Estelle Has Five: In A Box.
October 12, 2018
Estelle and Othello had five babies on the 12th. I had a very nice kitten nest set up for her but she had other plans. she dragged the blanket into a storage area, emptied a box, and had her kittens. She is such a nonchalant mother that when I went in to check on everybody she was having a nap in the sun. I thought she looked like she had lost weight and went on about my business. Then I noticed the contents of a box all over the floor and I suspected something was up. I looked in, and sure enough, she had five kittens. She had four sables and one blue. Its too early to say anything about sex, but time will tell. In case you don't know, I have three sisters that live in the barn. They help each other raise kittens and are quite inseparable. I now have three teenagers with the sisters, their daughters, and they were playing with the contents of the emptied box. They do what kittens do, which is drag crap everywhere making a mess as they go along. They kicked some cat litter from a litter box onto the box contents, and as you will see, were having quite the party outside Estelle's chosen nest box.
I used to move the moms from their chosen delivery spot, change the blankets, and I have learned the hard way. I don't do anything for a week. It just makes them mad and they move the kittens even more. I leave everything alone for a week, and once the kittens are a week old, I move them and change their linens to my liking. It our compromise.
Estelle and Mr.Patel Have 3: April 18, 2019
I really like what I do. What is not to like about spending your days playing with kittens, right? But, it is also filled with tragedy and Estelles recent litter has some sadness attached to it. She lives in the barn with her sister Golda and the porklets, the two teenage sable terrorists. These two young girls are just about as nice as can be, active as can be, but super super nice. But, they got into some mischief recently that had lethal consequences. And, even though I feel like I have been through it all, this was even a new one for me. Here is the whole sad saga. Estelle had five babies, and she decided to have them in a box. She is kind of like that.She has her kittens where and when the feeling strikes. I happened to be out of the barn when the birth occurred with lethal consequences. Bug Eyes and Gwena-sneeze, also known as the Porklets, were so excited that their mother and aunt had babies they got in the box with her, and sat on the new borns. They accidentally asphyxiated two of the kittens. I never saw that one coming, have never had it happen before, and it will never happen again. So, I came into the barn, found Estelle with three babies, and the Porklets sitting in the box with her. To my horror, I discovered they were sitting on two new borns. Like I said, I like what I do, but, working with animals is not without its unpredictable and unfortunate moments. So, three stunning kittens made it.
Due to the limitations of the web site building tool I use, I had to set up the kitten updates in a less than ideal manner. What you will find below is the latest litter update. You can see the latest kittens, and it gives you an idea of what you will find in the older kitten updates stacked below. To see earlier litter updates, just click on the buttons. Sorry for the weirdness, but, its the only way I could figure out how to keep the older updates and not have viewers scrolling down for a million years. Ok, here are the latest litter updates.
Gold the Crack Whore: Reformed!
October 3, 2018
Some of you may remember that Golda's trick was always as follows. She would have one kitten, timed when her sisters were having kittens, and she would drop the kitten off with a sister, and keep on moving. This went on for quite some time. On the 3rd she had three kittens, two platinums, and one sable. Drama struck when Diva, the crazy cat, abandoned her 4 kittens. They were born three days after Golda had her three. So, I snuck the four babies into her nest, rubbed the Golda kittens all over the orphans, and hoped Golda would accept them. Well, as you will see in the photographs, she did. Golda is now the proud mother of three kittens and four foster kittens. She has been totally reformed. No more drop off the baby and go back to the party. She is not only a full time mom, she is now fostering.
The good news is that Golda is overweight. She always has been. When she was expecting her single kitten, she would look like she was expecting 6. She is just a girl that needs to watch her kibble and doesn't bother. The upside is she has lots of milk and there is no concern about her getting too thin nursing 7 kittens. She could afford to use a few pounds. As you can see, she has become quite the mother. The bigger kittens are hers and the smaller kittens are her foster kittens.
