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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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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

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Cutie Pie

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Yum Yum

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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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