To be perfectly honest, I can’t say I’m impressed with the lackadaisical hissing I’m seeing from these guys. Usually by this age they’re like a little nest of snakes. They need to UP THEIR GAME.
“I sees what you’re doing.” I was completely surprised to see an open eye on Yellow just now. This morning I checked all the eyes, and they were tightly sealed. Then all of a sudden: PLINK! An eyeball! I bet the others won’t be far behind.
Los Mewchachos at 5 days old. Everyone’s gaining nicely – each picture is marked with their current weight, with their birth weight in parentheses. We’ve got sexes on these kittens, and have settled on names – they’ll be formally introduced tomorrow. 🙂 (Also, in case you missed it – Yellow has an open eye!)
Big Gray: currently 7.5 oz (birth weight 5.1 oz)
Yellow: currently 7.4 oz (birth weight 4.7 oz)
Black: curently 7.0 oz (birth weight 4.1 oz)
Little Gray: currently 5.6 oz (birth weight 3.8 oz)
Pink: currently 6.9 oz (birth weight 4.8 oz)
The Mewchachos: named! Just about everyone predicted that Little Gray was a girl but nope. The only girl of the bunch is Pink (what are the chances?) We’ve missexed kittens in the past, but I have zero doubts on these boys, and I’m 99% sure on the girl. So here we go:
The kitten formerly known as Big Gray is now Alejandro.
The kitten formerly known as Yellow is now Javier.
The kitten formerly known as Black is now Diego.
The kitten formerly known as Little Gray is now Pablo.
And the kitten formerly known as Pink is now Carmelita.
Javier (formerly known as Yellow) went from one eyeball to two overnight, all plinkety-PLINK! No signs of eyes on any of the others yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long. Javier’s clearly the genius of the group.
Milk bar mosh pit.
Alejandro has a hissyfit.
The babies are 1 week old today! Here they are with their current weighs followed by their birth weights. They didn’t quite double their weight in the past week, but I think they came close enough! Pablo continues to be the smallest of the bunch, but he’s gaining weight every day and is as active and squirmy as the rest, so I’m not concerned about his small stature.
Alejandro: currently 8.8 oz, birth weight 5.1 oz.
Javier: 8.1 oz/ 4.7 oz
Diego: 8.1 oz/ 4.1 oz
Pablo: 6.6 oz/ 3.8 oz
Carmelita: 7.9 oz/ 4.8 oz
I am an excellent assistant.
This afternoon we said goodbye to permanent resident Kara, our Sheriff Mama, who diligently kept us safe from chipmunks, squirrels and birds, who scolded us when we were on the other side of the fence, who was our very first pregnant foster (and then became a permanent resident), who was the very best of the best. We will miss her so very much. ❤️
This morning we said goodbye to sweet ornj permanent resident Frankie. We took him to the vet we used when we lived at Crooked Acres for a second opinion*, and he believed that there was really nothing more to be done. We are heartbroken.
*Frankie was diagnosed with “possible leukemia” (the cancer kind, not the viral kind) earlier this week. Our hope was that it might be the chronic (slow-moving) kind and that we still had more time with him, but it wasn’t to be.
(Yes, it certainly has been an incredibly crappy week. We knew that Kara’s time was drawing near, but Frankie took us by complete surprise.)
Thank you all for your very kind words about Kara and Frankie. We are spending a lot of time with the other permanent residents, and with the fosters. The kittens are now 10 days old. Alejandro, Javier, Diego and Carmelita all have open eyes, and even Pablo has given up and decided it’s time to slowwwly open his as well. Here they are today with their current weights followed by their birth weights.
Alejandro: Currently 10.6 oz (5.2 oz at birth)
Javier: 9.8 oz (4.7)
Diego: 9.8 oz (4.2)
Pablo: 7.8 oz (3.8)
Carmelita: 9.3 oz (4.8)
Suddenly a tongue. (Carmelita’s tongue.)
2019: No entry.
2018: Please note Kristi’s open mouth as she greets me. Or tells me off; I’m not sure which.
2017: He was such a big lovable hunk that he quickly earned the nickname Lunk.
2016: Fred had to go out and provide safe passage.
2015: Meet Peter, Paul and Mary.
2014: No entry.
2013: No entry.
2012: (This picture does no justice to the size of the belleh.)
2011: No entry.
2010: I mean, seriously – have you ever seen such happy monkeys?
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: Smilin’ Joe.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.