Ayla’s kittens are so cute, I couldn’t resist sharing some photos with you!
They are both growing well, the boy being over 240g and the girl over 220g already, at 11 1/2 days. Based on the usual target of gaining birth weight each week, their target weights for Wednesday night (14 days) are 267g for the boy and 273g for the girl, so the boy is well on track for that, and the girl just a smidge short of it.
The girl was the first to start opening her eyes, but when the boy started, his opened almost straight away, whereas the girl has opened hers rather slowly over the course of a few days. His are now both fully open, and the girl’s eyes are basically 3/4 open. Thankfully, we’ve never had any problems with eyes opening, but I know plenty of people who have had issues with discharge or stickiness, so I’m always wary for the first few days after the eyes start to open. I think we’re past the danger period now, though, so I can stop fretting!
Ayla has continued to be a fabulous mum, keeping her kittens clean and warm, yet is perfectly happy to have them handled. They are quite squeaky at the moment, making lots of noise when we take them out to weigh them, though they quieten down a lot when we’re just stroking them. Ayla lets us know when they have had enough, by taking them out of our hands to put them back in the nest box.
As usual, I am undecided on colour at the moment. Both kittens have a chocolatey tone to the edges and backs of their ears, so I’m pretty sure they’re both either chocolate or lilac. The girl is a shade paler than the boy, but I don’t know whether that means that she is lilac and he is chocolate, or just that she is silver and he is non-silver. I am told that with BCR kittens they will probably be at least three weeks old before we can tell for sure, so at the moment it’s just a case of waiting!
We’re off down to the North West show this coming weekend, so I will try and post a show update early next week – let’s see if I actually manage!