was our first successful mating with Mina. While
we have tried her a number of times with Gimli, either
their inexperience kept things from happening, or
she simply did not like him, but it never worked...
This time, we brought over Winston.
Winston, always the "charmer", won her over
quickly) and we now see the fabulous results!
Yes... They continue to grow!!
Brie is considerably larger than either his brother Stilton , OR
his father at the same age. Stilton and Cami are absolute
sweethearts, love to purr, want to be on you and play like the
Of course, Brie still watches
over his two "hair-challenged" siblings, Jamocha and Chunky
Monkey, both of whom are doing very well too.
It is often interesting to see how
kittens learn various behaviors. Some are obviously just
kitten things, others are things we may teach them
(inadvertently, most of the time) and others are from their
mothers... Tearing up paper products, in this case, comes
right from Mina and ALL her kittens are learning it - Norwegians
and Sphynx's!! Why is it that they can't learn the "good"
We've been asked, many times, just
how the Sphynx's do with the Norwegians and whether or not they
are at a disadvantage, both because of size and fur, or lack
there of... Well..., we can honestly say, the Sphynx's
take advantage of any hesitation the Norwegian's may have and
are also the primary instigators in any altercations.
Though, of course, they will not admit that!
They all get along very well with
each other. All play, just as typical kittens will play.
The Sphynx's do seem to have the occasional bewilderment when
they bite down on the neck of a Norwegian and come away with a
mouth full of fur and the Norwegians seem to step back, when
they bite down and come in contact with skin. Which, when
that happens, is often an opening for the Sphynx to jump in
there and roll the Norwegian! <G>
Both groups, as they are getting
older, are quite outgoing and appear to have good physical
characteristics of their respective breeds. We will pity
the poor judges when they get a hold of this group and have to
make a decision! <G> Oh... well, it isn't so bad, it is
not like all five will be judged together!! <G> At least
not until they reach any finals!
Well... They continue to grow,
become more adventurous and generally become the "hooligans"
kittens this age become... regardless of whether they have hair,
or not. <G>
Each morning, the group is let
out of their room to romp and play in the main office area.
They get into anything and everything they can.
Calculators are a particular favorite these days, as they make
noise when you step on the keys!! Brie, who has been the
shyest, is coming out of it. When you come into the room,
they all run up to you to say "Hi!", want attention and then
want to go and attack something.
Both groups seem to have learned
from each other, their "typical" traits... Why is it
though, that whenever you put children together, with different
backgrounds... that they always seem to learn the "bad"
behaviors and rarely the good ones??? <G> In any case, all
are rambunctious and certainly full of themselves - As they
should be at this age!!
Don't even try to take this away from me!! Ok.. I
want you to try, but then I get to growl and act tough!!
Ahh... Could you tuck the side in a bit... I feel
Don't mess with me! Ok... so I dangle the tail to
attract your attention, then I screech to let the people
think I am being picked on!
Stilton with Aunt Rachael watching (under) him.
Have to keep an eye on them, or they get into
Well... Today was "break-out" day.
The first time this group of kittens are allowed out into the
"big world" of the main cattery. Mom, being a typical
Norwegian, directed Rachael to check things out and then
watched, closely (!!) as the kittens came out for their first
Mom's, of any kind, can be a bit
overly protective and overbearing, but kids are fearless...
This group is no different. With Mom chirping and trilling
away, the kids, after a brief walk around to check things out,
etc., started romping, jumping and having a great time.
None wanted back in, when Mom decided it was time... But, there
will be more of this in the future... Once they are
allowed out, it is impossible to keep them behind closed doors!!
Sphynx Update: The two
Sphynx's did not participate in the break-out... this time.
While certainly coaxed, not only by us, but by their furry
brothers and sister, they opted to stay in. They did
"look", but... They are four days younger, so we
anticipate, after a few more of these "outings", they will be
joining in with the fun.
An the Sphynx's are keeping warm and
The "crew" continues on. All
are starting to eat real "food" now. The Norwegian boys
have had little problem making the transition, as would be
normal for them (food is, after all, one of their primary goals
in life). The Sphynx kids have needed a bit of coaxing to
make the transition and quite honestly, need to be "reminded"
that they know how to eat, each time the plate is put before
them. Hopefully, the more they see the Norwegians saunter
up to the plate, on their own, maybe they will catch on sooner.
We keep hoping!! <G>
The situation with Mina and the
Sphynx babies continues... Things are going reasonably
well. The problem now is that, at times, the Sphynx's are
pushing away the Norwegian kids, so they can have access to
Mina's spigots. <G>
A special treat today...
Roxie, one of our Sphynx mom's had kittens a few days after Mina
did, but she has had difficulty caring for them. After
four weeks, or so, of almost constant care and with a great deal
of desperation on what to do for them, we suddenly realized - we
have Mina!! Norwegian moms are excellent at taking care of
kittens... more importantly, they typically do not care who's
kittens they are... they will care for them. This has
always been true with Olivia... would it also be true with
I think that answers that!! <G>
The three Norwegian boys have a
new brother and sister, even if they are hairless and the two,
wayward kids, have new furry brothers. Wonderful to
snuggle up with if you are a hairless kitten!! So far,
things are working out... Our fingers are crossed!!
Hmmm... Can the Sphynx kittens
now learn to speak Norwegian???
They have decided to start breaking
out of their birthing area!! Kittens 1 & 3 have made
foreray's out into their room, with no adverse affects.
Kitten 1 is even finding time to stop and bite the play gym. <G>
Kitten 2 is holding back for the time being, which can either
mean he is going to be more reserved as he gets older, or will
be a total hooligan, but in the mean time, is waiting and
watching, before making his move!!
All is being done under the watchful
eyes of their mom and Rachael. Both of whom are working
together to keep tabs on all their movements.
... And now the real fun begins!!
To put it mildly... They continue to
grow!! It is that gold ol' Norwegian milk at work, at this
point and they are responding very well to it. Pretty
soon, they will be wandering around on their own and the "fun"
will begin. Right now, Mina is the attentive mom and
watches our every move...very closely!
Mina presented us with a couple of
challenges during her pregnancy and we have spent several hours
discussing some of the possibilities of what we would have to
do, if things became difficult. Thankfully, none came
about and she has presented us with three wonderful children.
It is still a bit too early to have much to say about them, but
mom and kids are doing well and we are absolutely delighted to
Pictures coming soon!!