. We also went and bought kitten milk replacer just in case. I'm really happy to see a nice weight gain in Yum Yum tonight. Perhaps the unopened can of milk will be the insurance that we won't need it.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 4,6 ounces = 131.7 grams - up  10.7  grams

Cutie Pie is  3.9 ounces = 110 grams - up 7.1 grams

Yum Yum is 3,25 ounces = 92.5 grams - up 14.2 grams

Honey Bun is 3.9 ounces = 110 grams - up 14.2 grams


February 4th - one day old - Momma is very protective today and doesn't want me messing with her babies. Its too early. When I came in to weigh them she tried to cover them with her head and paws so I wouldn't take any. She knows I won't hurt them but for now she needs them to be all hers.  They were not fussy at all being handled :) Its not surprising that Yum Yum gained the least. I'm very happy to see that gain. Yum Yum has to fight against larger siblings for a share. I'll be keeping a close watch to be sure Yum Yum doesn't fall behind. We can supplement if necessary but I don't want to interfere with them getting colostrum or the demand for milk that determines supply right now.
I'm not going to stay up until 1am to weight them so this first weigh in is a bit less than a full day. It was done at 8 pm. We will continue with 8pm weigh ins going forward.

evening weigh in...... 

Love Bug  is 4,25 ounces = 121 grams - up  14.2  grams

Cutie Pie is  3.625 ounces = 103 grams - up 10.7 grams

Yum Yum is 2.75 ounces = 78 grams - up 3.5 grams

Honey Bun is 3.375 ounces = 96 grams - up 10.6 grams

If we're awake we're eating!


February 3rd- Birth Day - Grainne started showing signs of labor around 3 pm. Around 6:30 we went to her birthing box and I sat with her stroking her tummy waiting for active labor to begin. She started active contractions around 11:20pm. The first kitten presented tail and feet first. A worrisome position. Ideally they should be head first but if they come backwards you want the butt. She did great after ten minutes of pushing with each contraction she delivered it unaided. It made noises right away. I wiped its face a bit. The placenta did not follow.  Its best to keep the kitten's umbilical cord intact until the placenta is expelled too.  Its really important not to pull on the cord when placentas are not been expelled naturally. If it is still attached to the mother you can tear it loose and cause her to hemorrhage and bleed out. If placentas are ever not expelled they need to be surgically removed so as not to cause infection. It's really important to keep track of them. 

At  11:50pm with only one or two contractions kitten two delivered head first. Now we have two kittens on cords and no placentas. This became a bit problematic with only an inch or two space from their cords momma was moving to try to get away from them so she could see them and clean them better but they moved with her. We made the decision to cut the cord on kitten one to help her settle. We will watch for the placentas. Kitten one weighs 3 3/4 ounces and is marked with aqua on its hip and under its armpit. Momma is less likely to remove the armpit marker. It's our emergency back up identifier, lol. We mark them all so we can track their weight and make sure all are thriving.  Kitten one's tip of the tail is bent. One placenta was expelled attached to kitten 2.  I allow Grainne to eat the vitamin and mineral rich placenta. Grainne now rests. I can feel more kittens. Kitten 2 weighs 3 1/4 ounces and is marked purple. 

Contractions begin again and quickly kitten 3 is delivered at 12:30am. I missed how it presented, head first was my impression after the fact.  The placenta followed not to long after. Kitten 3 looks thin it was probably conceived a little later that the first two. It didn't have as much time to fatten up. It's very hungry. All the kittens are very actively pursuing nipples for nursing.  Still worrying about that first placenta. At 12:40 kitten 4 presents butt first. I take the three kittens and snuggle them in a warm towel on my lap.  Kitten 3 weighs 2 5/8 ounces and I mark it with hot pink. 

Kitten 4 delivers at 12:50am with no assistance. No placenta one or four. Grainne is having a hard time and keeps moving to try to move away from the kitten. After 15 minutes we decide to cut it's cord. At this time we decide to exchange the wet bedding and make it fresh and dry for her. Momma relaxes and cleans kitten 3 and 4 again with all the kittens back nursing with her. We wait and worry for two placentas. Finally at 1:15 the two remaining placentas are expelled. Kitten 4 weighs 3 ounces. I marked him orange just in case there is another kitten. I sat with her until 2:30am and felt fairly sure she was done. Four is our final count. We will not continue the orange mark. Its unnecessary kitten 4 will be white, no mark..

 

The Stats at birth  

#1 10:40 pm  Aqua   Love Bug 106 grams (3.75 ounces) tail tip bent

#2 11:00 pm  Pink Cutie Pie  92.5  grams (3.25 ounces) 

#3 11.55 pm  Purple   Yum Yum 75 grams (2.625 ounces) 

#4 12:55 am  none    Honey Bun   85  grams (3.0 ounces) initially marked orange but we will not continue to mark.

The naming scheme for this litter's diary names comes from Valentine Sweetheart's candy sayings.

 

Nursing and a kinked tail


January 30th - We can feel the kittens moving about. Grainne loves lounging on me and getting tummy rubs. Its all she wants to do. If I'm not sitting on the couch with her she is calling to me to get there now, lol.

 


November 26th, 2018 - We are breeding Grainne to Polo this week.

 

 


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