|Ember (on scratcher ramp), Moondust (in scratcher ramp), and Shadow (on track).|
Okay, a kitten taking her first taste of non-Mom food may not seem like a huge deal, but since we've been worrying for weeks about the kittens not wanting to eat, it's a pretty big deal around here.
The kittens are six weeks old, and still not weaned. Most other litters we've fostered have shown interest in food by around four weeks.
|"What's this stuff?"|
Of course, all kittens develop at different rates, and our current crew--Shadow, Ember, and Moondust--were smaller than usual at birth, with a very young mama cat. We even think they might have been slightly premature. One kitten in the litter, little Dusk, only lived one day.
But they are growing well, and they are beyond any doubt active, playful, and healthy. Still, we couldn't help worrying: were these kittens ever going to eat?
|"She likes it! Hey, Moondust!"|
Today, Moondust, the smallest of the three, took the plunge. She came out from her new favorite hidey-hole in the scratching ramp to investigate a dish of KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement)--and she decided it was worth a taste. Once she got started, she licked up nearly the whole dish!
We're hoping her litter-mates follow suit. And we're pretty sure Mama hopes so, too!