2022 : R'Maïnie's and Pépite's litters (dad = Demis Silvaliya) Homepage  

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R'Maïnie's litter :  birth (May 22nd)    eyes open   3 weeks old    one month old 
  (almost) 6 weeks old   official naming    2 months old  2.5 months old  weight curves  
Pépite's litter :   birth (June 20th)   eyes (almost) open   one month old    5 weeks old
 7 weeks old, naming  weigh curves  

22 May 2022 : Demis is dad !

Demis Silvaliya is a young ruddy somali male, he was 4.5 months old when he arrived in our home,
overflowing with purrs, cuddles and energy !

Demis

With spring in the air, he changed almost overnight from a kitten playing with his "aunts" to a passionate lover
for the two girls of the house (Pépite born in 2019 and R'Maïnie born in 2020) who hadn't had any litter yet.

So here we are... May 21st in the morning, R'Maïnie decide to move to her "birth-box" and purr, purr, purr...
The next day around 7 p.m., she gave birth to her very first daughter, a ruddy 85 grams female,
who instantly started searching for mom's tits.

F1

Then... nothing happened... until about 1 a.m. where contractions resumed for a 94 grams ruddy boy.
Less than half an hour later, a 86 grams ruddy female followed (rear end first).

Now R'Maïnie could rest a little, very proud of her three babies :

R'Mainie et ses trois chatons

The next morning, dad Demis was allowed to visit her and see his babies too.
To say the truth, he didn't stay very long, but officially "recognized" his own kitties by attempting to spray on the birth box !

Demis visite

The first two days were a bit cahotic, the male and his younger sister constantly fighting for the same tit
(why was the third tit right so special ???), while other tits were also full of milk...
After a few days, they managed to reach a compromise and they all started to grow more regularly.

Here you can see their first portraits : the first born (F1), the male (M2), and the youngest (F3) face to face with mom R'Maïnie.
(until their names are definite, they will bear the code names F1, M2 and F3.

F1   M2   F3

Each of them wears a little felt collar to help me identify them at a glance : red for F1, white for M2 and green for F3.

31st May

F1 had already opened her right eye yesterday evening, this morning she has both eyes open to the world.
Her sister F3 (third picture) starts to open hers tonight, and their brother prefers to wait (and see...)

F1   M2   F3

Les 3

3rd June

The three of them have wide open eye and start to take interest in something else than just mom,
starting with their littermates which are fun to climb!

Les 3 chatons


F1 licked by mom, M2 and F3 cuddling with mom R'Maïnie

F1   M2   F3

7th June

15 days is time to move the nest in an enclosure at ground level, so that the kitties can explore safely their environment.
(for practical reasons, the birth nest was beside my bed at the same level)

Here is the family settled in her new environment, and a close-up on the male.

RMainie et ses 3 chatons   M2

10th June

The "enclosure" from above (it's only "enclosed" for the kittens, mom may jump in and out as she wishes).

parc

Three focused little faces (F1, M2, F3) :

F1   M2   F3  

15th June : now we visit the room !

They don't walk like babies any more (belly on the ground), but straight on their four paws.
F1 explores (notice the upright tail, like any good little somali),
M2 closeley watched by mom in the basket with the blue paper, and finally the sweet face of F3 wandering what happens.

F1   M2   F3  

Mom is busy checking on them all, but they eventually all come back in the "enclosure" to rest safely (left: M2, middle: F1)

les trois

19th June

They look with envy on mom or dad jumping soooo high, soooo quick, trying to find out their secret to do the same.
For the time being, they continue exploring at ground level and coming back to mom's milk bar.
Below in the usual order : F1, M2 and F3.

F1   M2   F3  

25th June

The three kittens now eat by themselves babycat food and croquettes. They also go to the litter by themselves..
Their main food is still their mom's milk, but the places to be with mom vary a lot.
Here is a "heaven's view" picture of R'Maïnie with her three kitties, and another of the kitties alone (from left to right, F1, F3, M2)

tous    les trois

Close-up on M2, then on F3:

RM2     RF3

28th June

F1 and her mom R'Maïnie, and a close-up on F1

Rmainie et F1     RF1

This is breakfast time with dad !

