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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
hi everyone.
i'm a newbie to the cat site.
we've had our gorgeous silver tabby neutered male, BUSTER, for the past 7 years and love him loads.
and then, just lately, we've been 'adopted' by a sweet little pregnant tortie female, who we call KITTY, and she had her 4 babies 6 days ago.
i've always been a cat lover, but i am new to looking after newborn kittens, but i am finding the experience really wonderful, and i just wanted to share my photos, of all my furbabies with you all.
you can read more of how we acquired buster and kitty in my first post, in the newbie section, titled 'HI EVERYONE, MEET MY MOGGIES AND KITTENS'.
everything seems to be going great with the kittens so far. i'm weighing them each day, making sure they are putting weight on, and kitty is a great mum, letting us pick them up and giving them a cuddle! i can't wait until they open their eyes.
i'll post more as they get older, and let you know how they're getting on.

here's some links to some photos of buster, kitty and the babies.
i would appreciate it if anyone could tell me how to paste photos on my posts rather than having to link to them.
enjoy the pics....

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i1...S/PICT2524.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i1...S/PICT2606.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i1...S/IMGP1687.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i1...S/IMGP1799.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i1...S/PICT2844.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i1...S/PICT2845.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i1...S/PICT2840.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i1...S/IMGP1801.jpg

bye for now.
tracy x
post #2 of 14
Aww they are cute - 2 torties like mom and 2 blacks

BTW your "silver" tabby boy is a blue tabby boy - not silver. Silver tabbys are silver-white background with black stripes
post #3 of 14
They're just adorable!!

If you want the image to show up, cut and paste all the IMG information from photobucket and embed that in your message. The images will show up.
post #4 of 14
Thank you for taking this gorgeous mommy and her kittens in! It sounds like she will have a much better home with you than that other lady. And Kitty knew it!

The babies are absolute dolls! Good luck with raising them- they will make your heart melt and keep you endlessly entertained! I am in the same position as you, only about a week ahead of you. You said 6 days ago? So June 5? My fosters were born 5/28. I've never had kittens before, so I can tell you from experience, this is a great site for helping you through the challenge!

Congratulations on your new little family, and keep us updated!
post #5 of 14
aww!

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
thankyou to everyone for the kind welcomes and replies, and taking an interest in my furbabies.
it's lovely to be amongst other moggie lovers like myself, and you all seem such a friendly bunch on this site!

GOLDENKITTY...thanks for informing me that buster is a 'blue' tabby and not silver. that's very interesting to know, i've actually not heard of a blue tabby before, unless our colour descriptions are different over here in the uk.
when we got him from the rspca, they described as a silver tabby.

ADDIEBEE...thankyou for telling me how to paste my photos on my posts instead of linking. it's much better that way.

BELONGS TO EVIE...nice to hear from somebody else that is experiencing the joy of newborn kittens like myself, and not much older than mine either. it will be nice to read each others posts in these forums of how each of our little families are getting on.

the kittens are a week old today, and seem to doing fine.
two of them are mostly black but with tortie markings and colourings on their faces and feet, one is almost all black, with just a little white splodge under her chin and on her tummy, and the last is completely all black.
i'm almost sure that the all black one is a little boy and the rest are girls, but i suppose it will be easier to tell for certain as they get older.
the little boy is starting to open one eye today.

i will be posting updates about kitty and her kittens in the 'pregnant cats and kittens' forums, and i'm sure if i have any worries or problems with them, i won't have to go far for expert help and support.
take care
tracy x


post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
thankyou to everyone for the kind welcomes and replies, and taking an interest in my furbabies.
it's lovely to be amongst other moggie lovers like myself, and you all seem such a friendly bunch on this site!

GOLDENKITTY...thanks for informing me that buster is a 'blue' tabby and not silver. that's very interesting to know, i've actually not heard of a blue tabby before, unless our colour descriptions are different over here in the uk.
when we got him from the rspca, they described as a silver tabby.

ADDIEBEE...thankyou for telling me how to paste my photos on my posts instead of linking. it's much better that way.

