Kitten Weigh-In Time!

Twitch on the scaleIn preparation for their next vet visit, we decided to weigh each kitten. This would give us an idea of who would be ready to be fixed, and who still had a bit of weight to put on first.

This photo of Twitch sitting on the scale gives a slightly misleading impression about how this whole operation went. Even without the scale, getting one of these guys to sit still for more than three seconds before darting one way or the other is nearly impossible. Actually weighing them was an exercise in madness! Oh sure, Twitch looks nice and calm here, but approximately a half second later, he was flying off in one direction and the scale was flying off in the other.

We did manage to get them to hold still long enough to get weights on each, and as we suspected, Lucky is the lightest and Twitch is the heaviest.

Kitten Weight
Lucky 1 lb 8 oz
Victoria 2 lbs 1 oz
Butterfly 2 lbs 2 oz
Phoebe 2 lbs 2 oz
Ranger 2 lbs 2 oz
Grace 2 lbs 4 oz
Sierra 2 lbs 4 oz
Floyd 2 lbs 7 oz
Twitch 2 lbs 10 oz

Not even one of them has reached three pounds yet. Considering how much these little ones eat, you would think they would weigh at least twice as much! Unfortunately, this means none of them are ready to be fixed. We really like to see them at three pounds before they are fixed, and that probably won’t happen for at least another couple of weeks.

On a slightly different note, the scale we used was just a standard, inexpensive kitchen scale. These usually go up to 10 or 20 pounds, and gives readings to 1 or 2 ounces. If you want one for yourself, pick one that has markings for 1 ounce. The 2 ounce ones simply aren’t accurate enough. A nice one should cost you between $20 and $30 at any store with a “kitchen” section. I wouldn’t, however, recommend using it in the kitchen after weighing kittens with it!

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