Bella's Fifth Litter

 

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One chocolate male and one chocolate silver male born 19th August 2015 from Abychat Blue-moon (Blue) x Crystalpaws Bellatrix Black (Bella)
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Bella had been telling me all night and all morning that her kittens were coming and she finally started having them at midday. The chocolate boy was born first and, considering his size of 124g!!, it was a very easy birth. The chocolate silver boy was born an hour later and was slightly harder due to him being breach. The chocolate silver is a more normal weight but looks small compared to his giant brother:-) Both were feeding within ten minutes of being born and both gained the same percentage of bodyweight over their first night - 19%. Bella just loves being a mum and is loving her two boys:-)


Two fat babies with Bella at one day old


At one week old, we have had a few ups and downs with the chocolate boy. He lost quite a bit of weight on the second night, so I supplemented him throughout the day. He was still suckling from Bella and by the afternoon, he started gaining again. He continued to gain steadily until yesterday, when he only gained 3g and seemed to have a stomach ache. He has been checked by our vet and appears to be taking in air whilst suckling. He seems more comfortable today and is feeding from Bella. I'm just hoping that he settles down with his feeding. The smaller silver boy is gaining steadily.

Chocolate silver male

Chocolate male


At two weeks old, both boys seem to be gaining at a steady rate. The chocolate boy still has a big belly but he is gaining around 20g a day, so I think a lot of his belly is from lots of milk. The silver boy is gaining a very respectable 15g a day. They have been arguing about who feeds as they both seem to like the same nipple - typical boys, they have eight to choose from but they both want the same one;-)

Chocolate silver male

Chocolate male


At three weeks old, Bella's kittens are starting to walk around a lot more in their kitten box. They are starting to play fight now and will look towards us when we talk to them. The chocolate male still has his big belly but he is gaining weight at a ridiculous rate - sometimes 30g a day. They silver boy is still gaining a more normal 15g a day. Now they are more active, I expect the chocolate's big belly will settle down.

Chocolate silver male

Chocolate male


At four weeks old, Bella's kittens will soon be out of their kitten box and able to run around their kitten pen. I did take them out of their box a couple of days ago but Bella wasn't happy with them running around and kept picking them up, so I had to put them back. Bella won't have any choice soon as they will get out on their own.

Chocolate silver male

Chocolate male


At five weeks old, Bella's chocolate silver boy is doing really well but we have sad news about his chocolate brother. After doing so well for five weeks, the chocolate boy seemed very lethargic this morning. I took him to the vet but he sadly passed away a couple of hours later. My vet carried out a post mortem and found that part of his intestine was missing and had never been there. My vet had never seen anything like it and doesn't think he ever will again. Both myself and my vet are just so shocked that, apart from his big belly, he has thrived for five weeks with such a critical abnormality - he was such a happy, cheeky boy. I had considered taking his pictures down but, as he looks so happy in the pictures, I have decided to keep them up. His brother is missing him but will soon be able to play all the time with Molly's kittens.

Chocolate silver male


At six weeks old, Bella's boy is now eating solid food. He spends all of his time with Molly's kittens, whilst Bella and Molly are taking it in turns to look after them all. He starting to look more grown up now.

Chocolate silver male


At seven weeks old, Bella's boy is becoming boisterous and loves climbing. He loves his solid food now and is always at the plate before his half sisters.

Chocolate silver male


At eight weeks old, Bella's boy is becoming much chunkier now. He is such a friendly boy - he likes to roll over whilst purring to have his tummy tickled.

Chocolate silver male


At nine weeks old, Bella's boy has turned into a really purry little boy. He loves to pose for pictures and keeps sitting in front of Molly's kittens when I take their pictures:-) He will be having his first vaccinations next week with Molloy's kittens.

Chocolate silver male


At ten weeks old, Bella's boy has had his first vaccination and health check. He was also weighed and I was surprised that he was not far off 1kg. He was very well behaved:-)

Chocolate silver male - Syd.


At eleven weeks old, Bella's boy was being very playful when it was picture time, so I had a lot of the back of his head of this blurred picture. Hopefully he will pose better next week.

Syd


At twelve weeks old, Bella's boy is looking much more grown up. He now also looks just like his grandmother Gigi, except she is sorrel silver. Syd is a very elegant boy just like Gigi. He will be having his second vaccination and vet check in a few days and will go to his new home shortly afterwards.

Syd

 

 

 

Contact details

Debbie Dixon
01206 845776

crystalpaws@crystalcats.co.uk

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