Yes, Sequoia is doing fine. Yes, I have her nest ready — what a stupid question. Yes all of the birth bedding materials, etc. are ready (another stupid question). No, she isn’t ‘nesting,’ but everyone else seems to be interested in sleeping in her nest. No, she isn’t acting strange yet — well no more strange than usual: she still growls at lot, is nasty towards most of the other cats, marks and sprays like a trooper, and is generally obnoxious. The nursery is her exclusive domain at night which she fails to appreciate. Initially, until I see how things go, she does not have the usual soft-sided nesting box (the large dog kennel) you’ve seen in the past, but has a large plastic storage box. I’ve used this before for small litters and it was the nesting box used for Sirocco’s “H” litter, though I moved her into a kennel almost immediately. The issue with Sequoia is her spraying. Except for one time, she’s steered clear of the nest, so we’ll have to see how this plays out. I may move her into the small kennel later. You may see me switch out the nursery litter box at night and again in the morning. When she is left untended for the night, she gets the non-clumping Johnny cat litter, which I hate. In my opinion, clumping litter is THE only way to go, however if you’ve ever had a queen give birth in a litter box full of clumping litter, you’d be doing the same just in case. She’s not completely untended. For the “I” litter and their birth, I purchased a video baby monitor, which is wonderful. I can peek in on the nursery from my bed upstairs. I can even remotely pan the room with it, listen in and/or speak to them. I miss the days of fewer cats and Tiny Bear as the queen. Tiny Bear would give birth up stairs in my bedroom, or where ever I set her up, and could easily be moved later and she loved sleeping with me. The current queens do not and are more temperamental.
Other news: Tomorrow is Ivanhoe/Sebastian’s adoption day and yes, I have his little bag packed. I hope to give him a bath later today which he will hate. He’s become a very independent, willful little guy, but is doing extremely well. He will be exactly 12 weeks old on adoption day. I managed to get some cute photos of him this morning which I’m posting below plus one of Gypsy Rose and a couple of Sahara. Reports from Maynard (Idaho) and Intrepid have been fabulous with videos and photos. They are both doing extremely well. Bamishe (India) reports are a bit more sketchy, as can often be the case. Not everyone one wants to stay in touch. Initial reports for her indicate that they love her a lot and she is doing well. I’m sure I will hear more as time goes on.