I love Hollyhock’s “How YOU doin’?” face. Also, Mondo in the background sniffing Kudzu’s foot is killing me.
“I gots a good-smellin’ foot, lady,” says Kudzu.
Mimosa’s all “You’re watching them, right?” Yes ma’am I am!
Did you notice the change in location? Saturday afternoon I moved the kittens into the crate. Although the doors to the cabinet stayed closed unless I was in the room, I could just imagine a kitten following Mimosa out the cabinet door and tumbling the 3 inches to the thick layer of towels and blankets there. There, of course, are ways to deal with that (I considered putting a piece of wood across the bottom of the cabinet so that they would have to climb over it, and believe me they’re not coordinated enough to climb just yet), but I thought I’d move them and see if Mimosa would be okay with the move.
I half expected to find the kittens moved back to the cabinet yesterday morning, but nope. Mimosa just shrugged and said “Whatever.”
The kittens pretty well took it in stride, too. I covered the crate with a blanket to keep it dark, but when I go into the room I move the blanket out of the way so I can see them, and they’ve all made trips to the front of the crate to see what’s what.
Clover took a look at the floor.
Kudzu and Hollyhock said “Hmph. There’s nothing out there worth seeing!”
Kudzu said “Plus, it’s a long way down!”
And Bramble said “Okay, cool view. But I’ll stay in here.” (I love how in the last picture and this one, Hollyhock is keeping an eye on her brothers.)
It probably won’t be a SUPER long amount of time before the kittens figure out how to escape the crate, but I think we’ve got a little time yet. They’re only 2 1/2 weeks old, after all. (A quick look back to last year’s litter shows that the Cardsharks started leaving the crate at about 3 1/2 weeks.)
Newt is enjoying the sunshine.
Posted on social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr) over the weekend.
Hollyhock’s all “Go away, we is sleepin’ in, lady.”
Did you know that kittens are not able to retract their claws until they’re about 4 weeks old? So when they’re waving their little razors around, they’re not threatening us, they just can’t sheathe those weapons. It’s believed that the claws aid in stimulating milk production. (I usually start trimming claws once they can retract them, and try to trim them regularly, though I’m not as consistent with it as I should be.)
These kittens are just sleepy little muffins. So many YAWNS. It’s a rough life, is what it is.
Oh dear, would you LOOK at the delightful spots on Clover’s belly??
Look at how excited they get when they hear/see her!
Good night innernets! (From left: Bramble, Kudzu, Hollyhock, Mondo & Clover.)
Hollyhock and Bramble, sleeping cheek to cheek.
Kudzu is thinking real hard about something!
Everyone else is at the milk bar, but Hollyhock is rolling around on her back feelin’ good. She is just SO SO CUTE.
Good night innernets. (Mimosa doesn’t seem to mind the move to the crate at all.)
I am just totally shocked (NOT) that Kudzu was the first kitten to toddle to the front of the crate and take a look at what’s out here. (He found it lacking and toddled back to the back of the crate to join his siblings. That will change over the next week or so… BOY will it change!)
A closeup view of the milk bar. (I moved the kittens to the crate yesterday because I thought it was time. I half expected Mimosa to move them back to the cabinet overnight, but Mimosa just shrugged and said “I guess we live here now, kids.”)
I love how you can see the difference in Clover’s red-brown coloring compared to Mondo’s dark-brown. (Also, that is Bramble’s brown tabby and white body; his head is somewhere under Mondo, I think.)
The kittens have reached the stage where they like to roll around on their backs and kick their little legs in the air and just plain look adorable. Seriously, they are the CUTEST.
2021: Time for your morning baths, kids!
2020: No entry.
2019: The milk bar is crowded these days.
2018: “Granny, this lady is weird.”
2017: “Lady, seriously.”
2016: I don’t know how kittens can breathe with their siblings laying directly on their faces, but Bert Macklin survived just fine.
2015: “This Lippman person writes a comfy book!”
2014: Angelo, letting Ferdinand suck on his toe.
2013: “MAMA WHERE YOU IS I AM HUNGRY!”
2012: “Wait… there are TWO of them?!”
2011: No babies yet.
2010: We’re staying inside where it’s nice and warm.
2009: No entry.
2008: Fred thought it would be a good idea to pick up the pig.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.
Ooh, crate days! As much as it was amusing to read about putting kittens back in the cabinet (as one does), this is an exciting development.
Hahaha re. “I guess we live here now, kids”. Mimosa is so funny/great that she took moving house in stride.
I just love seeing wee bebeh Love and Hisses kitties peering over the edge of a crate – especially if their wheeskers are highlighted nicely against the dark color of the crate.
Mimosa seems like such a mellow mom. Kind of an interesting contrast to some of your other fosters.
I think this might be my favorite kitten age, when they’re just starting to be more aware of the world.
I laughed out loud at the flailies video, especially the part where being clocked by a sibling is a simply a hazard that comes with being a cute bystander.
Newt is such a distinguished statesman.
Robyn, the kittens are absolutely adorable, and your skill at capturing the cute remains impeccable, as always. (And thank you SO much for keeping up with the blog, by the way–wee bebeh kitties have been a much-needed balm to the heart of late for me, and probably many, many other folks as well.)
Also, just FYI, the “Previously” list on this post skips from 2018 right to 2021; there appears to have not been a post on 21 March in 2020, but you usually have a place-holder to state that explicitly, and there definitely WAS one in 2019, I just went and checked:
Thank you so much for letting me know – I’ve fixed it!
I know that expression Hollyhock is giving her brothers. That’s a Calico expression–my Calico displays that expression a lot (her name is Holly, coincidentally). Hollyhock is clearly advanced to do that so young. She is definitely going to be the boss of this group!