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Rearing Kittens

Updated on December 16, 2014

Meet My Kittens!

They are the most beautiful little creatures with eyes to match. They look at you in all innocence wanting to know what the world is about. You try to tell them but somehow you are not getting through to their other side.

Cuddly, cute, soft, demanding, a lot of work and before you know it they are gone from your life completely never to return. That is a moment of sadness and joy together as the new owners take them into their hearts and you know you have spread happiness and love into someone else's life.

My Two Mother Cats

Qik and Star

Qik (pronounced quick) was one of Star's kittens and is about 4 years old. Pictured here lying down while her litter of kittens suckles while bathing in the sun shine on the back patio. She is black with white under her chin and stomach. She resembles her father who was a marvellous Siamese and he had one white eyebrow whisker among all the black ones, which really stood out.

She was one of 2 females in a litter of 6 where the males, one in particular, was extremely aggressive and suckled continually excluding their sisters from the nipples. This meant hand feeding them every 2 to 3 hours and giving them to the mother when the males were asleep.

The other female was sold but Qik was too attached to me to make a good transition so she stayed. For some time I could not think of a name for her. Then one day it came to me that she was always being called inside with the words 'come on quick'. So that's how she got her name and, believe me, she could not have been named more appropriately. She is just so quick.

She sleeps on my bed at night and when she sees me going to my room she rushes to beat me and is up on the bed before I am halfway there. She can be nowhere in sight and suddenly she is inside before me when I open the door to come in. We have a game she likes to play where I cover her with a blanket or something and she pretends to hide until she is uncovered.

Loyal as anything she barely lets me out of her sight and is so gentle and loving that other kittens acquire the same temperament. She has now had a few litters and her babies are sought after and you will meet some of them below.

Star, on the other hand, is white with black on her back, beautifully marked and featured here. You might notice the pink thing in front of her. This is her Clayton's kitten which she carries around and puts in the basket with the kittens.

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Qik's Litter

At around 4 weeks old

From the time they are around 4 weeks of age they start to wean and that's when the real work starts. Aside from keeping their bedding clean and feeding and cuddling the mums you have had little to do. Of course the kittens are regularly picked up and cuddled as well to teach them to be generous towards humans and that we are their security.

Until this time the mother is looking after everything. She toilets them, feeds them and teaches them. If she is calm and relaxed then the kittens will be as well. But if she stresses out and becomes nervous and hides them then they become skittish, hard to handle and almost impossible for a stranger to approach. They spit at you and raise their little bodies to giant size as the fur stands up and their legs are rigid while they stand tall. This is when they are likely to scratch and its not a good look.

To overcome this the kittens have to be kept inside but this is hard when they start weaning as they have bowel movements and until they are trained it's not a good thing to have the smell in the house. They also pee everywhere which is almost impossible to clean properly, especially on carpet. So the way to overcome this is to have a litter tray beside their basket and to put them out onto the patio for a few days until they learn to use the tray. Surprisingly they can be completely toilet trained at 3 to 4 weeks. It's easy to clean patio tiles where mistakes happen.

At night they are locked in the laundry with the two mums and 2 litter trays. One is a cat's toilet which is enclosed while the other is an open tray to ensure they get used to both systems. Before long they are hopping in and out of the big one, just like their mums. Recycled paper is my choice for the litter as it goes into the compost bin and is recycled. Before long they know what to expect and they can usually take themselves into the laundry when tired and fall asleep on their cushions.

Always there is a lot of washing at this time. Bunny rugs are used on their beds which have to be kept clean. That means washing every couple of days and the cushons are often included as they can become quite smelly if not kept clean.

The one thing I don't do is skimp on food or any of the products used in rearing kittens. The mums are always on the best of food and the kittens are weaned onto Science Diet Kitten, which they should stay on for a whole year before changing. When buying anything for the animals always choose a good supplier and build up a relationship with them. That way you are always looked after and whatever you spend on the rearing of these babies is both a tax deduction and also you can recover costs in the price you ask for them. People love to know they have had the best of starts and those who will not give them the best to continue with will not buy them.

Star Tending Her Kittens

She is toileting one of them

Star and Qik are great mothers and their kittens have the run of the house once they are trained. Working in my study most of the time brings the cat's in there as well and here, in the picture, is star and 2 of her kittens among some boxes of books.

Their favourite trick is to run behind the desk and out the other side and then they chase each other and poke their paws under the desk to grab whoever is on the other side. They do this as well with doors. One kitten behind a door and the other poking at it underneath from the other side can engage one in hours of watching and smiling at the antics.

You will notice the pink thing on the floor with the kitten in the background playing with it. It travels from study to Laundry, to porch, to garden and all over the house. Star rarely leaves it behind as it is her favorite comfort toy.

This Kitten was Named Callie

She has personality plus

She was only about 3 weeks old when her new owners called to the house to buy one of the older kittens. But they spotted this lovely grey animal, who could barely walk around at that stage, and fell instantly in love with her.

