Kitten Update Week 16 & AGCS Show

This has been an exciting week for us, with Tassy/Keela going off to her new home, and some of Dàrna’s kittens in their first show.

Keela Moving Out

As I mentioned last week, we were hoping to be able to drop Keela off on Friday, since she wasn’t going to be able to attend the show.  Thankfully, her new owners, Anita and Robert were able to be in on Friday afternoon, so we took the day off work and drove down during the day.  The kittens had all travelled down in one large basket together, so we just lifted her out and carried her in.

When we put her down, Anita’s Ocicat girl, Lani (litter sister to our Oci, Breckin), and her Ocicat Classic, Azy (3/4 sister to our Oci Classic, Kia) immediately began following her around.  Keela initially saw Azy, who looks very like Kia, and obviously thought she was Kia, so ran up to her, expecting her friend.  When she got close enough to smell Azy, she immediately stopped, looked at her in consternation, and then hissed at her and ran away.  Smelling a strange cat, when you are expecting to smell one of your friends, must be a major shock!

Other than that little surprise, though, she was quite happy exploring around Anita’s front room.  We stayed with Anita and Robert fora delicious dinner, which gave Keela a bit longer to settle down and get used to her surroundings before we left her.  We seem to be making a habit of taking kittens to their new homes and winding up being catered for by their new owners – excellent!


We stayed that night with our friends Tracy and Gary, near Bedford.  We are very lucky to have them as an excellent stopping-off place in that area, because I have now lost count of the number of times we’ve been there with cats in tow.

When we were getting ready for bed, I was stroking B-B and discovered that he had burnt his ear.  On Friday morning when we went in to get the kittens out of their room, he had been asleep with his head between two blades of the oil-filled radiator that we use to keep their room nice and warm.  I thought nothing of it at the time, but obviously he had been like that for too long, and now had a burn-blister on his ear.  We did try rubbing a soothing cream into it that night, but by the morning it was still clearly visible, and we therefore had to leave him at Tracy and Gary’s.  I was gutted, because he is undoubtedly the ‘pick of the litter’, and the best show prospect of the lot, but there was nothing we could do.  Poor Tracy had the terrible hardship of having to spend the day cuddling B-B on the couch!

Dàrna and the other two came along to the show as planned, and took the whole thing in their stride.  Ben/Tabh was totally laid back, but Fiona was a little bit wide-eyed in the morning, so we moved her into his pen for a while, and let them eat breakfast together.

The kittens eating breakfast at the show
The kittens eating breakfast together

By the time she was moved back into her own pen she had relaxed into the experience.  Steve Crow came over hoping to see Keela and B-B, because he wants to see how they develop, but of course I had to give him the disappointing news that neither kitten was there!

We watched both Fiona and Tabh being judged on various occasions, and were delighted to see that they were giving the judges cuddles and kisses, and purring throughout.  They behaved beautifully, letting the judges handle them without wriggling, and standing nicely if they were put on the table.  Of course, being cute kittens, most of what they were getting was just lots of cuddles, which the adored!  Tabh in particular thought that he was in heaven – I don’t think he can imagine a better way to spend a day than with a series of people giving him cuddles, and time to sleep in-between!  Some of the judges thought that he might be a blue-based caramel, and Steve agreed that his colour has changed a bit since he saw them at the start of December, so we have decided to change his registration to 68 43ns.

Fiona in her pen at the show
Fiona looking adorable

Fiona stretching in her pen at the show
Fiona stretched out

Ben lying on his side at the show
Ben/Tabh sleeping

Ben curled up asleep
Ben/Tabh still sleeping!

Fiona won Best of Breed, beating her brother and another three lovely Tiffanie kittens.  It was fantastic to see so many Tiffanies there – I think there were something like nine or ten in total, which is the most I think I’ve ever seen at a show together.  There were also some lovely Asian shorthairs, and plenty of beautiful Burmese, so Anita and I took the opportunity to go around and help her get better acquainted with the type that we are looking for in the Tiffanie breed.  Hopefully, she now has this clear in her mind, so that she knows what she is trying to breed towards.

Dàrna was in a bit of a mood, because she had decided that the weekend would be a good time to come into season.  She did cheer up a little bit when she heard Steve and Tommy – presumably because she thought they might be going to take her back to visit Pippin again!  She did well, though, winning the Reserve Grand.

