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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by AMYSCRAZY View Post
I think she has milk now. The kittens have gained almost 1/2 oz since 2 this afternoon. I haven't fed them since then.

I had to ask a conversion calculator on the web, but that would be 14 grams, which is a very good weight gain , well done! Can you keep the white boys appart? If no use some nail polish on their little nails or some food colouring on their fur.


regards,

Christine
post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by cjh27 View Post
I had to ask a conversion calculator on the web, but that would be 14 grams, which is a very good weight gain , well done! Can you keep the white boys appart? If no use some nail polish on their little nails or some food colouring on their fur.


regards,

Christine
I can tell the little boys apart right now because one has spots on his head and the other 2 are different sizes. As they grow it may get more difficult.
post #33 of 43
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I can tell the little boys apart right now because one has spots on his head
these will dissapear when he gets older and he too will be pure white. The colour of these spots will tell you which colour he is under his white coat genetically.

Christine
post #34 of 43
Amy--- they are sooooooo cute! and her scar looks soooooooo good compared to how Angels looked! OMG hers was horrible and SOOOOO big! I just LOVE that little one with the grey spot on his head. I was so hoping little man would get that spot but instead he got a cream one. LOL his daddy had the grey spot like your kitten. too cute!


and little man is 10 mo. old and still has his cream spot.... from the time it came in around 1-2 weeks old up till now there are some days it is darker and others you can barely see it but it is still there all the time......
post #35 of 43
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Originally Posted by cjh27 View Post
these will dissapear when he gets older and he too will be pure white. The colour of these spots will tell you which colour he is under his white coat genetically.

Christine
Are you sure about that? I thought it there was some coloration in the fur that it darkens over time.... with pointed kittens they are born a creamy white and their points develop over time. This isn't a pointed kitten, but most cats fur color does darken and become more pronounced. Ghost striping on black cats does fade, tho. But that's as the black becomes more pronounced. Anyone - feel free to correct me if am mistaken.
post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by AddieBee View Post
Are you sure about that? I thought it there was some coloration in the fur that it darkens over time.... with pointed kittens they are born a creamy white and their points develop over time. This isn't a pointed kitten, but most cats fur color does darken and become more pronounced. Ghost striping on black cats does fade, tho. But that's as the black becomes more pronounced. Anyone - feel free to correct me if am mistaken.
I think it's actually common for white kittens to be born with a headspot of their underlying color, which then fades...

Though I once had a white cat with a gray spot on his head and he was adult, so... not all cats, I guess.
post #37 of 43
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What exactly does underlying color mean? Keller has the pinkest skin I have ever seen, no sign of color on her.
post #38 of 43
They're adorable!! Congratulations to you and Keller. Haha, I was right. I guessed 4, .
post #39 of 43
Congratulations on the four kittens. I am so glad they are gaining weight - I am always paranoid about weighing them and keep a careful record each day - it is so easy to forget just who gained what.

On the colour spots, my Wellington and his brother, RB Napoleon both had grey spots on their heads until they were about 6 months old. Persil had a very small tabby spot = almost more a few hairs between her ears, but they were definitely tabby. Now they are all pure white.
post #40 of 43
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Congratulations on the four kittens. I am so glad they are gaining weight - I am always paranoid about weighing them and keep a careful record each day - it is so easy to forget just who gained what.

On the colour spots, my Wellington and his brother, RB Napoleon both had grey spots on their heads until they were about 6 months old. Persil had a very small tabby spot = almost more a few hairs between her ears, but they were definitely tabby. Now they are all pure white.
Huh! Well, you learn something new every day here at TCS!
post #41 of 43
the only ones I can go by is little mans dad that was white with a grey spot on his head like Amys kitten and then little man is 10 mo old and has his cream spot still.........
post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by AMYSCRAZY View Post
What exactly does underlying color mean? Keller has the pinkest skin I have ever seen, no sign of color on her.
Hi,

the colour of the spot will reveal to you what colour your cat is, genetically speaking.

Cats have two colours only- red and black. All other colours are modifications of these colours. The dilution factor for example leads to an uneven distribution of black pigments in the hairs- thus making the fur seem gray as seen in Russian Blue cats. White is not a colour as such- it is the absence of colour.

The colours are found on the X chromosome, so a cat with XX can have two colours while a tom cat, XY, can only have one colour.

In a pure white cat the white colour is covering up the actual colour of the cat- if the spot on the head is gray the cat is genetically speaking black and has two copies of the dilution factor, making the black seem grey.

For some reason white cats are born showing their true colours on the back of their head. This colouration fades from 6 months onwards untill the spot is gone.


Christine
post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by AMYSCRAZY View Post
Keller is named after Helen Keller. I think one of her white kittens will be Sullivan, after Anne Sullivan (Helens nanny/tutor).
All 3 white ones are boys and the little tabby is a girl. I think she has milk now. The kittens have gained almost 1/2 oz since 2 this afternoon. I haven't fed them since then.
Awwww! That would be such a cute name!
Glad to hear that Keller has her milk now- hand rearing kittens is soooo much work!
Congrats!
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