“G” Litter seems to be thriving! So far so good. Today is “day 5.” I saw a question on KittyCam go by the other day as to how the days are counted. This is specific only to me, and not an “official” breeder thing. After about the third or fourth litter, I began to see a need for some standardization. In other words… SAME SCALE used on SAME DAY, etc. from litter to litter and entries in the kitten journal standardized. This way I can look back at the “A” litter for example and see what their weights were on day 5 and compare it to this litter, and have some idea of what’s normal and what’s not. There was a significant different between Tiny Bear’s later litters and Sahara’s, so comparison wasn’t a significant tool in that case. TB’s kittens were much larger than Sahara’s over all. Still the journal is invaluable. For example Sahara’s kittens in the “E” litter had one or two kittens who were actually a bit smaller than her current kittens on the same day (day 5). That may be due to the fact that there were more kittens in that litter. A litter of two is going to have fatter kittens than a litter of five. I arbitrarily decided that ‘day 1’ is the day they are born. Naturally this isn’t perfect since a kitten born just after midnight is going to have the jump on a kitten born just before midnight. Furthermore, a litter born before and after midnight, gets a birthday designated arbitrarily either before or after since litters are registered as a group and I have no idea which ones were born before and which ones after.
Kitten weights for day 5:
#1 Gecko – 4.0 oz/101 gr
#2 Goliath – 5.0 oz/127 gr
#3 Geronimo – 5.5 oz/112 gr
#4 Gobi Bear – 4.4 oz/118 gr
Sahara is eating like a little piglet now. Either her appetite returned or I finally put down the right food. The most expensive, naturally. So far she’s eaten 3 plates of Rad Cat Turkey (a raw frozen commercial food).
I’ve also been asked to reveal some of the female “G” names I had picked out. Gobi Bear was going to be used for either male or female. The other two top contenders were: Geisha and Genoa — the rest were either been nixed when someone else suggested them first (:D) or would not have made the final cut.
Sirocco and all the other cats are doing well.