Dàrna looking grumpy at the show
Grumpy-looking Dàrna

Our day was finished off beautifully, when Steve Crow came over to say that we needed to take Fiona up to the top pens – she had gone Best in Show Kitten, beating a beautiful little Bombay, among others.  Overall Best was Steve’s Tiffanie adult girl, Aurora, who is beautiful, and how lovely to see a Tiffanie taking the highest award!  I do think B-B could well have taken Overall if he had been there, but there’s no good thinking about that now!

Fiona in her Best in Show pen
Little Fiona in the Best in Show pens

Hopefully the kittens will continue to enjoy shows as much as this in future, and will have many successes ahead of them.  If they can do half as well in their other shows they’ll make us and their new owners very happy!

Kitten Update Week 15

The kittens are all booked now, and continue to develop well

The four kittens remaining
The four kittens who are still with us -B-B (back left), Tassy (back right), Fiona (front left) & Ben (front right)

Ghost and Maya went to their new homes last week, and the remaining kittens also have homes booked now.  The home that I thought both boys might end up going to didn’t go ahead, but we have ended up with something even better – Ghost chose his own home, and Ben is going to another show home!

Ghost’s owners and I had been exchanging emails off and on for a couple of weeks, because they were interested in Ben. Eventually, they decided that they wanted to come and see him, with a view to taking him home. We thought that they were sure to love him just as much when they met him, because every visitor we’ve had has immediately had Ben curled up, purring, on their lap.

When Jane (Ghost’s new mum) came to visit, however, Ben showed no interest whatsoever, whereas Ghost was absolutely besotted. He has not been interested in anyone else who has visited, yet he would not leave her alone. Whenever we have carried Ghost around the house, he would try to jump down to explore, yet when she carried him around, he just sat there in her arms, purring and looking up at her adoringly. As a result, they decided to go home with Ghost instead of Ben, so he now lives with 15 chihuahuas (they breed them as Happyhouse), and seems to have forgotten us already.

Ghost with his new friends
Ghost getting to know his new housemates

Ghost settling into his new home
Ghost settling in

When his owners went to get ready for bed on his first night, they left him on the window-ledge downstairs, yet by the time they had done their teeth, he was cuddled up on their bed!

We ran Maya to her new home in Northumberland on the 29th, and were given a delicious lunch by her owners, Chris and Kate. That gave us the chance to watch Maya settle in and get to know her new ‘brothers and sisters’ – another Tiffanie, a moggy and two dogs. The Tiffanie is just over a year old, and is her half-cousin, being one of the kittens from the last litter out of one of Dàrna’s half-sisters.  He is beautiful, and although a little unsure, was absolutely fascinated by his new playmate.  Maya spent her first night tucked into the gap between Chris and Kate’s pillows, purring away to herself, so that sounds pretty good!

The boys have been neutered, and I am really looking forward to the show this coming weekend.  Unfortunately there was an error among the show management, that has resulted in Tassy not being included in the catalogue, and therefore not being able to attend the show.  This is particularly annoying, since she was supposed to be going home with her new owners after the show.  I am now hoping that we can perhaps drop her off at her new home on Friday.

Tassy & B-B aged 15 weeks
Tassy & B-B

Tassy & B-B aged 15 weeks
Tassy & B-B again

Lona emailed me an update on Lainni last week, and mentioned at the same time that she was quite taken with Ben, and that she would be interested in showing him.  Like Tassy, whom he was quite similar to as a kitten, he has been getting more and more typey as the weeks have gone by.  He can now produce a lovely Burmese expression, so if he does that to the judges, he could do well.  Apart from anything else, he has the fantastic soppy temperament, so he should be able to win the judges over!  His new pet name is going to be Tabh (pronounced Tav), which means ‘Ocean’.

Ben aged 15 weeks
Ben scowling

Ben aged 15 weeks
Ben looking sleepy

Aside from the fact that we know Lona will give him a fantastic home, Ben going to live with her is particularly exciting for us, because it means that four of the kittens from this litter will be shown – Fiona (by us, obviously), Tassy, B-B and Ben.  All four have a lot of potential, so it will be interesting to see what happens over the coming years!

Fiona aged 15 weeks

Tassy aged 15 weeks
Tassy (now called Keela)

B-B aged 15 weeks
B-B (probably to be called Flynn)

Ben aged 15 weeks
Ben (now called Tabh)