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Photo journalism story: Brawl at the Milk Bar
Our story starts with all the kittens squirming about for position at Nutmeg’s belly. Kitten the Determined (aka calico or tortoiseshell kitten) found a nipple and latched on.
Mini-Nutmeg, however, was a bit late on the draw and missed out on the milk bar. He (?) started to push and shove, trying to move one of the other kittens aside and take over their spot. Kitten the Determined, however, wasn’t having any of that.
Mini-Nutmeg: “Whoof! That was tiring. I need to take a short nap.”
After taking a short nap, Mini-Nutmeg then complained to his mother. “Mommeeeeee! They aren’t sharing!”
Nutmeg: “Silly boy. There’s a spot free right down there.”
Mini-Nutmeg: “I can’t seeeeeee! My eyes are closed!!!!”
Nutmeg: “Well, do your best. I’m too tired to help.”
Mini-Nutmeg started to try to shove the other kittens out of his way.
Suddenly — Snowpuff #1 had had enough! She (he?) started pushing and shoving back at Mini-Nutmeg. “You big bully! Why don’t you just find an open spot instead of trying to take everyone else’s?” Unfortunately Snowpuff’s valiant efforts almost completely bowled Kitten the Determined over — but, living up to her temporary name, she kept on sucking away.
Kitten the Determined: “Oof! [suck. suck. suck.]”
Mini-Nutmeg: “Ow! Stop it already!”
Mini-Nutmeg decided it was time for a change of course. He sneakily went around from the other side to try to push Kitten the Determined away.
A full on wrestling match ensued. Mini-Nutmeg’s tiny paws batted frantically at Kitten the Determined’s head. Kitten the Determined squealed and batted her even tinier paws back at Mini-Nutmeg. At one point in the wrestling match, Mini-Nutmeg picked Kitten the Determined up and flung her on her back. (Okay, slight exaggeration there.) But Kitten the Determined very determinedly kept her tiny muzzle grip.
Mini-Nutmeg eventually found a spot and ate to his fill.
Afterwards, Mini-Nutmeg and Kitten the Determined cuddled up together in a show of reconciliation.
Other assorted pictures…
When the kittens have fallen asleep while eating, Nutmeg says, “I’m outta here,” and jumps out to get a drink, eat a snack, or just lay around. Meanwhile, the kittens cuddle together in a big fuzzy pile.
LOOK at this tiny paw!!
And look at those tiny claws!!!!!
BIG PAW. little paw.
Kittens all in a row. I swear, I only slightly nudged the last one into position!
Closeup of Kitten the Determined so that interested parties can determine if it’s a calico, tortie, and/or dilute.
As Cute Overload would say: Look at dees bebeh kitteh leetle muzzlepuff!!!
And if you were curious, Kitten the Determined (who is the runt of the litter) is about 5 inches long:
And Snowpuff #2 is about 6 inches.
That’s all for now.
Nutmeg is a good mom — as soon as there’s the tiniest mew, she jumps down to check them out and make sure they’re okay.