Mia - Chapter 3

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by ThorpeDave » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:30 am

The kittens are now 12 weeks old so they went back to the vets yesterday for a health check, second vaccinations and a discussion about neutering.

They certainly have come a long way in the past 3 weeks with Jasper putting on over 600g while Morgana Violet has put on well over 400g. Jasper has visibly grown and has a lot more energy, is getting bolder and playing harder.

The vet was happy with their progress but wants to wait another month before considering Jasper for Neutering. Morgana Violet will have to wait a little longer. However we are keeping a close eye on Jasper as we recall Mia's reaction when Hendrix's hormones started to kick in!

the visit to the vets was a lot longer than we had anticipated. It is without doubt that Jasper is a "poster boy" and every vet, receptionist and nurse wanted to see him - as well as a couple of other customers!.

with his big ears, big eyes, honey blonde coat and stunning Mackerel Tabby markings he has the looks of a cat you would see on greeting cards, biscuit tins and on calendars. Yes we admit that we were smitten too!

Having said that, Morgana Violet is such a sweet kitten who loves being fussed and is so adorable and funny, she has a fraction of an edge when it comes to favoritism! Morgana really does love a cuddle and, unlike Jasper, is more than willing to go to sleep on my chest or round my neck - love it

Like Hendrix, when Morgana Violet arrived she was black with very faint tabby markings. While Hendrix's marking have merged well into the background as he is now a deep glossy black, Morgana's coat has lightened somewhat in to a dark chocolate color with her Mackerel Tabby markings a lot more prominent. We won't know her final coloring as she will lose her "kitten coat" at around 6 months but we are hoping that she keeps this chocolate color as she will look quite stunning.
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Mia remains Mia. As the days past she is getting less and less grumpy and the kittens seem to now know who rules the roost. It is quite amazing to see all 3 other cats lying down while Mia eats her breakfast and dinner, only to rise when she has finished!

Mia has always been a twitchy cat and gets startled very easily. Obviously there is a lot more noise and the speed that the kittens run around was a little too much for her. However she is now getting used to it and she often gets on the cat tree - her thrown - and watches the their antics. Inevitably, she comes face to face with the kittens as they charge around the place which was causing a lot of hissing and growling. This is now subsiding and she is a lot more content. Mia and the kittens are now touching noses with Mia frequently having a good sniff. BUT the kittens are not permitted to make the same approach to her!

Hendrix - well wow!

I have said a lot of things about Hendrix in the past and he has certainly been a worry to us since he arrived 9 months ago. He was quite manic, way too much energy, destructive, mardy, angry and very frustrated, particularly with Mia - not to mention his size at 5.8kg!

It is fair to say that we got the the point where we ran out of ideas and we were getting extremely concerned for Mia who remains No 1 priority for us - even though we love Hendrix just as much.

The only other thought we had was to get a kitten as we believed that his lost childhood was causing the problem. This would not be without risks and we deliberated for quite sometime before taking the plunge.

Well, as previously documented, Hendrix simply took fright on the kittens arrival and would not be in the house while they were running around. This broke his routine completely and he became very distant with us, but, not Mia. Clearly Mia and Hendrix had a bond although, on the face of it, their relationship was not what we had hoped for.

It took 2 weeks for Hendrix to finally face the kittens in the same room and, wow, what a momentous day that turned out to be.

Having unexpectedly come face to face with Morgana, the relationship developed very quickly and it only took 2 days for the kittens and Hendrix to be playing and chasing each other. What we didn't expect was to see Hendrix fast asleep draped in the 2 kittens. He simply adores them and they adore him too
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Hendrix is certainly a changed cat. He plays and sleeps with the kittens and even grooms them. He is much calmer with Mia but still, occasionally chases her too. He does seem to be quite gentle with them and we have yet to hear either of them becoming distressed with the attention they are getting.

Still a long way to go as the kittens have yet to mature and fully develop their own personalities.

so far, things are going quite well!

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by alanc » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:32 pm

They're a stunning lot of cats.
My Tilly is also adept at hoovering up everyone at the Vets, when she had to have her bandage changed after her leg operation (having dunked it in water) she somehow required 1 vet and 4 vet nurses to change. I didn't get a look in!

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by Mayday21 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:12 am

Hi Dave I’ve caught up on Mia Ch3.. those kittens are gorgeous. Reminds me of when I bought Harper home. She & TC bonded immediately & I often found TC asleep on the lounge with Harper curled up in his arms. He often washed her & still does. I always smile when I see them & Bentley together. Alas Snow & Pebbles aren’t the cuddly, nurturing kind. Looking forward to more updates & pics. Vivian

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by fjm » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:24 am

What a happy update! It must be a huge relief to you too, to have them all so comfortable together.

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by ThorpeDave » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:39 am

Mayday21 wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:12 am
Hi Dave I’ve caught up on Mia Ch3.. those kittens are gorgeous. Reminds me of when I bought Harper home. She & TC bonded immediately & I often found TC asleep on the lounge with Harper curled up in his arms. He often washed her & still does. I always smile when I see them & Bentley together. Alas Snow & Pebbles aren’t the cuddly, nurturing kind. Looking forward to more updates & pics. Vivian
We openly admit that it was Jasper who caught our eye and in many respects, Morgana Violet was an afterthought

However she is so gorgeous in her own right and so cute, loving and early signs are that she will be a lap cat!

