June 12, 2021
Lawrence, US 83 F
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Andromeda’s kittens: At 5 weeks, no pen too high to climb

Note from the Times: Olivia Schwyhart, of Lawrence, has been documenting the growth of seven little gray kittens born at the beginning of April 2021. She’s been sharing photos on the Instagram account andromeda.beans, and the Times asked her if she would be willing to write about them in a series for our publication. 

Follow along with Andromeda’s kittens as they grow on their Instagram account, and learn a little bit more from their human mom here and in other posts on The Lawrence Times’ website.

Other editions:

1 — April 17, 2021: Catching up with Andromeda’s kittens: Birth through 2 weeks

2 — April 24, 2021: Andromeda’s kittens: At 3 weeks, a little less wobbly

3 — May 1, 2021: Andromeda’s kittens: At 4 weeks, growing, learning, and climbing

4 — May 8, 2021: Andromeda’s kittens: At 5 weeks, no pen too high to climb

5 — May 15, 2021: Andromeda’s kittens: At 6 weeks, big enough to get their own room

6 — May 22, 2021: Andromeda’s kittens: At 7 weeks, they’ve reached the top of the cat tree

7 — May 29, 2021: Andromeda’s kittens: At 8 weeks, some start to leave the nest

8 — June 5, 2021: Andromeda’s kittens: At 9 weeks, babies and mama heading to new homes

5 weeks old: Busy and unstoppable

The kittens are all doing very well this week. They all have learned to eat the milk/food mix that we feed them and they still nurse from momma kitty several times a day.

They are getting pretty good at using the litter box. And by that I mean they still go to the bathroom wherever they want, but most of the time it’s in the litter box.

They are such good climbers now that they can’t be contained. They escape the pen multiple times a day.

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Today we are reformatting the pen once again in an attempt to keep them in but also allow them to roam the whole room when supervised. I’m on babysitting duty, watching them in a plastic bin while my sister works on their room. 

Everyone is happy and healthy and growing. The goals for next week are just to keep growing and learning to play with toys and socialize.

Olivia Schwyhart/andromeda.beans on Instagram
Olivia Schwyhart/andromeda.beans on Instagram
Olivia Schwyhart/andromeda.beans on Instagram

Look for more on Andromeda’s kittens soon, and happy Caturday!

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