No great photos yet, nor videos, but those will all come in due time. Sahara gave birth to four babies yesterday (May 29th, 2012). Her official due date was on Sunday the 27th, so this means I was primed and ready for THREE days before she finally had them. It’s interesting to look back at my journal later as it’s so easy to forget, and what felt like hours and hours was in reality much less, or visa versa. Kitten #1 arrived at 1040 am, kitten #2 arrived at 1050 am, kitten #3 at 1055 am, and kitten #4 at 1120 am. This was a FAST birth–four kittens in less than an hour.
Did it seem that fast for those of you who saw it on live cam? Yes, I did have the cam on for this birth. I don’t know how many folks watched.
One kitten has the classic tabby pattern (blotchy swirls) and three kittens have the mackerel tabby, also called Mc Tabby (with the tiger style of stripes). This will make at least one of the kittens easy to spot while its here. Remember that they all end up looking pretty much like Sahara by the time they are 6 months old. In any case I have them coded as follows: ‘classic,’ ‘blue foot,’ ‘pink foot,’ and ‘plain foot.’ (pink and blue colors is a dab of nail polish on left hind foot) Later a couple will likely get little colored collars. Per usual I’m not sure of the genders yet, but I *think* I’ve actually got more than one female! Maybe even three. I’ve chosen their milk names but haven’t assigned them to kittens yet: Kemo Sabe (KEY-MO SAH-BEE, for those of you who are too young to remember the Lone Ranger), Kabuki, Kumquat (I’ve always wanted to say “my little Kumquat!”), and Kettle. Kemo Sabe will be a male, and if there is another male he will be Kabuki. Any of the names except Kemo Sabe can go with either gender… and even it can too since I’m making the rules.
Here’s some nicely out-of-focus shots I took this morning: