The babies have had so many visitors this week! Erica brought her cousin to play for a long time this weekend.
Erica, the kitten chow is NOT for little girls!
Erica’s cousin was enchanted.
Later that day another Waters family paid their respects to the little fluff balls.
I always enjoy seeing fully growed men turn into cotton candy in the presence of a tiny kitten.
Cathy, you need to take one of these home for Jack!
The crowds keep coming and that’s fine with me. The more love and attention these babies get, the easier they will be to adopt out to a forever home. This morning was the first time we introduced one of the babies to a long-time kitten caregiver of the furry kind.
Stick with me kid. I’ll show you the ropes.
I have the kittens for about three to four more weeks. Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this adoption opportunity!
I’m behind on photos of my little fluff balls. At three weeks they start to be interested in Mommy’s soft cat food, but they really just like to smell it. They also begin to roam out of the basket and try out their wobbly little legs.
They’ve had many visitors over the past few days and they are beginning to realize that humans can be fun!
Erika looks like she’s in love. 🙂
Victoria continues to visit regularly and help with comforting Mama Midnight.
A veterinarian in the making.
And no kitten experience would be complete without a Cofer girl!
Vivi’s little face is a mixture of joy and fear!
I’ve had my upstairs carpets cleaned this week so I had to make a kitty enclosure in the bedroom with dog fencing and old blankets. More on that hot mess later. Mom and babies seem very happy with their small compound and I expect the little monsters to start terrorizing their environment soon. I’ll be sure to make a little movie of that. Meantime, the kitten nursery is open for visitation. Line queues at the front door! 🙂
I got to hold a baby Ewok!
I’d love to say that Mama Kitty trusts me now and that she let me grab a baby, but no. Victoria HANDED me this little guy. Hey, I’ll take what I can get. Her dad Robert took this picture. Look at his tiny little claws and his pink mouth and nose! I’M MELTING!!!
The kittens are one week old today and their little eyes are just opening. The fun is just about to begin!
So yesterday the dynamic duo came over to manhandle my kittens!
Erica & Victoria-Kitten Whisperers for hire!
And of course yours truly STILL CANNOT GET NEAR THEM!
This kid is in LOVE!
Two Handfuls of love
The babies are getting active and they are growing and wiggling a lot.
Very sweet and tired mama!
So later that evening Jim and I went up to the kitten nursery DETERMINED to play with some kittens! Jim was able to sit near Midnight and pet each kitten. He did not try to pick them up. I tried to pet them and she hissed and growled at me. Hey girlfriend! Who do you think runs the show around here? Oh right, YOU do. 😦
Well the little fuzz balls are five days old now and neither Jim nor I have been able to get near the kittens. Mama Midnight has turned into a fierce guardian and she hisses and spits and makes advancing motions when we try to even look at them! I decided we just have to let these hormones take their course despite the fact that I’m DYING TO GET MY HANDS ON THEM! And then…
Three gray and two black bundles of joy!
A very persistent little girl decided to take her chances with this wild cat and she begged to come see the babies. I agreed, but only if her dad came too and stood guard in case she was in danger of being mauled by a tiny black panther.
This 10 year old cat whisperer was able to not only pet Midnight, but she was allowed to touch her tiny babies too! Her dad, Robert and I watched in wonder. Midnight didn’t hiss or make any aggressive moves toward her at all. Robert tried to pet her and she did hiss at him. I went back downstairs and let Victoria and her dad spend some more time with the kitties. As soon as I got downstairs he sent me THIS!
Do you like my baby Miss Victoria? Aren’t they nice?
This was so amazing to me. Midnight just let her hold her baby while she smelled him and purred. She seemed so proud to show them to her friend. I’m still not allowing folks up to the room to visit the babies yet. It’s too dangerous to let little kids around a protective mama just yet. Victoria does seem to be the exception however. 🙂
Two hours after Robert and Victoria left I went upstairs to give Midnight her evening soft cat food. She tried to take my eyeballs out of their sockets. Grrrrrrrrr…
Mamma Midnight and five babies all healthy!
What a good unwed-teenaged-mamma kitty! We had put a rug under the bed for her to deliver on, but of course she chose the beige carpet. No worries. Carpets can be cleaned. The babies are all black! They’re nursing sweetly. This is going to be so fun!
I’m a grandma! 🙂
I was fairly certain that Miss Midnight was labor yesterday. Both Jim and I tried to pet her and she hissed at both of us. I kept trying throughout the day to give her some love, but she was having none of it! Then later in the afternoon two little kitten whisperers came by to see the expectant mommy.
Miss Victoria and her pal Erica
I told the ladies that Midnight was very grouchy and she might not want to be petted. But guess what? As soon as she saw these two, she came out from under the bed for a 45 minute love fest. She was purring and rubbing on these sweet girls and acting as happy and calm as could be. So I guess she’s just very picky about who she likes! Well! Jim and I must be chopped liver!
These little scholars looked up the signs of labor in cats and let me know that there are three main indicators. She gets very affectionate, she eats a lot and she tries to hide. Well, she’s eating like a Wildebeest, she seeks affection from nice young ladies and she’s hiding the very best she can. I guess it won’t be long now!
Leave me alone. I’m gestating.
While I have your attention, it’s never too early to start making a plea for a permanent home for this sweet little mama. As soon as she can travel, I’ll take her to the shelter to register with them and get any shots she may need. Of course I’ll bring her back until her babies are ready to be on their own. I never have trouble adopting out kittens, but my main goal is to find a permanent home for Midnight. Our guess is that she was abandoned by her family. She does not show signs of being a stray. She’s skittish but not feral. Someone loved her for a little while and then put her out. This little unwed teenaged mother is doing the best she can and she deserves a loving home after her motherhood duties are over. Spread the word please!