Hello all! I don't want to jinx anything, but we're on week six and after several roller coaster weeks, this one was smooth sailing (other than a few litter box misses, but they were so, so close!! Getting to that box on time is hard when all you want to do is play … trust me I get it. Maybe next week, kittens.)
Hitting the six week mark was a major accomplishment for these fragile babies who have survived a whole host of kitten ailments so far in their short lives, but two things that happened this week really stand out:
1. Little Miss Avery, the tiniest of the group FINALLY started putting on some serious weight and hit the one pound mark yesterday! ...and...
2. All four babies are now eating solid meals of kitten food. This means it's time for us to say goodbye to Mama Chloe, who is still too feral to be adopted out to a family, but will be very happy living as a (spayed) barn cat. Thank you, Chloe for taking such good care of your babies!
Besides, eating big kitty food and missing the litter box, these kittens are all about playing. Here's how they spent their week:
My big guys are still completely uninterested in the tiny creatures behind the door on the second floor, but hope you all have a great weekend.
A few weeks ago, I was looking around on Twitter, WAY over my allotted ten minutes, and I happened to notice a tweet by someone who said they’d written THOUSANDS of words using some new trick.
Comic Sans? As in the font you’re not supposed to use ever under any situation EVER? After further investigation (ie – a search on Twitter, further prolonging my procrastination) I noticed tons and tons of folks tweeting the praises of this crazy hack. But what was it? For that I switched to Google and found this blog post:
Get Over Yourself And Start Writing In Comic Sans:
As with Twitter, there were plenty of articles on Google about this miracle writing tool. I decided to give it a try. Admittedly, I’d just started working on a new story and was struggling through some plot points. I could use all of the help I could get.
I've been using the hack ever since. Here's a peek at some of my next ( very rough draft ) story in Comic Sans and my thoughts about it:
What a fun week it's been with the kittens ... Happy five weeks old to them!
Well, let me back up for a moment and say that the week started off a little scary when Avery, the tiniest of the bunch lost some weight. But she has rallied back and I'm happy to report that she has gained 90 (!!!) grams this week AND she is the only one of the four kittens who is now eating actual kitten food! Good job, Avery!!
She's still almost 200 grams shy of her siblings, but she is catching up SO fast, especially now that she's eating hearty meals. I've been trying to get her siblings interested in food, but they are having too much fun playing with some of the toys I've brought in and have zero interest in anything other than the milk bar. Goal for the week!
Did I mention the kittens are having fun playing? They are non-stop balls of energy! Here are some of the shots I managed to get this week … and believe me, it's not easy. They rarely stay still long enough to snap a picture.
And of course hello from these guys, who think naps and treats are way cooler than kittens.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Happy one month old to my foster kittens!
It's been another roller coaster week with milestones, worries, and plenty of cuteness … here are some highlights:
-Both Jamie's lung infection and Parker's eye infection are gone!
-The kittens were introduced to the litter box this week and decided it made a comfy bed, but had no interest in doing any business in it. Maybe next week kittens.
-They are on the move and so fun to watch (but not as easy to photograph!) They're not quite into toys yet but having a blast exploring and playing around with each other.
-After a rally back on her weight gain strike last week, Avery decided to give this foster mama a scare and lose weight! That meant a trip back to the vet clinic for some meds and supplements. She's discovered she likes lapping kitten formula from a bowl better than fighting for a spot at the milk bar. Her milk face is pretty cute too. Other than her small size, she's healthy and doing great, so grow Avery, grow!
While we were at the vet this morning, I was given the all clear to start all four babies on slurpy kitten food (mixing canned kitten food with formula) as a transition to solid kitten food. Here's to a week of messy meat faces!
My two big guys are over it. Kittens, who? We have a new triangle house to sit in.
I hope you all have a great weekend!
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