BREAKING NEWS! It’s baby Niblet time!

Update posted at 8:39 p.m. October 4, 2013

Fresh bedding warmed from the dryer. Second round in the wash right now. Erinn’s napping and four baby Niblets are nursing. All look robust and healthy. Is she done? Any more Niblets in here? It’s hard to tell just yet so we’ll just wait and update you all tomorrow. Thank you all for joining us for Erinn’s big event! Cigars and champagne for everyone!

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Update posted at 8:11 p.m. October 4, 2013

We’re not seeing any further contractions out of Erinn or activity from her that suggests she still has more to go. She might be done and four might be it.

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Update posted at 6:56 p.m. October 4, 2013

Baby Niblet Four born at 6:43 p.m. and is a ginger kitten! With a regular tail. Again, active and vigorously nursing. All four kittens look to be about the same size and thankfully, very actively seeking out nipples. Happy Birthday Baby Niblet four!

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Update posted at 6:42 p.m. October 4, 2013

We swapped out some of her soiled bedding and started a load of laundry. So glad we had lots of towels ready for her!

Three baby Niblets are nursing well at the milk bar. Erinn is doing a great job accommodating everyone. One thing different from our birth experiences of the past is that Erinn doesn’t make a single sound at any time during the process, other than loud purring. There was speculation she had had kittens in the past and we’re more certain of that now. Such a good mama!

No more photos yet. Soon!

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More additions to the last update:

Outside the bedroom, Miss Newton and Olivia stand watch at the French door. We know Miss Newton likes kittens. She helped raise Pia Bean when she first arrived here as a wee, little puffball. And Miss Newton was newly pregnant when she was captured by the humane society as a stray (she didn’t get to keep them). She knows what baby kitten sounds are.

As for Olivia, maybe she has a strong motherly instinct? We know she isn’t a fan of Erinn but maybe the way to Olivia’s heart is with baby Niblets!

No sign of Tessa, Pia or Quint… and knowing Quint and Tessa, they’re both napping. Nothing wakes them up.

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Addition to the last update:

Ruby and Maxx, who both live in this bedroom with Erinn (remember, Erinn has a big, blocked off cage) know something is up. Ruby has the cutest look on her face, like she’s heard these baby sounds before. She’s ten years old and we don’t know anything about her past before Christmas of last year when we brought her here as the only cat at the shelter to participate in the Home for the Holidays shelter program (traditionally, just dogs get this). Did Ruby have kittens in her past? Maybe. We think maybe so.

On the other hand, Maxx is just as grumpy as usual. Probably was woken up from his evening beauty nap!

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Update posted at 6:26 p.m. October 4, 2013

Third baby Niblet born at 6:20 p.m. A lighter gray fur (Tabby?) kitten, not as loud as the first gray tabby but just as active. And another bobtail! Found a nipple much faster than it’s two siblings. Happy Birthday, Niblet number three!

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Update posted at 6:02 p.m. October 4, 2013

6 p.m. – Both kittens nursing vigorously. Looks like the dark gray one might be a tabby. We see stripes on the front legs. Erinn is purring loud and kneading. She looks very much like she knows what she’s doing.

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Update posted at 5:46 p.m. October 4, 2013

Second kitten at 5:27 p.m. Dark gray fur, very active and loud. (Tortie? Tabby? Can’t tell yet.) And with a bobtail! It didn’t take long for this one to find a nipple…and the corner of the box and the other corner of the box and the third corner of the box, yowling all the while. This one’s a wanderer. No photo yet. Happy Birthday, second Niblet!

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Posted at 4:40 p.m. October 4, 2013

We’ve got a baby Niblet!!

First Niblet for Erinn - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

First Niblet for Erinn – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

While working elsewhere in the house, we heard a single high-pitched mew from the bedroom at 4:25 p.m. Can’t mistake that sound. We found Erinn Zuzu in one of the open cat carriers caring for a dark kitten, (black?), mostly dry and very active. It’s been latched onto a nipple ever since we discovered it. Good kitten! Erinn seemed pleased with herself and with us showering her with praise. She seems like a very good and attentive mother and doesn’t mind us sitting close by. But we’ll give her privacy. We’re calling the first birth at 4:10 p.m. Happy Birthday, first baby Niblet!

