UpperValley Solveig, Our New Queen

Sire  Thistlebury Gift of Sunbriar
Sire Thistlebury Gift of Sunbriar
UpperValley Solveig
UpperValley Solveig

Our picture of UpperValley Solveig was taken on 11 January.   Sire Thistleburry Gift of Sunbriar is three years old. He sired the current litter of kittens out of Angelique and now may have sired a litter forthcoming out of UpperValley Solveig. We have not introduced him to the "photo studio" yet.  A portrait will be made shortly

Solveig is a kitten from the 2020 litter born at the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic. She has grown up under rather unusual circumstances with no visitors to learn about other human beings. We did not find another breeder to transfer her to so we imported a Tennessee Rex gene carrier sire from West Virginia. She became receptive on 1 January and is now our "Queen in Training."   She did not complete breeding successfully in early January, 2021 We await for her to become receptive some time this spring. 

Solveig was born in the same birthing box that our new kittens are in. She is a half sister of these new kittens and has been very interested in them, getting in the birthing  box with them each time she has been allowed to come into our "maternity suite" here in Athens. She does lie down with them but has yet to groom and clean any of them.  If she is successfully bred to Gifter this will be her birthing box. The March litter will by then have full access to the homestead that is also Doreen's residence. All these March kittens will be ready to go to permanent homes in June

We weigh our queens daily during pregnancy and while nursing the kittens to be sure everything is progressing normally. Solveig's chart is shown below. Her suitor from another breeder will not be included on this chart.

Weight chart

For now the weight chart shows Solveig from about 1 December 2020. Solveig is weighed daily and the chart is regularly updated.  Solveig is a small  cat much like her mother. We expect her to continue growing for another two years

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Page Revised 13 April 2021
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