Saturday November 12th:Billy is 11 weeks and 4 days old
Billy gets such pleasure out of the simple things in life. A bottle top, a piece of plastic packaging, an empty cardboard box.
Chasing his shadow up and down the stairs, and ambushing the dogs.
These things provide him with hours of entertainment.
Unfortunately, today, Billy has been rather restricted in the games and entertainment department
Banished to the office
This morning the plumber has come to install a new boiler in our kitchen, and Billy has been banished to my office.
Apparently he isn’t helping…
He isn’t helping much in here either to be honest, for while his company is always adorable, he is full of mischief and affection this morning, and I’ve been having trouble keeping him away from my keyboard.
Fortunately, it is pouring with rain and for the moment Billy is amusing himself by chasing raindrops down the window panes
And by interfering with my poor neglected house plants
Getting to know cats again
I am still basking in the knowledge that I can keep Billy.
That I’m not allergic to him.
And it is great to be able to look forward to our future together
It’s fun getting to know ‘cats’ again after several years without one
I love the way that dignity is so important to cats, how they pretend it is entirely deliberate when they fall.
And Billy falls a lot. His confidence encouraging him to overestimate the height or breadth of spaces that he is capable of leaping across.
Kittens and puppies
The differences, and the similarities, between cats and dogs are quite fascinating.
Puppies, and older dogs have an instinctive ability to understand what humans mean when they point at things.
Spending time with Billy has reminded me of the lack of this instinct in cats.
If I point at something, or sweep my arm towards something, Billy looks at the end of my finger.
If I click and treat him, and he doesn’t see where the treat fell, I can’t point at it. I have to give him another, or tap on the floor to indicate where it has fallen
Kittens on the other hand are so dextrous. I find it fascinating to watch Billy use his little paws like hands, especially when he is playing.
Puppies do use their paws in play, but not like this. Billy uses his front feet to keep toys airborne, batting them back and forth between them.
Persistence in kittens
Billy is way more persistent than a puppy would be at this age. And much more driven by pure curiosity.
Which makes his hard to teach in some ways. The kitchen table being a clear example.
I must have lifted him down a thousand times, only for him to get back up again. There is never any reward for him when he gets up there, we are scrupulous about clearing plates and crumbs away for exactly that reason.
Yet just being on the table, seems in and of itself to be hugely rewarding to Billy.
Being up high
I think part of that is a cat’s desire to be high up and to regard the world from aloft. He probably feels safer up there too.
I’m thinking about putting something in the kitchen, raised up, that he is allowed to climb and sit on.
There are some amazing pieces of cat furniture for sale these days, I’ve been browsing through them on Pinterest, and collecting images on one of our Pinterest boards.
Our kitchen is quite small and I’m not sure we have the space. I’ll definitely give it some thought.
November 14th – Billy is eleven weeks and six days old
That is astonishing in some ways. It feels like yesterday that we collected him and brought him home.
And yet in other ways it seems as though he has been here forever.
I’ll give you some ideas as to what to expect from a twelve week old kitten as we go, but first, I thought you might like to see how Billy is adjusting to a house full of dogs.
And how the dogs are adjusting to Billy!
As you can see, Billy has taken a fancy to the big dog basket in the kitchen. He likes burrow into the bed and knead it with his paws.
Which is not surprising, because it has a very soft fleecy cushion
Perfect for kitten naps.
While I don’t think solitude bothers him, Billy looks a bit lost in there all on his own.
Fortunately, Tess is more than happy to share.
But less fortunately, she is unwilling to compromise on basket proportions.
Tess is a girl who likes to get comfortable.
And as far as she is concerned
If Billy wants to join her that’s absolutely fine
But he needs to fit in to the available space.
Which at times, is not much
She doesn’t argue or remonstrate with Billy. She just quietly sits on him.
Meg on the other hand
Has not yet figured out
That just sitting on Billy is the best approach.
And would appreciate some help in moving him over
Especially when he has his scary spikes on!
They have both figured out however, that first come is first served.
Switching a kitten from four meals a day to three
This is what Billy has had to eat each day this week.
- 7:30 am Half a sachet of James Wellbeloved Kitten food – just under 1 1/2 ounces, about 40g
- 11 am 3/4 can of Thrive Kitten Food – a little under 2 ounces, about 55g
- 2:30 pm Half a sachet of James Wellbeloved Kitten food
- 6pm 3/4 can of Thrive Kitten food
So he’s been getting a total of 6 and 3/4 ounces, about 190g, of wet food altogether in a day.
He also has some Royal Canin dry pelleted kitten food as training treats.
Tomorrow he can go down to three meals a day.
I’ll give you some more detail on that in a day or two.
Obviously I’ll need to give him bigger meals but I don’t think that is going to be a problem.
He really loves everything I give him to eat and has shown no signs of being fussy in any way.
I’ve switched the Lily’s kitchen for James Wellbeloved for now. Not because Billy doesn’t like it, but because it is wetter and Billy is still showing no signs of drinking any water.
My other half thinks Billy is a bit skinny but I think he is just right, and I’d rather err on the side of slightly slim as all the evidence points to this being healthier.
As a kitten of Billy’s type should weigh around 1lb for every month of age, Billy is spot on at 3lbs now.
Billy’s other beds
As well as commandeering the dog’s basket Billy also still loves his kitten caves and hasn’t grown out of them yet.
At night though, he still sleeps in his travel crate. It’s cosy and warm and he goes in there happily.
We close the door at 10 pm and open it just before 6am. At which point he comes upstairs and if my door is open, he gets into bed with me while Himself makes a cup of tea.
It is so lovely to not have to worry any more about a cat allergy and to have Billy curled up in a purring, kneading, ball in between us.
He has most definitely stolen our hearts.
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