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The kittens have now been given a stable and safe environment to enjoy their short childhood, which will last for about six months. This next set of images captures some of that time; they are getting noticeably bigger, happier and livelier.

One thing that was extremely noticeable before their makeshift home was provided outside my front door, that they did not appear very happy. From their lack of kitten energetic playing spasms, I would assess that they were very subdued compared to how I remember the three kittens I bought up in my home. This could be due to the constant moving and lack of presence of their mother for long periods of time. They would spend much of their time hiding, only appearing when myself or their mother found them out.

Even then, they were not that active by comparison. When the mother did appear she was rejecting them at every approach. This was most likely because she was undernourished and could not meet the required demand for her milk. Once they were given a home and two meals a day, they began to slowly change. Feeding the mother helped produce the milk she needed, so kittens were not only getting solid food but the mother was now allowing milk feeding from her. The best time to get to her was when she was tucking into a bowl of cat food. Attention distracted, the kittens would sneak under her tummy and grasp a teat for as long as she would allow, and she did allow for short bursts. Sometimes two or three kittens at a time, the new stable environment was beginning to show signs of improvement in kittens and mother.

Over the next few weeks, kitten activity increased to something like one would expect, as their trust in me increased. Walks down to the beach were becoming the norm, just as I had done with the other two sets of kittens over the last two years. I would start by attracting their attention with whistles. Move some way down to the beach, wait for them to catch on, then up, next move another ten metres or so and repeat the process.
It took about a week to get them to the grassy area and let them explore, before attempting the sandy beach beyond.As their confidence grew dashing ahead of me was all in order, as three little fluffy balls would steam past, and even risking dodging between my feet sometimes knowing fore well where we were going. Somehow, I find the run of a small kitten quite amusing, something that could have come out of a cartoon creation. Not quite a full adult run, but not quite an undeveloped sprint. It is kind of dumpy, bouncy; fur fluffed out with a short tail up in the air, and full of energy. Each sprint was like a new discovery, full of pride, "look how fast I can go now!" I can imagine this expression in every new to attempt to break the last speed record.
The grassy green glade was explored, each time a new area would come under kitty curiosity. Nose down to the ground, then head held high checking 360 degrees of the environment around before a few paces and a few more sniffs. The metre tall stone wall, twenty centimetres thick, instead of the gate became a fascination as they discovered their developing claws really do have a practical use. Of course, after all this activity, a snooze in the sun was in order.

Clawing ones tiny body up one side, to then jumping down onto soft grass at the other. Gates have become boring. The six stone arches spaced out across the wall top became a favourite place to view both sides, nestled into just the right-sized crevice at the top; both home and sea could be viewed with ease. Weeks later the mulberry tree became the subsequent climbing challenge, conquered by all with ease. The sandy beach became the last curiosity, as each kitten discovered it was not good to eat after their first mouthful was spat out with a cat like, Yuk! A shake of the head to enhance their displeasure followed. Great for digging holes though, enthusiastic pawing and scratching produced further entertainment that had a practical use when done. Positioning the rear end by squatting over the construction, releasing waste, and then clawing back the removed ballast to cover-up that anything had happened.

“These claws are really useful,” as fresh thoughts entered into their minds. Thousands of completely new thoughts were entering into their minds as I endeavoured to increase their adventure space every day or two. They are getting bigger now. The sooner they develop the courage to venture further afield of their own accord, the earlier I can release myself of their responsibility.

My point is this. They have been given the opportunity to live; they have taken it and are developing into beautiful kittens, then cats. They are happy, and their fur coats have lost thier straggly appearance. It is now soft, shiny, and smooth. Their bright white tummy fur fluffs up in the wind as they sit and stare up at me with anticipation for another trip down to the beach. It only took a little bit of love to give them a chance.

The cost of feeding this family per week averages around 5 Euros, canned and dried feed. Buying one set of images gives them food for one week. All images are of a standard A4 paper size, between 2mb and 6mb JPEG file size depending on the colour content. All will print quality sized images that can be framed or resized up to an A3 or down to an A5 in a descent photo editor. The quality of the printout depends on your printer. Please consider buying this collection or one of the others which come in a downloadable ZIP file, the link will be sent after payment has been received. Or, if you do not want the images please consider a donation.

I am not a registered charity, only a private individual; if you feel uncomfortable giving then I can be contacted at any time through the e-mail links from this site, or Skype on st.l.warburton.

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