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CutenessWarning!!! Kittens are 6 weeks old!

post #1 of 28
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Hello everyone:
My kittens are 6 weeks old, but I thik they look so much bigger than that! They are alreay eating solid food and they are very active and happy, I'm so in love with them. They are dewormed and I think almost ready to go to their new homes, but I think I should wait, since they are only 6 weeks old and they are still nursing... I don't know.

We gave them a bath today and they are looking gorgeous, we even gave mommy cat a bath...

Here are a few pics of my sweet little ones:

Group pic!
Penny , Charlie, Kate and Jake


This is Mommy cat Juliet


Penny



My sister in law holding Penny, the poor baby was sleeepy after her bath...


Kate



Big boy Jake, I think he looks too big for 6 weeks, he is gorgeous!!


Tiny boy Charlie, he is the smallest boy but the most active and I have to say , my favorite!! He is a sweetie!

post #2 of 28
OMG!!!! I'm a sucker for orange and white cats. They're just beautiful!
post #3 of 28
Don't look, Jan! DON'T LOOK!!!!!!












Too late, I looked.
post #4 of 28
OMG! What cute little orange babies! I wish I could take Charlie or Jake off your hands (I already have 3 girls). Mama Juliet looks great compared to the first pics. She is quite the little stunner.
post #5 of 28
Oh my goodness, they are so adorable!!!! Their mama looks so much healthier and happier now after six weeks of living with you than she did when the babies were first born. They are all so beautiful. Serious cuteness overload.
post #6 of 28
Oh wow they are beyond precious!!!

I would definitely NOT adopt them out yet. They still have so much to learn from each other and their Mom. Adopting them out this soon could definitely lead to behavior issues that someone else might not want to deal with For their well being I would keep them until at least 12 weeks old, 10 at the very very earliest.
post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you all so much! Yes, Juliet (mommy cat) has gained weight and is looking beautiful now, when she first got here she was skin and bones. She is the sweetest girl ever, she is a baby herself, I don't know her age, but she looks so young! She is eating well now and the babies are also well fed and I gave hem kitten formula for the first 5 weeks. I was afraid they weren't getting enough nutrition from mommy.

Thank you Pami! I've been teeling everybody that i have to wait until the babies are 8 weks or more, but since they look big and are eating they want me to adopt them out right away and it doesn't feel right. I hagve to admit it hasn't bee easy taking care of them and my own 6 kitties, but it has been wonderful also.

Thanksss
post #8 of 28
Oh wow.. the biggest change is in Juliet. She is absolutely gorgeous! I would take her in a heartbeat!
post #9 of 28
pretty mommy cat - no wonder the babies are so cute
post #10 of 28


That first picture is amazing.....they are so adorable.

I can't believe they are 6wks already....

You have done a wonderful job



Juliet looks wonderful... I'd snatch her up in a heartbeat
post #11 of 28
They are drop dead cute

Stick to your guns...they look adoptable, but there is a lot of important "social lessons" that they learn from mom & siblings during those last few weeks. It will make them far better pets in the long run if you let them finish their lessions
post #12 of 28
Me Red Tabby cats - you can pass Mr. Jake over here any time
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post #14 of 28
Wow! Mama and babies all look fabulous. I like Kate so much because orange girls is so unusual, but they are all totally adorable.
post #15 of 28
my favorites are jake and penny. i the name penny (of course)
post #16 of 28
OMG They are sooooo cute, but just out of plan curiousity, arent all orange cats male?
post #17 of 28
They're all gorgeous!
You've done a wonderful job with those babies, and an amazing job with mom...I can't believe she's the same cat from your earlier pics.
post #18 of 28
OMG... what adorable little orange babies!! They are too precious!
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
Oh wow they are beyond precious!!!

I would definitely NOT adopt them out yet. They still have so much to learn from each other and their Mom. Adopting them out this soon could definitely lead to behavior issues that someone else might not want to deal with For their well being I would keep them until at least 12 weeks old, 10 at the very very earliest.
This.

