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Kitten Cuteness August 17, 2009

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I have to say that the kittens (temporarily named Brother and Sister) are thriving and really quick, too!

Brother is what people call a “Mama’s Boy”. He wants to be near Smokie a lot and will whine if Sister or Smokie get out of his line of vision. But he still likes to walk around and play with either Mommy or Sister. Sister, on the other hand, is definitely the more adventurer of the two. She doesn’t give it a second thought about walking around all over the bed or biting Brother. Both of their baby teeth are starting to come in and Brother is actually drinking water- sometimes. He’ll drink a drop and go for nursing. But of course, they’re still in the “need Mommy’s milk” stage. They are walking around for as well as they can. They are still a little wobbly and can’t quite run yet but they’re a bundle of energy.

If they are anything like Smokie was when she was a kitten, they will be Tarzans and Janes. When Smokie was a kitten, she had no problem scaling the curtains and just hanging there. I’ve opted to call one “Monkey” because I thought it was just weird and cute- which is totally me. But Manders said we would have to talk about names. We will most likely end up going with mythology names like we went for with Zeus.

I bet ya’ll want to see how big they’ve gotten, right?

Brother and Sister sleeping

Brother and Sister sleeping



Brother and Sister playing

Brother and Sister playing


Organized Chaos August 5, 2009

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Have you ever felt like your slowly losing your sanity? Like everyone is out to destroy your day? Well, it’s somewhat like that for me. Except destroying my day, the pets are out to drive me crazy.

Because it’s been too hot to train him, Zeus has had super energy and no where for it to go. So he barks at us and barks at the kitties. When we try to put the muzzle on him, he goes berserk. So whenever I feel like I’m not going to rip my heart out, I start training him again today. Last night, I finally taught him patience for food. I’ll work on it again today so he does it without being asked. He can still shake hands, but of course, he still needs reminding. Right now, he’s asleep, which I am so thankful for that. Maybe tonight, when it finally gets below 100*, we can take him outside and let him run all of his energy out. Yea, I like that idea- a lot.

Smokie gave birth to a small white kitten around 6:30 AM on July 30th, while we were waiting for some severe storms to pass through. She usually needs help but as I was watching TV, I peered into her nesting box to see if she needed help. Much to my surprise, she didn’t need help and I saw this adorable kitten! I picked it up to see how healthy it was- does it have a set of pipes! It started squealing and squiggling … It’s pretty damn healthy. We thought she was going to only have 1 kitten. Then on Friday morning, as I walked into the bedroom after a shower, I saw a strange kitten. She had another one! It was white, just like the first, but a little darker. It is healthy and just as loud as the other one. Last night, I saw a kitten pant. I reached my hand into the box and realized that it was blazing hot. So I took their bed and put it under the air conditioner. I realized that even Smokie got to hot in the box and that’s why she didn’t stay in there long. She slept with her babies all night. When I went into the bedroom this morning for the iPod, I noticed she moved a kitten but found her and a baby as Smokie peeked around the corner of a box. I grabbed the kitten, explained to Smokie about the heat, put it on the kitty bed, and went on my merry way. Then, as I went to check on them, I realized she had moved BOTH kittens. I checked her regular spots but because Manders is asleep, I can’t search for them until she wakes up. With triple digit heat all week, I don’t want to risk the kittens getting sick or Smokie getting too hot. Here is a picture of one of the kittens sucking its thumb:

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Then of course, Princess and Patches aren’t sure what to make of our newest family additions. Once the kittens get older, they’ll realize they have now have a new lifelong play buddy. Yep, Mom said we could keep them. Woohoo!

Still haven’t gotten the site up yet. Still having trouble figuring out what the heck to do with my DNS settings. I try to ask but their too technical and I have no clue what they’re talking about.

It’s not exactly crazy, but organized chaos. But I sure wish it was organized in a different way.

I feel bad for her… February 27, 2009

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Smokie gave birth last night around 4:30am while we were all asleep. Manders woke me up to tell me that Smokie was having her kittens so I tell her to turn on the light and I sat up. She was right- Smokie had already had a kitten and we were awaiting the 2nd one. Unfortunately, the first was stillborn. It was extremely tiny and really underdeveloped. Then the 2nd came and we thought it was stillborn as well- until we saw it breathe! So I helped Smokie since she hasn’t done this in years. I knew this one wasn’t going to make it either but it was still breathing so I decided to let it live its last and first hours with Smokie.

So I put her nesting box right beside my bed so I could keep an eye on the both of them while I slept. But I couldn’t go back to sleep. I watched TV for about an hour, maybe an hour and 1/2 before finally falling asleep. I would wake up periodically through the night to make sure Mama was doing okay and to see if the kitten was still breathing. It wasn’t feeding so I don’t know how it lasted as long as it did. But it passed somewhere in the night (or early morning).

I feel really bad for Smokie, I really do. I thought this would be the “miracle pregnancy” and we’d have kittens running around the house in a few months. Hell, it was even hard for me because I felt so bad for her. I know she’s depressed and will spend as much time with her as I can. It’s really depressing.