We’ll post more when we have more info!

Update: Second kitten at 5:27 p.m. Dark gray fur, very active and loud. (Tortie? Tabby? Can’t tell yet.) And with a bobtail! It didn’t take long for this one to find a nipple…and the corner of the box and the other corner of the box and the third corner of the box, yowling all the while. This one’s a wanderer. No photo yet. Happy Birthday, second Niblet!

30 responses to “BREAKING NEWS! It’s baby Niblet time!

  1. oooh, how exciting!! I can’t wait to meet them all

  2. Concats! Great job, Erinn Zuzu! Keep up the good work!

  3. Woohoo! Way to go, Erinn Zuzu!

  4. woo hoo! concats! Good job, Erinn Zuzu! looking forward to seeing all of the little Niblets soon!

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, HOllie

  5. yay! go,niblets!

  6. Woo hoo! This is so exciting! Niblets incoming!

  7. Babies!!!! Welcome Niblets.

  8. Concatulations Erinn on being a Mommy. Can’t wait for photos and video of the Niblets. I bet more will be coming.

  9. Oh, how exciting! Congratulations to Erinn!

  10. OMC–Baaybees! Concats to everyone 🙂

  11. Should I buy cigars? Looking forward to more updates. Lub Errin and her babies. <3

  12. da tabbies o trout towne

    happee day oh birth ta de wee kittehs N how total lee awesum ewe be borned on de feest oh St Francis !!!! heerz ta grate health two all de wee onez N mom errin az well. blessings frum de land oh trout N happee gran parents day ta yur mom N dad quint N crew!!!!!!

  13. How exciting! Happy 0 birthday to the babies! I’m looking forward to photos.

  14. Yay, you got a ginger one!!! Welcome Niblets.

  15. Whew, we didn’t think this day was ever gonna come!

  16. Thank you for the minute by minute updates on Erinn and her little Niblets – we bet she’s tired now.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  17. Wow, super exciting! We’re presuming there were no more. LOL. Looking forward to lots (and lots) of photos!

  18. NIBLETS!!!!!! SQUEEEEEE!!!!!

    Concats and well donn EZZ, Oh you have no idea how many times you’re going to see that flashy box!

    We send our bestest purrs and all our love to ALL our friends (and loved ones) in the Cole-haus!

    Harry, Dexter, Willow, Tipp, Mom Carolyn and Dad Mark

  19. Hey! Does this mean I’m an Uncle – uh- sort of ????


  20. It was all so exciting on Facebook. Glad they all came in good health and that Erinn is doing so well. Can’t wait for more pictures.

  21. So happy to hear that everyone has arrived safely and that Mommy is doing well.

  22. Yippee! Hooray! Bravo! Excellent work Erinn. We couldn’t be happier for you. Sounds as if you are an old pro at this birthing thing. We are so glad that all seem healthy and have bellied up to the milk bar. We absolutely cannot wait to see more photos, especially our mom who is bouncing up and down right now in anticipation. We think you should have a contest to name the niblets. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  23. Hip Hip Hooray!xx Speedy

  24. ******clapping paws***** oh this is the MOST PAWSOME NEWS EVER!!! CONGRATULATIONS And some GRAY kitties to boot!

  25. Wow cigars and champagne all round. Yepee the niblets are here. Concatulations to 4 purrfect bundles of joy. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  26. Welcome to the world, Baby Nibblets!

  27. Concats Erinn and welcome baby niblets!

  28. Oh gosh… this brings back such memories for me when my Zoey had her kittens – helping her raise her babies was the most amazing experience ever (she gave birth to two kittens on my lap). We kept 3 of the 4 and the other is with a dear friend. Welcome to the world darling Nibllets and enjoy watching all the wonderful phases of the growing process! And you are such a good Mama, Erinn!

  29. Happy birthday Niblits!