Monday, May 9, 2016
And now we enter that phase of kittenhood where I keep saying "I hate kittens"
The kittens are doing well. They have moved out from behind the couch and now live in the tunnel at the base of the cat tree. This has Art3mis a little crazed because she can only protect one side of the tunnel at a time, so she is more prone to growl at me. A moment or two of reminder that I'm okay calms things down, but it is a bad president to set for the kittens. Some of them are completely fine with me, like Evelyn and Daito, some of them are freaked out by me, like Shoto and the rest depend on their mood of the day.
This does not bode well for Art3mis continuing with us for much longer. I think this is going to be in her best interest in the long run because getting her neutered and getting her hormones settled sooner rather than later will help her adjust better. I think I'm about as far along with her as I am going to get while there are kittens present. I will say, things are going well with her. I can place my forehead on hers and give her kisses. I can pick her up and although she immediately wants to get down, she doesn't struggle but just pushes against me. She is just going to need a home that will respect her need to go at her pace.
As for the kittens.. *headdesk* man they are cute but OHMY they are a pain. I mentioned Friday that Art3mis went in the cardboard boxes that I set up for the kittens. She then went in the plastic litter boxes I set up for the kittens, knocked it over when leaving causing the litter to be all over the floor which the kittens took as an invitation to use.. on the floor.. *sigh* So I tried setting up a covered litter box for them, but the kittens were too small to see inside the box, so they started going on the floor around the box. Even when I would pick them up and put them in the box to use they would crawl out and pee on the floor. *headdesk*
Art3mis strongly prefers to use a shallow box, but she tends to throw the litter out of the box when she does, so continuing to provide shallow boxes for the kittens would mean a lot of extra work for me... but providing taller boxes didn't seem to be the answer either. Last night I was cleaning up the kitten room and I found more puddles of pee in inappropriate places, like the basket of toys under Raffe... which is how the title of this post came about.
And then I turn around and there are kittens playing being uber cute and I realize that is their nefarious scheme all along.. they sucker you in with cuteness so they can get away with not understanding the intricacies of living in a house until they are six or seven weeks old.
They sure are lucky they are cute.
I have no immediate plans to get Art3mis back into the shelter. I had indications she was going back into heat on Saturday but no further signs of it. She is still nursing, and I want to give the kittens the best start with as much of that as they can get. I'll reexamine things next weekend once the kittens hit six weeks and see where we are. Too long and it will be harder to get to the ones who are freaking out because she is.