Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Seven little kittens..


So I got them all out and made notes and weighed them... this is what I have.

1. Gray tiger F 6 oz
2. Gray tiger M 6.5 oz
3. Gray tiger M 6.5 oz
4. Blk/brown tiger - runt - M 3.5 oz
5. Brown tiger - M 5.5 oz
6. Black tabby - F 6.5 oz
7 Gray tiger F 6.5 oz.

So I have four gray tiger kittens, two boys two girls.  It looks like I have two sets of twins.. but we'll see how it goes as they grow up.  I will be able to tell the other three apart very easily but that's not saying much. At this point I'm not all that concerned with anyone but the very smallest one so I don't feel the need to weight them with any regularity nor distinguish between the gray kittens.  If I can't tell the Grays apart when they start developing personalities (when I generally name them unless I end up going with the "dwarf" theme) I'll figure out something to tell them apart... collars or something..

The littlest boy is so very scrappy.. its wonderful.  I'm actually surprised he is alive being half the size of his siblings but he is determined.  I once read that it is very possible for eggs to be fertilized at different times so 'runts' can be developmentally different than siblings.  Since all of his siblings have at least one eye fully open and a second almost open and his eyes are still sealed shut, I'm guessing this is the case in his point.  He is putting on 0.01 KG (or according to google 10 grams) every day, which is great.  I have been supplementing him twice a day to make sure he gets a few extra calories with out having to work for them.  Last night I got 10g of food in him which was 1/10th of his body weight.  Pretty impressive when you think of it.  If you weigh 150 lbs, then it would be like you eating 15lbs of food..

The four gray kittens
Half the size
Brown tiger - not the little one
The littlest one after eating
the littlest one

23 comments:

  1. I think you may be right about the littlest one being from a different dad - he sounds a lot more hardy than the typical runt.

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  2. Sweet little ones, I'm sending my purrs that you're all ok and healthy.

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  3. The littlest one is really tiny. But his ears are upright just like his siblings. If I remember right, ears start to "pop out" when they get to the 2 week stage?

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    1. Their ears "open" at about two weeks.. they are still closed at this point. Afterwards they start migrating more towards the top of the head.. (or maybe they stay put and the skull just starts growing around the ears.. it is hard to tell sometimes, but some of those kittens get REALLY big bat like ears.. so maybe some of both)

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  4. We had heard that litters could have different fathers, but had never heard that they could be impregnated days apart. How interesting.

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  5. Ditto Sometimes, Cats Herd You. I knew females will mate with various males and so one litter can have multiple fathers, but didn't follow that through to the obvious conclusion of mating some days after the first.

    You KNOW I always, always, always fall for the runt, or for the sickly one. LOL. Purrs from the boys and fingers crossed that he IS just slightly behind and will thrive and be healthy!

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  6. These little ones are SO KYOOT. It really is a special joy to have little ones to love on. It has been some time since Dad came home with Kitten Scent on him. The foster room is now his office so he is thinking of jumping back in as he is down there all day anyhow.
    Purrs
    Timmy

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    1. Sounds like it would be a great addition to the office ;)

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  7. My heart just about exploded reading this post. :) They are all so precious!

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    1. Should I be apologizing or being proud of that ;)

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  8. saw a picture on facebook yesterday of them lined up and the little guy is TINY!!! glad he is doing so well though.... we think that one kitten already haz a complaint :)

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    1. LOTS of complaints.. I'm constantly hissed at and some even spit.. it is beyond adorable!

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  9. OMC! Precious babies! We love that little runt!

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  11. Wow! They're adorable! Glad the little guy is a fighter. How is Mom doing?

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    1. She's becoming more comfortable which is both a good and a bad thing. She's not frozen as much, but that means she's now running and hiding from me.. Which means she doesn't see me dish out the food.. but I show up, more good food shows up, so hopefully she'll make that connection. In a few days I'll push it and see if I can't make her come out to me..

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  12. Such little sweethearts! You have the best job in the world! (And its a lot of work too, but so sweet.)

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  13. Oh they are such sweet kittens! The tiny baby reminds me of one of my kitties now at RB. She was born tiny and I bottle fed her. She grew big and beautiful :-)
    Thank you for your comment on my blog and great advice for transitioning diet! Wonderful tips I will try! And thank you for the link to very interesting website. I spent lots of time researching raw diet but did not find that we could get mice!

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  14. Oh my, that size comparison with the runt is quite something, but I'm glad he's holding his own. What a bunch you have!

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  15. Oh what darling photos! Just gorgeous. Purrs to them all especially the tiny one!

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  16. Your photos are amazing...such sweet little babies! Really praying for the runt!!!

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  17. That little one is going to be pawsome!!!

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  18. Oh my, they are sooooooooo cute! I'd never get anything done if they were in my house.

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