Oh, For The Love Of Primkin And His Momma (and Poppa)

As a new virtual kitty uncle, I’m sure that these stats are dreadfully ordinary to most KittyCatS breeders, but it IS a milestone; the first kitten born to my Minnie. I shall name it Primkin, as it’s the first, it’s made of prims, it’s small, and it’s kin (the gender isn’t known until the box is unpacked, or “birthed”).

The very first kittenbox produced by Minnie and Dash

The proud parents are snoozing in the background.

I thought something might happen yesterday when Dash reached “100% Love,” while Minnie had reached the middle 90’s. She was having feeding issues of some kind a few days ago, fixed by taking her and her dishes back into inventory, re-rezzing the dishes first and then Minnie. I’ve been holding her a lot, and Miss Lelani was holding Dash a lot

[09:34 AM] IM: KittyCatS Box – Primkin: I’m now called Primkin!
[09:34 AM] IM: KittyCatS Box – Primkin:
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Primkin

Fur: Genesis – Domino
Eyes: Genesis Meadow (Shape: Mysterious | Pupil: Big)
Shade: Natural
Tail: Genesis
Ears: Genesis

Version: 1.07
Owner: Dhughan Froobert

MOM: Minnie
Happy Birthday – SL8B
Fur: Genesis – Smokey
Eyes: Genesis Meadow (Shape: Curious | Pupil: Big)
Shade: Natural
Tail: Genesis
Ears: Genesis

DAD: Dash
Happy Birthday – SL8B
Fur: Genesis – Domino
Eyes: Genesis Meadow (Shape: Curious | Pupil: Big)
Shade: Natural
Tail: Genesis
Ears: Genesis
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Even unpacked, there’s a couple of interesting little details there – the “ordinary” Genesis Smokey fur appears to be recessive compared to the extremely common Genesis Domino fur. And the kitten has “Mysterious” shape eyes, while both parents have “Curious” pupils, which must be recessives that didn’t happen to both occur in this offspring.

I shan’t bother to announce this in the KittyCatS group chat, as the others seem to only post birthing stats that are worth crowing about – kittens with rare or desireable traits. It’s rather sad to think of all the little kitties that get “sent to the Menagerie” for in-store credits just because they weren’t special enough, but I’m sure breeders who’re birthing something daily or more often (ye Gads, the primmage and feed they must tear through) have no such qualms.

Apparently there’s some in the community that think that second-generation kittens carry hidden traits, so that it’s not necessarily a bad thing to keep breeding them, adding other hidden traits from other lines where possible. So I shall keep this one, and perhaps later breed it to the RFL kittenbox Miss Lelani purchased, and see what happens. Apparently, the SL8B special kitties carried some of the interesting new traits, so it’s possible some interesting combinations could come with a little scientific breeding, following Mendelian genetic principles. A remark passed in chat leads me to think that recessive traits might happen on a fourth kitten from the same pairing. In the so-called “real world” recessive genes are often thought to have a 1-in-4 chance of being expressed when parents who both carry the trait reproduce. As the genes the kitties carry are, well, mathematical formulae in scripts, basically, perhaps with some sort of randomizing modifier, I wonder if the expression of a desireable recessive trait might always be seen on kittens that are fourth-borns, or perhaps with some multiple of 4 in generations, or some such arithmetical confabulation.

It’s interesting to speculate, but I very much doubt that I or Miss Lelani (or even Bug) shall carry on with any kind of systematic breeding program. It’s just so very distracting from one’s other activities, be they building, learning, conversing, listening to music, or taking care of business.

However, its’ also a great deal of fun watching their antics. Dash is very active and playful, while Minnie is a bit more sedate (yet literally pushy). Something not quite right with my funny little girl, but her little sayings are amusing.

After a recent update, both she and Dash began sleeping on their backs, so very quaint!

I have just added a batch of photos to Flickr with the kitties, which have been added to a set of their own. The best of them:

SecondLife KittyCatS

I have also uploaded photos from a “road trip” I took Friday night in the excellent Xentricity H8 Monowheel/flying contraption by Nix Sands (whose other wares are on Marketplace). I was inspired by the Adventures that Little Bug’s friends have been having to travel the roads of the Mainland (or of our continent, at least). Shall write up my “adventures” later, but you can get an idea of the goings-on if you should browse the pictures at Miss Lelani’s Flickr page (we share it).


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