Yesterday Mabel delivered a new litter of kittens. These will be Henry's babies, and we've found him to be genetically incompatible a majority of the time. As a result, I don't hold out much hope for a successful litter. Mabel only breeds once a year. She's only successfully raised two kittens to weaning, and one died of a reaction to her first vaccination. Floki is her daughter (the mother of the current furry litter), making Mabel grandma to all of the little kittens but Amos (Zombie's baby). Anyway, there are two kittens. One dark hairless, almost solid blue except for white paws and a white star on the forehead. The other is white and appears to have rex fur (or will eventually). I'm hoping they somehow pull through. Perhaps they'll have an upper hand with Floki still nursing her kittens, so they can potentially have two moms to nurse from.
The bigger kittens will be eight weeks old tomorrow. They won't be going anywhere in a hurry though. They're still pretty small. When they're a bit bigger they'll get their vaccinations, and when they are big enough they will be spayed and neutered. Once they're spayed and neutered, then they can find new homes. Everyone but Amos seems to be litter box trained. If the other cats kick litter onto the floor he will use it, but he doesn't understand to climb into the box. I wonder if anyone else has dealt with litter training a blind kitten. Any advice? I imagine it might be easier as he gets bigger so he can just step into the litter box instead of having to pull himself up and over the edge (like I said, he's still small).
Amos has started being a lot more active. He bounces around and swats at things, he pounces on his siblings (sometimes missing completely), and he rolls over and play fights with any kitten that will have a go with him. He's gotten a bit of a tubby belly since he's figured out the solid food. I have not had to supplement goat milk in a week and he's doing great! Amos is 7 weeks + 2 days old.
We are definitely looking forward to warmer months. Thankful our heater kept up and we didn't have any real difficulties through the cold snap.