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Kittens, Kittens KITTENS! How many do you want?

Posted Friday, May 29, 2009, at 11:14 AM

We were told of a new litter of kittens in another blog and we wanted to share this in a new blog. Our daughter's was visiting Murfreesboro for a few days and I actually missed her quite a bit.

She is back and up to her antics, but that is a lot of the fun. Right now she is curled up behind me in a baby bassinet. I tried putting a fluffy, cuddly stuffed toy in there but it was not until I put one of our pillows that she settled down.

We have a reader who wrote about some new additions:

'We had 5 kittens born 5 days ago. Our pretty Kitty got out one night when she was not suppose to.

If you know any good families that may want a new kitten let me know. We have 2 yellow, 2 white with yellow & brown spots and 1 yellow with white.'

I would wait a few weeks to actually adopt, but you might want to let them know if you are interested, before they are all spoken for.

Anyone know the appropriate time for weaning?

Why not get two or three of them? They will love having someone their own size to play with and you will enjoy the action.

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It is my understanding that weaning usually takes place between 8 and 12 weeks. It is during this time they start eating kitten kibbles and drinking out of a water dish. At least that was the approximate time frame for the kittens that we had back on the farm.

Also, kittens need that much time to socialize with their litter mates and with people to learn "social etiquette." Hope this helps.

-- Posted by amalphia on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 12:02 PM

Weaning is between 8-12 weeks. The kittens need gentle handling from humans to learn socialization.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 12:26 PM

Thanks amalphia. I always seem to lose that information in my brain cells. I like any babies to have time to spend with their original family.

We were forced to adopt one a few weeks early and I am not sure that he ever developed his immune system well from drinking mother's milk.

I am not sure how old our newest (Pepperz) is, since once again she was abandoned by someone. She was able to eat without bottle feeding so I hope she had enough time.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 1:12 PM

Just tell the kittens to be gentle too!

I end up with many scratches from surprise attacks, intentional carousing and missed jumps that fell short.

Right now Pepperz is contemplating a surprise attack on Sophie. I am afraid Sophie does not have a lot of tolerance for this, but her bark is much worse than her bite.

Now Pepperz is watching this strange kitten in the mirror. Stalking it. What a surprise when she tries to jump on it!

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 1:18 PM

I love the playfullness of kittens and watching them learn. Miss it too, but not enough to add to my little tribe right now. I also bottle feed 4 kittens at the same time that were abanoned by their mom. It sure was fun, esp. when 2 of them looked identical when they were little.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 8:00 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.