Vivian has loved all animals since birth - but cats have always stolen her heart. In early 2017 she registered as a breeder with CASA/WCF and bought two exquisite #PersianChinchilla #OriginalLonghair queens. The journey as a small "hobby" breeder began. So far, Princess Bella-Joy and Lady Arwen Evenstar have had three litters each - each new baby treated like little princes and princesses and raised in our home and hearts.
Jack and Lucy were born at 06:00 and 06:55 on the morning of Monday, 21st September. They were very large babies for a Persian Chinchilla mother – Jack was first born and weighed 94g and Lucy followed, weighing 103g. That’s a record for us! Large, healthy babies, they thrived from the beginning and gained weight rapidly. Kittens should double their birthweight in the first ten days; these two and their mommy excelled. They were fed completely on their mother’s milk. On around Day 8, I moved Lady Arwen Evenstar’s babies into this plastic sand or water mould. This gave the new babies more space to shovel their little bodies around (they started crawling!) for the next week or so. Once the babies started moving around more (around two weeks or so), I set up the inside of our main bedroom en-suite shower as a bigger space for them. I placed…Read More
Once all of the babies are born, and Mom and babies are doing well, the important thing is to make sure the babies latch. If the litter is large, there will be some jostling for position and smaller, weaker babies may struggle to feed and keep feeding. With her fourth litter, and two big babies (94g and 103g is HUGE for a Persian Chinchilla/ Original Longhair queen!) – there was no problem with ‘latching’. These two little ones got right on with it. Instinct is amazing. New babies have an instinct to suck. A new mommy may need to be stroked gently and encouraged to spread herself out, making the nipples available, but, if left to herself, she will probably get it right. An experienced mommy knows how to position herself to make her nipples available. Gently brush the kitten’s cheek against a nipple until the baby latches. Exhausted mommies…Read More
Lady Arwen Evenstar’s due date (63 – 65 days’ pregnancy) was between 17 – 19 September 2020. Of course, one can never be certain when conception has taken place during the mating period. However, I tend to be wakeful a few nights before the first due date. So when Day 66 – 67 arrived, I was quite exhausted already! (What do I do? I get up a few times at night when I hear my queen scrabbling in her ‘nest’, just to see what’s going on.) On Sunday 20th (Day 66), Arwen slept quite a bit, choosing her favourite spot on a sunny Spring day – one of the garden chairs on our patio. In between, she moved quite friskily, alert and interested, and even a little playful. Out in the kitchen herb garden, back on the patio, up the stairs. In the evening, around 9 pm, she went upstairs…Read More
Lady Arwen Evenstar will be four years old on the 15th December 2020. She had her first litter on 22nd January 2017. Her second litter was born on 22 November 2018, and her third litter was born on 25 September 2019. Now, nearly exactly a year later, her fourth litter is due. I took her to her gentle, good-natured handsome, many-times show champion stud – Cherie-Finesse Dreamer of Cherie-Zelle – on 16 July, after the winter dormancy period. Lady Arwen had had her annual inoculations and de-worming in advance, on 18 May. She was in good condition and ready for her next pregnancy. A feline pregnancy is usually 63 – 65 days in duration, so I calculated Lady Arwen’s first due date to be 17th September. I started feeding her on Royal Canin baby mousse with a little water added, just as she likes it – morning and evening, as…Read More
When she returns from the stud, the queen has stopped calling, rolling and washing her genital area as she did during her season. After about ten days, the queen may lose appetite and become a little listless. (That’s Lady Arwen Evenstar!) Sometimes her appetite increases right away. (That’s Princess Bella). She may throw up a little more frequently – not just fur balls! She will usually spend more time sleeping. Pregnant queens often become more affectionate than usual. I love this! Enjoy every moment! 5. Around 20 days, their nipples pink up – changing from their usual skin colour to a distinctly darker pink or even red. 6. Her appetite will increase and you will probably find she is eating more –little and often. (I always increase feeding at this time – offering kitten mousse or kitten wet food, baked chicken, biltong etc.) 7. You will notice your queen putting…Read More