Monday, April 2, 2012
Sorry, no pictures
ugh, I have been sick this weekend. fortunately most of the major symptoms you would think of when you think of being sick I don't have, but I've got just enough energy to go down and feed and pat the kittens, and that was about it.
But we have major happenings going on.
Miriam started drinking water at the end of last week. Food she is not interested in at all, but water, she'll drink that quite often. Petra was making noises that she was going to go pee on the wrong side of the room, so I moved her into the litter box, and she ate some litter got out and ran away. Meira helped her out. Moose went and explored the litter box too, but only ate the litter while I was watching. What is it with kittens eating litter when they won't eat food???
Squirrel (aka Ludwig) is using the litter box for its intended purpose - and made much ado about it. Someone recently posted how their cat cries out when they have a favorite toy (sadly I have forgotten who, if anyone remembers, please remind me with a link) and some how I made the connection with kittens. It annoyed me that I hadn't made the connection before because several of my own cats do it too. They get a favorite toy and meow and meow and bring it near to us. Well when kittens do something for the first time off on their own, they will meow for mom to come over and check it out. Why they need mom's approval to use the litter box I don't think I'll ever understand but they all do. I would imagine that in the wild the first time they make a kill they would cry to mom to come check it out to make sure it was actually something they could eat... which is what I think Jack and Twee are doing with their favorite toys.. they want "mom's approval".
Petra has decided she is an eater. She eats so much food that it makes her shiver.. Young kittens only need to eat a very small portion of not warm food before it starts to bring down their internal temperature. No one else yet is interested. It is still kind of early.. Usually they start eating at about five weeks of age.. but aren't fully weaned till six or more weeks (and some moms just love nursing so much they never force their kittens to wean)
Miriam is a climber.. She was the first one to go up and over the tunnel in the kitty cube. Moose tried to do it and got his spare claw caught (and kind of badly - so I trimmed it as close as I dared) and had to abort his attempt. She climbs the tall cat tree, she climbs the tall cat cubbie.. She hasn't made it to the top of anything yet, she keeps backing down once she is about one or two kitten lengths away from the ground.
They are also starting to pay attention to objects. Miriam stood up and batted at the ball on the kitty cube. Squirrel started playing with a crinkle ball, even picked it up in his mouth. Miriam tried too, but she still has some depth perception issues (young kittens eyes are still developing for the first ten weeks) No one has yet batted at and then chased a ball, but I'm sure that is coming :)