Years ago, we dubbed the springy, sidewinding, arched-back kitten move the "Cornelius Shuffle". It was named after Cornelius Bouvier, a spry little fellow from one of our earliest litters. You can see a clip of Cornelius in action HERE.
Effie and Hazel are just starting to master the Shuffle (see the clip below) and a few new dance and wrestling moves, too. They're so much more active and agile now.
They still spend a fair amount of time in their big house, but we have increased their time in the exercise yard.
We're slowly beginning introductions with Wylla. She's been in the basement and has seen the kittens from a distance, but hasn't gone nose-to-nose with them yet. We're proceeding with caution and trying to be sensitive to all parties involved. We want to do this right, and keep stress to a minimum. She's been curious about the kittens, but very cautious and during once basement visit, she did get a little bit growly. This is a big change for our little girl.
Charlene got an up-close view yesterday. She was her usual nonchalant self. Effie got a little hissy, which is often the case with the little ones, but I'm sure she'll work past that once she realizes that Charlene is not a threat.
This weekend, both little girls completed the transition to solid food! This is a major milestone! Hazel figured it out fast, but it didn't come as easy for Effie. She had a hard time letting go of the syringe, but once she did, there was no turning back.
They burrow their snouts into the food, and it gets all over their faces. They step in their dishes, and track the food everywhere. With every change in diet, no matter how slow the transition, there is diarrhea. And they step it that too, and track it everywhere.
This is one of the messiest stages of kittenhood, but we'll transition out of that soon. Until then, there are many sponge baths and loads of laundry!