Kittens Born and Bred
The latest batch of Star's kittens are superb. Gentle, sweet, loving and already toilet trained since 4 weeks of age. They are wormed, weaned and micro chipped when they leave here. These lovelies are born inside, reared inside and lovingly nurtured from birth to give you the best pet you can have. They are 6 weeks old in the picture.
The current litter was born on November 6th and was micro-chipped on Wednesday December 14th, after which time they are viewed and selections made.
Pictured is the whole litter to give you an idea of what they look like, They are ready for Christmas when they leave here for their new homes
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Kittens at around 10 days old
The babies are kept in my bedroom until they are around 4 weeks old. The basket is on the floor beside my bed and if there is a problem during the night, as often happens, it is necessary to be immediately awake and dealing with it.
Little kittens face many hazards in their first 2 weeks of life, especially before their eyes are open. They can get stranded on the wrong side of mum and unable to find their way back they will squawk their little heads off. If left there they get cold and can suffer dehydration. They can also get buried by her and on very rare occasions very young kittens can be squashed when there are big litters for the mother cat to deal with. She can accidentally roll on one and not even know it or she becomes confused by the others already feeding on her.
When they are born these kittens usually weigh only 2 ounces. That is a minuscule amount in terms of weight. They can double this weight in a few days and by the time they are 10 days old can weigh anything up to six ounces. Some males are very aggressive and will drink to their hearts content, often pushing smaller females out of the way. That is another big problem for breeders. It can mean that hand feeding of the misfortunate ones is required and two hourly feeds during the night is very tiring.
The on going care they receive is intensive in their first 3 weeks of life as they are fully dependent on mum. They often scratch each other in the eye and sometimes one or more can get an eye infection requiring veterinary treatment. With a good vet working with me to ensure successful breeding my babies are well cared for, nurtured and very well mannered.
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Details of the Litter
Here they are at 4 weeks and starting to feed
Included in this litter are 5 kittens. They comprise 4 males and 1 female. The female is tortoise shell and the males are light grey and white, black and white and darker grey and white. Their coats are semi long and they will be reasonably fluffy,
As they were only 4 weeks old at time of the picture it is too early to say how long their coats will be or how fluffy. Their mother is Star and her coat is about 8-10 cms long. They are very accommodating in the home for that reason.
Kittens are loads of fun for the whole family
How many Kittens would you like to own?
How is this for some fun
The Trip to the Vet
When between five and six weeks old the kittens are off to the vets for their check up and micro chipping. They are usually very well behaved and the vet is quick to point that out. He loves handling them and will often give them special cuddles before letting them go.
In this shot the kitten from a previous litter of Star is obviously enjoying the attention as well.
At five weeks old they are barely larger than a man's hand but quite independent as they play and romp together in their nursery, which is my converted laundry.
This is the latest batch in their basket. The female tortoise shell appears to be caught by the one lying across her shouldrs but she shows no signs of stress. In fact, she is pinning the other one whose head is held up as though taking an interest in the photography process
They are now eating science diet solid Kitten food and have taken well to the weaning process.
Kittens in the first moments of life
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Ah! Mum's Here
They all tuck in when mum arrives on the scene. You can almost hear them sigh as they nuzzle into her warm, familiar breasts. They all manage to secure a teat and are generally well behaved when mum is around. She quickly brings them into line if they cause a problem.
Star is a real great mum and she has 2 websites dedicated to her and her kittens before this one.
How Good is This?
All the kittens are outstanding in their beauty, gentleness, behaviour and softness. Their fur is like silk and has none of the harsh roughness that you get in kittens reared out of doors. Soft to the touch they get lots of cuddles and meow at me if I don't pick them up. Of course with five of them they have to wait their turn so it is a little musical around my feet until they have all been held and petted for a few minutes.
This baby is leaning towards having an outstanding coat with some magnificent markings and colours. When the vet examined the kittens at 2 weeks of age he singled him out and said "what a beautiful cat." With all the kittens that Malcolm sees that was high praise indeed.
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