Interplex: Uppervalley Breeders And The Tennessee Rex, MARCH 2020 Tenesee Rex kittens

The upper picture was taken on 8 March when they were one day old.
The lower picture was taken on 24 March when they were 2-1/2 weeks old.

New individual pictures have been added way down below
Our "S" litter is growing nicely

The kittens were born between 0844 and 1430 EST here in Athens, Vermont. We have video recorded the first three and the last births. Their genders will be posted shortly, once we are sure the information matches the kitten. Their names are shown on the weight chart to the right >>>>.

One of the Rex kittens will be shown at the Northeast Regional cat show near Hartford in August if the corona virus issue is resolved by then and another at the TICA Annual cat show in Washington, DC, in September.

All TICA cat show licenses have been suspended for now so the show season is totally disrupted, just as everything else is. We do hope this pandemic is resolved before the spring and summer have passed. In the mean time we still have our cats to cuddle now that we are sequestered. This blog/web site will continue as usual and show the daily progress of our cats and kittens.
Includes kitten names
Includes kitten names
We weigh the kittens each day and record their weights on the cattery spreadsheet. This produces a chart as shown here and is used as an aid to keep them healthy. Next pictures will be taken once they all have opened their eyes. As of 26 March all kittens have their eyes open and just about to start running. several heads now peek out to see what is beyond their first home and birthplace. We have posted below our new kitten individual portraits.

A new line on the chart shows the percentage of the total weight of all the kittens relative to their mom's weight. Add that percentage to mom's weight and you will see just how much she is feeding and caring for. In another week or so we will start with getting them to eat moist solid food. That will bring on the litter pan for the kittens and much relief for mom.

The kittens that carry only one of the (recessive) curly hair genes and do not manifest the curls and satin glisten will be available once they have their immunizations completed in June 2020.

Our kittens are given litter names for our reference. Each litter has kittens all with the same first letter followed by a vowel in ascending order. This litter is our "S" litter, our previous litter was our "R" litter and so on. It will be fun picking names when we get to "X."

Names are selected with help from a web site called "Behind the Name," checking where the the name originated as well as current use. That web site is very helpful in making these selections. I try to stay away from typical names and occasionally use a name that is significant to the cat fancy. In this litter we named one kitten Solveig. Solveig, now deceased, was the head of the TICA Genetics committee. She was the one that really got this breed established and where the cats I resumed work with came from in 2011.

New pictures of the kittens taken on 24 March 2020

NOTE The text colors for each kitten below
are the same as the colors on their weight chart.


He took off to chase a virtual mouse before we could grab a second frame
named after Dr. Sokveig Pflueger, TICA judge and genetics administrator.
She was instrumental in the development of the Tennessee Rex breed.

She was restless and it was getting late. She would not sit for a second portrait.
Savney and Solveig will likely be available as registered Tennessee Rex carrier (non curly) kittens since they do not have the TR gene from both parents. They will be available in June 2020.

We have the year old brother of these kittens here now and is available right now at a house that has had no person even near anyone else since mid March. Email to EMAIL He is a very affectionate neutered boy just about over his kitten antics and a great lap cat.

The other three kittens will be heading to other TR breeders here and abroad depending upon the course of COVID 19. We plan to keep one of them for breeding additional genetic diversity.
Page Revised 31 March 2020 @ 10pm
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