Windwalker Atticus, born December 29, 2008
Atticus gets Best Kitten

Six months

8 pounds, 4 ounces

Atticus awarded Best Kitten at the cat show in Reno 4th of July weekendAtticus at the cat show in Reno 4th of July weekend
Atticus 17 weeks

17 weeks

Six pounds

Young master Atticus's ear size and set are wonderful and his eye shape and size are beautiful. His paws are huge and his boning is heavy. At 16 weeks, we began to see a bullseye on his sides and shoulders - he is a classic tabby.

Atticus's first show is the middle of May in Arcadia, a six hour drive from home, and he'll have his buddies Panama, Wonder and Tank with him in the hotel room and show hall.

Atticus, four months old


Four month birthday!

Five pounds, 11 ounces

Atticus is a super sweet and happy kitty. He cuddles in our laps in the evening, and purrs really loud when he greets us in the morning (which he doesn't do until he hears that we are awake).

He's very intelligent and learns from his mistakes. For example, he jumped on the toilet to supervise the litterbox cleaning. Toilet lids are always down in this house except when we're cleaning the boxes by the toilet, because we use flushable litter. He never made that mistake again - now he jumps on the trash can by the litterbox, (all our trash cans have lids) to supervise.

Atticus 12 weeks


Twelve weeks

Four pounds

Atticus with his Flingamastring toy. He's actually not as serious about it as he looks in this picture.

Every one is very well-behaved about taking turns, except for Atticus, who flings himself in front of who ever is playing with it.

But then, Atticus recognizes no limitations - not that he's only 12 weeks old nor that he only weighs four pounds. He'll take anyone in the house on, even if all he can effectively attack is their head.

Atticus 11 weeks


Eleven weeks

Atticus is very funny, cuddley, gentle and loving. He's also very intelligent and knows what he wants. When he was a week old, he firmly let us know when he did not want any more to eat, and now that he's "grown up," he whines when he's denied something he wants, like going out the door. He's not a complainer though. If I hear his little cry of alarm, I go tp him immediately because it means something is wrong in his life, although sometimes it just means he can't find anyone to play with.
Atticus ten weeks


Ten weeks

Two weeks until his evaluation at twelve weeks old, it is safe to say that Atticus is staying with us. He is so beautiful he takes your breath away.
Atticus nine weeks


Nine weeks

Three pounds!

Atticus gained a quarter pound between Monday and Friday.
Atticus 8 weeks


Eight weeks

Two pounds, 12 ounces. Atticus doesn't really think he's little. He stalks, pounces and chases all the adults.

One of our friends described his coat as "Rembrandt coloring" -- dark tones touched by brushstrokes of light.

Atticus toys
So many toys; so little time ...
Atticus 7 weeks


Seven weeks old

Young Master Atticus made it to the top of the cat tree today. He's about a week ahead of a usual litter. He can't jump down yet though so we're putting pillows below the tree. He sleeps between our heads every night.
Atticus six weeks


Six weeks old

Ears are getting bigger. He has the run of the house now which is unusual for a kitten that young, but the bedroom is still his "place." Today he went up the stairs (he's still small enough that every stair is a mountain to climb), explored the upstairs rooms and came back down and went into his room. He bounces around with all the older cats who are learning how to play with him - he weighs two pounds. Also today he learned how to climb to the first and second levels of the cat trees.
Atticus five weeks with toys
Feb 6

Here's Atticus with some of his toys. He's very active now and although he doesn't have littermates, he plays happily, making up games and batting things around, or chasing the battery-operated floppy-feather and Panic Mouse toy.

Early handling, socialization and environmental enrichment are the keys to raising a "Supercat," according to the book by that name. We spend time with him; he sleeps with us or with his mom, and the other cats are in the room with him, so he's well socialized both with cats and people. He's a very charming kitty.

Atticus five weeks
Feb 4

Actually, most kittens sit outside and bat at the ball in the "fishbowl," but Atticus climbs in and bats the ball from inside the bowl.

He's a very good kitty. At four weeks he started using the litter box and he hasn't made one mistake since. They're so cute at five weeks.  At this age, I'm always keeping them.

Atticus, five weeks old



Five weeks old

Today he was clearly bored and lonely in the bathroom. He was crying and pawing at the gate, so I let him out in our room and he explored it carefully. Eventually he found a clean cat bed under the dresser and went to sleep.

He's a fierce fighter of beanie babies, stalks them and then pounces. He makes up his own games, plays with the "ball in the ring" toys, and bats his balls around.

