KittenCam from The Scientist

From Christina Purcell via Matthew Cobb, we have a livestreamed KittenCam from The Scientist. The four kittens are only nine days old, and, of course, all have science-y names.  If you want to take a break from BearCam, this is the place.

A screenshot:


And information from the site:

Mamacat Marie (1yr) was found as a very pregnant stray (also very hungry & underweight) and taken to a local shelter where she gave birth on July 21st to her four kittens, all boys. The family was transferred to Purrfect Pals and then into their foster care program.Mom is Marie. The tabby is Tesla. The orange kittens have ponytail holders as collars: Einstein is purple, Darwin is white, & Newton is red.

Can you imagine anyone—save one misguided soul—watching a SquidCam?

23 Comments

  1. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    A squidcam? Where? Please tell.

  2. B.R.
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Squid-cam! Cthulhu fh’tagn!

  3. eric
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Can you imagine anyone—save one misguided soul—watching a SquidCam?

    I can see it. Picture the sort of restaurant where you pick out the live lobster you want to eat. Now imagine you’re ordering a calamari appetizer, and they use iPads instead of rolling out the tank…

  4. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Can you imagine anyone—save one misguided soul—watching a SquidCam?

    Sp? I have looked twice, and that is definitely a SqueeCam.

  5. the Siliconopolitan
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Can you imagine anyone—save one misguided soul—watching a SquidCam?

    If you film it, they will watch.

  6. MadScientist
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m a bit confused – looking at the image, the only tabby I see is the mother.

    • Filipe
      Posted August 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      The dark kitty, if you watch the cam you notice its color pattern is tabby like. Well, not now, the mother just jumped away and all the orange ones ganged on top of Tesla.

  7. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Soul? There’s a bit of irony (intentional?) right there. You know full well the squiddy one is soulless.

    Figment of the imagination, a soul is.

    I was shocked recently, to learn that some people believe that homozygous twins were given only one soul between them at conception and thus one of them has none. Because of this they believe that one of them is ‘of the Devil’. How they would decide which one, I don’t want to know.

  8. Posted August 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a webcam trained on seven kittens.

    • rmw
      Posted August 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

      I started watching then realized how utterly ridiculous of me to watch live-streaming kittehs when I’ve got seven at home myself.

  9. MKray
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Tesla yawned. Why do tiny kittems yawn? Actually, why do people yawn sometimes??

    • Filipe
      Posted August 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      It’s a piece of the soul trying to leave the body. That’s why one needs to cover one’s mouth when yawning.

      Cat’s apparently have a soul, though most of it must escape.

      • Posted August 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

        I think you’re thinking of sneezing. Yawning is to open the alveoli which stuck shut (atelectasis), so as to increase CO2-O2 exchange surface in the lungs. Or, just because. Especially after seeing someone else yawn. Just because.

  10. Mary - Canada
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Confession – I would watch a SquidCam

    • Posted August 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      A creature that can change color and pattern from moment to moment is endlessly interesting to watch….cats just stay the same color.

      • Mary - Canada
        Posted August 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

        So true. Would keep me entertained for quite a while

  11. furtivezoog
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    My wife, especially, is really enjoying this as a pleasant study break. Thanks for posting!

  12. michieux
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    This reminds me of a similar scene I witnessed back in the 70s, only instead of a cage, it was a cardboard box in which mother cat gave birth — I assisted — and nursed her kittens until they were old enough for new homes with my friends. Sometime after that I took her to the Vet’s so that she wouldn’t have more kittens.

    As sweet as this video feed is, why are these animals in a cage?

    • Posted August 2, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Caged for their safety and security. Mama instinctively wants a small, safe space, and will become distressed if kittens wander off. A cage is cleaner and more versatile than a box. I used a cardboard box for my first cat with her two kittens, but a cage would have made it much easier.

      What bothers me about this webcam is the elastic bands around the necks of the orange kittens. Kittens are extremely fragile – get a paw or another object caught on these things and you could break the kitten’s neck. It isn’t difficult to tell them apart, even from the webcam, so there’s no excuse for the “collars”.

  13. rhaguirrem
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Jerry:

    Maybe I just missed it, but I never heard your opinion regarding the ‘stitched eyelids kitten’ issue discussed in PZ Myer’s blog.

    On an off-topic note, never heard your comments about this issue either:

    http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/jerry-coynes-statements-turn-out-to-be-uninformed-blithering/

  14. Posted August 7, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    When it’s time for weaning, pour some Kitten Milk Replacer into a cookie sheet with low, low sides. Then let the kittens walk in it–they’ll lick their wet paws & learn the joys of lapping KMR (and other liquids) out of a saucer or bowl. My vet gave me this tip and it WORKS!!

    • Posted August 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      They don’t even need that. I captured a bunch of feral kittens from three related mamas on a farm, once, and put rodent-style water bottles of milk in the cage. They’d been stepping in the low-walled bowl, making way too much mess. It took no time at all for them to find the water bottles and figure out how to use them. Much less messy to clean after, too. And all 8 got adopted. The mother of the two other mothers was caught, spayed, and adopted, too. (They call me “The Cat Whisperer.” LOL!)

  15. Deb Trombley
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    I love it! Thank YOU for the tip–I’ll pass it on to my veterinarian…might help make her world a little less messy in the future


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