Simon – June 9, 2007

Simon is an active little guy (now approximately 5 weeks old) who’s growing a mouthful of pointy little kitty teeth! He wants to chew on everything (including us!) and so when he gets really rambunctious we try to redirect his biting frenzy towards one of his toys. He’s definitely got the “bunny-kicking” moves down now, too!

My son & “grandkit”:

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Simon – June 8, 2007

Our little sweetie continues to grow and change at an amazing rate! Just last night we noticed that his eyes were starting to lighten. Tonight they definitely look more green than blue:

Yesterday he decided that canned kitten food (Innova) was good stuff. He was just finishing up a meal in this brief video clip:

After eating, it was play time. His Grandma Kim made him a special sock to wrestle with, but it’s just a bit too heavy for him to carry yet! (I wish I could have gotten a picture of him carrying a mousie earlier!)

After eating, washing, playing and using the litterbox, well, you know what comes next. 🙂

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Simon–Growing Up!

The changes in a baby kitten in less than a couple of weeks are nothing short of amazing. Little Simon has gone from this, on May 25th:

to this, on June 5th!

Each day brings new skills and abilities. He still sleeps a lot (he’s not quite 5 weeks old) but when he’s awake he’s quite active, as this video shows:

He also seems to be teething and this leads to some frustration when he’s drinking from his bottle. He starts chewing on it and flailing his front legs. The kitten formula is coming fast enough, but I think it just hurts his mouth to try to suck on it.

We haven’t had a whole lot of success yet getting him to eat softened kitten food–more goes on him than in him–but he’s figured out what the litterbox is for, and that’s a BIG step in the right direction!

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Sir Simon, The Orange

The little kitty boy finally has a name: Simon. My son tried out several names and though they were nice, they just didn’t seem to fit. The name Simon apparently means “listening” and given that this little orange ball of fluff is becoming much more aware of his environment, it seems appropriate. And so Simon he is.

Too bad it’s not possible to do time-lapse photography on the growth of a kitten because he’s probably doubled in size in the last week! He’s still tiny and very fragile, but he’s starting to look more and more like a very young cat and less like such an … “infant.” His little “lion cub” rounded ears have morphed into pointy kitty ears.

After he eats, he really enjoys a “mommy-cat bath”: I get a warm, wet washcloth and wash his face, chest, paws, tummy. He really blisses out with that, and just purrs and purrs when I dry him off with a towel.

He’s such a sweet baby!

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Smitten by Kitten!

Very, very late last Thursday, my son heard something in his yard when he got home from work. Even after he’d gone inside he could still hear it, so after a while he went out with a flashlight to see if he could find whatever was making the noise. Much to his surprise, he found a very tiny kitten–no mom or sibs around.

He brought it inside, wrapped it in a towel and then drove to a friend’s house in the middle of the night where they sat up with it, trying to get it to eat. His friend had recently fostered a litter of orphaned kittens and she had some kitten formula on hand.

He called me the next morning and since I had to be at school for an end-of-the-year special event, we enlisted the help of his dad and stepmom who made an appointment with their vet to check over the baby. The vet verified that it was a male kitty, approximately 3 weeks old.

My son will be keeping the baby, and echoing the theme of “it takes a village to raise a child,” we’re all taking turns caring for him, since he needs to eat so often. It’s a bit of a juggling act right now given our respective work schedules, but we’re all totally “smitten by kitten”!

May 26, 2007: What a sweet little messy face after finishing his bottle.

My son with his baby…

And yes, we have some videos:

Can you believe how TINY he is??

Not quite like Mom, but if he’s hungry enough… 🙂

Henry Beston
Author (1888-1968)

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”
~ “The Outermost House”

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