Saturday, June 02, 2007

Six weeks old today!

The little kittens are now six weeks old and are starting to grow up. They are lapping milk, eating a little solid food and learning to use the sh…. Sorry, litter tray!
I think that after another couple of weeks, we shall be welcoming one of the furry kits into our family and no doubt she’ll be smothered with cuddles and affection.
We have already bought her a basket, a litter tray, tins of kitten food and a few toys. (Are we crackers or what?)
It’s a long time since we had a tiny kitten to look after so we will be relying on past memory and good advice. I’ll keep you posted about Amber’s progress with plenty of pics

1 comment:

odinsgal88 said...

Re cat litter - I don't know what kind you use/have picked but: An RVT (reg. vet tech) online friend of mine in the US is passing this onto everyone she knows who has cats. The DVM she works for apparnetly has inside info to back this up and she will be passing this on when she has permission. I have her permission to cross-post.

"Not only is cat litter unsafe for the environment According to the Bureau of Waste Management, approximately 8 billion pounds of kitty litter is dumped into landfills every year! Apparently that is over twice the amount of disposable diapers! Not only this! Clay cat litter is made from silicon particles which explains why there is dust produced with clay litter. Silicon particles as we know are a known carcinogenic and that means breathing in these particles can not only cause cancer, but also respiratory diseases. This is according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

When your cat goes to cover his waste the dust is kicked about everywhere, the dust becomes an intrusive intruder. Research has shown that silicon particles do indeed cause cancer-like symptoms in lab rats, but so far, there is no data available to say if it does the same in cats. Although there does exist evidence that silicon causes problems in humans. Case studies have also shown that cats with respiratory problems have 6 times the amount of silica in their lungs than healthy cats do. If this is what’s happening to cats then just imagine what it’s doing to humans who have twice the lung capacity. The studies are overshadowed by the needs of cat owners and the availability and ease of using cat litter. It has also been shown that kittens because they lay down in the litter are more at risk. Also because kittens then lick themselves clean.