Bath time, Kittens, and Progress!

Yesterday was bath day for all the cats in our home.  We bathed all 7 kittens and 5 adults, yesterday.  After they air-dried in the cozy kitchen with the heat turned up, we brushed them all.  Some of the younger kittens were very easy to brush, but the adults and the oldest kittens had a few more knots to work out.   We set up an assembly line, and my oldest two daughters helped me with the process.

I’ve always dreaded bathing our male cat, Max, because he fights it so badly and is so strong.  But he was a doll yesterday and very easy to work with.  We’d saved him for last, and then it wasn’t a problem at all.  I figured out why — I didn’t fill the sink.  Usually I place him in a half full sink or tub, and he fights so bad to get out.  This time I just worked with running water instead of placing him into standing water.  He handled it much better!

Dreamy’s last two kittens will be leaving this week.  Sage is going home with a family today!  There are children looking forward to his snuggles and purrs, and he’s going to love it!   Pumpkin will be leaving this weekend, going to another small family cattery.   He’ll enjoy the children in that home, too.

I need to update our ads around the internet, since all that will remain available are black kittens.  Soot and Coal need a photo taken together for the ads.  They are handsome guys, even if their black coats aren’t as flashy as Sage and Pumpkin’s bi-color coats.   Later we will have two black female kittens available, but not quite yet.

Speaking of the black female kittens.  They are Sweetie’s babies, and one of them was NOT using the litter box.  At all!!  No matter how many times I put her in it,  she refused to use it.  We’d never had a kitten reach 8 weeks and not be litter-trained, but that was where we were headed with her.  She turns 8 weeks this week.  I finally decided to place her in a room alone (the bathroom) with a clean litter box of her own, to see if the problem was just a refusal to share with others.  That worked!  She’s using the litter box now, but she’s lonely in there.  We send her Mom in with her from time to time.

In a few days, once we feel she has the litter box use down, we’ll try putting her back with the others and see if she’ll share a litter box then.  If not, she’ll need to go to a home with no other cats, so she won’t have to share a litter box.  I’m just thankful we figured out what the problem was.  Progress is good.

I am mailing in Sweetie’s litter registration today for Holly, Mistletoe, and Frankincense.  It’s a little late, but we were delaying because we plan to keep Frankincense for future breeding.  We wanted to register HIM completely on this litter registration, and needed to choose a name for him.

We like to name our cats from hymns, when we can.  Sweetie is really ‘Tis So Sweet, although a breeder friend named her that before she came to us.  We followed the pattern, and named her daughter Rings A Melody — Melody for short.  Joy came to us this summer, and we named her Joy Divine.  Some are hymn titles, and some are just phrases from hymns.  I had compiled a list of possibilities for Frankincense, but needed to choose with the family.

In the end, though, we couldn’t really find the perfect name.  We ended up leaving Frankincense as his first name choice.  I guess we’ll call him Frank as he grows up.  It is referred to in some Christmas carols, but it isn’t quite as majestic as some of the girls’ names we’ve chosen in the past.  We did find a second name choice from a hymn, so we’ll see what he gets to be.  Even if he does get renamed to the second choice, I have a feeling we’ll still call him Frankincense quite a bit.

Our three year old really loves the orange kittens.  She would pick up Pumpkin or Frankincense most often.  She used to cry when we sold a kitten, but she’s adjusting to it now.  I think it helps for her to know that we’ll be keeping Frankincense.  She often picks him up and tells him how he gets to stay here.   The other day she told one of his sisters that we weren’t keeping her … we were going to sell her and eat pizza.  The mind of a three year old can be funny.

I have photos I need to take this week for ads, and I’ll try to update the blog with more photos when I do.

April

ElCloud Cattery

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