Well… February 26, 2009

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No kittens just yet. But she has gotten attatched and didn’t let me sleep at all. She wanted attention all night and when I would put her in her nesting box, she’d jump out and come back to me. So right now, I am writing with very little sleep. Where’s the caffeine when ya need it?

Speaking of which, you will be proud of me. I haven’t had chocolate since Sunday and haven’t had caffeine since Monday. Oh my goodness, am I having withdrawals. I want chocolate. I want soda. I want cookies. I want fudge! Which I have to pick a bone with Manders. She went to Etsy.com for some reason and bookmarked a page. One morning I was being nosy through the bookmarks and clicked on it. I immediately regretted clicking on the bookmark. Why? Go to http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6650648 and you’ll see why. Damn, I shouldn’t have visited it again. My stomach is growling.

This will probably be one of the most random posts I have ever made but with very little sleep, it’s hard to concentrate on just one subject. Here’s to hoping I have enough energy to do either A) clean or B) study for the THEA. We really need to clean but we also need to study (since I didn’t do good in the diagnostic test). Maybe I’ll take a nap. Yea. A nap.

I am so excited… February 25, 2009

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I could just burst! Smokie, who I told you in an earlier post was pregnant, had her water break earlier this evening. She’s a pro so we know that it will be atleast 12-24 hours before she gives birth. I thought we had a little more time but once I stop to think about it- as cats get older, their litter number decreases so she could be just carrying 1 or 2 kittens at the most. That’s why we thought we had more time because she used to get a lot bigger. She IS reaching 6 years old this year so I should have remembered she wouldn’t be carrying that many babies.

I am a little nervous because I’m not sure how Princess is going to react to the new editions. It’s not that she’s aggressive in any way, she just doesn’t like change. When Zeus got hurt, she couldn’t understand why everyone was worrying over him and on constant vigilance. I’m also not sure how Zeus will react. He knows something is going on but isn’t sure what it is. But it will be funny that once the baby is old enough to play and run to see what the kitten will do to Zeus! Now THAT I am definitely looking forward to.

But Smokie has been extremely restless. She doesn’t want to stay in the birthing box, which I can understand. I mean, she has 12-24 hours to go! I wouldn’t want to stay in a box that long either! It’s getting down the wire and I know I won’t get much sleep tonight. Even though she’s had several litters in the past, she always wants help so I’ll be keeping a watchful eye over her. Maybe I’ll get a little sleep because it is important for me to atleast get 3 hours of sleep- if not more. But she should be a little more comfortable now that we have the bedroom air conditioner on. I know- the air conditioner is on in February? Yes, it is. The bedroom catches the morning and afternoon sun so it gets unbearbly warm AND hot in there. If I was hot earlier, I knew she had to been smokin’! So I sprayed her with a little water (which she seemed to enjoy!) and kept petting and talking to her.

So hopefully by the time I wake up tomorrow, we will have a brand new addition to the family and I promise to post the adorable kitten pictures!

Well… February 21, 2009

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It wasn’t the signal cable thingy from the monitor. It was the old computer itself. It won’t stay on long anymore so we have decided that instead of getting frustrated with the old one, work on the new one.

We purchased a power supply from Best Buy (Hey, that rhymed!) yesterday and plan to install it today. We have looked at everything else and nothing looks burnt out or anything except the power supply. That’s what we’re hoping is wrong.

I do have good news. Smokie is pregnant again. Now I know it seems too sudden since last time, but we didn’t know she was pregnant until about a week ago when she start showing. I am excited and excited for her. I love it when she’s pregnant. She’s so loving! We’re thinking she’s due in about a month or month and a half.

Here’s to hoping that the power supply installation works!

Sad but true… August 6, 2008

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I regret to tell ya’ll that my house won’t be hearing the meows of little kittens. I’m saddened to say that Smokie has had a miscarriage. We’re not sure when, but it’s true. It’s kind of depressing to me because I love seeing Smokie as a mother. I know Smokie is depressed as well. She has been melancholy and wants constant attention. Experts say that cats aren’t saddened when one of their kittens are given away to good homes or have miscarriages. But that’s not true. Smokie “cries” every now and then and it breaks my heart to see her upset. I know she’s just a cat but we have a special bond…

…It all started right after high school graduation. We had just moved into the house 2 years before and didn’t have any pets. Mom decided that it was time to get a pet, and we’re cat lovers. We already knew what kind of pet we wanted. So she let me and my sister EACH pick out a kitten. so we went to this guy’s place who had 2 kittens he was wanted to give away. Their conditions were HORRIBLE. It was mid-July, and they were stuck in a little shack. Temperatures were reaching 100 and they only had water. They had wood shavings and wood chips to live on. He opened the door and these 2 tiny kittens came tumbling out. They were so small, they fit in the palm of your hand. A couple of days later, Smokie’s sister died and Smokie wasn’t doing too well. We thought she would die as well. I nursed her back to health and during that time, we bonded greatly…

I know why she had the miscarriage. She’s getting too old to have kittens. Sad to think about. Sad, but true.,