Stumbled across this comic on Sunday and it made me think of the infamous Stefan And The Snake video.
Ha! (And reading this comment reminded that it had been a while since I’d shared the Stefan/snake video, so I did so yesterday for one of my Throw Back Thursday posts!)
Hi! I have a question about neutering timing. I know your kittens get neutered before they go their homes and do great. My friend has a 4 month kitten and the vets don’t want to spay until she’s 6 months old. That seems awfully late. Do you know why some vets want to wait?
That’s a good question, and I’m not sure why some vets will spay/neuter at 2 pounds and others want to wait until 6 months. I’m sure they have their reasons, I just don’t know what they are. Kittens can go into heat as early as 4 months (I actually had a kitten go into heat at 11 weeks old, which just blows me away), so I feel like waiting until 6 months old is playing with fire.
Remind me — how old do you think Uhura is? Do you think she has had previous litters? She’s such a good mama!
We think she’s about 3 years old. I don’t think this is her first litter (it would be unusual for a cat that age to have not had a previous litter), but of course we don’t know for certain.
I will say that she is the MOST protective mama I’ve had. If her kittens hiss or howl, she is RIGHT THERE to check on them.
Uhura is going for her spay next Wednesday (the 13th.) She went into heat last weekend; fortunately she went back out of heat pretty quickly. The first heat cycle after having kittens tends to be relatively short (a couple of days) and quiet (I could hear the occasional calling from the foster room, but it wasn’t loud enough that I couldn’t sleep through it), but each successive heat cycle is longer and louder than the one before. Hopefully she won’t go back into heat before Wednesday – fingers crossed!
Throw Back Thursday: In 2012 we fostered Emmy, who had 4 kittens: Darwin, Logie, Newbury and Razzie. Razzie was born with a partial tail, and is the one you’ll see bouncing around at the beginning of the video before she decided to CLIMB INTO the track toy. (They were about 5 weeks old in this video.) I was sure she was going to be stuck and we’d have to take it apart to get her out, but she slid out on her own (and I removed that toy from the foster room.)
(Troi getting stuck in the Croc bed earlier this week made me think of this video, of course.)
Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, where people threw buckets of ice on each or on themselves to promote awareness of ALS? We did the Mice Bucket Challenge instead with good ol’ Uncle Stefan to promote awareness of the need for daily nappin’.
Warning: This video contains a snake.
Throw Back Thursday: In 2016, Stefan brought me a present. The best parts of this video are (1) Stefan walking through the kitchen with the snake, (2) his proud “come see what I have brought you” meow, and (3) my scream at the end, then the long silent moment where I was staring in disbelief, and my yelling “FRED ANDERSON!” so Fred would come rescue me. (I don’t know what kind of snake that is, something non-venomous.)
2022: Gus: “Lady! Lady! Show the innernets my foot!”
2021: KITTENS LIKE BOXES.
2020: Athos noticed that the center of the fan is a mirror, and he looked at that adorable orange kitty for a long, long time.
2019: Josephine looks like I’ve insulted her mother and she can’t believe my NERVE.
2018: No entry.
2017: “Mama! Come back! I need more baffs!”
2016: She was hugely pregnant when we got her, and of course I expected her to go into labor at any moment.
2015: We’ll call these the Klutzy Kittens videos.
2014: Oh, Polo. Why you gotta be so stressed?
2013: No entry.
2012: No entry.
2011: We got ducks.
2009, part 1: (Trick sentence! Nothing will stop me from worrying!)
2009, part 2: Ike (just passing through)
2008: I have no idea what Kaylee does with herself at night, maybe she sneaks downstairs and snuggles with Spanky, who knows?
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: Ye GODS does that hurt, to have a kitten climbing up your back.