Quick question for the kitty hivemind here: With bottle babies, how do you know when to start them on food? Is it a weight thing or an age thing? We had a momma drop off three teeny kittens (eyes just opening) on our patio during a minor flood and she never came back. I’ve never bottle fed before and I don’t want to rush them, but I don’t want to wait too late either.
When a mama isn’t present, I’ve always started offering food to them around 4 weeks in the form of canned kitten food mixed with formula that they can lap off the plate. Sometimes they take to it immediately, sometimes they act like you’re abusing them, sometimes they go for a swim.
Spitz from the Swimmers.
If there’s some interest, I’ll keep on trying. If there’s zero interest, I’ll wait a few days and try it again.
(When there’s a mama present, I don’t worry much about it because I’m usually taking so much food into the room that the kittens will discover it and try it themselves.)
So, is it just me, or does Nola always look ready to go onto stage for the Westminster Cat Show? I have no idea if there is such a thing, but there should be! She reminds me of my cat, Mewlan, who is incredibly gorgeous. Yet my cat licks her ruff, so it looks a bit messy, compared to Nola who looks like a dream come true!
Nola IS always well-groomed now that you mention it. I brushed her a lot while she was pregnant, but haven’t done it since the kittens were born. She sheds a lot, but never looks unkempt!
Is Nola a lap cat?
Not really – she likes to occasionally sit next to me and drape her tail over my leg, but isn’t interested in sitting in my lap. She’s also really wary of being kissed, which is a shame.
I have a small (non-photographic) Khaleesi update. The Daughter got into the U of Alberta, so she’s heading to Edmonton in the fall. At this point it looks like it’s easier to get a cat across the border that a car. (They don’t require French warning stickers on Khaleesi.) The main challenge at this point is finding a cat friendly apartment near campus from a distance. If that doesn’t work out, Khaleesi will spend a year with us annoying Lily.
I’m imagining Lily frantically Googling “cat friendly apartments near University of Alberta” 🙂 Thanks for the update, Alton!
I had a dream about Kara last night! I was asleep but I could hear my cat crying downstairs and being annoying. Then Sheriff Kara came through my front door and in my dream I thought “thank god, she’ll sort him out!” My next thought was “how did she get to AUSTRALIA?” She frowned and meowed at him and he shut up. Thanks Kara!
Kara says “No problem, just doin’ m’job. ::hat tip::”
The first pic of Joe Bob on the tractor – would be a great advertisement for farmersonly.com! hehe.. you don’t have to be lonely, Joe Bob!
Likes: running into the back yard when it’s raining and wondering why I’m wet. Eating my snack at lightning speed and then trying to sneak a few bites of Jake’s food. Taking offense when looked at by another cat. Pina coladas. Etc.
How old is Joe Bob?
He’ll be 12 in June!
Beignet continues to adore the Go Pets scratcher.
“Listen up, you. This here is my scratcher. MINE. You see these fearsome claws right here? I’m learning how to use them, and I might be able to pop you in the face with them. On the other hand, I’m just as likely to pop my own self in the face instead. Don’t make me find out!”
Videos! If you have limited time and can only watch one video today, this first one is the one. Trust me.
Next up we have Praline and Beignet hippity-hopping a bit, and then Andouille and Roux playing follow the leader.
And lastly, we have Praline figuring out just how hard she can bite Roux without making her cry. You can pretty much see the light over her head – “If I bite her THIS hard she cries. How about if I bite her THIS much?”
2016: Throwback Thursday: Newt and Maxi.
2015: I think it’s safe to say that the kittens have found their crazy.
2014: Livia Monday.
2013: No entry.
2012: About Rupert.
2011: Crooked Acres, after the tornadoes.
2009: The Seven.
2008: Killing me with the cute.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.