We received about 60 different names, so it was a challenge narrowing them down to just six. We tried to select the names that were most popular, and which also seemed to suit the kittens. We also wanted to avoid names that sounded similar. It wasn’t easy, but we sure had fun doing it.
My favourite part is near the end, when the kittens’ mum Cecilia subjects the blue tabby kitten (J4) to a little ‘tough love’ with her back legs. This is not uncommon, and seems to do the kittens no harm.
But then you’ll see Judee reach over to pat Cecilia who immediately changes to licking J4’s head! (I wasn’t kicking, I was licking!)
And here’s a photo from the same session. I was on the floor, trying to get some individual photos, when Judee asked me to hand her the camera. J4 had decided to snuggle up to me. Great photo of J4!
20-day-old kitten J4 snuggles up with Neil during the J Litter’s first picnic. 23 January 2016
J1: Female black tabby Siberian kitten at 20 days old, 23 January 2016
Today was a big day for the J Litter: they had their first ‘picnic’ outside the nest in which they were born 20 days ago.
We spread the blanket on the nursery floor, and one-by-one they took their first steps towards freedom.
Naturally, they stayed close to their mother Cecilia most of the time.
The ‘first picnic’ was also an opportunity to get some individual photos. Taking photos of moving kittens isn’t easy (especially with my lack of skill), but at least these will give you an idea of their appearance.
As for their names, we will work on those over the next few days – matching your suggestions (thank you!) to each kitten’s personality.
They all have their eyes open and are doing what babies do best: eating and sleeping!
The mother is Grand Champion Cecilia (Cici) and the father is Felix. They have mated once before, producing five kittens (the I Litter) with exceptionally good allergen levels. So here’s hoping for a repeat performance.
Cici is a great mother, devoted to her kittens. And eating like a horse!
If you’d like to suggest some names starting with J, please send them to us or post them in the comments below.
5-month-old Siberian kitten Hoku wastes no time occupying an empty shopping bag, 11 Jan 2016
Our H Litter kittens are now five months old, and we have no problem keeping tabs on their growth, as one of them has stayed with us for breeding.
Hoku, a black/brown tabby, seems to have inherited her mother Calina‘s fearlessness and taste for mischief. She is into everything, and we are constantly retrieving her from cupboards or other hiding places.
She likes it when we have visitors, and will curl up next to them, or find a lap to occupy.
Naturally, she cannot resist a shopping bag (whether full or empty) or a box of any kind.
4-month-old Siberian kitten Michonne plays with the Cat Dancer, 3 Jan 2016
Here’s another of our recent graduates from the I Litter: the mackerel tabby Inka, or as she’s known now, “Michonne”.
Michonne lives with Gaby and Jorge and their two sons on Auckland’s North Shore.
In the photo she’s playing with the Cat Dancer toy, which consists of a bit of springy wire with cardboard on the end. With a bit of practice, you can make the end of the Cat Dancer dip and dart like a flying insect.
The toys are made in the United States and we import them for our kittens to take to their new homes.
Blue tabby Siberian kitten Gracie at 8 months old, 25 Dec 2015
Still in the Christmas spirit, here’s the latest photo of blue tabby kitten Gracie, who had apparently been getting into the tinsel.
Gracie is just a delight, she spends a lot of her day outside, and in particular enjoys the cicadas and quite often will bring one inside to show me and of course play with! In the mornings she’s full of little chirps as she comes in to see us, sometimes it’s tricky to get down the stairs due to all the affection and her being right ‘underfoot’ so to speak. Shes such a big gorgeous girl!