Week 6 Learning to Cat
Well Monday marked the six week mark in the lives of our little family! I'm happy to report a relatively uneventful week for the kittens.
At six weeks old they are all really starting to develop and show off their personalities. They also have hit a mark where they have all of their teeth. Once kittens have all their teeth they are more inclined to have dry food. They can certainly have it before six weeks but they may find it takes a long time to chew and not be as interested. Now since they have all their teeth it is easier to chew and more satisfying.
They also are more into toys and wrestling. They love to wrestle anywhere anytime! They are super playful little ones and love me to join in their games as a jungle gym apparatus. Climbing is a favorite too, but once they get up they are hesitant to get down, I think with time they'll get braver.
We have noticed though especially the girls the older they get they more similar they look. I can still tell them apart without issue, but as we get closer to them being adoptable applications may come in and we potential adopters need to tell them apart. The easiest thing to do is to put a collar on but with them being still small the collar would be kind of heavy. I have explored various options because the hair ties are too small and could be dangerous, the collar would be too heavy so I ordered whelping collars online we'll see how those work (generally those are Velcro and light weight as well as adjustable).
Updated Kitten Pictures
In terms of Mom, Easter is getting a little warmer. Stress on the little!!! She certainly doesn't want to be touched or anything, but instead of hiding in one corner all the time she does go to different places in the foster room. I don't see her do it but I know she moves cause any time I pop in she's camped in a different hide hole so she is finally moving about more!
We did have a hiccup this week with her. She ate some food that seemed to have something wrong with it and got sick till it was out of her system. Than I walked in the foster room after work one day to see blood on the wall, I didn't know if it was her incision, if it was a UTI or something else. After a long night at the ER vet we found her ear tip from being spayed was reopening and had a hematoma in it that will for lack of any better word "spurt" blood. We got her all fixed up and back home, this is not common at all during ear tipping so no one even the ER vet even thought about it. Hematoma's are a buildup of blood similar to a blister except it is blood filled, they can be dangerous because they can indicate internal bleeding. In Easter's case it was just a small vessel in the ear that caused it so nothing life threatening, but uncomfortable.
Easter and I are still not best friends, but darn have we been through it all! Looking forward to more growth this week!! My hope is by week 8 every kitten is 2lbs which is the average for that age and it seems everyone is right on track.