Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Kitten 1 (plus stats)

This little darling is Digory. His eyes were both shut yesterday, but he's just starting to peek at us now.

Digory is named after Digory Kirke, who features in the first book, The Magician's Nephew. Digory the kitten was the firstborn, is the heaviest, and the first to double his birth weight- yesterday. He has quite a dark tone to his fur (in comparison, they are all a pale cream, in fact, just different shades!) and if that is indicative of future colouration I'd say he was a chocolate solid.

ALL of my kittens have now doubled their birth weight, right on cue. Good kittens! I was expecting some of them to do it today, but not all of them so I'm extremely pleased with them as you may imagine. I'll be keeping a close eye on their weights this coming week as from previous litters I know it's the time Inds has struggled a bit, plus they have just started to move around a lot in their pen, which always seems to lead to a lesser weight gain for a time. One of my kittens, the lastborn, is a very active little thing, and so is Little Scrap... I'm sure it's no coincidence they are the lightest kittens- they burn all their energy off, exploring!

Aaaaand it's that time again! Stats!
Birth: 84g
1 week:186g
Kitten 3
1 week:151g
Kitten 4
1 week:185g
Kitten 5
1 week:171g
Kitten 6
Birth: 84g
1 week:177g
Kitten 7
Birth: 90g
1 week:184g
Kitten 8
Birth: 80g
1 week: 163g
Aaaand comparisons of all the litters to date:
REM litter 83g-103g. Average 92g
Von Trapp litter 81g-102g. Average 91g
Narnian litter 72-90g. Average 83g
1 week
REM litter 182g-217g Average 195g
Von Trapp litter 150g- 205g. Average 175g
Narnian litter:151-186g. Average 174g
It's interesting to note that although the kittens are smaller, the total weight of collective kitten at birth has increased each time. Mama was carrying over 100g more kitten with this recent litter than she was with the REM's, not to mention the extra weight in placenta, fluids and so on. It will be interesting to see if they go on being small, because dad cat isn't a small cat this time... so their genetics presumably dictate an average size. They seem to be closing the gap on their predecessors. Will my Narnians overtake the Von Trapps, or will they continue to be little? Tune in for the next wet-your-pants thrilling instalment next week!

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