Harley climbs a 1.2m scratching post to get closer to Cici on her high window ledge, 7 Dec 2013
Our breeding male Siberian Harley has taken to courting Cecilia (Cici), in what we hope will lead to Cici’s first successful mating.
She’s still resisting his advances, somewhat…
Dougal (left) and Daphne at rest after breakfast, 1 December 2013
Daphne and Dougal, our D Litter kittens, turned six weeks old last Sunday, 1 December.
It was also Daphne’s first day to eat solid food, just a couple of days behind Dougal.
Both kittens are now very active, easily able to climb to the top of our 1.2m tall scratching posts. They have the run of about half the house, and hang out with all the adult cats.
Naturally they love to wrestle, chase each other, and hide in boxes and tunnels.
I took this video this morning, as Daphne and Dougal (“Daph” and “Doug”) played in their bright, sunny nursery.
They will be 6 weeks old in two days.
Like all our kittens, they love our “Buka Basket”, made on the island of Buka in Bougainville. It has so many handy openings for reaching through, and it rolls very nicely when the kittens tip it.
The D Litter kittens are four weeks old today, and now have full run of their nursery room. I even saw Daphne starting to climb a scratching post yesterday, managing to get all four paws off the floor. Won’t be long until she makes it to the top of the “junior” post.
This week, Daphne and Dougal also got to meet Harley, their father, and – as usual – it was a delightful thing to watch:
Siberian cat Harley meets his 3 1/2 week-old daughter Daphne, 13 November 2013.
After the obligatory sniffing, Harley gave the kittens a licking and invited them to play. He’s such a fantastic father.
Harley licks Daphne’s head, 13 November 2013
Harley keeps an eye on his D Litter kittens, 13 November 2013
3-week-old Siberian kitten Daphne with Calina at the foot of the ramp from their nest. 10 November 2013
The D Litter kittens turned 3 weeks old today. They’ve had occasional excursions outside their cardboard box ‘nest’, but today the drawbridge was permanently lowered so Daphne and Dougal can come and go as they please.
And that’s what they’ve been doing, much to the consternation of their mum Calina, especially when the kittens disappear from her sight for a few minutes. But it’s all part of growing up, and Calina will soon get used to the idea.
In the photo above, Daphne snuggles up to Calina.
3-week-old Siberian kitten Dougal attempts to escape his mother’s grasp so he can explore outside the nest, 10 November 2013
3-week-old Siberian kitten Dougal heads down the ramp from the nest, with his mum still reluctant to let him go. (He made it!). 10 November 2013
The kittens’ ears are also starting to stand up. In a few more days they will be extremely cute.
Daphne (left) and Dougal at 16 days old, 5 November 2013
It’s a big day. We have new photos of the D Litter, and the kittens have names!
The kittens are 16 days old, and Judee got some photos which I’ll post over the next few days.
The female colourpoint has been named Daphne and the male blue tabby with white is Dougal. We’ll call them “Daph and Doug” in honour of Judee’s cousin and her husband who have been extremely kind to us over the years. With just two D Litter kittens – a male and a female – the names were irresistible.
The kittens have had a few excursions out of the nest and enjoy crawling about, although never far from their mum Calina. In another week or so, we’ll lower the draw bridge so they can explore the nursery room at will.
They’re both gaining weight very nicely (not much competition for mother’s milk when there are only two of them).
Siberian female Calina with the two kittens in her D Litter at 5 days old, 25 Oct 2013.
Calina gave birth to her D Litter on Sunday 20 October 2013 and it was a small (but perfectly formed) pair of Siberian kittens.
The colourpoint (probably a female) was born first, followed by a blue tabby with white (probably a male).
Russell the vet made his house call on Monday and confirmed the kittens and their mother are in good health.
With only two kittens, there’s plenty of food to go round and the kittens are growing quickly.
Siberian kitten Stoli prepares to celebrate his first birthday
The B Litter kittens turned one year old on 30 September, so it was party time! Here’s an update from Emily and Mike from Auckland’s North Shore:
Stoli loved his birthday. One year old! So grown up. He doesn’t act it though. Here are a few of the latest pics, of him enjoying his birthday presents (although he still seems to prefer his red Royal Canin bed he got from you!) but he is obsessed with his feathery fishing rod.
He is also enjoying the beginning of summer and the sunshine.
Siberian kitten Archie at seven months old with Holly, 3 May 2013
The B litter kittens just turned a year old. Here’s an update on Byron – now known as Archie – who was the smallest of the litter.
As you can see Archie is well, big and very beautiful. He is basically a full-sized adult cat with still a bit of growing to go no doubt.
He has settled really well and is truly part of the family. As you can see Holly is still the favourite in the family; she can do anything with him and he is more than happy, she had him tucked up on her bed the other day with a pillow and blanket.
He is definitely still wee mad Archie but without the wee bit. I enjoy buying cat toys and today he was spoilt with a door hanging mouse on elastic. It has proven a big hit already.
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Mr Baxter (now known as Caesar) lives in Otago with Taneli and Jessica. He has just turned one year old.
Male Siberian flamepoint kitten Baxter (Caesar), 26 Sept 2013
Caesar is doing well! He still thinks he’s the baby of the house, though, so I think it was a bit confusing for him when our baby arrived, and he no longer had exclusive rights to my lap in the evenings from 7pm onwards.
He is an outdoor/indoor cat since we moved into this house, which came equipped with a cat door. When he comes in, he bursts through the door and announces his arrival loudly with happy meows and headbutts. At dusk Caesar comes in for the night, and we lock his door.
He’s very much a dog-like cat! If we run into each other outside on our way for a walk, he will follow us around the neighbourhood. He also goes over to the elementary school (which our son attends) daily and has gotten to know the kids there, who have named him Snowy. Inside, Caesar follows us around the house from room to room. He like to be where the action is!