6-15-20 Monday

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I got all 6 of them, and they’re (mostly) looking at me, except for Benjamin who marches to the beat of his own drum. Can a lined-up kitten pic be far off? (Probably, but we’re headed in that direction!)


This picture cracks me up because it looks like Lola is GIGANTIC next to Benjamin. I mean, she’s bigger than he is, but not THAT much bigger. (Updated weight chart here if you’re interested.)


“What?”


Clyde’s all “HALLO.”


Bunny, requesting that I take that collar off of her (and I did.)


Look at that sly smirk on Bugs’s face! He is so very pleased with his lot in life.


Like Isabella before her and Caroline last year (and possibly Margeaux, but I don’t recall for sure) Bunny will walk up and down the hallway with that dog-hair toy* in her mouth and call and keen and wail for her kittens to come see what she has caught for them. And like all the kittens before them, the Fluffles are unimpressed and do not bother to wake from their slumber(s) to see what Mama is going on about.

*That toy is made of Great Pyrenees dog fur (from our late Great Pyrs George and Gracie). Fred collected the fur he brushed off of them at various times, and I ran all the fur through the washer several times, and the fur kind of clumped together. Cats and kittens LOVE these toys, and if the toys fall apart or get gross, it’s no big deal to toss them.


Benjamin snoozing on the steps to the litter box. Because you never know when you’re gonna have to go. (If you look behind Benjamin, you will see that Cutey is flopped out between the litter boxes, sound asleep. Because of course.)


Bugs snoozing behind the water bowl. Because you never know when you’re gonna get thirsty, of course.


Cutey, playing with Bunny’s tail. (Bunny, ignoring Cutey.)

Someone asked last week (on Facebook, I think) why Bunny is so thin. I told her that it’s because she’s a nursing mama, and someone else said that it’s also likely because her fur was shaved (which I hadn’t really considered, but is certainly true). But I noticed after that that Bunny actually isn’t as skin-and-bones as mothers usually are at this point, and in fact she had clearly put on some weight. I tend not to weigh mother cats because (1) they don’t like to stay in place on the scale and (2) they’re having the life sucked out of them by nursing kittens and I feed them as much as they want to eat; I know they’re likely losing weight and I don’t see the point in watching their weight when I can watch their activity, how much they eat, and what the litter box looks like to know how they’re doing.

In any case, I had weighed Bunny on May 28th and found that she was 8 pounds, 1 ounce. I weighed her on Saturday when I was weighing the kittens, and found that in just over 2 weeks, she had gained 13 ounces. That’s a lot of weight for a nursing mother to gain in that amount of time (I say this out of admiration, not out of alarm, by the way). I see the kittens still nursing, but I don’t think she’s actually producing very much milk. Will she be the second mother cat (Katriane being the first) to actually wean her kittens while they’re here with us? I guess we’ll see!

(I think Bunny could stand to put on another 1/2 – 1 pound, but she is in really good shape. So I guess it’s more the fact that she was shaved that makes her look so thin!)

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Archie enjoys the sunshine. He is such a pretty boy.

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Previously
2019: No entry.
2018: No entry.
2017: Two little raccoons.
2016: This adorable puppy!
2015: They have met the vacuum cleaner, and are not impressed. AT ALL.
2014: No entry.
2013: “We’re trying to sleep, here. Can you make him get his big stupid foot out of my face?”
2012: Cicero acted like he’d known those kittens his entire life, and they acted like he was a pesky little brother.
2011: Complaints? She haz them.
2010: Rough life, boys.
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: Which reminds me, last time I had a sit-down with The Lord, The Lord informed me that doing what might lead to business on Sunday is FORBIDDEN, but abandoning as many of His Creatures to fend for themselves and be hit by cars and lay dying on the side of the road is A-OK with Him! It’s in the Bible!
2006: No entry.
2005: Poop Watch v. 2.0, currently in progress.

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