Fleur and Mr.Patel Have 2: May 07, 2019
Fleur is just about the sweetest cat on the planet. She just wants to be held and loved and is always in a good mood. Her most recent husband was Mr. Patel. She and Mr.Patel carry all the colors and she had one champagne kitten and one platinum kitten. This was a small litter for her so the kittens are big fat fluffy balls. They are super social kitties, probably because their mom has nothing but time for them. Fleur lived with Azulina until recently. They were half sisters and best friends. Sadly, Azulina had a disastrous litter and has moved onto a pet home. I really hate breaking up families but I can only keep breeding cats and Azulina was just not a breeding cat. So, basically Fleur is bored out of her mind and spends all day long playing with her kittens.
My plan is to move Fleur into a new family. I have two Thai cats, David and PaupPau. PauPau came with two other girls from Thailand, who she hated. That would be Screech and Slenderella. The magic was just not there. She hated them, and they hated her. So, with any luck, PauPau and Fleur will get along, and both of them will like David. And, a new family group will be born. Or, they will hate each other. In which case, I will keep Fleur's platinum daughter and will start a new colony around those two. Keeping all these personalities happy is a job. The old family groups work just fine, but, when I import cats from Thailand, I have to introduce them to old family groups or start new family groups, and that can take some doing.
Crystal Shocks Us All!
October 9, 2018
Crystal and Lucretia are room mates and best friends. And Crystal has one major job. Helping nurse Lucretia's huge litters. Crystal always has one kitten. Surprise. This time she had six. Lucretia and Crystal got so confused as to whose kitten belonged to whic mother, I had to move Crystal and her brood to a private room in the guest house. Crystal descends from one of the cats I got from Preecha in Thailand, and, genetically she is a champagne Tonkinese. (bb cbcs Dd). However, her eyes are so blue you would never know she was a Tonkinese. Preecha has stunning blue eye color in his cats and she inherited it from her Thai mother. Wow. The father was Fat Baby. She had two sables, two platinums, one blue, and one champagne kitten. They eye color will be off the chart. They may or may not be blue, but, they will be dazzling whatever color they are. Dazzling is a sparkly clear back lit color and it is clearly inherited. The kittens may be gold eyed Burmese but they will have super radiant gold eyes.
Past Kitten Updates. Click to see them.
Mittens has 4! May 19, 2019
I spend a lot of time trying to make healthy Burmese cats, and, it has been a learning experience for sure. I knew from the outset that the goal was to increase genetic diversity and thereby increase the health of the breed. What I had not counted on was the unique qualities of some of the cats coming from Thailand. As an example, mittens is called mittens because she has two drops of white on each of her front feet. They kind of look like mittens. Not full mittens, just like tips of mittens. And she has a white lip. Anyhow, she is a genetically diverse Thai Burmese cat and she demonstrate her diversity in color patterns that have not been seen in the Burmese in about 50 years. All these "imperfections" have been bred out. Of course, when the imperfections went, so do other things, like health. What I have learned is this. Genetically diverse is genetically diverse. Its a complete sentence, and in my case, it leads to a lot of surprises in litters. One of Mittens kittens has a white spot on her chin! Anyhow, her baby dad was Mr.Patel, and owing to her blue eyes, she is likely to have sable kittens with blue eyes. You will notice the two white kittens in the litter. Those are Violet's two white girls I snuck into Mittens litter. You can tell them apart. Mittens babies are dark brown, Violet's fostered kittens are white.
Golda and Mr.Patel have six! Ready to Go Home on the 15th of May
As some of you know, Golda had a rough start as a mother. Her first two litters contained one kitten and she would often drop her single kitten with her sisters to be nursed. Otherwise, she would carry the kitten around like a handbag and sometimes would loose it. However, it recent days she has pulled it together and is now mother to the universe. She now has six kittens, nurses them all, and has on occasion nursed orphan kittens. Her full name was Golda the Crack Whore as her mothering style favored those addicted to the crack. But, she is up for a name change, as she has changed her ways. She is a reformed woman. Change is possible. The father of her litter is Mr.Patel, a stunning super dark sable that comes out of the Incapaisley Burmese line and a Thai girl from the famous Thai Cat Centre in Thailand. He has the dark Sable color Phyllis Wilson perfected at Incapaisley and the vigor of his Thai ancestors. The litter contains three sables, a champagne, a blue, and probably champagne. Remember, genetically diverse results in diverse kittens... no one looks like the the next.
