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Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes!  I got a little distracted by the fact that it wasn't just *my* birthday!

Onyx tried to wake me up ten minutes before my alarm was due to go off and I shooed her away.  Five minutes later she walks back into my bedroom with a squalling, still bloody kitten and looks at me like: This came out of me. What should I do with it?

She two years old, in case you're wondering, which in human terms is like having your first baby at twenty-seven: Perfectly healthy time.  Now imagine you'd never seen a child until that point. I scrambled out of bed and started throwing together a nest box for her (laundry basket and towels) because she hadn't picked out a spot, even though I'd left boxes with soft things in them all over the house. Once I put the first kitten in it, she was like: OK, cool, you got this. and tried to walk off.

I had to snatch her back and point out that this was her job!

She even tried to follow me out the door when I took the dogs out!  

I got her planted in there, got the kitten nursing and got her cleaning it, then I had to go to work! 

When I got home she had figured it out, though I still have to encourage her to feed her kittens sometimes. Five little jellybeans - one tuxedo and four tortoiseshells!
  • Listening to: Antti Martikainen - At the Gates of Babylon
  • Reading: Grimm Fairy Tales
  • Watching: Youtube
  • Playing: With my kitties
  • Eating: Cake
  • Drinking: Wine
Five Jellybeans
She popped out five jellybeans! Four tortoiseshells and a tuxedo!  Mum is doing very well, and the babies are all fat as ticks! 
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So last weekend, I adopted two kitties.

I've only mentioned it this week because I wasn't sure one of those kitties was going to make it.  I managed to get two cats - one a seven year old flame point Himalayan  and the other a black, doll faced Persian. I was told the Himalayan was a 'picky eater' and that she was always skinny.  Himalayans are notoriously chunky cats. Like, google 'Himalayan healthy weight' and you will be inundated with warnings that Himalyans love food and you have to work to keep them skinny.  Not even skinny, just not fat. 

The healthy weight for a Himalayan cat is between 7 and 12 pounds. 

Meechee . . . . if she was five pounds when I got her, I'd eat my hat. I'd more likely say she weighed almost four (I don't own a scale, so I don't know).  

She was so skinny I could feel both sides of her shoulder blades. I could feel every one of her vertebrae. I offered her easy digest kibble, easy digest wet food and raw chicken livers. She loves the chicken livers, but when I first got her, she only had the strength to eat one.  

But she would drink a gallon of blood!

In a week, on the blood and chicken liver diet, she has gained around a pound.  That's amazing on a cat that's supposed to weigh 12 pounds total.  When I first got her, she'd eat her fill, then sleep for literally 24 hours straight. Now she'll eat, sleep for half an hour to one hour, then wake up and eat again before sleeping for three or four hours. 

She hates to be brushed even though I got her a baby hairbrush for her thin skin, so we'll have to work on that.

Cat#2 is the doll faced Persian.  If you only know Persians from the smashed in face, doll faces are the opposite of that.  Fifty years ago, Persians were supposed to have a 'short nose' so some breeders interpreted that as 'nose directly between their eyeballs!'  Doll faced persians look like normal, long haired cats.  They still have the hyooooge round eyes and short, chunky bodies of regular persians, so they are very, very cute. 

Cat #2 was named 'Melvin' when I got her, which I instantly named to Onyx. For the first three days, Onyx hid in terror. By the fifth day, this was her new house and she loved everyone who walked into it, even rubbing up against the dogs and drinking from the fish tank. 

Me: You are a very cute kitty.  I'm glad you aren't desperately skinny.

Onyx: Mrrrp. Squeak. Beep!

Me: Yuuuuus, you're so cute!  You're a nice healthy weight with a nice round belly. . . . . a nice firm belly.

Onyx: Purr.  Squeak!

Me: . . . . are you pregnant?

Onyx: Mmmmrp!

Oy vey.  Well, I'm glad she's not giving birth in that environment.  Anyone want some half-Persian kittens?
  • Listening to: Antti Martikainen - At the Gates of Babylon
  • Reading: Grimm Fairy Tales
  • Watching: Youtube
  • Playing: With my kitties
  • Eating: Cake
  • Drinking: Wine
Drama Queen Toki
So, dear Toki.  He was sold to a lady who wanted him for her daughters to ride.  Shortly after the first 4-H show, Toki became *her* riding horse and she bought two more Fjords for her girls.  I can't blame her for stealing him and he's very happy. As evidenced by this photo.  She was out taking pictures of her other horses and Toki came up to the fence and *posed* for her.

High Fashion

Such a drama queen.
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Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes!  I got a little distracted by the fact that it wasn't just *my* birthday!

Onyx tried to wake me up ten minutes before my alarm was due to go off and I shooed her away.  Five minutes later she walks back into my bedroom with a squalling, still bloody kitten and looks at me like: This came out of me. What should I do with it?

She two years old, in case you're wondering, which in human terms is like having your first baby at twenty-seven: Perfectly healthy time.  Now imagine you'd never seen a child until that point. I scrambled out of bed and started throwing together a nest box for her (laundry basket and towels) because she hadn't picked out a spot, even though I'd left boxes with soft things in them all over the house. Once I put the first kitten in it, she was like: OK, cool, you got this. and tried to walk off.

I had to snatch her back and point out that this was her job!

She even tried to follow me out the door when I took the dogs out!  

I got her planted in there, got the kitten nursing and got her cleaning it, then I had to go to work! 

When I got home she had figured it out, though I still have to encourage her to feed her kittens sometimes. Five little jellybeans - one tuxedo and four tortoiseshells!
  • Listening to: Antti Martikainen - At the Gates of Babylon
  • Reading: Grimm Fairy Tales
  • Watching: Youtube
  • Playing: With my kitties
  • Eating: Cake
  • Drinking: Wine

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Tribble-Industries Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday, sorry about the clone trooper birthday cake, the fangirls hijacked it. 
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SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  It's fine! XD
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Tribble-Industries Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome,

One question what is your favorite color?
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SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Green or purple.
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LonewolfD Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2019
Happy Birthday to you.
I hope you have a wonderful day
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SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I did!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2019
Today is a special day worthy of celebration--because you are a special person worthy of celebration, and it is your birthday.  You in all the universe are a unique product of unique experience that have shaped a unique and compelling perspective. You merit interest and attention; you merit praise.  Your presence in this shared reality makes that reality a better place.  For that, and your brave and generous sharing of the products of your experiences and creativity, I pause to note that I rejoice in you, and wish you a truly HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
You always give the best birthday wishes!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019
I so hope you had a lovely birthday.
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AL-818 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Bday!
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