Opal’s brood

We were devastated to lose Opal’s colourpoint boy at the weekend. ¬†Having got to 4 weeks with the kittens we thought we were pretty much out of the woods. ¬†However, he took a very sudden turn for the worse and slipped away from us very quickly. ¬†The rest of the gang seem to be doing well and are rapidly developing their personalities!

Opal has bounced back very well and is very happy to be in looking after her kittens. ¬†It is good to see her so playful that she won’t let the kittens play with HER toys!

Opal's kittens

Opal’s kittens

Opal's little girl who was 60g at birth

Opal’s little girl who was 60g at birth

Opal with her kittens

Opal with her kittens

Opal, back to her normal self

Opal, back to her normal self

Goodnight little colourpoint girl

Opal’s litter has been a real rollercoaster for us.¬† It just goes to prove how tough breeding can be and that there are a lot of hard decisions and heartbreak that goes with the joy of the babies.

I realised today that Opal’s colourpoint girl wasn’t thriving.¬† Although she lined up with the others on Opal she wasn’t drinking.¬† Later she was lying away from the litter – always a bad sign.¬† Despite trying to keep her going with milk and¬†tlc it was not to be and she slipped away this evening.

Opal has 4 lovely boys and a girl left to look after and fingers crossed things are plain sailing from here.

Poor Opal

This weekend was rather a traumatic one for us and Opal. ¬†Opal showed signs of going into labour on Saturday and started pushing on Sunday. ¬†It became clear after a while that things weren’t going to plan and we rushed her off to see Catherine and Erin at Park Hill Vets in Tiverton (http://parkhillvets.moonfruit.com/). ¬†Unfortunately Opal needed a caesarian to get the remaining babies out. ¬†I cannot praise Catherine and Erin enough, they were efficient, caring and devoted to the job in hand.

We were thrilled to bring home Opal if a little dazed and confused with her 6 little bundles.  She is being a good girl nursing while she recuperates and looking after her babies with a little help from us.

Opal and her kits

Opal and her kits

Meanwhile, Kizzy’s kittens are 2 weeks old and are doing really well.

Kizzy kittens - 2 weeks old

Kizzy kittens – 2 weeks old

Kizzy kittens - 2 weeks old

Kizzy kittens – 2 weeks old

Kizzy kittens - 2 weeks old

Kizzy kittens – 2 weeks old

First kittens of 2014

We are thrilled to welcome to Amiryck our first litter of kittens  in 2014.  Kizzy is the proud mum of 5 gorgeous little babies.  She is a first time mum who has taken to her babies amazingly.

Kizzy with her newborn kittens

Kizzy with her newborn kittens

Kizzy with her newborn kittens

Kizzy with her newborn kittens