Lucretia and Fat Baby Do It Again!
September 16, 2018
Lucretia and Fat Baby love to have sexy time and love having babies. In their first litter, they had five. In their second litter, they had seven. This, their third litter they had 7. This is a very interesting mating because Lucretia carries the Burmese gene, the blue gene, and the champagne gene. In this litter she had 2 konjas(Bombay's), 2 sables, 2 blues, and 1 Platinum. Its a rainbow litter!
So, for reasons no one can explain, after I photographed all the cats and kittens for the update, photographs uploaded upside down on the website. An inexplicable coding problem of some sort. So, I had to go out and photograph all the cats and kittens all over again. Well, in the meantime, Lucretia and misters kittens kicked all the litter out of their training litter box, and dragged wet food from one end of the kitten house to the other. They seem to drag it to their fathers favorite chair and eat it there. How I could not tell you. Fat Baby may have been implicated. His chair is already destroyed by kitten climbing so its no loss, but, it has a new element of kitten food stains. His chair may have to go to the bin after this latest episode.
This mating is particular good because it brings together three different imported Thai lines and three good American lines. So, these cats are genetically sound, have great personalities, and if history repeats, they will be really good looking cats. Most importantly, their kittens make great pets.
You will see in the photos how involved Fat Baby is with his children. He may not control their behavior much, but, he is a paws on dad.
Fleur became a teen mom last night. Or I should say yesterday because I was sitting with her from 1 pm and until 11 pm waiting for her to have all her kittens, the last of which arrived at 11 pm. Five beautiful babies.
Fleur is about a year old and her pregnancy was kind of a surprise. Well, not a huge surprise but kind of a surprise. She lives with Mr. Patel, Big Head, and Azulina. They live in the teenager house and this group of cats are extremely immature. None of them were showing any signs of reproductive maturity. The boys just layed around, playing like kittens, the girls never went into heat, etc. Sometimes the girls go into heat at six months so I was rather enjoying their ineptitude. They love each other and have a great time running and climbing in their outdoor enclosure. About a month ago Fleur starting getting a little chunky monkey and I suspected she might be pregnant. A week later I was convinced she was pregnant. But, like one kitten pregnant. As the boys are utterly kitten like, I had no idea who the father was.
Once I was certain she was pregnant, I had to face the sad facts. Fleur was a teen mom with an unknown baby daddy.
There was great excitement amongst her pals when she went into labor. They all wanted to sit with her and lick her. They did eventually get bored and took off to play in their outdoor enclosure. First litters are always a bit tricky because the girl does not know whats going on. If you are not around to supervise, things can go seriously amuck.
Those that follow the drama here may recall that last year when Spot went into labor, she thought she had to poop and gave birth to fat baby in the litter box and buried him in litter gravel. I happened to walk past the litter box and saw a poop moving, which poops don't do, and he was rescued. To avoid another litter box rescue, I sat with Fleur all day..... Fat Baby looked like a powdered doughnut except the powder was not sugar.
Anyhow, Fleur did a great job. And, the Baby Daddy was revealed.
