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Almost 12 weeks of age

Time flies! Tomorrow it is time for their second vaccination and the veterinary check-up. Thereafter the first of the wild bunch will move to his new home... Sad to see him leave, but will happily receive the first report later this week :) During the weekend and soon thereafter, three of the others will leave and Phoenix will stay here until the beginning of March.
The kittens have been just fine since last entry. Growing a lot, sleeping a lot, eating a lot and cuddling whenever they have time ;) In all we are quite pleased with the outcome and it is not entirely improbable we will repeat the mating in 2006-2007... We will see. They have all got a nice temperament, marvellous look and the coat quality is just wonderful. It will be a pleasure to see them as adults!

8 weeks of age

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Storm, Wolverine, Xavier, Nightcrawler, Storm, Phoenix
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Storm, Wolverine, Xavier, Storm, Phoenix

Now the ears are almost all unfolded... Still the tip to go, especially on Wolverine, but... next week! The little ones are coming to terms that the world is big and full of strange things and maybe it's actually fun. Today they got their first vaccination and they were curious and took it all well. I'm happy that they didn't complain during the trip by car and it is always a relief that the vet did not find anything wrong with them.


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Wolverine underneath the Christmas tree, playing
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Storm underneath the Christmas tree, playing

7 weeks of age

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Gathered in one place, somewhat tired
Phoenix, Xavier, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine
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Kiwawa loves kittens! - here she hugs Wolverine

Now they have all transferred into wild, playful furballs... Our old lady Kiwawa has adopted them all and spends most of her time with kittens cuddling up into her warm and thick coat. Älva seems to be happy to get some time off now and then, as the kittens also have a big kitten to play with in Ivette, the wildest of them all. What else? Well, their ears have finally started to unfold, and now it's not much of the curled look left! They eat a lot, play a lot and occasionally they have time to fall asleep in our (or guests') laps.


6 weeks of age

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Gathered in one place
Xavier, Wolverine, Storm, Phoenix, Nightcrawler
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Xavier, Wolverine, Storm, Phoenix, Nightcrawler

Well, another week has gone by and as usually, the little ones have grown and changed a lot. We had better stop comparing them to other relatives as they develop in different directions (but still very nicely) all the time... But, we recognise more and more from Enigma's side but with a bit more length and in some cases different look, coming from Älva's side. They now regularly escape from the 4-5 square meter large kitten run in our bedroom. Earlier it was just Xavier who took a trip now and then to the world outside. They eat lots of dryfood now, and grow fast. We love their long coats and the guardhairs are coming very nicely! We are also very happy to see that the eartufts are still there. Their temperaments are what we expected with that set of parents - super. Ears then... still folded, but we are told from others who have seen the like that they will be just fine in the end :) Not much differs between them all as they all come running when being called upon and all climb into our laps to play and cuddle.

Storm - a cute girl with lots on her mind. When she is calm, she has a look that melts hearts... More like dad in body shape, which is not a bad thing!
Xavier - running fast whenever he hears or sees a two-legged one. Follows our daughter with curious steps and falls on his back to be cuddled when we come close.
Phoenix - a sad look, but very happy and sweet always. The first to venture downstairs without falling through the steps. A copy of mum.
Nightcrawler - funny-looking ears but so beautiful! The boy with lots of lengths and a coat with harsh texture. He looked a bit like a rex at birth, but now the waves cannot be seen.
Wolverine - a soft temperament and sweet nature. He is still the teddybear and a bit rounder than the others.


5 weeks of age

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Gathered in one place
Xavier, Storm, Phoenix, Wolverine, Nightcrawler

Cuddlier than ever, they are completely relaxed when being handled. We are quite pleased with what we see so far :)


4 weeks of age

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Gathered in one place
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One has to just love Xavier!

The little ones started eating wet food this week and they have also tried (and liked, of course) ground meat. They are even more wild and tries to find out fun things to do, like climbing the pole, trying to escape from our kitten run (located in our bedroom) and bite each other.

