I spent several hours with the kittens today. I took my work laptop with me and the plan was just to sit in the room with them and get some work done to help with their socialization of being around humans and noise. It didn’t take long before the ringleader Bert figured out if he stood on my laptop it would make a loud beeping noise. Soon after Bert stood on my laptop, a few of the other kittens all had to have a turn and jump on the laptop. Here is Clementine having her turn.
I also spent some time with who I call “the Ernie’s”. The Ernie’s are the three black and white kittens I have. At first, I couldn’t tell them apart, but I knew for sure one was a boy that I named Ernie, and that’s how “the Ernie’s” came about. Their real names are Ernie, Oscar, and Clementine – keeping with my Sesame Street naming theme for these foster babies.
The Ernie’s still run and hide when I come into the room and they don’t want me to hold or pet them. Thankfully they are all past the hissy stage, so they are coming along. Today was the first time I was able to get a hold of Oscar for some cuddling. Oscar was eating only a few inches away from me, so while he was close, I grabbed him and wrapped him up like a burrito in a baby blanket. At first he really was Oscar the Grouch. He was NOT happy, his heart was pounding and his body was all tensed up. So I started using a toothbrush to mimic his mother grooming him, and brushed him on his head and under his chin with the toothbrush. Again, this worked like magic and within 2-3 minutes, Oscar was no longer a grouch and was enjoying the grooming. He even let me rub his belly! I loosed up the blankets completely, and Oscar stayed in my lap. This is huge progress with him made in a few minutes!
The Ernie’s will play with toys when I am in the room, but at a distance from me. I have been using a laser pointer to get them to play and to inch closer and closer to me.
Bert was running around like a crazy boy as usual. He just started this new thing he does where he takes a flying dive on top of the playpen. When the other kittens get on top of the playpen, they just jump up and it’s pretty quiet. But because Bert runs and dives on the playpen, when he does it, it’s pretty loud.
Watch this video and you will hear Bert do his flying dive and then see what happens next!!!