Violet Has 8! May,18 2019
Violet is a small little cat that consistently has big litters. Last summer, she had nine. This is an especially exciting litter because the father is Abraham. Abraham comes from this group of Thai cats that carry a newly identified gene. We first discovered the gene when we imported three sable cats that had stunning blue eyes. It turns out, they carried one copy of the Burmese gene and one copy of a gene not previously identified. So, its anyones guess as to what Violets kittens will be. She had two dark brown, two cream brown, and four white kittens. Violet has blue eyes and Abraham has blue eyes. So, they will be blue eyed. I suspect they will end up looking like the original blue eyed sables I accidentally imported from Thailand. Though Violet had a big litter, I didn't want to find out whether she could nurse such a big litter. Fortunately, Mittens had a litter the next day and I was able to sneak two of Violets kittens under Mittens. So, two of Violets kittens are being fostered by a mom with a smaller litter.
Fleur The Teen Mom
Thai Burmese-Burmilla Hybrids
All the kittens favor Big Head's Thai Burmese-Burmilla hybrid coloration so we know who the father was.
Big Head got his name because he has the biggest head in the world. At first I was worried he might have a cranial defect but after some tests, it turns out he just has a big head. He is the nicest cat in the world, not a rocket scientist, but sweet as he can be. Fleur is super sweet so these kittens should be the fantastic. Big Head and Fleur both have the stunning Thai eyes and I am hopeful the kittens will get them.
Banjee Has Six!
September 26, 2018
Banjee lived with Mister for the longest while and just never had kittens. It turns out, though they loved each other, their blood types did not feel the same way. Incompatible blood types resulted in her never getting pregnant. Well, Mister retired and moved to Massachusetts recently and Banjee met our new leading man, Othello. They literally ran into each other. I quickly realized the two ships passing in the night was enough because Banjee was pregnant. Very pregnant. She had six kittens, four sables and two Konja's(Bombay). Oddly, they are all boys! Its one big family of boys.
Banjee's mother was a sable cat from Preecha of the Thai Cat Center in Ampawat, Thailand. He recently passed away. I was lucky enough to get her mom while he was living. He bred the best deep brown Burmese in Thailand and these baby sables will be ultra dark chocolate brown. The Konjas will be what I call shocking Thai black. Thai black cats have a depth of color that is astonishing and a super short coat. Super short and super glossy. Anyone interested in a Bombay should check these out!
Screech and her baby Alvin May 11, 2019
Though I tell Screech she is the most beautiful cat in the world, the truth is, she is probably one of the weirdest looking cats I have seen. We saw her in Thailand and realized she was unlikely to be appreciated there and brought her back. I felt bad for her and pulled one of my good Samaritan routines. Her situation was a little grim and she just caught my eye. And, she is probably the luckiest weird looking cat in the world. Most cats like her don't end up in the deluxe life she is living. Anyhow, the big question was, what is she? Rather hard to tell from her outward appearance. Turns out she is a Calico Tonkinese. She carries the Siamese gene, the Burmese gene, the blue gene, and the red gene.
But, the best part about Screech is that she thinks she is the most beautiful cat in the world. And, she is ultra demanding. When I pet her, if I stop, she yells at me. When she was expecting, owing to the fact she was an older first time mom, kept her in my office. She sat on my lap the whole time, and if I stopped petting her, she screeched. Hence the name screech. And I mean, she screeches. Its pretty funny. She is a total princess, thinks the world revolves around her. Her screeching is one of her most endearing qualities.
Anyhow, she and Dog made beautiful music together, and that left her in the family way. I was really holding my breath with no clue what sort of kittens she would have. After faking me out, living it up in my office for a month, she finally had her KITTEN. Alvin. One kitten. And you will not believe what she had. A blue point Siamese. He was pure white at birth and has developed blue points. And Screech is an ultra delighted older mother. She thinks Alvin is the best, yells at him all the time, and at one week, he began talking back to his mother.
Screech lives with Slenderella and Mr. Patel, and her roommates all pitch in with Alvins childcare. In the photo array that follows, you will see all three adults learn Alvins backside, one after the next. That is cat for changing his diaper. This is a case when you would never put mother and son in the same room!
You want health, you are going to deal with diversity. And this is case in point!
Dr. Douglas Schar and Dr. Anatoly Vinokur