Even More Kittens

So it turns out that having the app on my phone still doesn’t mean I find time to write regular updates.  Well, it was worth a shot!  It’s almost three months since I last found time to sit and write a post and the only reason I’m finding time now is because I’m sitting in the kitten room, keeping Lhasa company while she delivers her kittens.

We had an AGCS Committee meeting at the end of July, and Lhasa went home with Sarndra Devereux afterwards.  She had been in call when we left home but the journey knocked her off and it took her a couple of weeks to come back on, so instead of getting her back whilst down for the Chester show, we met up with Sarndra at the Teesside (I managed to persuade Richard to do two shows in August, since we wouldn’t be doing one in September).

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Lhasa pinked up a few days later and for the past fortnight has looked about ready to burst.  As always, though, she makes a very happy pregnant cat, with lots of purring and padding.

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The boy she visited was Sarndra’s Tarby (GR CH Rainsong Jolly Jack Tar), who is a Bombay carrying chocolate, Burmese pattern and dilute, though most likely not longhair.  Since he’s a self, this mating can only produce selfs and smokes, which is a first for us.  Black and brown are the most likely colours, with chocolate also possible.  Blue and lilac might also be possibilities, depending whether Lhasa carries the dilute gene.

As it stands at the moment, we have four: two definitely black and the other two probably brown (maybe one self and two smokes but who really knows!).  It’ll be nice to have a Bombay (self black), because we haven’t had one before.

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Tilly and Tia’s kittens both went for their second vaccinations last week (we held Tilly’s back so that they could be done at the same time) and will start going to their new homes shortly.  We’ve just done the DNA tests on Tia’s, so we don’t yet know which of those will be staying (it depends who carries cinnamon), though I know which I’d like to be keeping.

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Tilly’s all turned out to be shorthairs, in spite of three being obviously shorthair and the other three much hairier.  They’re obviously just fluffy shorthairs, much like their daddy, Donny, was.  We’re keeping the girl that I originally thought was lilac, but is actually chocolate BCR, and have called her Niamh (Gaelic for beautiful).

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I haven’t had time to work out where most of the others will be going, but I do know that the black smoke (now called Storm) and the brown (now called Daisy) are going together and will be only about twenty minutes away.  One of Tia’s is reserved for the family who previously had Jock and Mischka from us but Mischka was unfortunately killed on the road last week, so I don’t know what difference that will make to their plans.

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We had the Asian BAC meeting last weekend and Keeker and Hailey represented Tiffanies and Asian classic tabbies at the BAC seminar the weekend before.  I was particularly delighted with Hailey, who had never even been to a show before, but was an absolute superstar, calmly allowing all the seminar attendees to handle her.

Our next outing is to the Supreme, around 10 days from now, where we’re manning the Asian club table and have all five Asian breeds on exhibition.  As far as we can ascertain, that will be a first.  We have one of Jackie McCarten’s Bombays for the selfs, Julie for the Burmillas, Ayla for the Tiffanies, Donny for the Smokes and Zuko for the tabbies.  We’re also taking one in competition but you’ll just have to come and see us at the show if you want to know who it is before I next get a chance to post!

Best in Show and More Kittens

Well, it’s been a busy but interesting few days since my last post!

Bombay & Asian Show

The Bombay & Asian show was back-to-back (sharing a hall, judges, etc.) with both the Eastern Counties and Kensington shows at the Wood Green animal shelter in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.  Since we were going to have to go to the Midlands at some point, in order to drop off the last of Ayla’s kittens and collect Donny from his ‘visiting stud duties’, we decided to combine that with doing the show.

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Keeker and Julie were each entered in both the Kensington and the Bombay & Asian, and both picked up a Grand in one show and Best of Breed in both shows.

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We’d also taken Lura to try for her first CC, but knowing that there was a good chance she wouldn’t get it since she has a tail fault (the whole litter had one so it’s probably environmental or an incompatibility between lines so we kept the one with the least-bad fault and will just need to try a mating and see if she throws it or not).  As expected, she didn’t get the certificate but she did seem to really enjoy herself, which is the most important thing.

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Our final entrant was Lady (we knew her as Secret Tortie), who was entered only in the Bombay & Asian, in the under-six-months kitten class.  She was an absolute poppet, relaxed and comfortable in her pen and loving the cuddles when she was brought out.

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Her owners (Kirsty and James Oxley, who have one of Tia’s kittens from last year – we knew her as Jill but she is now Duchess) came to visit the show in the afternoon and, though they had to leave before the end due to Kirsty having a hen party that night, we re there to see Lady being put in the Best Kitten pen!

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Before they left, I warned Kirsty and James that it was very unlikely that Lady would go any further because the adult and neuter are both so much more mature.  To our immense surprise, however, she was chosen as the Overall Best in Show.  That was our first Overall Best result (our fourth Best Kitten), so particularly exciting.

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After the show, we went straight to the Oxleys, to deliver Lady.  As you might imagine, they were absolutely delighted to be presented with the Best in Show rosette and prizes.  We then enjoyed a cup of tea while we watched Lady start to settle in (and meet her big cousin).  It was also lovely to see Duchess again – she’s developed just as beautifully as we hoped.

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Kittens

Tilly’s kittens are now two weeks old and all are growing well.  The ‘tiny’ kitten is now only 8g behind his next-smallest sibling and just over 40g behind the biggest, so he’s doing really well, and that’s without any supplementation.

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Tia wanted nothing to do with Tilly and her kittens until the day before yesterday, when she suddenly decided to climb into the box with Tilly and share cuddling and cleaning duties.  Initially I was worried that Tilly’s kittens would drink from her and take the colostrum (the antibody-rich first milk), but they showed no interest at all in drinking from her, sticking to cuddling with her and drinking from their mum.

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We suspected that this new interest in Tilly’s kittens indicated that Tia was getting close to her own due date, and sure enough, she began delivery this morning.  As it stands, she has three, all boys.  I think we have three different patterns: a shaded, a ticked tabby and a spotted tabby.

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Other News

I had my first board meeting with the GCCF this week.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but received a very warm and welcoming reception from the other directors and actually found the meeting quite enjoyable.  In addition, we’ve spent our evenings over the past couple of weeks building a new day-run for the cats.  The primary purpose is to give the girls a bit of fresh air but we’ve built it in two parts so that it can also double as somewhere for visiting girls to get to know whichever boy they’re visiting.

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It’s the Edinburgh show this weekend and although we can’t show because of being out last weekend, I’m going to be stewarding so if you’re going then I’ll see you there.