The adults come in to visit and his mom plays with him, but it's hard for her to tone it down to his size, (he weighs a pound and three-quarters).  We still feed him with the syringe although I have seen him eat off the plate.

Atticus sleeping


Jan 28


I spent the day cleaning and disinfecting our bathroom and moving Atticus from the warm bedroom upstairs. He adapted without a bother, happy to have his crate and bed, mom and beanie buddies. Now he'll have more interaction with us and the other cats so he knows he and his mom aren't the only cats in the world.

Missy was in raging heat for a week. This afternoon it's finally over and she's a calm mother again.

Atticus, 4 weeks old




Four weeks old

625 grams

Here's Atticus with one of his beanie baby buddies. His pupils definitely shrink in response to light now so I can take a picture using the flash.

His ears came up yesterday and are bigger today. His eyes are huge and he has a very sweet expression.

He eats canned food with goat's milk now - 10 to 20 cc's of Wellness canned food mixed with goat's milk and goat's milk yogurt. Then he goes back to his "cave," and sleeps soundly for a couple of hours. or he does some laps around his area, or attacks a beanie baby.

He's interested in the food on our finger so we expect him to start eating off a plate soon.

Atticus litter box


Jan 20

He's three weeks old so we set up a boot tray as a litter box outside his crate. He goes in the litter box but can't quite give the command to his muscles yet to release on his own so we help him while we hold him in the litter.

We're adding Beechnut chicken baby food to his formula now, which should take longer to digest so food will stay with him between feedings.

Meanwhile, his mother, is in raging heat a second time. 

Atticus and his mom


Three weeks old

475 grams

This is the age when kittens start batting at each other. We'll make the beanie kittens bat at him.

He's really smart and is now very aware of his surroundings. He knew right away that I'd put two new natural mice in his bed today, and went over to investigate where the "beating heart" is under the blanket, because it's beating much stronger with a new battery in it. He makes eye contact and when I blink, he blinks both eyes back (communicators say that's "I love you.")

Missy's out of heat now and calmly cares for him. Because we made her stay with him, a little of her milk has come back, enough that we don't worry too much if we're late with his three-hour feeding.

Atticus and his buddies


Two weeks old

367 grams

The little guy is doing great. He's a roly-poly one pound kitten. I found the orange "kittens" online. They have buckwheat bags inside to microwave for warmth, but he likes the beanie babies that look more like real kittens better. He cocks his head when the beanie baby wags his head at him. This evening he had a good tussle with it, (I was the operator), and then he fell asleep with his arms around it.

The next challenge is to keep him from being bored.



One week old

256 grams

I've heard that a litter of one can be in as much danger as a litter of eight, and sure enough, Missy is in heat and he's a week old. Her milk has dried up, and she's abandoned him.

So every three hours, we feed Atticus 6 to 12 cc's of goat's milk and Just Born formula with a little rice syrup and B vitamins for cats. He sucks hard and pulls the milk out of the syringe on his own. I've never seen the plunger just go down like that. Then we burp him - he always burps nicely.

He's in a crate, so we zip Missy in with him for two or three hours at a time. The good news is, he tries to nurse, so maybe her milk will come back, and when she's in there, she cleans him and makes him pee and poop, since he can't do that on his own yet.



Now I, who won't even place a kitten in a home where it will live alone, have to help this little guy not be lonely. For now, he's very happy having the milk bar all to himself.

I disinfected and rinsed the dust off five beanie baby kittens and tucked them in around Missy so they smell like her and he can nestle in with them, and when his eyes open, he'll see buddies, but who will he play with when he gets to the tussle age?

I don't take pictures while their eyes are still so vulnerable, but I will when he's four weeks old.





140 grams

Missy's been in labor all day, and this evening she had a kitten. One kitten! We've had many litters of eight and seven, and once Caviar had three kittens, but we've never had a litter of one.

Well, we were very happy that he was born without trauma or complications. He was a big kitten (140 grams!) and it was her first, (sometimes the first kitten takes so long you wonder if it will be OK).

I put a "beating heart" (the kind you can bet for orphaned kittens), under his blanket, so when his mom isn't with him he has a reassuring heartbeat, and he sleeps next to it when she's not there. Under his baby blanket he has a space blanket to reflect his body heat back. The room is warm and the thermometer in his crate shows it's a constant 74 degrees in there.

We'll have to watch carefully that he demands enough milk to keep her milk coming.  (Their mother didn't have enough milk), and that her glands don't get impacted because he doesn't drink enough.





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