Demis et les chatons

Devinette : que regardent R'Maïnie, Demis et F1 (qui gonfle son poil pour paraitre plus grosse, car elle n'est pas si rassurée que ça...) ?

looking at what

The answer is here

1st July

The first picture shows the different reaction of the two females (from left to right, F3 and F1)
when I make a strange noise they hadn't heard before.
The male is conscienciously licking his paws on the second picture,
and F3 is lost in her dreams on the third picture.

2 ruddy females 6 weeks old    ruddy male 6 weeks old    ruddy female 6 weeks old

10th July

trampoline

They now jump everywhere on the cat trees, the mesh on top of the park has been changed into a trampoline (picture above),
and even the large basket hanging from the ceiling can be reached using a big rope hanging below the basket.

RF1    RM2    RF3

19 July : The naming of the cats !

Today is a special day for the kitties, because it is their very first visit to the vet:
check-up, microchipping, first jab, buccal swab for official genetic parentage certification...

The male (ex-M2) now bears his true name Ti'Floki and his sisters are my little « spice girls » :
Timut (ex-F1, red collar) and Temzou (ex-F3, green collar). Why « spice girls » ?
You probably know the famous Timut "pepper" originated from Nepal,
but unless you speak breton, you may not be aware that Temzou is "spice" in breton.

Portraits

Ti'Floki, the male, enjoys (as do his sisters) to masticate on small carboard boxes (this one is for cheese packaging),
and then you can see him preparing for a siesta on the cat tree:

male 2 mois    male 2 mois

Timut, always on the move, proudly shows her ear tufts (all three kitties have some, but it rarely lasts into adulthood).

femelle 2 mois    femelle 2 mois    femelle 2 mois

Temzou dreams she has become a Brittany sylvan elf (1st pic, taken on 14th July) then well waken up (20th July)

femelle 2 mois    femelle 2 mois

All three eat with appetite fresh/raw food or paté three times a day, as well as kitty croquettes when they please,
while coming to mom for the milk bar, an important thing.

28 July

They've become friends with my grand children who are spending July with us :
a tender eye to eye communication with Timut and a play of hide and seek with Temzou.

2 months old     2 months old ruddy

Timut alone, then with Temzou, then Temzou with Ti'Floki

2 months old    2 months old    2 months old

Ti'Floki

male 2 mois    male 2 mois    male 2 mois

7 August 2022

Already eleven weeks old! Time is flying like an arrow (one they can't catch)...
The three kitties are now spoken for, but of course are staying with mom until at least 3 months, 2e jab etc

Individual portraits (left to right: Timut, Ti'Floki and Temzou)

RF1    RM2    RF3

And all together now: in the firs picture, Ti'Floki is at left, Timut in the middle and Temzou at right
in the hanging basket, Timut is still in the middle, but Temzou is at left and Ti'Floki on the right.

11 weeks old    11 weeks old   

 

Here are their weight curves for the first 8 weeks

The first two weeks

weight curve week 1 and 2

Weeks 3 and 4

weight curve week 3 and 4

Weeks 5 to 8 (2nd month)

weight curve week 5 to 8

 

20th June : Pépite (3 years old) is mom too!

Pepite et Demis     Pepite gestante

Pépite told our reporter: "Look at me when I met Demis, svelt and elegant...
And now, I feel like a rugby ball, I can't find a good position to rest ! It's about time they got out...
But I decided to wait till Monday morning to start labor, because I know that Babette feels safer
if my children are born while her favorite vet clinic is opened, just in case, she says."

The first kitty was hard to get out, the others less so.
Though, after the fourth one (all ruddy males like their daddy), Pépite seemed spent out and had a little pause.
During this time, daddy Demis was biding his time gnawing at my bookmark...

