March 2021 Tennessee Rex Kittens

Angelica's March 2921 Three Week Old Kittens
Angelica's March 2921 Three Week Old Kittens

Satindelight Angelique's  litter born 11 March 2021

Angelique gave us a concern in that we expected kittens by 6 March based upon the date we thought she had been bred. This was not the case.  She finally went into labour about 1830  on 11 March and delivered her first kitten at 1923 EST. Then the second kitten came some 90 minutes later.

Then a long wait until nearly midnight but she delivered her last two kittens in very rapid succession, about a minute later.  She delivered four healthy kittens raging from about 120 down to 106 grams at birth. They are gaining weight about as expected.  We were hoping for five kittens.

We weigh kittens and some adults such as expectant moms  each day and enter their weights on the cattery master spread sheet. This tradition has been a work in progress for well over 20 years  The spread sheet automatically produces weight charts that are posted on the cattery pages.  Posting is extremely easy thanks to the work of out IT administrator, Michael Anderson, from Port St Lucie, Florida.  Angelica's kitten weight chart is posted below.

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The "T" Litter


We have a tradition to name all the kittens in each letter with the same first letter. We are now up to T. Also the second letter is a vowel in alphabetical order.   This is helpful in identifying a cat or kitten by their litter name.
The kittens have been named and individual space for pictures and other information has been prepared below. The chart is colour coded  brown, red, green and blue as are their spread sheet entries and on their individual  information.

 8 April was the date when they were four weeks old. About that time we begin to introduce the kittens to soft food and a kitten milk substitute. The milk substitute is to get them to lap the liquid. This will not last long. Once the kittens are weaned we will have water available for them. Regular cow's milk is very indigestible in cats and kittens. Goats milk is a good substitute and may be easier to find than the two or three commercial milk substitutes for felines.  At the same time the  kittens will be encouraged to scratch in the litter pan provided in their "annex" to the maternity "suite."

We had some upgrades done on this computer and it was unavailable for about a week. The spreadsheet files were copied to an external HD so the daily updating could be done on a local l,aptop. Unfortunately the laptop and the external drive did not see "file-to-file" so to speak and we were not able to load the file into the spreadsheet app in the laptop. All is now updated in our usual computer that also had a good cleaning out from over 10 years if daily use. I have to applaud LENOVO, the manufacturer, for making excellent hardware. They and their predecessors, IBM, for continuing to produce quality computers.

Here are the cattery names of the kittens along with what they mean or where the name came from. There's no reason why I pick a name other than it will be easy to pronounce  or maybe for fun. Swedish is a favorite for me.

TASHI   (from Tibet meaning "Good Luck")

         Tashi is sold

Angelica's one remaining March 2021 Kitten
Angelica's one remaining March 2021 Kitten

TERAH   (  Hebrew  - father of Abraham)

    This little guy was not doing very well after his mom began weaning her brood. We had to feed him kitten formula with a feeding tube for over a month. Then he learned to suck from a nursing  bottle.

In early May he finally started eating softened kitten food. He is now gaining weight more like he should and  has become much more active. And as of 12 May he is eating solid food on his own. He is  scampering and paying with his mother, Angelique, and loves t catch her tail when she swishes it around.  This is very encouraging news.

Still, we are not sure he will be a viable kitten. We have placed the other three kittens but will be keeping a Terah for some time until we are sure he will be a healthy "teacup" cat. He really misses his much larger playmates even though their roughhousing  was hard on him.

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Terah will be going to church on 20 June, not for the first service inside the sanctuary since the COVID lockdown but to learn more about  what is outside the walls of his home. There is a social hour after the service where he will allowed to be handled by others provided that they wash their hands correctly first. Terah remains somewhat shy but is tolerating other "humans" better now than during last month.

TILDA   or TILLY  (Swedish)  ("aunt Tilly," anyone?? -- it's an oral game for around a campfire)           Tilda is sold

 TORVALD   (Swedish) Thor's ruler      Torvald is sold      


Tashi at seven weeks
Tashi at seven weeks
Tashi at three weeks
Tashi at three weeks
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Terah at seven weeks old
Terah at seven weeks old
Terah at three weeks old
Terah at three weeks old
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Tilda at seven weeks old
Tilda at seven weeks old
Tilda at three weeks old
Tilda at three weeks old
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Torvald at three weeks old
Torvald at three weeks old
Torvald at seven weeks old
Torvald at seven weeks old



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