- KITTEN BIRTHING BASSINETTES / PLAYPENS / CRIBS
IN NURSERIES # 1, # 2, or # 3.
These cute little set-ups are: (1) just inside my
own bedroom door, & (2) and (3) in downstairs spare
bedroom . I am able to put a chair right beside the
cribs, and keep watch over mommy and babies
throughout her labour. As this normally happens
during the late late hours of the night, at least I
am able to sit comfortably while I monitor her
progress. Picture me sitting with my elbows resting
on the frame, waiting to assist in clearing the
airway, or cutting the cord.
My queens all accept, and even welcome, whatever
assistance I can give. They love to have their
backs rubbed and chins scratched as a showing of
encouragement from me.
When she has finished delivering all her little
bundles of joy, I can easily put fresh bedding under
them, and move a heat lamp to the foot of the
crib. For the 1st week, the temperature is
maintained around 95 degrees at one corner of this
nest. Mommy can stay cooler at the other end of the
pictured in these nurseries are there for a very
good reason. If a kitten becomes injured and/or
needs supplemental feedings, I can set up an area
very quickly, visible to mommy, to accommodate these
situations. Cages are not necessarily evil. All
JFRH kittens are "cage comfortable & confident", and
do not freak when they must be caged at the vet's
office for their neutering operations.)
You can see the lamp with a heat
bulb attached that sits by each crib. The deep crib
enables me to move the lamp, and adjust the
heat accurately. I have a blanket securely fastened
to the top rails for added privacy. A large enough
space is left open for mommy to easily jump in and
A thermometer sits right in the warmest area of the
bedding. This is monitored very closely to guard
against it getting too hot. The temperature is
kept at a steady 95 degrees for the first couple of
days: then, it is steadily lowered a few degrees
each day over the next week.
Even blind and deaf, these
newborns are able to crawl into and out of the
warmth. It is truly amazing to watch.
They will be staggered along the
way to the hot spot, each deciding what degree of
snugly comfort they desire. When mommy jumps back
into the nest, they crawl towards her warm yummy
By 7 to 10 days, the kittens are
able to maintain their body heat at room
temperature. The heat lamp can then be safely
turned off without worry of the kittens becoming
The crib offers the mommy a sense
of security and privacy. She and her babies will
stay in these playpens for approximately 3 weeks.
- BIGGER PLAY - YARD IN EACH NURSERY
requiring heat nor nightly supervision,
Mommy and her 3 wk. old kittens are moved
into a larger playpen. Here they are
introduced to a litter pan as well as boiled
water and BabyCat kibble. Bedding is
changed to newspapers to help with the
cleanup of 'accidents'. Mommy can come and
go as she wants, and kittens are left for
longer and longer periods. They start
climbing and playing with the hanging toys.
This area only holds these fast growing
kittens for approximately two weeks, and, at
five weeks, they are removed totally from
the playpens and let run freely in the
Nursery. By now they are totally litter
trained and eating solid foods. At 8 weeks,
still with their mommy, they are sent
packing into a room best suited for this
next phase of their journey.
- BATHROOM BOUND
Is there any better room in the house than
the Bathroom to test all the new skills
these kittens have just acquired?
More space to get around in, yet the litter
box is so handy when the little kid's urge
sez "RIGHT NOW!"
By now, Mommy has pretty much weaned them
from her milk, forcing the kittens to rely
on their BabyCat kibble for meals. By the
8th week, Mom returns to the Queens
Quarters, and gets reacquainted with the
This transition period in the bathroom is
a great time for humans to give kitties hugs
and kisses. Socializing comes forward in
leaps and bounds during this stay. A lot of
individual picking up and putting back down
seems to happen regularly.
However, one slight problem always
seems to occur. Before any length of time
at all, the little'uns are climbing inside
the pants pushed down by your ankles. All
goes well until somebody is in a hurry, or
the phone rings. In a flash, up comes the
jeans, without a conscious counting of
heads. YIKES!!! Those needle sharp claws
can grab a hold of tender flesh before back
down goes the jeans. True
story my friends.
- FREEDOM - "YAHOO LOOK AT US. WE'RE ALL
GROWED UP NOW GRANDMA!"
Or, so they think. These tiny mountain
lions are ready to take on the World. (This
picture actually captures their first
tentative steps out into the Kitchen.) Here
they will pass their next four weeks,
getting into everything, sometimes being a
total pain in the butt to the humans trying
to eat a meal or drink a coffee. Life
happens and goes on around them, and people
come and go. They meet
other kittens. Basic manners are instilled
in them: number one being, "Stay Off The
Table!!!". A spray bottle of water works
wonders with a stern commanding voice. No
physical reprimand is ever given.
Ragdolls are fast learners.
On their eight week birthday, they visit the
veterinary to receive their first set of
inoculations and a health check. It is now
safe for new families to come, pick
up, and play with their wee babies. Lots of
fun, happy introductions are made at my
kitchen table. Many times people and
kittens are crawling around on the floor,
chasing toys and acting silly. It is truly
a joyous visit.