A-litter born Dec 9 2019 - Bellona & Inferno
Brutus is evaluated for breeding by us and lives a wonderful life with his fosterfamily (fôrvertsfamilie) Ingunn and Richard in Tromsø.
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12 weeks update - March 7 2020
Table 1. Weight development Brutus and Ulysses
9 week update - Feb 10 2020
- Little Brutus has outgrown his brother and is now the biggest of the boys! I am super happy and greatful cause we have found the perfect foster home (fôrvertfamilie) for him in Tromsø. This means that we can keep him, evaluate & health test him, and hopefully use him in breeding later on.
- Brutus and Ulysses have been in for their first vaccination at AniCura Animal Hospital in Tromsø this weekend. They will have their second vaccination at 12 weeks. They have been ID-chipped and they now have their own individual pass ports. In addition DNA samples were taken from Brutus to do mycatDNA profiling by Genoscoper Laboratories in Finland, as part of evaluation for breeding.
Interesting also from a physiological standpoint to notice that mama Bellona is in heat again - 6 weeks after having given birth - and still lactating (although not as much as Puma).
Grandmother Landsbykattens Karisma (Bellona's mom) (MCO fs), photo by permission from Marita R Sørensen.
Bellona´s kittens are named after characters in Dante's Inferno, in the The Divine Comedy, a long Italian poem that Dante Alighieri finished a year before his death in 1321. It is widely considered to be the pre-eminent work in Italian literature and one of the greatest works of world literature. And of course I though it would also be very fitting names for daddy Inferno´s kittens. Achilles and Brutus were / are poly Maine coons. We sadly lost the smallest one, Achilles, after 4 days, he was only 57 grams at birth.
Alterskjaer Achilles PP of Taschanas
Cream, possibly tabby
Alterskjaer Brutus PP of Taschanas
Cream, possibly tabby
Alterskjaer Ulysses of Taschanas
Cream, possibly tabby
My little heros Brutus and Ulysses January 9 (24 days old)
I am so happy! Brutus is now eating on his own. Not only suckling milk from his moms, but he was the first to dive into solid food and he loves it, setting a good example to his siblings that are more sceptical to this new strange stuff presented to them. He has added an amazing 190 grams these last 11 days and is now up at 369 grams getting closer to his brother Ullysses in weight. He is doing so well, playing and exploring the surrounding and his siblings. Brutus is the smallest of the two boys in Bellona's litter - and has been my biggest worry these last weeks. And he has of course stolen my hearth.
The kittens have started self-grooming behaviors, walking (some have even found their "fast forward" and "backward"), exploring their surroundings, the kitten litter tray, solid food and eachother. And they have also started playing with each other. At 3 weeks, the kittens have blue eyes and small ears that are beginning to point upward, like miniature cats. Vision and hearing is slowly improving, and at this age the first teeth has begun to emerge. And they will slowly begin retracting their claws.
Brutus and Ulysses (4 weeks) with their halfbrother Lucifer (3.5 weeks)
18 days - update December 27 2019
Our little lion kings, Ulysses and Brutus, are 18 days old today and sweet as can be. They started out with birth weights of only 67 grams - and are now up to 259 and 212 grams. The smallest of them, Brutus (alias Pink Panter, alias Simba), still has me worried - but he seems to be a real fighter with lots of enthusiasm for milk and moms. Bellona and Puma are taking really good care of all the kittens together. Making sure that they are well cleaned and fed at all times. Brutus is still getting some extra milk to support his growth.
Sound asleep - Ulysses with his half-brother Lucifer Dec 27 2019
Our beautiful Bellona gave birth to three cream boys within less than an hour on due date Dec 9. All kittens fullborn and healthy - but very small (< 70 grams). Them being so tiny was quite a shock! At least to me - who is used to fluffy, chubby Siberian husky puppies, around 500 grams, that head straight for the milky bar and manage intake completely without my help from the very beginning. And now that I have Puma´s kittens to compare with - I realize just how small they actually were.
Bellona is not a big cat herself - but the kittens were still a bit on the lower scale. Bellona had gained 1.7 kg, going from 3.4 kg to 5.1 kg day 65 - and especially with kittens this small I expected her to have more kittens onboard waiting to be born. But after the the three little boys no more kittens appeared - and I got increasingly worried and decided to call the vet.
Early Thuesday morning, we left the house in the snow blizzard (after having removed loads of snow from the car and heated it well) - with mama Bellona and her three little cream boys inside her box together with warm bottles to keep their temperature stable.
At the AniCura Kvaløya we got happy news: The x-ray showed that everything was fine - Bellona was "empty" - the final number of this litter was three - and they were all boys (easy sex determination as all of them were cream).
Achilles lostFriday afternoon little Achilles stopped eating and went into irregular breeding with respiratory arrests and deep breaths, and I realized that he was dying. Keeping him warm and close to his mom and siblings, he died soon after, 4 days old. Achilles was the smallest of the kittens, only 56 grams. He later increased to 66 grams by help of bottle feeding, but sadly was to weak and we did not manage to save him.
Brutus and Ulysses are adding weightThe good news is that Achilles´s two brothers, Brutus and Ulysses, are doing well. They were 67 grams at birth, and especially Ulysses has had a good weight increase. Brutus has made me worry more. But today - at day 6 - Brutus is up to 100 grams (Hurray!) and Ulysses is 135 grams. I am beginning to feel more optimistic that they will both grow up.