A long way to go!

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by ThorpeDave » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:46 am

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What a happy update! It must be a huge relief to you too, to have them all so comfortable together.
Happy update and a good start particularly after Hendrix got over his own self importance!

Many challenges ahead though as we doubt the 2 kittens will stay as close as the first 2 weeks.

We now often see them sleeping in different places and the "play" fighting is getting more intense and they are beginning to hurt each other. Morgana Violet was nicknamed "Violence" for a very good reason but Jasper has grown considerably, is bigger, heavier and now more powerful and he is now more than holding his own.

Next week will be a difficult one and we have heating engineers moving in to replace our heating and hot water system so 2 days of chaos, banging, and people all over the house.

This will really upset Mia and it will take a couple of days for her to get over it as hiding places will be difficult to find. She has been a lot more relaxed this past day or so with her not growling and being more sociable.

These things are sent to try us

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by Lilith » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:20 pm

Aww, they're all so gorgeous! :D

Good luck with the engineers and I hope they're considerate about keeping outer doors closed and not leaving booby traps for the cats (such as raised floorboards.) Be firm! :)

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by ThorpeDave » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:52 pm

Lilith wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:20 pm
Aww, they're all so gorgeous! :D

Good luck with the engineers and I hope they're considerate about keeping outer doors closed and not leaving booby traps for the cats (such as raised floorboards.) Be firm! :)
thankfully no floorboards have to come up but they will be in every room in the house with the front door open frequently while the system is drained down and flushed and old boilers and tanks being removed and new stuff coming in - nightmare.

Weather is not looking good otherwise they would be spending some time outside for the first time. There will be a lot of noise and nowhere to hide.

Necessary work unfortunately

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by ThorpeDave » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:34 am

If there is a picture that sums up where we are, this is it :o
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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by Lilith » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:50 pm

There's only one word to describe that -

AWWWWWWW!!!! :D

Those little darlings have definitely got Oriental blood - the ears ... :)

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by ThorpeDave » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:12 pm

Lilith wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:50 pm
There's only one word to describe that -

AWWWWWWW!!!! :D

Those little darlings have definitely got Oriental blood - the ears ... :)
Hendrix has really been a superstar and has been baby sitting while the heating engineers have been here for 3 days!

Oriental??? any suggestions? they certainly make some strange noises!

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by Lilith » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:25 pm

Siamese, or Oriental anything - there are so many new breeds. Self-coloured Siamese used to be known as 'Foreign' black, red, tabby, anything. AND they talk - 'Wau', 'Wow' 'Woo', and so on. And they go on and on and on and then they say some more! And then they say some more after that! My suspected Burmese mix Molly definitely does. It's amazing they don't get laryngitis ...

And all Orientals are born saying 'Me! Me!'

As a once Siamese midwife I can vouch for this :D

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Post by ThorpeDave » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:09 pm

This pair certain "talk" and their mum - and Jasper in particular - have a very strange voice.

There was a suggestion that there may be some Bengal in there somewhere but I am not that sure.

Morgana is the interesting one to me - Her eyes are totally different to the rest of the litter and her Mum and of course she is black while the others are all a honey blonde. Still hoping that Morgana will turn into a chocolate Tabby as her main coat is certainly getting lighter and her tabby markings more visible.

We shall see

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Post by Mayday21 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:16 pm

Hi Dave no need to tell you but as those little uns are young & you’ve netted your garden they’re safe aren’t they? Pebbles has Oriental in her & she’s very talkative with a demanding meow & very much the observer. Another reason why I had my pergola enclosed with cat netting was if I had trades in I could put the kidlings out in the pergola away from “stranger danger”. Looking forward to more updates. Vivian & The Famous Five from Oz.

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Re: Mia - Chapter 3

Post by ThorpeDave » Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:15 am

Mayday21 wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:16 pm
Hi Dave no need to tell you but as those little uns are young & you’ve netted your garden they’re safe aren’t they? Pebbles has Oriental in her & she’s very talkative with a demanding meow & very much the observer. Another reason why I had my pergola enclosed with cat netting was if I had trades in I could put the kidlings out in the pergola away from “stranger danger”. Looking forward to more updates. Vivian & The Famous Five from Oz.
Yes the garden has been cat proofed BUT we will be keeping a VERY close eye on them once they start going out to ensure that the security is high enough! The gate at the bottom is double locked but remains the most vulnerable area.

Both kittens are VERY agile and very good at climbing and jumping - Hendrix was not at the same age.

The garden is covered by CCTV but initially they will only go out escorted.

2 additions are currently planned

1. A new "pet door" - we are going for a larger one simply because Hendrix is so flaming big and struggling with the current set up. The new one will be a "smart" one so I know who is in and who is out! I will also be able to set up schedules for when they are allowed in and out ;) At present neither are micro chipped with this being done when they are neutered in about a months time. They are both getting curios but neither are crying to go out yet so I am not going to encourage them

2. We have observed Hendrix climbing up the metal mesh at the bottom of the garden - chasing bugs - so we have decided to put a mesh "roof" across the bottom section. We will buy enough mesh to "roof" at least half the garden if it becomes necessary. The garden is only 3m wide and I will use high tensile wire to help support it.

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