We haven't had a good post about the kittens in a while. They are currently of age that their personalities are starting to come out and we get to know them better. For a short while we had very intersting weights, Sparkle overtook Garp as the biggest kitten and she was 1 3/4lbs, Garp weighed in at a respectable 1 1/2lbs and Tucker took up the rear with 1 1/4 lbs. Their weights have gone up since then and Tucker is now just shy of 1 1/2. They will be going back once he hits 2lbs, so very possibly the beginning of next week or the end of it (or later if I can't bare to give them up for a few extra days)
I am really enjoying them now that the need to do a full load of laundry every day stage is gone. They are all ankle buffers, making it near impossible to walk through the kitten room with any speed (unless they are eating). They are eating about 16 oz of food a day, and still have not figured out that dry food is food. Part of me feels like I should force the issue, but since I'm 'not a fan' of dry food for cats, I feel like not pushing it is giving them the better start. I write up adoption cards for all my kittens featuring a photo and a little bit about what they like and what they eat, and I can tell the shelter they just never accepted dry food.. which is completely and utterly true.
As is typical with motherless kittens, someone even attempted to use the dry food as litter (Tucker) but the bowl was too small, and the blanket was oh so close and tempting. I do think they started playing with it as I saw nuggets around the room for a while, but recently nothing.
Garp is a lover.. He is actually quite ridiculous in many fashions. He is ridiculously cuddly. He is ridiculously handsome with those blue eyes that are oh so slow in turning, and he is RIDICULOUSLY photogenic. You probably can't tell from the shot above, but I spent time time trying to get a nice photo for possible Christmas cards, and frankly he bowled me over. He also purrs like a motor boat. He will not stay here as a member of The Crew, but oh is he vying for a spot. He is also ridiculously good at trying to escape - which is why the baby gate is now up in the kitten room if you happened to notice it on the dropcam (or see link at the top of this page).
Tucker is the cutest thing. He is the fluffiest and the softest. I was told there was one add on (not three individual orphans as I originally suspected) so I am guessing that he and Sparkle are siblings. Their eyes are the same color. He may well be the runt, or he may just have had such a rough start with that worm that he's just that far behind. He likes attention and he likes being petted but if you grab him and snuggle him close he quickly starts looking for an exit. Oddly enough neither he nor Spark purr.. I'm not sure I've ever heard either one of them do it. They are happy, but they have yet to connect making the purr noise with the happy feeling. I keep bringing Garp around when he is purring, hopefully they catch on.
Sparkle.. oh Spark.. she is a spit fire! She likes attention, she likes nomming on things, she likes attacking belt loops and watches and earlobes and ponytails.. she likes to be in the middle of the action, where ever that is.. One thing she does NOT like?
This ferret sweatshirt. This can go take a long walk off a short pier as far as she is concerned. After I very quickly took these pictures I picked her up and coo'ed over her and gave her kisses and I found she was shivering a little, so I took it right off. It is perfectly kitten sized, but being that it is designed for a ferret it is a little snug. Not uncomfortable snug, just it took too long to get on and off for my liking - and Sparks. Because I was feeling a bit silly (I mean don't you have to feel silly to put a sweatshirt on a kitten?) I tried one more thing..
|Long walk, short pier lady.. now..|