They paid their money and waited until she was old enough to leave home. They are an elderly couple who took her and the wife has cancer (in remission) so the kitten was meant to be a comfort for her. But it was really the husband who was in love with her and who guaranteed me that if and when they pass on that Callie will be looked after in their son's family.

At around 6 weeks she developed a weeping eye so she was off to the vet's. He thought it might be cat's flu but none of the other kittens were affected and nor were the mother cats. Besides they were not in contact with other animals. When the anti-biotics did not work the suspicion turned to the kitty litter, which was a granual one at that time. Being cross persians it crossed my mind that she might have a touch of sinus from the dust from the litter. As soon as it was switched over to the recycled paper she was fine again.

She went to her new home at around 9 weeks and adapted perfectly with no stress or problems whatsoever. But that is normal with my kittens. They are never stressed and they are reared indoors with full protection and all the love they can soak in, not only from the two mums but from me as well.

It has been known that on cold nights kittens and the 2 mums will end up on my bed. That makes it hard for me to move during the night as I don't like to disturb them. It also means a couple of extra hot water bottles for their comfort.

As you can see rearing nice kittens takes a lot of effort but it is a great joy as well.

Kittens are warm, playful, cuddly,

gentle and loving bundles of joy.

They bring love and warmth to a

home and unlike other pets are

pretty much maintenance free.

They bath themselves, demand to

be fed, give you lots of exercise in

letting them in and out of the doors

and they keep you warm in bed.

Qik's Kittens - You just cannot Ignore their Looks

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This litle baby was one of the first to sell.Qik is toileting one of the weaned kittens. She will do this for weeks if they stay hereKittens circling each other ready to attack. This is one of their favorite gamesStar has duties with Qik's kittens now that hers are all gone. The one on the right is waiting for a toilet service.Really! What comes next?Kittens weaning. Here they are enjoying some ground beef.Exploring the outside world and perhaps wondering if its OK to jump out of the basket.Oh, you are so cute. This baby was named Francesca by her new owner.Am I as pretty as the others?
This litle baby was one of the first to sell.
This litle baby was one of the first to sell.
Qik is toileting one of the weaned kittens. She will do this for weeks if they stay here
Qik is toileting one of the weaned kittens. She will do this for weeks if they stay here
Kittens circling each other ready to attack. This is one of their favorite games
Kittens circling each other ready to attack. This is one of their favorite games
Star has duties with Qik's kittens now that hers are all gone. The one on the right is waiting for a toilet service.
Star has duties with Qik's kittens now that hers are all gone. The one on the right is waiting for a toilet service.
Really! What comes next?
Really! What comes next?
Kittens weaning. Here they are enjoying some ground beef.
Kittens weaning. Here they are enjoying some ground beef.
Exploring the outside world and perhaps wondering if its OK to jump out of the basket.
Exploring the outside world and perhaps wondering if its OK to jump out of the basket.
Oh, you are so cute. This baby was named Francesca by her new owner.
Oh, you are so cute. This baby was named Francesca by her new owner.
Am I as pretty as the others?
Am I as pretty as the others?

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Please scratch a little note on your view of these beauties. They love you so please love them back.

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    • sierradawn lm profile image

      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      Being one who imagines myself to be a cat in real life, and a lifelong cat lady, of course I delighted in your lens! Your babies are adorable!

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      Monika Weise 4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Awwww, what sweet kitties! Thanks for sharing your story about them.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I would so love to once again have a cat. My husband is really not a pet person or I sure would have another.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: They are gorgeous little creatures and so loving. it's great watching the interaction with their mum as they teach them things,. Hugs

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My aunt just raised a litter of kittens and she has had the most fun watching them grow.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Sweet. I am just raising a puppy. Some things the same and some very different. Thumbs up

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      When my cat went outside and came back pregnant, we had a bad experience with the kittens. She abandoned the first, a tiny deformed thing, and had the second one days later. It was huge, we think it had been stuck. Thanks for all the tips for raising healthy kittens!

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      catbehaviors 7 years ago

      Beautiful kittens and cats! I just read a book called Carlotta's Kittens to Wessie, and this reminded me of it!

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      Oosquid 7 years ago

      Wonderful photographs of wonderful cats and kittens. Wonderful lens.

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      I truly enjoyed reading about your family of kittens, mums and you. If I was in the market for a kitten, I would want to come to you. Such an enjoyable lens.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I LOVE kittens. My all-black, half-Siamese Mama cat I had years ago had 4 litters - the first one she did NOT consult us about - the others were deliberately bred to a friends' beautiful male Siamese. Those kittens were 3/4 Siamese and half the kittens were born black like 'Mama', the rest looked just like 100% Siamese, which are born white and get their markings in a few weeks. I remember how much fun it was to see the kittens 'scampering' all about and to watch my darling Spooky be such a wonderful mama cat. Spooky later 'mothered' my baby! That's another story. :). Fun story here about your cats and kittens. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Your kittens are beautiful, I had to come see. :)