When I noticed the bricks in front of the litter boxes, my immediate thought was “I bet if she painted them or covered them in cloth, she could make a buttload of money selling them on the internet.” All they’d need is a fancy name and some testimonials like “The only litter box step good enough to be used by the rare diamond-bellied tuxie.”
Ha – I should totally do that! I keep thinking that I should cover those bricks with some batting and fabric, just so the kittens don’t bang their heads on the bricks and hurt themselves, but I’d need to make the cover be removable (so I could wash/sanitize it), and since my seamstress skills are extremely basic (sewing a straight line is a challenge for me), I haven’t done anything yet! One of these days, though…
I’m glad to see Mary did not follow suit with half-sis Stevie’s sense of smug.
Give her time! Smugness doesn’t show up ’til 8 – 10 weeks of age.
Paul has 4 white socks right??? SOOO CUTE..
He does! He is a dapper and well-dressed tuxie.
Looks like Mary has stripes..
Are those secret tabby stripes we see lurking just under the fuzzy gray surface on Mary?
Mary does have faint stripes and swirls – I’m trying to get a good closeup picture of them, but she’s being less than cooperative.
I am curious, how do you deal with dental hygiene for all of those cats? Do you take them in for teeth cleanings, or do you have some trick to keep their teeth healthy?
We add Pet Oral Hygiene Solution to their water, and also take them in for teeth cleaning when the vet mentions that they need it.
Robyn, do those particular self-heating beds really get warm for the kitties? I bought one awhile back that’s supposed to be self-heating and has the reflective material built in, but I can’t see that it actually does anything. It’s furry and flat and my cats have no interest in it at all. They use regular oval cat beds on my desk and just sleep on the furniture in the living room and bedroom.
They do get nice and warm. They’re filled with that material that reflects their body heat back at them – they’re not warm when the cat first curls up, but if you put your hand underneath them once they’ve been there for a while, you’ll be able to feel how warm it is underneath. (To test it out for yourself, you could sit on the bed for a few minutes and see how it warms up!) I’d try moving the beds to the furniture where they sleep, and if that doesn’t pique their interest, I’d trying piling one bed on top of the other. It’s been my experience that cats can’t resist a pile o’ beds.
I weighed the kittens yesterday. At 7 weeks old, they weigh 1 lb 9 ounces (Peter), 1 lb 10 ounces (Paul), and 1 lb 6 ounces. I would have guessed that Paul would outweigh Peter by more than that because he looks much bigger to me, but apparently it’s all just floof.
Video! I call this one “skitterbugs” because it’s basically the kittens skittering at each other, hopping up in the air, jumping and running. Like the skitterbugs they are!
2014: Ear cleanliness is important to Ferdinand.
2013: One thing I do know, though: I have zero control over the color that her kittens are, so I’ll take what she gives me and I’ll be grateful!
2012: “Ho hum, hanging out here in the air again.”
2011: No entry.
2010: Seriously, how ADORABLE were baby Sugarbutt and Tommy?
2009: Samba, running around like a wild thing.
2008: I realized yesterday that I never told y’all any of Joe Bob’s back story.
2007: I really think that seven cats is just too many for us to have on a permanent basis. Six really feels like the right number for us. (Oh, poor naive, silly, deluded 2007 Robyn.)
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.