Waaaaaaay too many Tonkinese cat photos, page 4
Think of this as LOLcats without a caption, kinda like a silent movie

Tucket mother and newborn. The anthropomorphism was too much to resist. The first month after the kittens are born is a very happy, peaceful, quiet time. The babies are completely dependent on their mothers, and the mother cats are not only dedicated, but really actively enjoy their maternal duties. Flooded with maternal hormones, they happily spend almost every moment of their time with the babies; nursing them, cleaning them, "diapering" them or just cuddling them. Their coats are sleek and glossy, and the house is quiet except for the soothing background of nearly continuous purring. Peaceful contentment abounds.
Two tired but very happy mother cats. Last year (2002), the two litters were born less than 24 hours apart. Each mother midwifed the other (with our help too, of course.) Watching the mothers skillfully assist each other during delivery is something that just has to be seen to be believed. The mothers insisted on co-parenting; it worked out incredibly well, although because the mothers wanted the two litters in one big happy pile, we had to mark the babies to keep track of who belonged to who. Tucket is the mother cat with the smug smile; Pyewacket is the other momcat. Tucket is a Natural Mink (color of dark bittersweet chocolate); Pye is a Champagne Mink (a lighter brown shade, like deep rich milk chocolate). It's hard to tell the color difference in these photos.
Month-old cuteness.
Oh, there’s one of them now.  Trying to get out of the box.  The peaceful quiet phase of raising kittens is about to end. Now it's time for Kitty Armageddon. Soon, little projectiles will be bouncing around the house, much like soft springy popcorn balls of fur, except with needle-sharp claws and teeth.
More month-old cuteness.
And still more. A Natural Mink, a Champagne Point, and a Blue Mink.


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