4-4-11

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Today’s going to be a super-quick post, because we were gone all day yesterday and I have a ton of stuff to get done today. Just some baby kitten pics – my goal is to get in there and get pics of each individual baby’s face when Fred gets home this afternoon. They all look a LOT alike, and if anyone has a tip for simple ways to mark them so I can tell them apart, I’m all ears.

I’m trying not to spend a lot of time in the foster room right now, because Maggie will run over to be petted and loved on rather than tend to her babies, and even though I know they’re feeding just fine, they’re certainly not starving, and for the love of GOD, she doesn’t have to be in there with them 24/7, it still bugs me.

It seems to be a fallacy that newborn baby kittens sleep all the time, because what they actually do is lay in a big pile, everyone sleeps deeply for about a minute and a half, and then the guy on the bottom of the pile is all “Hey! Why am I on the BOTTOM of the pile? I belong on the top!” and starts squirming around, setting off a squirming chain-reaction, and they wiggle and squirm and wiggle some more for an hour, then fall into a deep sleep for another minute and a half.

It’s exhausting to be a wee bebbeh kitten, is what I’m saying.

Okay, here are some baby pics. I’ll have a bunch more tomorrow, I promise!

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Those two in the back apparently felt that they were too cool to run with the rest of the litter.

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Little white face (note that the toes are a blur because he was wiggling about) wonders how he always ends up on the bottom of the pile.

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Tommy and Sugarbutt show those little ones how brothers are SUPPOSED to snuggle.

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4-4-11 — 19 Comments

  1. I seem to remember that Laurie of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee used a tick of color marker on the inside of an ear. Resulting in nick-names like pink and blue. I’m going to be with the crowd that says Maggie had a whole lot of kitten she was carrying and deserves a lot of loving and petting.

  2. It is easter egg coloring season… our white cat always seemed to end up with a stripe of paas coloring down the top of his head every april. You could use that to put a spot of color on them; six colors, six kittens.

  3. Now Maggie’s wondering how she’ll ever get her girlish figure back. Dunno, but taking care of 6 little itty bitty babies ought to help with that!

    What a bunch of little sweethearts, awwww…

  4. Kate & GD: I actually used colored markers in the ears of the Cookies when I first got them and graduated to dabs of nail polish on the ends of their ear hair. I had completely forgotten that ’til now! I swear, if I had a brain I’d be dangerous. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I know, I was thinking that you must have alzheimers to have forgotten the nail polished Cookies!! You have kitten-induced senility!

      • I’m going to blame all my lapses on “litter dust brain” from here on out!

  6. The effects of Anderson Litter Lung are already starting to manifest. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    This was a great way to start off my day. Teeny-tiny kitteh babies. It makes me wish I’d know all three of my kitties when they were so small.

  7. Awwwww the McMao kitties!!! They are looking stunning!! Hugs to you all and lovely Maggie!!!

    And Sugarbut and Tommy too of course! take care
    x

  8. Robyn – those are some lovely babies! Looking forward to watching them grow. And I say Mama Maggie should have anything she wants – treats, skritches, loving from you and Fred, champagne, 24 karat jewelry…anything!

  9. Somehow I thought that little tabbies are of some kind of indefinite color hue when born and get stripes when they get older – but these babies are definitely teeny-tiny tabby cats. I don’t know if it’s just the photo angle, but it seems to me that one of them has more pronounced stripes at the back of the head than others…

  10. Adorable! Can we get a size comparison shot (sometime or other) of one of the kittens and a quarter, or other appropriately sized object?

    • I think the first set of pictures had one showing a kitten next to momma’s back paw. Of course, they are probably a bit larger now.

  11. It might be exhausting to be a “wee bebbeh kitten,” but it sure is adorable too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Our Main Coon had eight black kittens, seven of whom lived and for the first five weeks or so, they were simply “The Black one” and “The Other Black one,” …over time, we did learn to tell them apart, mostly. I know you really need to be able to sex and tell them apart, so I think the marker or mail polish sounds good. A dog breeder I know marks puppies this way and it doesn’t seem to hurt them. Finding six colors of marker may be more interesting, but then some of the kitten are more obviously different than the others. At least they are not all black, all over and all of them lol!

  13. Oh, they are so beautiful! Like little stoats! Baby ears! My tabby boy was sandy with dark stripes when we first had him at 9 1/2 weeks and the adoption papers said “Dark tabby/white.” As his adult coat came in, it was indeed dark tabby; it was fascinating to see first his bum end, then the rest, slowly acquire those ticked tabby hairs with white ends; gorgeous!