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  Grainne's Kitten Diary Fall 2020
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 
This kitten will go to waiting family on our kitten list.
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October 16th - I noticed momma is kicking Molly in the head when Molly wants to nurse, so I added in training bowls and baby cat kibble for Molly. We also added the training litter boxes. The kicking is  really gentle. I think she is just telling her the milk needs time to replenish. If Molly is hungry it may be time for her to start solid food. Now she has that option. 

October 15th - We brought the run fence in today. I checked at the door around midnight and I could hear Grainne's soft meowing to Molly. She was talking to her quite a bit. Molly was out running around in the dark. lol.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 11.6 ounces = 331 grams - up 10.7 grams


October 14th -

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 11.25 ounces = 320 grams - up 10.7 grams

Molly uses sound and movement to track.


 

October 13th -

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 10.9 ounces = 309 grams - up 10.7 grams

October 12th - Molly  is out walking for strength training. What a difference one day makes.

Molly's on the Go!

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 10.5 ounces = 299 grams - up 14.2 grams


October 11th -

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 10 ounces = 285 grams - up 10.7 grams


October 10th - two weeks old - Molly is maturely really nicely. Her weights are really good. She loves attention and enjoys being held. No yelling for Momma. She is starting to explore a little and is very curious. Showing no fear. She is a calm, solid kitten. We are seeing her pupils developing nicely. Color is just starting to come into her eyes. I trimmed her nails for the first time. She was very good and patient with me holding her paws.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 9.6 ounces = 274 grams - up 14.2 grams

Molly's starting to show her personality a little bit.

Molly's getting stronger


October 9th - thirteen days old - Yesterday morning I found Molly in a 'nest cave". I stack two beds together to give it a higher bolster rim, deeper bed. Momma had put her between the two beds. I figured the top nest needed washing and changed out the beds. Today same cave, lol. She just likes the cozy protected feel I guess.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 9.1 ounces = 260 grams - up 14.2 grams

 Hanging with Momma - sunny window contrast


October 8th - twelve days old

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 8.6 ounces = 245 grams - up 14.2 grams


October 7th - eleven days old

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 8.1 ounces = 213.5 grams - up 17.8 grams


October 6th - ten days old - Molly is growing very nicely. She is developing a sturdy little body, eating well. She is now working on strengthen her neck and legs. She hold her head up well and is very comfortable in my hands. Her eyes are fully open but they are still developing. She doesn't cry out and looks about as I stroke her head.

"I'm Fierce!"

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 7.5 ounces = 213.5 grams - up 10.7 grams


October 5th - nine day old -

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 7.1 ounces = 203 grams - up 14.2 grams


October 4th - eight day old -

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 6.6 ounces = 188 grams - up 14.2 grams


October 3rd - one week old - Today when I started talking Molly responded to hearing me. Her ear flaps are now open. Her eyes are also progressing with opening a bit more.

I tried to make a video of her talking to me about holding her. Momma does like when Molly talks, it worries her. I can't even play the video with the sound on in the house.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 6.1 ounces = 174 grams - up 10.7 grams

She is gaining the exact same amount every day. Getting all she wants and needs with no competition.

Molly at one week of age


October 2nd - six days old -

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 5.75 ounces = 164 grams - up 10.7 grams


October 1stfive days old - Her eyes are just starting to peek open on the inside corners. She is doing really well. She is comfortable with being touched and held. She will call to her momma when I hold her. Sort of a, Momma what's happening?

This one shows the dark on her ear edge. Given how dark her nose is this one really isn't needed, lol 

She is with out doubt a seal point.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 5.4 ounces = 153 grams - up 10.7 grams

Nice consistent gains.


September 30thfour days old -

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 5 ounces = 142 grams - up 10.7 grams

September 29th three days old -  Molly has shed her cord and her nose leather is shading quickly. She is going to be a beautiful dark seal point.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 4.6 ounces = 131.7 grams - up 10.7 grams

The light from the window is causing high contrast in this photo. I'll try for a better one tomorrow. I tried to take this quickly. Momma has no one else to distract her when I try to sneak her kitten away for photos. I don't want to distress her.


September 28th - two days old -  Molly is doing well. She nurses well. She had a very unusual big gain from all the unshared colostrum her first day. I'm not at all surprised she dropped a bit today. Kittens often take a day off after eating like piggies. I'm not worried because she is active and alert.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 4.25 ounces = 121 grams - down  3.5 grams


September 27th - one day old -  Momma moved Molly to the bed in the corner cabinet during the night. All is well today. Molly is alert and nursing well. She hissed at me, lol. I'm new she needs to get to know my scent. Right now see can't see or hear and everything is new to her.

Afternoon weigh in...... 

Molly is 4.375 ounces = 124.5 grams - up  21 grams

One day old


September 26th - Birth Day - I think this is the easiest labor Grainne has ever experienced. They are nice sized kittens too.

3:40 pm - Kitten one was born easily, head first, after very minimal labor. She just popped out followed very quickly by her placenta. This was not a stressful experience compared to past litters. She weighs 3  5/8 ounces. I'm fairly certain she is a girl. 

She had a few minor contractions moving the next kitten into place then labor stopped.

Its not unusual for a cat to stop labor. They can stop for up to 48 hours then begin again. There is usually a cost to this process though if any placenta has detached.

Kitten two was born quickly once contractions started, at 6:15 pm.  All at once with the placenta. He was unresponsive. I tried compressions & puffs, swinging, rubbing, etc.  all with no success. He weighed 3 3/4 ounces and looked perfect. It's heart breaking. Because he came with his placenta I do believe he detached early on and sat in the birth canal with no oxygen to support his life.

Molly is doing exceptionally well. She is active and hungry. Momma is taking good care looking after her.

The Stats at birth  

#1 3:40 pm    Molly   103 grams ( 3.625 ounces ) 

#2 6:15 pm    Bosco  107  grams (3.75 ounces) Stillborn

The names Molly and Bosco come from the game Deep Rock Galactic. 'Come here Molly' and 'You're a good girl Molly'  will be frequently used phrases.

Momma hugging Molly close,  keeping her safe and warm.


September 19th - We can see and feel at least two kittens moving. One in each horn of her uterus. 

 

  July 2020 - Grainne was bred beginning July 20th. She will be due around Sept 25th.


 

 


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