This diary describes the Litter XI as well the Litter XII, since both litters are just 10 days apart and the preliminary events and the aftermath have the same reason…
|19. Oct. 2010||Ruby and Ziva moved together to Cologne, Germany.|
|16. Oct. 2010||Abby and Leon moved together to Sursee near Luzern, Switzerland.|
|03. Oct. 2010||Beryl moved to Cologne, Germany.|
|02. Oct. 2010||Jasper is living now in Büttelborn near Frankfurt, Germany.|
|16. Sep. 2010||Leroy move to Remscheid, Germany.|
|14. Aug. 2010||Today the kittens of Litter XI were accompanied by mana Elli for vaccinating and chipping a the veterinary. Our veterinary did as usual a very good job, the little kittens didn't even notice that they have got injections.|
|07. Aug. 2010||The mothers Roma and Elli not only share the attendance over the kittens, they nurse the kittens motley. The kittens don't care about the source of the milk, if one mother is
empty, they go to the other …
|06. Aug. 2010||Today is good weather, the kittens are the first time on the balcony. The two mothers Elli and Roma have an keen eye on their children. If the kittens go too far outside, the mothers will carry them back to the living room.|
|02. Aug. 2010||The kittens are climbing on the scratching trees. Especially Abby is climbing without problems on the highest places and climbs down elegant without problems - in opposite to the little boys Leon and Leroy: They manage to climb on top but not down and start squeaking helplessly, what triggers the mothers or us to help them down again.|
|01. Aug. 2010||Now both litters are united. All kittens play, eat and sleep together, as if they were belonging together since ever. The difference in age of ten days between both litters is barely notable. At playing time the living room is teeming with seven dwarfs.|
|29. Jul. 2010||
Roma probably was not happy with the scratching tree cave in the living room and displaced her kittens again a few times in the basement below the stairs. Of course we moved the kittens back to the living room.
But now Roma finally accepted the living room for her kittens.
|27. Jul 2010||The meanwhile eight months old Ivy enjoys playing with the kittens. Her playing with them appears to be somewhat rough, since the kittens are squeaking and running away from time to time. But the kittens always come back to Ivy to continue playing…|
|19. Jul. 2010||In the age of three weeks Roma's kittens are more and more mobile and curious, but cannot leave the scratching tree cave, because it is way too high for the kittens.|
|19. Jul. 2010||In the age of four weeks Ellis kittens are using the cat toilet the first time and are eating solid food.|
|15. Jul. 2010||After Roma moved her kittens several times into the basement and we moved them back into the living room, Roma preferred a scratching tree cave over the cardboard and wooden birthing boxes.
Well, better than basement…
|15. Jul. 2010||Today Elli found it too boring in the bedroom and moved with her kittens back from the bedroom into the living room and stood there - eventually that was her decision. The kittens like that and are running around at a radius of 1 m around the sofa.|
|14. Jul. 2010||Since half of the day Elli has been in the living room near us instead of paying attention to her kittens, we found that is is time to move the kittens from the bedroom to the living room. Elli found that some time acceptable, but in the evening she moved back to the bedroom.|
|13. Jul. 2010||Early in the morning we were frightened, when suddenly Roma together with her cat babies weren't on their usual place below the sleeping couch in the cat's room. After some search, we found them in a quite inconvenient place: Maybe Roma found it too warm in the cat's room in the attic floor (it is here since some days 40 °C outside temperature) and moved last night with her children in the cold cellar below the basement stairs. Surely we didn't accept that and moved the kittens into the living room, a place below a flower pedestal was accepted by Roma - temporarily.|
|09. Jul. 2010||In the age of 11 days all of Roma's kittens opened the eyes.|
|09. Jul. 2010||Elli moved with her kittens into the luxury birthing box in the bedroom, now the kittens are doing their first steps outside of the birthing box.|
|02. Jul. 2010||Luckily Elli found the scratching tree cave not that optimal and after half of a day she moved with her litter into a prepared cardboard box on the bedroom floor.|
|02. Jul. 2010||Still unsure about the paternity of the kittens of both litters, we've asked long experienced Somali breeders for advice: Unanimous opinion is that all of Elli's kittens and Roma's second born son are cross breeds…
Hence our suspicion to have cuckoos in the nest is confirmed, thank Fritz the Cat and certainly thank our negligence to design the outside enclosure not only against jailbreaking of our cats but instead against trespassing of stray cats. Of course we have to rethink the former, after all Fritz got out of the enclosure again…
|01. Jul. 2010||In the age of 12 days Elli moved her kittens out of the cardboard birthing box on our bed into a scratching tree cave in the bedroom. That concerns us a bit, because the kittens have started to crawl around and the scratching tree cave is in a height of half a meter above the floor…|
|29. Jun. 2010 06:00||Eventually Roma gave birth to two more kittens: One - well, more or less - ruddy boy and a sorrel coloured Somali girl.
The little boy is looking just as unusual as the four kittens of Elli's litter.
Should there have happened a double covering of Habanero and the stray cat ? The long time between the births may also be an indication…
|29. Jun. 2010 00:00||Roma still does not litter, behaves otherwise normal and is feeding her kitten.|
|28. Jun. 2010 18:00||Roma still makes no signs to birth more kittens, merely Habanero is interested in her and tries to cover her…|
|28. Jun. 2010 05:00||After 66 days of gestation time Roma has born a sorrel coloured male Somali. But Roma cannot be ready, she is still too round and too heavy …|
|27. Jun. 2010||After other Somali breeders have looked at the kittens, our suspicion was intensified, that the stray cat in fact may be the father of the litter.|
|26. Jun. 2010||In the age of one week all the kittens begin to open the eyes. Their weight has already doubled.|
|19. Jun. 2010||The unfamiliar appearance of the kittens brought the incident of April back to mind. Combined with the
pusswe are having an enormous suspicion:
Possibly the father of our kittens could be the male stray cat and not our Habanero ?
|18./19. Jun. 2010|| In the night 18. to 19. June Elli gave birth to four ruddy kittens. The birthing took just one hour and was without any problems.
The weights of the kittens are with 115 /125 g for the female kittens and 130 g for the male kittens quite ample. Up to now we were used to weights of 90 - 100 g for females and 100 - 115 g for the males.
Ruddy ? Well, ruddy is looking quite different ?! The kittens are looking rather greyish, silvery and already having ticking ? Not pitch black like usual…
|14. Jun. 2010||Elli has gained 1 kg on weight and is looking like a little donkey.
Roma has also gained about 1 kg weight.
|Jun. 2010||When feeding the stray cats, we discovered that the stray puss when looked from behind is very apparently a stray tomcat.|
|May 2010||Elli is gaining in weight, thus the covering was successful.|
|22./23. Apr. 2010||Our Somali cat Roma is in heat and was covered by Habanero.|
|Some day in Apr. 2010||There is a mating scream audible from our outside enclosure, when looking down from the balcony into the enclosure, we barely see the tabby stray cat - which is straying around our house for some time - climbing out off the enclosure.
Conclusion: Habanero has covered a stray cat…
|12./13. Apr. 2010||
Our Abyssinian var. cat Elli is in heat and was covered from Habanero.
|Early 2010||Elli doesn't get the pill anymore.|