Thank you all so much for your kind words about Jake. I know that y’all loved him too, and will miss seeing his sweet face.
The other permanent residents are doing fine. I would say that Khal is being ever so slightly more attention-seeking, but not very much (and he tends to do that from time to time anyway.) I think that cats know when other cats are nearing the end of their journey, so I think they understand what’s going on.
Someone sent us a castle!
The only problem? I don’t know who sent it to us! They had it sent to Forgotten Felines, so I had to go fetch it. Then it sat in the garage until I had time to put it together, and finally I made the time. It’s made totally of cardboard, and was easy enough to put together. It’s nice and solid and holds up well under the weight of the kittens and also Daisy. It took them a few days to start playing on it, but now they love to go in, climb up to the second level and then throw themselves out the window to the floor because OF COURSE.
It is a Navaris Cardboard Cat Castle, and here is a link for reference. If you are the person who sent it to us, please email me – mizrobyn (at) gmail.com – so that I can properly thank you. (If you prefer to remain anonymous that’s fine – and THANK YOU. What a cool gift, and the kittens are having fun with it!)
And on that note: if you have recently sent us something from our wish list and did not receive a thank you from me through Amazon, please email me – mizrobyn (at) gmail.com – so that I can thank you. There have been a few things we received recently that didn’t have a gift receipt letting us know who’d sent them, and I don’t want anyone to think that we don’t appreciate it! (That was a clunky sentence, but I think you follow.)
Here’s a look at their current setup. To the right is where the crate is (that’s where they spend most of their time still.) This little playground area is surrounded by clear panels that are attached at the tops and bottoms. I’m about to make it a bit bigger later today or tomorrow, so I’ll get a better picture of the setup at that point.
There’s a little litter box, as you can see. Wren has used it many times, though she’s had the occasional accident too (thank god for pee pads.) Rufous has no desire to use the litter box yet (he is a bit younger, after all), but see that bowl of kibble there on the left? The day after he started drinking from the bottle again, I looked in as I walked by the dining room, and Rufous was eating from the bowl! (One of the things I need to do when I make their playground bigger is to add a small bowl of water.) I haven’t had to tube feed him since Friday morning (and I didn’t really need to do it then, I was just being careful.) I am SO RELIEVED to have that behind us!
ALSO, I am now doing their last feeding of the day at 12:30 am (or I guess you could consider it the first feeding of the day if you’re a stickler for details), and then their next feeding at 6 am, which means I am getting a good, solid nearly 5 hours of sleep at night and it’s WONDERFUL.
Starling at the bottle, and then Starling purring (I cranked up the sound on the purring clips, hopefully you can hear it.) I like that you can see her eyes slowly opening (the clips take place over about 10 days.) I thought for a while her eyes were neverrrr going to open (they’re all the way open now.) For the record, Starling is the SLOWEST eater I’ve ever had. She takes forever, really likes to savor her formula.
Wren eating breakfast (I am still playing catch-up as far as sharing videos of the Nestlings, so this is from the end of April. She’s much bigger and less screamy these days.)
We had a thunderstorm yesterday, and the sound of thunder made Nick and Myrtle run under the bed and hide (and then reluctantly come out). Jay’s not sure what they’re doing, but he thinks he might want to do it too.
Sometimes Jay gets a little too rambunctious – but luckily mama is there and happy to teach him his manners.
The kittens, playing. I swear, if I had half that energy…
Plover at the bottle – first at about a week old, and then just a few days ago (she just turned 3 weeks old yesterday!)
Their current weights are:
Myrtle: 2.75 lbs/ 1.25 kg
Nick: 2.8 lbs/ 1.27 kg
Zelda: 2.31 lbs/ 1.05 kg
Jay: 2.68 lbs/ 1.22 kg
Zelda’s still the smallest (no surprise there), and Nick is the largest. This week, Myrtle’s slightly bigger than Jay – he probably burns off a lot of energy bouncing off the walls!
You can see the spreadsheet of their weight progression here (I switched over to pounds/KG this week).
Zoom zoom zoom!
2022: Mondo’s all “Who, me? I wasn’t gonna jump on Hollyhock and wake her up! I’d never!”
2021: Looks like we’re having 6-kitten pie for breakfast!
2020: No entry.
2019: Almanzo’s all “HI Pa! Whatcha doin’ down there?!”
2018: Torvill sitting in a giant teacup watching his little brotherunclecousinfriend drag a toy mouse around whilst softly growling under his breath.
2017: “LADYYY. What did I SAY about takin’ my PITCHYER all the durn-dang TIME?!”
2016: “No, Mama, no!” says Princess Consuela.
2015: Roseanne waits for the mother ship to call her home.
2014: I love the look he’s giving Dennis.
2013: “I AM TOTALLY THE CUTEST GIRL EVER!”
2012: No entry.
2011: I called her Dorfy and when I was looking for her Saturday evening, I called her KittyDorfin’ and then EnDorfin’.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: “She did WHAT?!?!”
2007: “WHO’S READY FOR THE SNACKIN’?” I bellowed
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.