We had our first brux today, from a little girl being held by my daughter.
The kittens are everywhere, and are feeding well from the soft food and the veggies. I decide that the two families are ready to move into a larger cage together so the kittens can get to know one another and the two mothers can share feeding duties. The kittens instantly begin to explore their new home, climbing up into every corner and greeting both cousins and littermates by tumbling around in rolling baby fights. As they begin to tire they settle to sleep in clusters around the cage, so when their mothers return from visiting their previous cagemates they find that they don’t have to feed everyone at once.
This cage is still small for this number of babies, but these kittens are small for their age and I daren’t yet move them into anything with more widely spaced bars.
I wouldn’t want to combine the two litters earlier than this. As newborns the babies are very vulnerable and their mothers are hormonally driven to gather all the babies into their own nest, which could result in ‘tug-of-war’ injuries. There are also so many babies that even if the mothers were happy to both share the same nest, the younger, smaller or weaker ones would lose out in the scramble for food. At three weeks the two litters are both very mobile, able to eat the soft food available, drink from the water bottle, and track down one of the mothers when they want some milk. On a practical level, it’s also possible to mark the tails of the Russian blue kittens so I can tell which babies come from which parents for family tree purposes.