Dr. Douglas Schar and Dr. Anatoly Vinokur
Lucretia Has 7 on May 21, 2018 ! (While I am in Thailand meeting her relatives)
Never a dull moment around here! When I left for my recent trip to Thailand, I knew that Lucretia was pregnant. To my great surprise, I got text while looking at cats in temples in Bangkok that she had given birth to 7 kittens. If you have not met Lucretia, this came as a big surprise as she is not a big cat. She is very Thai in that she is slim and sleek. I never imagined she would have so many kittens.
I got home from Thailand to find Lucretia keeping up with feeding the 7 babies. But, I was worried. She might be a great mom but that is a lot of kittens for any cat. She was eating 12 cans of wet food a day plus supplements. There was a day when I decided she looked thin. Things happen quickly with cats so you have to be watching. I called my Vet consultant Oleg and said you need to come over and check out the situation. The kittens were 21 days old and were simply refusing to go near solid food. If they were eating, though young, that would have been a relief. At least Lucretia would not be their sole source of food. I literally sent Oleg a message when I noticed that Crystal, Lucretia's housemate, hop into the crate with the kittens and lay down and start nursing the kittens.
Moms often co-nurse kittens if they have kittens at the same time but this was a first for me. Crystal has no kittens. She might be a few weeks pregnant, but, not even close to delivering kittens. She has no kittens. When Oleg arrived, he gave Crystal a rather undignified exam and determined that not only was she nursing the kittens, she was full of milk. So, she was really, really nursing the kittens.
After that, I noticed that Lucretia would feed the kittens once a day, but otherwise, it was Crystal doing all the nursing. As you will see from the pictures, Crystal is in that nest box feeding the kittens like they are her own. Huge relief for me because Lucretia is gaining weight. Now the the two moms are eating 16 cans of wet food a day plus supplements plus dry food. The kittens are big bellied with milk and still refusing solid food.
You will also notice in the pictures that the dad, Fat Baby, is very involved with the kittens. He grooms them and keeps an eye on them. They run all over him and he is extra-ordinarily patient with him. This is his first litter and he is doing a great job.
On the color front, once again Lucretia has produced a kaleidoscope litter. From the casual observers perspective, it looks like she had 4 blue kittens and 3 sable kittenss. But, on closer inspection, in fact she had 2 Korats, 1 Supalak, 2 blue Burmese, and 2 Sable Burmese. The main thing is they have Fat Babies fat baby personality, really laid back and easy going. They don't hoot and holler when you pick them up. They will make really nice cats.