Ladies and gentlemen, let us get this namin’ show on the road, shall with? Without further delay, here we go. The kittens have been named!
Andouille! I was all set to name him Jambalaya (or possible Gumbo, I hadn’t decided which) when Lisa in Mass left a comment in Friday’s post. Andouille is a spicy sausage, and I think it’s a perfect name for him. If you can’t handle that entire name (pronounced anˈdo͞oē), you can call him Andy or perhaps even continue with calling him Ornj. He won’t mind! Also – yes, it certainly does look like he’s going to have long hair like his mama.
Beignet! She’s little #4, the last one born, who went wandering ’round her mother with her only worldly possession still attached. She’s got a pink nose (the other brown tabbies have dark noses) and is all dressed up in her fancy white boots. Her dark fur is darker than the other two, and she’s also wearing elbow gloves. Beignet is pronounced ben-yay, and it’s a delightful fried pastry with tons of powdered sugar sprinkled on top. (I had several when I was in New Orleans, and that right there is an excellent reason to go back one day.)(It’s NOT the only reason, of course.)
Praline! She’s the lighter of the two mostly-brown tabbies – they’re both wearing white finger gloves and their faces are very similar, so I may occasionally confuse the two . A friend asked me last week just what exactly a praline is, and I stumbled around before saying that it’s kind of similar to fudge with pecans in it. Charles Barilleaux kindly provided a recipe for them. I haven’t tried making them myself, but I very well might do that for Christmas this year. PS: There is nothing wrong with Praline’s lip – that’s her tongue sticking out.
Roux! In a (not-so) SHOCKING turn of events, when I asked Fred to take another look, he determined that instead of two girls and two boys, we had one boy (Andouille) and three girls. It’s possible that that could change again as the kittens grow – he still wasn’t entirely sure since they’re so small and wiggly that it was kind of hard to tell. But in any case, Roux – who we thought was a boy – has turned out to be (we think) a girl. She is the darker of the two mostly-tabbies, and did I mention that I’m having a bit of a hard time telling them apart? If I can see their back feet, it’s easier. Roux has white socks on her back feet that go all the way to her “heel”, whereas Praline’s socks are shorter.
So, those are the kittens’ names. I hope y’all approve – it was hard deciding. I think she needed to have 50 kittens for me to use all the awesome name suggestions y’all gave!
Speaking of the ONE WEEK OLD little bundles of joy, yesterday they weighed in at:
Andouille: 7.76 oz
Beignet: 7.34 oz
Praline: 7.9 oz
Roux: 8.71 oz
So they are gaining weight nicely – they’re nursing well, no problems at all, and Nola is keeping her kittens clean and happy. The next thing we’ll see is eyes starting to open, which should start any time now.
Video! Nola, climbing into the crate with those sleepy little kittens. Unfortunately, I had to strip out the audio because there was a song playing in the background and I didn’t want copyright issues to mess with the sharing of the video*.
*Remember the video I shared in Friday’s post? Ten seconds after I uploaded it, I got an email from YouTube letting me know that since there was a Taylor Swift song playing in the background, they’d made a copyright claim. Which was fine – they’ll still allow the video to be uploaded, but I imagine that if it suddenly went viral and I made a bazillion dollars off any ads playing, they’d have a claim to some of that money. So I left it, but found out that the video wasn’t available in the UK (and I imagine other countries), which I am pretty sure was due to the aforementioned copyright claim, and so ended up going back and deleting it and uploading it again with the audio stripped out.
I’ll try to remember to pause the music in the future, because y’all are missing out on some adorable kitten cries and some serious purring in that video.
2016: Oops, I booped him again.
2015: Seriously. I can’t even, with these kittens. How dare they?
2014: Of course, this brings me to my favorite two duck pictures.
2013: In cuter and fuzzier news…
2012: And Razzie’s all “Hey, I’m tiny TOO! Tell her!”
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: Wild thang!
2008: No entry.
2007: It was, and it squawked and flapped when the light from the flashlight hit it, and again I screamed and levitated across the room, followed by an amazing number of cats.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.