For some time I’ve been wanting to slip in another of my newsy updates. You know–me in bed with laptop and kitties. This can be tough to do as it’s time consuming and hungry kitties don’t seem to comprehend why they have to wait for their breakfast. Fortunately half have never known the olden days of free feed dry food and the other half have forgotten. (End of plug for NO MORE DRY FOOD!) In any case, this post may have to be shorter than previous as I’m already getting a late start on the day. I’ve let Simba Kahn out of his cabana and he’s here to nudge me and Sahara is out of HER confinement and she’s my champion whiner. It’s going to be another gorgeous day in California and ….
As you know, we are winding down the “G” and “H” episodes here at Mythicbells. Can you believe how fast the time has flown by? I made the mistake of reading back over the blog entries since the first of the year. WOW! This has been an emotional ride for me…. snipping and snapping at everyone. Bitching and complaining. I think I was as bad, maybe worse than the queens!! What an interesting journal of events in the life of a pedigree cat breeder. I’ve been debating as to what comes next. There have been many times in the last few months that I’ve wanted to quit all of this. My anxiety level was through the roof with all that has been going on. I’ve come to my senses and will wait until all of the kittens are gone, then reevaluate how next to proceed. I’m sure I don’t want to quit just yet. After all, we have Sequoia’s kittens to look forward to! I do have several issues to resolve. One is reducing the number of my permanent cats by at least a small margin, and the other is Simba Kahn’s advancing age, though the males can breed much longer than the females without worrying over health issues. I do worry about his quality of life, however. On the other hand, here he is on my bed — how bad can that be? Decisions! Decisions! Sahara may be good for a couple more litters depending on how she does and, of course Sequoia remains to be seen. One thing I’m quite decided on and that is — ONLY ONE LITTER AT A TIME! Given my setup, two litters is a lot of work when everyone is getting along and almost impossible if they are not.
The next question is WHAT ABOUT THE KITTY CAMS? I will ask your opinion on this, then ignore you. LOL. Okay, just kidding. This is what I plan to do. Kitty Cam 2 will be retired until the next litter. I don’t want to bother with it, but I’ll keep Cam 1 up as I have since Jan 2008 so that you can visit in the chatroom and stare at the spaceship flower in case it ever decides to launch.
On to kitten news. I have had the best time with them the past few days!! Now that they are on the verge of leaving the nest, I am allowed to relax a little and just enjoy them. They are SO fun! For some odd reason, the queens have relaxed with only the minor skirmish and I have been leaving the nursery doors open during the day and also allowing the kittens free access to the enclosure much of the time. Sirocco ventures out occasionally and Sahara spends most of the day outside. The kittens love LOVE it outside. They are without doubt, the filthiest, grubbiest kittens I’ve ever seen. They come in with burrs in their fur, weeds dripping from their tails, and mud on their paws. Bathing them for their adoption days is going to be a nightmare! But who cares! I am “Molly-have-camera-will-travel.” I don’t go outside without it. I have scores of photos processed and I hope to put them up here in a gallery for you today if I find the time. I’m using my 10 mega-pixel camera for this and my old computer takes FOREVER to open each batch in Photoshop, and even longer to rotate, crop, and process them. TEDIOUS!! But, as I sit in the sun eating my lunch, reading my book, gardening … or whatever and watch these little guys racing about I wish that I could share every single moment with you. It’s simply priceless!!
OMG — SIX CATS ON THE BED NOW AND SAHARA CIRCLING LIKE A SHARK. Simba Kahn is coming in for a head-butt, and pawing at my hands, Sahara is whining …. okay! Now even Gypsy Rose is getting into the act and picking a fight with Sahara … time to feed the cats! GOTTA GO!!