I see that I haven’t actually written much of an update since the “guarded” optimism for the “H” babies. By now you’ve probably all seen for yourself via KittyCam 2 that they are doing extremely well. Sirocco had me worried for a while. She wasn’t eating as well as I would have liked and her adjustment to motherhood was a little slower than I’m accustomed to. Who wouldn’t be a bit slow coming up to speed with a ten inch zipper up your tummy! She’s eating better and I can see that she’s much more relaxed in general. Her staples come out this coming Sunday.
I’m going to have eat yet more crow! I STILL can’t say for sure the gender of Gecko, but I’m now strongly leaning toward the all male declaration I started with for this litter. The “G” Litter is growing fast and Sahara is eating like a little horse now that the babies are bigger. I’ll be setting up their corral in the next week or so. They are almost ready to venture out of their nest.
People are asking about the other cats. When is Sequoia going to be introduced to the kittens? What does Simba Kahn think? When will Super Nanny, Gypsy Rose, take up her duties? Where’s Nugget? What about Tiny Bear and Kalahari? Did I miss anyone? Well so far Sahara won’t allow Sequoia into the nursery. As yet Sirocco hasn’t spoken. Kalahari is also banned. Super Nanny is allowed in the nurseries, but not in the nests. Interestingly Simba Kahn is allowed in the Nurseries. No one knows what he thinks, but we suspect the he is stellarly unimpressed. He wouldn’t harm any one, but I don’t allow him in the nurseries unchaperoned because he’s a nuisance. Tiny Bear is in denial, and just plain pissed off, but she keeps herself fit with her nightly tent-pushing exercises. Nugget is still recovering from her trauma of being chased around the couch by Sirocco when Sirocco was pregnant. Nugget comes downstairs now to eat and goes outside, but stays in the living area very little. Upstairs in her domain, she is very cute and playful.
Oh, one more question comes to mind. What do Sirocco and Sahara think of each other? Sahara pretty much ignores Sirocco, but gives one that impending sense of a keg of dynamite that could ‘go off’ any minute. Sirocco is curious and wants to explore Sahara’s nursery. She even jumped into Sahara’s nest … once… but was removed immediately by me. Sahara allows the exploration and doesn’t warn her from entering the room.
When I’m able to monitor the nurseries, I leave the doors cracked open and the moms can wander in and out, but they stay close to their babies most of the time. The rest of the cats seem to know that those rooms are now largely off limits except Kalahari who blunders in every now and then to be hissed right back out.