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Growling? Hissing?

post #1 of 23
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I have no idea what these little babies are doing.. sometimes when I sit by the box and put my hand in and pet them, getting them used to my scent and such. They will do this, heavy breathing sort of thing, and then almost like a sneeze... coming from their mouth. Are they hissing/spitting at me?

Their eyes are starting to open a wee bit too... I'm so excited


All 8 are still with us.

Navie, Fruzz, Kani, Garnet, Rolo, Yzma, Stargate, and Sevin
post #2 of 23
New babies will hiss, LOL so cute. You just need to be slow and gentle so they learn you will not hurt them.
post #3 of 23
This is the natural instinct kicking in on newborn kittens. I handle them from the minute they are born and still when they start to open eyes they will act "defensive" (as if a little tiny hiss will scare anything )

Personally, I think its adorable. As they open their eyes more and get used to you picking them up and petting them, they will stop the hissing.
post #4 of 23
Huge scary, hissing kittens that they are!
post #5 of 23
Now, now, that little hiss just might scare a beetle to death!
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by Kumbulu
Huge scary, hissing kittens that they are!
It made me jump the first time. What's he gonna do, gum me to death?
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Now, now, that little hiss just might scare a beetle to death!
post #8 of 23
Oh those ferocious little babies! Hissing at you like that. *giggle*
post #9 of 23
Yup, they're hissing. It's so funny, isn't it? They're blind, they're deaf, they have no teeth, and their little claws are barely as sharp as pine needles but they're still telling you that they're big tough kitties and you'd better not mess with them!

Makes me laugh every time I see it!
post #10 of 23
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Those buggers claws are very sharp. -looks at scratched up hand- I put my hand over Yzma for awhile she so can nurse wihtout haivng to fight all the time to keep a nipple.. and those guys.. man they claw the crap out of each other. I don't see andy cuts on the kitens, probably because they have alot of fluffy fur.. and my hand is bare.
post #11 of 23
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Here's the culprit! I was taking a pic of my hair to show my friends that I cut it.. and I grabbed him as well, show him off. and I didnt' realize his eyes were open until I had uploaded the pic.

post #12 of 23
Dont kittens do a little snarl thing when they are smelling/tasting the air? Or have I just made that up...
post #13 of 23
awww the little red guy is so cute.

But be careful of them swatting at each other. I nip the tips of the claws off of kittens when they are about 3 weeks old. I had a littler of Russian blues and two of the brothers got into a wrestling match. Kittens cannot retract the claws till they are bigger. The one wound up poking the other in the eye with a sharp claw. The kitten almost lost his sight - he had to have his eye stitched shut for a few weeks.

After that, I start trimming nails at an early age!
post #14 of 23
aaaaaawwww! What a ferocious little tiger!
post #15 of 23
such a cute baby!!

we need more pictures! NOW!
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by marie-p
such a cute baby!!

we need more pictures! NOW!
Okay! I am going to be taking pictures tomorrow.. all of their eyes should be open by then
post #17 of 23
Nicky, that grimace that cats do is called the Flehmen Response. Cats do it when they smell something strong or unusual and pull the air past the Jacobson's organ in the roof of their mouth for a better smell. Kittens don't usually do this until they are at least 10-12 weeks old.
post #18 of 23
Just to add, many other animals do it too such as horses, lions, tigers, and ruminants.
post #19 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kumbulu
Nicky, that grimace that cats do is called the Flehmen Response. Cats do it when they smell something strong or unusual and pull the air past the Jacobson's organ in the roof of their mouth for a better smell. Kittens don't usually do this until they are at least 10-12 weeks old.


I call it the stinky face
post #20 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kumbulu
Nicky, that grimace that cats do is called the Flehmen Response. Cats do it when they smell something strong or unusual and pull the air past the Jacobson's organ in the roof of their mouth for a better smell. Kittens don't usually do this until they are at least 10-12 weeks old.
Thanks for that Tania!

At least I know I didnt make it up!
post #21 of 23
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Momma is very skinny... is there anything I can give her to help boost her weight up?
post #22 of 23
Let mom free feed on kitten food or feed her an extra meal of canned. Nursing takes a lot out of them and you want them to maintain weight when nursing.
post #23 of 23
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She's free fed on a kitten food.. Hills PD from the vets.. they told me that feeding her that will be the only way she will be able to produce enough milk for all of the babies.

Also.. all the babies opened their eyes except Garnet, a little calico girlie. The eyes started opening on the 11th and everyone had their eyes open by the 13th.. but Garnets eyes aren't even open a crack. Maybe I'm just a worry wort.
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