BELONGS TO EVIE...nice to hear from somebody else that is experiencing the joy of newborn kittens like myself, and not much older than mine either. it will be nice to read each others posts in these forums of how each of our little families are getting on.

the kittens are a week old today, and seem to doing fine.
two of them are mostly black but with tortie markings and colourings on their faces and feet, one is almost all black, with just a little white splodge under her chin and on her tummy, and the last is completely all black.
i'm almost sure that the all black one is a little boy and the rest are girls, but i suppose it will be easier to tell for certain as they get older.
the little boy is starting to open one eye today.

i will be posting updates about kitty and her kittens in the 'pregnant cats and kittens' forums, and i'm sure if i have any worries or problems with them, i won't have to go far for expert help and support.
take care
tracy x


post #8 of 14
The SPCA/RSPCA really doesn't know their colors I've walked into SPCAs many times and crack up at the "description" they give the cats. Sometimes I'd like to just go in and let them know the correct color/type of cat.

On Petfinders, you should see how many cats are labeled as a specific breed and are NO where near that breed (granted they usually put "mixed" with it, but they don't even have the breed of cat right). For example, I've seen them label a red (orange) tabby and white as a Siamese mix - the cat doesn't even have points)

BTW this is a picture of a true silver tabby

http://www.silvertabby.at/site2eng.htm
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
hi again everyone.
just updating on the kittens!
they're 8 days old today, and all seem to be doing ok still.
they all opened their eyes yesterday. they look gorgeous with their bright blue eyes. i wish they stayed that colour!
there's a couple of pics of two of the kittens. i didn't want to disturb the other two as they were nursing.

just one small query, if anyone can help please.
does anyone know if it is safe to give their mum, kitty, a worming tablet while she is nursing.
i understand that nursing mums eat a lot more, but she would eat one dish of food after another if i let her! but yet she's so skinny.
i'm sure she won't have been wormed at her last home.
i'd appreciate any advice.
bye for now
tracy x


post #10 of 14
Oh my word! They are just bundles of love! 8 days old, that's a great age. That's how old mine were when I brought them home. Yours are obviously doing well- mine didn't open their eyes until around day 10 (Davy Jones opened his on day 9! Tortuga was day 11). I love those little toes!!

As for your question, I am no vet and recommend you check with one, but I know the rescue I am going through expects me to give nursing mommy a worming tablet. If you've read their stories, you will probably react like me:

Mommy is so feral we can't get anywhere near her. She's "attacked" (swatted at) her baby because we were nearby. So, they say it's ok to do and want us to do it, but for us it won't happen. They did say "in two weeks" from when babies were 1 wk old, so that'd put them at 3 wks, which is still nursing.

Keep us updated on those little darlings and don't forget lots of pictures!!
post #11 of 14
What a smart little tortie to have chosen to adopt you - best way to give her kittens a good start!
post #12 of 14
Blue cats are cool. I have one who is a kitten. Your boy is gorgeous as is your little Mommy. Are you planning on keeping any kittens?
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
hi cc12.
i bet your blue baby is simply gorgeous. i'd love to see a pic.
i would have loved to have seen our buster as a kitten, but we got him as a 2 year old from the rspca. he's still beautiful to us now though.

i've never had to determine the gender of kittens before, but i have read a lot of advice given to others on these forums on how to sex them, so i'm almost certain that i've worked out correctly that we have 3 girls and 1 little boy in the kittens. the little boy being the all black one, shown on one of the photos on my last post.

we're hoping to keep one of the girl kittens. i don't think buster would tolerate another boy as it got older, because he is very terratorial. (even though he's been neutered.)
my 18 year old daughter, kerry wants to keep the kitten that has tortie markings on her face like mummy(shown on my last post and down below again). she wants her to be 'her' cat, as buster is a real 'mummy's boy', and more my cat than anyone else's in the family really!
she's already called the kitten 'GIZZMO'! cute name i suppose, but i think it might have suited a little boy better. but never mind!

as for kitty, the mummy, we really hope she chooses to stay with us once the kittens have finished nursing, but i suppose we will just have to see if she does that, or if she will wander back home again to her old owner on the next street to ours.
the other 3 kittens, we are going to give to freinds and people we know, then we know they will be going to good homes only.
anyway, i hope you might post a pic of your blue baby. i'll be looking out for it!
take care.
tracy x


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post #14 of 14
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