UpperValley Solveig, Our New Queen

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Our latest picture, above left, of UpperValley Solveig was taken on 3 May 2021.   The picture above right  was taken in January 2021. Her color hasn't changed, only the lighting. She wanted to show off her tail like her mom has done in Angelique's new picture 

Solveig is a kitten from the 2020 litter born at the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic. She has grown up under rather unusual circumstances with no visitors to learn about other human beings. We did not find another breeder to transfer her to so we imported a Tennessee Rex gene carrier sire from West Virginia. She became receptive on 1 January and is now our "Queen in Training."   She did not complete breeding successfully in early January, 2021 We await for her to become receptive some time this spring. 

Solveig was born in the same birthing box that our new kittens are in. She is a half sister of these new kittens and has been very interested in them, getting in the birthing  box with them each time she has been allowed to come into our "maternity suite" here in Athens. She does lie down with them but has yet to groom and clean any of them.  If she is successfully bred to Gifter this will be her birthing box. The March litter will by then have full access to the homestead that is also Doreen's residence. All these March kittens will be ready to go to permanent homes in June

We weigh our queens daily during pregnancy and while nursing the kittens to be sure everything is progressing normally. Solveig's chart is shown below. Her suitor from another breeder will not be included on this chart.

Weight chart

For now the weight chart shows Solveig from about 1 December 2020. Solveig is weighed daily and the chart is regularly updated.  Solveig is a small  cat much like her mother. We expect her to continue growing for another two years. We have interpolated the missing data for the first days after she delivered her kittens.

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Page Revised 2 August 2021
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