4 males   Demis

When labor resumed, a fifth ruddy male emerged, and last a ruddy... female !
Looking at their weights, no wonder they were a bit squeezed inside Pépite's belly :
93, 91, 101, 93, 101, 101 grams (males), 85 grams (female)
Here is mom Pépite contemplating her offspring. They all have their coloured felt collars,
except the girl who was still wet at the time of the picture.

portee de Pepite

During their first day, they all lost weight.
I do hope that with a little help (baby cat milk they suck quite greedily), the curve will soon raise...
Here they are after day one :

Pepite et 6 chatons

25th June : first portraits

They now gain weight after the first hectic few days (see their weight curve) !

Now is time to present them one by one, by birth order (M for males, F for the female)
M1 (dark blue collar), M2 (light blue collar), M3 (green collar),
M4 (grey collar), M5 (brown collar) and F6 (pink collar).
Their little elvish ears are very flexible, when they just were sleeping on one side,
it happens the ear is still heading backwards (see pics of M4 and F6 for an example).

PM1   PM2   PM3  

PM4   PM5   PF6  

Group picture with mom

Pépite et 6 chatons de 4 jours

1st July

They have all started to open their eyes, each at his own rythm. By order of birth :

PM1   PM2   PM3  

PM4   PM5   PF6  

6th July: Pépite's family moves location!

Now Pépite's kitty-box has moved to the ground level so that the babies can strengthen their little paws by moving freely
inside the enclosure, and start pushing their bellies up to walk instead of crawling...

Pepite et 6 chatons de 2 semaines

Of course, they still sleep a lot. Here are a few pics, with PM5 (brown collara) dreaming he's suckling...

PM1   PM2   PM5

20 July : one month old!

They are now exploring the room, though their park is still the focal point of their return for a good siesta.
Mom is a bit overwhelmed now when they all would like to drink at the same time
(no way, because they only activated 4 tits, so some have to take turns...)

portee

Here is their individual portraits (pics taken 21 July), by birth order (M1, M2, M3, then M4, M5, F6)

PM1   PM2   PM3

PM4   PM5   PF6

28 July

Exploration of the whole room has begun, as well as playing with children and starting to climb anything...

M1 (dark blue collar),with mom Pépite on the 3rd picture

PM1   PM1   PM1

M2 (light blue collar)

PM2   PM2   PM2

M3 (purple collar)

PM3   PM3   PM3

M4 (grey collar)

PM4   PM4   PM4

M5 (brown collar)

PM5   PM5   PM5

F6 (yellow collar)

PF6   PF6   PF6

7 August : 7 weeks old... and they have proper names!

Now they all got their true names and I'm happy to introduce (always in the same birth order)
Tilki (means "fox" in turkish) - dark blue collar, M1
Tigibus (the little boy from "la guerre des boutons") - light blue collar, M2
Toraja (like the ethnic group living in south Sulawesi) - purple collar, M3
Tifinagh tifinagh (like the alphabet used by berbers to transcribe their language called tamazight) - grey collar, M4
Tymour (in memory of Ty Cœur des Fauve & Or, a sweet somali female who lived in the family
where he is going to live with auntie Pirouette) - brown, then orange collar, M5
Tian'mi (transcription of chinese tianmi evoking something sweet as honey), the only female F6, with pink then yellow collar

You will find easy to recognize them below thanks to their collars: left, Toraja, Tianmi and Tigibus ; right, Tifinagh, Tilki and Tymour

7 weeks old    7 weeks old

Now you may see the whole litter either in the cat tree niche or figuring a flower when they all eat with mom!
Tilki and Tymour are spoken for.

7 weeks old    7 weeks old    7 weeks old

Come back soon for new pictures!

Weight curves for Pépite's litter

First two weeks

weight curve weeks 1 and 2

Weeks 3 and 4

weight curve weeks 3 and 4

Weeks 5 to 8

weight curve weeks 5 to 8

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Last page update : 08.08.2022