As I previously mentioned, we were fortunate enough to have a stray cat take a liking to our place and have her kittens in in about 6 weeks ago. We lost one of the kittens to an AWFUL MONSTER (tom cat) but the other four grew, and grew, and grew! They have been the source of much enjoyment and frustration (they are learning how fun it is to claw their way up your legs for a cuddle) and I will be sad to see them go, but pleased too. I’ve always been a massive fan of cats and kittens, but I much prefer cats. Kittens are hard work!
We (I) named them as follows:
Paul – all black, kinked tail. Bit of a whinger, the least liked it seems. But he’s sweet.
Yoyogi – tabby, stubby tail. Hungry and snuggly. Looks the cutest but is a bit of a bully.
Miso Joe – black with straight tail, white chin, paws and whiskers. Very quiet, shy but super sweet.
Badger – black and white, stubby tail. Thug! Loves to beat the others up but is very friendly.
Its been really fun watching the kittens grow up – especially how their ears have gone from little nubs on their head to big batwings. They are now at the age where they are eating loads, playing loads and being very friendly and sweet. They fall asleep in ridiculous spots and make messes but its really nice to have them and I spend many minutes (hours) watching them play. Its like kitten tv!
Unfortunately we have had a bit of a drama with them the last week with Asukasa deciding for whatever reason that it was time for her to drag their chubby little bodies out of the haven of our apartment and across a rooftop, far far away. Perhaps she was scared by something? Or perhaps it was just time for them to learn street-smarts? We will never know. She took Miso Joe – the cute little black guy with a straight tail, white on his chin and paws and white whiskers. Fortunately our lovely cleaner, Chia, saw Asukasa trying to drag one of the others away too and chased her off with a broom.
However, this isn’t the end of it. Asukasa came back and attempted time and time again to take the other kittens too and was quite frantic about it. The kittens were unperturbed and continued their eating-playing-pooping-sleeping routine without a second thought. After two days of Asukasa’s howling and repeated attempts to take the kittens, we made the decision to separate them. We wanted her to think they were gone, no more kittens. This would have to happen anyway when they are re-homed so after consulting the local vet, we took them into a bathroom and shut Asukasa’s access to them, mopped the floor and removed any evidence of them.
Naturally, Asukasa is not happy at all with this. She has been pining for her babies, meowing for 20 minutes or more at a time, all day all night. But we have to be strong and not allow her near them. It will just make it worse. And anyway, she has Miso Joe to take care of. I did try to go and recover Miso Joe but after going to the spot where she had taken him (over a rooftop, along a big fence and under a corrugated iron roof) and attempting to get to him…i realised it was not going to happen. Hopefully he is safe and protected and getting fed by Asukasa and maybe when he gets bigger, she will bring him for some delicious snacks at our house!
So now we have the fun project of re-homing these kittens. They are 6 weeks old now, eating solid food, using the litter tray and very sweet. They will be vaccinated and wormed and sent off with their new families who will agree to desex/neuter them when they come of age that I am able to cover the cost of thanks to the kind donations from everyone back home. So if you know of anyone who is a cat lover, will promise to take good care of them and deserve a kitten, send them my way!