The Kittens Are Back!

As I said in my previous kitten blog (Sad News), TC took her kittens away from our house once it stopped raining heavily. Well, this early morning was very rainy, and I woke up to the sound of a very high-pitched meow — too high-pitched to be Mow’s or even TC’s voice. When I got out of the bedroom I saw TC and one little grey kitten on a rug beneath our sofa.

I was so happy to know that TC had taken care of at least one of her babies. TC then got up and jumped out through the cat flap in the window. She soon came back carrying another kitten in her mouth. She did this several times, making a total of eight kittens on the rug! We didn’t even know she had so many kittens. We thought there were only three. I wondered how she could feed them all at once.

The eight kittens are mostly grey with some white parts on their legs. A couple are almost pure white except for some orange or grey spots on their head and back. One kitten stood out, though. It was black, not grey, with patches of white on its back.

The kittens have grown bigger since the last time we saw them. Some of them even have their eyes open already after two weeks. One grey baby was staring at us and watching us as we moved around the house.

I found this Wikipedia page very useful when learning about kittens. I’m just wondering why it’s already been two weeks yet some of the kittens haven’t opened their eyes yet. Maybe they’re just trying to sleep. I hope nothing’s wrong with them.

Here is a picture of TC’s eight babies (I wasn’t able to take a picture of TC and the kittens together):

The Kittens Are Back 1

Also, Mow saw the kittens but didn’t seem to care about them. Here he is, facing the opposite direction of the litter:

Mow Ignoring Kittens

These pages helped me to understand the development of kittens:

http://www.alleycat.org/kittenprogression

http://www.kittenbaby.com/age.php (this site even has a program that can calculate your cat’s age in cat years!)

http://adelaidevet.com.au/pet-library/caring-for-your-new-kitten-vaccinations-fleas-desexing-feeding-kitten-care

UPDATE:

Agatha, another cat who we think is TC’s sister, came in this afternoon. She’s more of a scaredy-cat than TC is, so she just stood by the window for a while before jumping down and walking under the sofa towards the litter.

I thought that if those were TC’s babies, TC might get mad at Agatha (I call her Aggie). But they didn’t fight. Actually, they were sweet to each other. Aggie laid down next to the kittens, and TC seemed fine with it. Soon Aggie began nursing some of the kittens.

We think that TC only had three babies. Then Aggie might have given birth to another five. Maybe TC was taking care of both her and Agatha’s  kittens while Aggie was away. Later I noticed that the kittens Aggie were nursing were all either black and white or grey and white, just like Agatha’s grey and white fur.

Here is a photo of TC, Aggie, and their babies:

TC, Aggie, and the Kittens

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My Cat Mow

Even though what I’m about to show you isn’t about Minecraft, I decided to blog about it anyway. My feline friend, Mow, has a lot of weird sleeping positions that make me laugh. Here are a few:

Mow Sleeping