It has been awhile and it is almost
unbelievable that in two weeks, Tom, Dick and Harry may be
attending their first cat show in Moline. Looking back,
their Grandfather (Winston), was exactly 4 months old when he
attended his first show, but to think these guys will be the
same, just does not seem correct, but it is. Time flies
when you start off hand feeding!! <G>
As can be seen in the pictures,
all are doing well. Miss Piggy is aptly named - she has
"attitude" galore. She and her brothers are all cute as
can be and getting ready to take on the world.
Harry, Dick, Tom
They say, a picture is worth a
thousand words... But I'll add a few more anyway!! <G>
FINALLY!!!! After 7 weeks
and somewhere around 350+, individual, hand feedings, around the
clock, they are eating on their own!!! The worry, the
weight gain, the weight loss, the "should we do this", or
"should we try that" and everything else that went on behind the
scenes, at all hours of the day and night, is finally over...
Now, we get to worry about the more "normal" things!! <G>
All of them have pretty terrific
personalities... Since they are Norwegians... all of them
are little puff-balls at this time and all have pretty straight
noses (important from the potential show perspective)...
All of them WILL BE SHOWN!! <G> All of them WILL become
Grand Champions!! Yea, yea... I know, I need to get some
In any case, they did it.
They have made it through despite our inept mothering skills and
are becoming the little "piglets" (Norwegians) that they
typically are at this age... And... from looking back over
several years worth of weight charts, they are, at this time, on
par with, or bigger than, all others we have had in the past!!
Who knows what they will do over
the next couple of months, but we are delighted that they will
now be doing it, on their own!! Now... I need to get some
Since the day after they were born,
we've been hand feeding these guys to keep them going. Mom
has not had much, if any, milk, but has taken care of all other
aspects of child-rearing. We're just EXHAUSTED from the 2
- 4 hr feeding schedule. We're starting on the weaning
process, but it is sloooow going!!
All are doing pretty well.
Cute as can be, full of... well, full of "spirit" and playing
like crazy. They broke out of their fenced in area, about
a week ago and are quickly taking over the room. While
they have their own, child size tree, they have begun to explore
the "big cat" tree, much to the dismay of Mom, who sits at the
base, trilling for them the whole time. Of course, kids
being kids, they do NOT pay much attention to Mom!! <G>
Well... They have finally started to
come out of their carrier and even though their mom is less than
happy with the situation, it is a great thing to see. We
are still feeding them, but they are starting to "think" about
eating on their own. Not quite there yet, but they are
trying, but still have to learn how to stick their nose in the
food and not breath at the same time they are lapping.
Kind of cute, though, to be honest, we'd like them to learn a
bit faster. <G>
At just over two weeks old, they are
doing pretty well, considering "we" are feeding them, every 3
hours or so, round the clock. Their Mom helps as best she
can, cleaning them up, taking care of the "waste removal",
etc.,, but we provide the input, that is getting them to grow.
They do get comfort from her as well since she acts like a large
"binkie", in between our feedings.
It is nerve-racking and
exhausting, but we will do all we can to make sure they have the
best chance of making it, that we can provide. Another
week or so and they "should" start to eat off the plate a bit
and will allow us to get a bit of sleep!!
All things considered, they are
doing well... And dang... are they CUTE!! <G>
We apologize to those who watch these pages for the
pictures we normally post of the kittens... This litter has been a
difficult one - Samantha has not had much, if any, milk and we have been
spending the past couple of weeks hand feeding, every two - three hours
and we are a bit tired. Beyond being tired, we have been concerned
over whether they will all make it, or not, but as of now (just over two
weeks), they are gaining weight pretty well, but are a bit behind the
other Norwegians we've had. We are keeping our fingers crossed and
doing the best we can (between our own naps) to keep them going.