But there is no reason not to start finding prospective owners now! Hook 'em with the kitten cuteness, wait 'til you have the kittens spayed/neutered, and then hand them over to their families for the cost of the spay/neuter.
post #20 of 28
Absolutely beautiful Tamar, I think you've outdone yourself with this bunch. It would bever have occurred to me to supplement the kittens so the Mama could get some strength back!
post #21 of 28
Oh my God... Too cute
I agree with Pami - wait until they are 12 weeks old...
post #22 of 28
I keep coming back and looking at those darling little little furries. They are just waaaay to cute.
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you all so much!! No Christalligator, not all orange cats are male, the Penny and kate are two girly girls

I'm starting to wokr on finding new homes for these babies an I know I will suffer terribly when they are gone, I'm just too attached to thenm I don't think I was born to be a rescuer, I was born to be a keeper, hehe..
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Momto4kitties View Post
Thank you all so much!! No Christalligator, not all orange cats are male, the Penny and kate are two girly girls
And I've had 3 orange girls!

It's just more common for orange (they are acutally called red...some are just more dilute than others) cats to be boys because of the genetics of it. i have a very basic understanding of it, like this:

The gene for red colour is held on the X-chromosome. Males are XY, which means if they get the dominant allele for red from their mom, they will be red (because there is no other "choice"). However, females are XX - so, if they get a dominent red allele from one of their parents, but a different allele from their other parent, they will show red and the other colour (ie. black, brown)...which is how calicos and torties come about. In order for a female to show red, they need to receive the dominant red allele from BOTH their parents.

Basically, in order to get orange kittens at all, mom has to be either red or calico/tortie. If I understand correctly, a red mom would only have red boys (no matter what they breed with), but could have calico/tortie girls. A calico/tortie mom could have red kittens, but could also have black, calico, tortie kittens (depends on whether they pass on the orange allele, or the other colour they show). For red males, it wouldn't matter what colour the father was. For red female kittens, the father has to be orange. So, the reason male red cats are more common is because in order to girls, you need a more specific combination of parental colours (red/red or red/calico). Red males can result from breeding a red or calico mom with any colour male.

Oh, and white is a totally different issue, that I'm not sure I completely understand. Basically, if a cat has the "white gene", the white basically just covers up whatever colour they are supposed to be.

Sorry for the hijack....I need SOMETHING to take my mind off the incredible cuteness of those kittens. It is a good thing you live very far away!
post #25 of 28
OMG!!!! I'm such a sucker for orange cats! I love them! SO CUTE!!!

Just a quick note on bathing; be sure to keep them very, very dry and warm after a bath. Kittens can easily become hypothermic after a bath and have a compromised immune system because of it. My vet recommends not bathing cats under 6 months old unless you feel you ABSOLUTELY have to, and then only under the above circumstances.

What a bunch of adorable babies!
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you all! Ys, I was so scared about giving them a bath, but I had to because they had fleas, the poor babies! I think mommy cat had them, since she was living on the streets. They are all flea-free now. Thanks so much for the advice
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by iheartstrays View Post
My vet recommends not bathing cats under 6 months old unless you feel you ABSOLUTELY have to, and then only under the above circumstances.
thanks. good to know. (although my cats are grown ups now) i "bathed" Daisy when she was about 11 weeks old i believe. I can't remember. it was a water-only bath and just for a few minutes. that was her first bath. the last bath was 2 weeks ago, and it was similar to the 1st time. water-only and just for a few minutes. i figure mine are indoor cats so they don't need to be shampooed. am i wrong/wasting my time? (well, time isn't much of an issue since the whole thing here gets done relatively quickly)
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by Christalligator View Post
OMG They are sooooo cute, but just out of plan curiousity, arent all orange cats male?
My Rusty is orange and female. But she sure ACTS like a male. She was part of a litter of 4. Three of which were female and one male. The male was orange also. She had another orange sister and my Dusty, who is a tortie/tabbie. Their mama was a tortie.

But those babies are adorable!!!! And I also would wait until they are 12 weeks old. I got my 2 at 7 wks and they had some minor behavior problems. Those problems are all gone now. They will be 2 on Dec 1
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