This litter is just amazing, as all kittens are very sweet and often fall asleep in our laps! Not only ours, but also guests are likely to end up with a sleeping, fully relaxed kitten, in their arms. Willow even calls for attention when she wants to cuddle herself to sleep in my knee. She actually lies in my lap, dreaming something exciting at this very moment :) Purrs loudly when they awake slightly.
In the picture next to this text, I just added one sleepy kitten to another and they gladly shared their human mum with the others. Not wearing my best outfit, I know, but kitten claws are sharp as I'm sure you are all aware of...
They have now entered that lovely age, when they are both cuddly and playful. This week, I tried to take nice outdoors photos of the bunch, one at the time of course. Xander acted like he's never done anything else! Started out by chewing on the grass and then he (under my close watch) ran to the cat run some meter away to say hi, "I'm just fine" to a very worried Kiwawa. As can be seen on his page, he ran fast, so we had to give up the picture taking session... The others thought outdoors were ok, but not that fun. The sun did shine bright in their eyes and the wind was cold. They felt safe in my lap, though. It was fun seeing Kendra and her half sister Oracle next to each other! They are so much alike and also have the same colour. Oracle has been visiting Enigma and thought Kendra looked sweet :) I'm sure she already starts dreaming of some kittens of her own.
Quite playful, one might say. We moved this kitten house to the kitchen and it was a success from the start. It was a fun game, to try keeping siblings from the roof, and they can practice climbing and boxing at the same time. Also, when they grow tired, they sometimes sleep in the house.
As our adult cats have around-the-clock access to their cat run, they sometimes bring in prey from outdoors... During this week, Ninett found a very small, but cute, mouse and decided to have some fun with it indoors. As cats are cats and have their way of living, it is something we do not really approve of, but still it is an instinct we cannot ignore. Pia decided on the spot that this was a great time to teach the young ones what to do with mice! Willow was the only one awake at first and got some lessons from the elders in how to catch, play and carry the mouse. Faith soon woke up and joined them. Xander is not allowed from his new owners, so he got to cuddle in the sofa instead ;) He surely has his own special way how to lie sleeping...
This was that week when they start exploring the world... In this case, we limited their world to the bedroom/kitchen/study-area. It is also the monster time, when they attack everything, and I really mean everything, that moves... Their mother teaches them everything about the world, giving lectures most of the time. Here, Xander attacks a toy mouse under close supervision from his mum.
Of course they soon learned how to escape over the fence, from the kitchen into our hallway. This we fixed rather quickly as we found the three girls in our basement when we got home from work one day. Xander was sooo lonely upstairs! He's a good boy.
Xander was the first to notice there were other cats walking around in our home. In a few seconds he managed to charm our very pregnant lady Kiwawa, and after that short session she will do anything to keep the kittens clean and has no trouble at all if they play with her paws or tail. Pia is not too happy about sharing her kittens, though.
Now, the kittens start getting furry and real cute! It has been another exciting week and Willow and Xander have both grown quite much, probably since their diet consist of a higher proportion dry food than last week. Some day ago, we served them wet food for the first time. Must say it was not as big a huge success, as we expected it to be! Well... Pia thought it was very kind of us to put the bowl inside the kitten run, so she had no large cats to compete against... Luckily, Faith and Xander were rather hungry and helped emptying the bowl.
Climbing exercises are quite common. Each time they seem equally confused that the scratching post ends somewhere up there. "What now?" they seem to think. We are very proud that Willow already starts practising on turning around on her way down, thinking of climbing the rest on her way with her head first.
Another thing we are proud of, is that they all have been really good at learning how to use the litter box! We put it in the kitten run when they turned 4 weeks, and since then there has only been two accidents! Of course, it helps when they only (Pia says it's quite enough!) 3 square meters of kitten run, and the litter box is therefore always closeby, but still. We are pleased that they have learned the two concepts food and litter box so easily and painlessly.
Confusing for us all, perhaps, but Willow and Faith has (as probably already noticed) exchanged names! The reason is that their personalities did not really match their names considering the characters in the TV-series whom they are named after. As they are still so very young, we do not see this as a problem.
When moving them from their run to other places, when it is photo time, it is quite fun watching their reactions! Willow thought the new place (sofa) smelled rather strange (Enigma left some traces once...) but soon she discovered it was very bouncy and jumped around in all directions! Try taking photos of her then... Faith was quite calm in the beginning. Not very playful, as she was very sleepy as I carried her to the sofa. She went exploring the new place, but as Pia started talking to her, she decided she had enough. Xander was curious and could not stand still. Tried to get his attention, but it was more fun climbing and exploring. Kendra was just wild... As always, she had to be everywhere at the same time. The worst part came when all four was on the sofa... I had hoped for a cute picture of the all together, but could not manage to keep them close together for one second... They had great fun, though!
This has been an exciting week! They've figured out the concept of food (i.e., not milk from mummy), they recognise faster movements and toys have just been noticed (and played with). Also, they've discovered that cuddling is fun but being playful is even more fun... Attacking siblings is a favourite hobby of the girls. The boy probably feels left out, as he has no male siblings and his sisters are amazingly full of mischief, especially Kendra...
Kendra is very social and runs screaming for us when we enter the room where the kittens are located. What she hopes to achieve, we still do not know, as she apparently does not want to be lifted up and cuddled with ;) Our guess is that she wants to be carried to a more fun place to be - somewhere new and exciting. The others know that we will sit down on the floor, and they start getting ready to climb up in our laps.
Faith likes to run around, making funny computer-game noices. She screams when someone bites her - but most of the time it seems to be just in case it would have hurt, and we've noticed at several occasions that she actually wasn't bitten at all... Climbing is fun too!
Willow wants to cuddle up close and bite our fingers, lying on her back. She looks like a teddy-bear and acts like one. Not to be fooled, though, as she jumps around with ears folded back, making funny noises now and then too.
Xander has not really found his place in life yet, but he tries all his sisters activities to find which suits him best. He was the first to start eating dry food, at 3 weeks of age. Loves to climb on the blanket hanging on one wall of their kitten run. Cuddling is nice, but lying on his back is not fun.
Each have a special look, different from the others. Kendra has the alien look and being the tortie and clown of the litter she makes us laugh a lot. Biting our noses is a favourite hobby when being lift up and cuddled. Xander has the "I'm cute so love me"-look. You can't just not give in to his invitation! Faith looks sweet and cute, but is very playful and biting her siblings is her idea of fun. Willow is our cuddly teddy-bear. Sleeping on her back in our hands is a daily recurring event. She wants to be close, cuddle and play lying on her back next to us. Personalities and looks may differ, but they are all very sweet and beautiful! A very nice litter as such. It's not easy to decide which has the best type overall as they all have different great qualities :)
But then, they also have a very good mother! She decided the other night that it's time they learn to catch mice, and either she caught one herself in the cat run or she stole it from some other cat. We found it lying next to her and the kittens when we awoke in the morning. We are quite pleased she hadn't eaten pieces of it...
|Dad in summer coat.|