From the Archives: Kissing Kittens, 2007

four black kittens
Kissing Kittens

The first iteration of a heart-shaped nap?

Look at those teeny claws and pomegranate toes!

Taken on August 3, when the Fantastic Four, shown here, were eight days old. I hadn’t given them their ear-paint yet so I’m not exactly sure which is who, but judging from personality I would guess the two cuddled in a nose-to-nose embrace are Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine, and the other two who are awkwardly wrestling are Giuseppe on top and Jelly Bean waving his paws for help. Some things never change. No white spots are in evidence, they all had faint stripes and white ear hair, and the only reason the two in the front look lighter is the ridiculous flash I had on the digital camera from that era.

They were just beginning to move around a lot more and I had rolled up the rug I had in the bottom of their cage so they wouldn’t roll into Mimi’s food and water and litterbox, and I also let Mimi out for breaks! Poor girl, the cage was fairly large, but she would be stuck in it with four kittens in July and August, it just didn’t seem fair. So while I rearranged the cage they got to roll around and do week-old-kitten stuff. It’s too bad they are lying on only the black plastic tray at the bottom of the cage so they are difficult to see; I lightened up the background to be able to distinguish them a little better.

I marked their ears with tempera paint at two weeks and moved them out of the cage to the bathroom at three weeks. The rest is history.

I had first thought to include this in my Valentine posts yesterday, but thought I’d give the kittens their own place in history. Besides, Giuseppe probably would have been embarassed.


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