I just wish sometimes that we had kittens in summertime, just to get a better light for the photographs... It is not fun at all to use a flash as they react differently and the light is so sharp :( Xavier got to pose when I tried using the daylight and a good lense :)

So, to describe their temperaments and differences then... They are all very social and calls out for us when they see us through the kitchen door. Entering the cat run means having at least three kittens in the lap or on the legs in less than a minute :) The others are probably asleep if they have not joined their siblings. All kittens are also very easy to handle and cuddly with a loud purr. Comparing the girls first: Storm is a bit more talkative and she has got a look I just could not put my finger on but I believe I recognise it from her fathers side. An eager girl who just wants to be close - just like her sister Phoenix. Phoenix is a quiet girl, and soft in her ways just like her mum. She is also a copy of Älva in looks. I have no doubt she will turn into a beauty! The boys: Nightcrawler, the quiet boy who walks away to find out what the world beyond looks like. Xavier, the cuddly boy who just want attention. Wolverine is the gentle giant, quiet, big and strong.


3 weeks of age

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As if tiny kittens want to pose for the camera...

Älva has had more milk this week, so we do not give them as much as before. Anyway, most of them eats from the milk bowl now and then so we will introduce food this week. The little ones are very social and as soon as one sits down amongst them, our legs are filled with tiny ones who just wants to cuddle and play :) Trying to leave when half of them sleep and the other half just want me to cuddle them is impossible.

The little ones still have very funny looking ears and I have no idea whether they will turn out the way I like ears to be or not... But, we are very proud and happy over that all kittens have long tufts on their ears and that the ears are much more pointy than we are used to. The profiles are all very smooth (even though they are curved as kitten profiles are) so they seem to be entirely straight on all of the babies. All of them also have promising coat qualities and they seem to have a bit longer coat at 3 weeks of age than we are used to. One can clearly feel the difference in the feeling of the coat on the silver girl (yes, she is silver, even though it might not be the clearest silver ;) But still!)

All in, two of the kittens resemble their half brother Caraïbe but with sharper look, one is a spitting image of mum and two, well, they are just special so far :)


2 weeks of age

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As if tiny kittens want to pose for the camera...

The little ones are already two weeks of age! They are already trying to walk around and succeed pretty well since a couple of days. The stomachs do not touch ground all the time :) As Älva's milk supply is not as large as me and the kittens would like, they have received a little extra this week and the weights are accordingly not very impressive. I do not like to give them their full ransons as it might make Älva's milk supply even smaller, but instead just enough to give them good appetite and they eat until they are full from mum. The little ones are extra cuddly as they get extra attention and think of human beings as very usable and nice ;)

We think the entire litter is promising and we have our favourites as always. It is, as always, so fun to watch details in the kittens and relate to which parent it comes from :) Finally they are easier to separate from each other.

Two of the kittens have already tried and succeeded drinking milk from a bowl! In general they are early in their development, but we have seen this before. A cuddly and social bunch of furballs :) The little ones already have rather clear personalities: Storm is a girl who speaks her mind, but is sweet and cute nonetheless. Xavier is always the first to climb into our laps for cuddle and he talks constantly. Loves to lie on his back and play and cuddle. A kitten I already feel I will have trouble parting from ;) Phoenix is just a little princess, sweet and mild in her temperament just like mum. Nightcrawler is a teddybear who quietly accepts what happens around him, curious and calm. Big Wolverine is also the teddybear kind of kitten, but more in the playful way. They are all very social and climbs into our laps as soon as they have the opportunity :)


1 week of age

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Älva and her firstborn kittens.
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Just love their eartufts!

Day 3

I guess I'll have to accept that the boy isn't silver after all...

Day 1

Älva surprised us in the morning with five dry and content, nursing kittens! She had managed everything and the only trace of the birth was the wet sheets in the kitten basket. And the five beautiful little ones, that is. It took the entire morning to sort out sex, weights and learning which one is which but cuddling newborn kittens is just wonderful. The rest of the day went to taking photos and add to the website. Everything takes so much longer when one has to cuddle the babies, tell people on the phone that the most beautiful litter ever has been born and to keep Joanna (our daughter) happy. Even though her dad did most of that.

This litter surely is tough to keep apart from each other. They have some differences, of course, but in general they all look very much alike. We are very proud of their promising profiles and ears (with tufts!) and in all they look quite nice :) But, most litters are the most beautiful ever...

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Älva and her firstborn kittens.

Making of

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September 1, 2004