Well this is Smitten and her kittens. They're currently named after characters out of Aladdin. I didn't even know there were four characters in Aladdin. So I've got Aladdin (obviously), Jasmine (maybe a princess?), Abu (apparently a monkey) and Iago (after a google search I've found him to be a parrot!). No sign of the genie though... I love naming kittens and have been given the go ahead to find them some new names. I just need to get to know them a little and their at that age where they all look the same sex which doesn't help.
Last night I weighed them for the same time. Again problems with the fact there's three tabbies and they all look the same sex! But I've clearly got a black and white girl, so at least I can be sure which one she is! Then there's a all dark tabby, a tabby with white paws and a tabby with no white paws which is slightly grey. Their weight differences are about 20g which isn't too bad and I'll keep up the weighing (despite their protests) until they're all on solid food and eating well.
Smitten is very particular about her food. Yesterday we struggled through about three sachets of cat food, a handful of cat biscuits (which I think she only ate because they're Royal Canin and it's got Canin in the title), some ham and some kitten treats. She eats about two mouthfuls of food and then walks off. So I have to keep showing her the bowl, holding the bowl in front of her mouth in the air and just keep encouraging her. At least she is eating but her focus is overwhelmingly on the kittens. Usually it's the other way round, the mother gets distracted from her kittens to food, not distracted from her food to her kittens. But I'll keep trying.
I started fostering in 2004 when I first got my own house. My first litter were three scared kittens, found under a shed in St Neots. They were all black and about four to five weeks old. I named them Tink, Cho and Pow. Cho and Pow went to live together and Tink still lives with me. Over the years I have fostered over 100 cats and kittens for various charities but I now foster for Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire.
First foster kitten - Cho
First pregnant mum cat Bjorn and her six kittens
Walter and Mouse - two farm ferals
Molly's kittens - Sal, Wuffler, Parker, Elroy and Jake
Martha with Pip, Merlin, Rose and Himba
Ellie - serverely malnorished on arrival, this pic is after neutering and ready for a new home