Kittens needs to be fed. I guess puppies do too, but not three or four times a day. I fed the puppies twice daily when they were little and now, at 7 months, they are fed once a day. Basically, now, they feed themselves. The food is put out for the dogs and they eat it in the order of superiority in the pack. The kittens have a bit of order to the three of them too. Smokey, though he is the oldest, is not the dominant one. It is little Leon, the barn cat. Maybe the first few weeks of his life, he learned something that the other two never had to - to fight a bit for his food. Now, he grabs his share, runs and hides and growls loudly at anyone or anything that wants to come near him. They also need water. The dogs find water or eat snow, but the kittens seem to need water. I wonder how barn cats or wild cats survive if no one gives them water in winter. They must eat snow too. Maybe these kittens are a little spoiled. They like their meat warm in winter, and meow loudly if they have to eat frozen meat. The dogs never complain, as long as they have food. I heat their meat in winter though, much of the time, so they have something warm in their bellies too. The thing is, kittens are a pain in the butt. They are needy. They are supposed to catch mice. When does that start? So far, they hang out at the porch door and cry for their sustenance. I have to shoo them out of the house constantly. Dogs never try to sneak in. They are far more respectful than that! i guess I am not much of a cat person. I do cuddle the kittens from time to time, just so they remain tame, but I do not find them endearing enough to spend a great deal of time with them. I hope in summer, they are far more self sufficient. Silly kitties.
Fluffy writes daily about the experiences on the farm and with the bed and breakfast patrons.