Episode 9 Meet the Kittens


Episode 9

Series following newborn kittens. The kittens try collars on for the first time and encounter a wild rabbit that Cleo brings home for them.


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What's this?

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Ah - collars for the kittens.

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11 collars for 11 kittens.

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Can you count them with me as we put them on?

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One,

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two,

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three,

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four,

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five,

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six,

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seven.

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Now, here's something important.

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You must make sure there's room for your finger underneath the collar.

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That's to make sure the collar isn't too tight.

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If it's tight, the kitten will have trouble breathing properly,

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so make sure the collar is loose, but not too loose or it comes off.

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Also, make sure the collar has a quick release,

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in case the kitten gets caught in something.

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The collar will pop open by itself.

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OK, let's keep counting.

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Eight,

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nine,

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ten,

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11!

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But the kittens aren't sure what to make of these collars,

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especially as some of them have bells on.

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The bells, the bells!

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Ooh! I've never been dressed before.

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Ooh! Neither have I.

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If I concentrate, I'll make it spring off.

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Good luck!

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La-la-la-la. Nope.

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Ha-ha. It's still there.

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Oh, and these collars are itchy!

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What you looking at?

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Oh, well. If you're stuck with a collar,

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then you can either have a wash...

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or a wee!

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Hey, don't look at me doing this. I said, don't look at me!

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The kittens are now nine weeks old, so they have to be weighed again.

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But first, we weigh the collar.

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It's 6g, so we have to remember to take that 6g off the kittens' weight.

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The kittens are so big, I think we should have got a bigger bowl!

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This kitten weighs nearly 900g.

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Is that all right?

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Of course, but your sister weighs over a kilo.

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The kittens are growing at different rates,

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which is normal now they're older.

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The kittens are now allowed to have a look out the front door.

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The owner has put up a cat gate,

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because kittens aren't allowed to wander outside.

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They might hurt themselves

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or they might get sick from nasty germs in the outside world.

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But nothing is as interesting as food.

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-Yum, yum, yum, yum.

-Nice, big chunky food from the shops.

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Mums Cleo and Coco and the 11 kittens live in the country.

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There are lots of animals here.

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Big ones, like cows and sheep and horses

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and also little ones, like birds and moles and rats.

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Today, Cleo has caught a wild rabbit.

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While almost all of their food comes from a can or a packet,

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cats are hunting animals and sometimes they catch things

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and bring them home,

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because, as mothers, they feel they must provide food for their kittens.

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You can get your cat to wear a collar with a bell.

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This may help stop them catching wild animals, but it may not.

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She leaves it on the stairs for her kittens to see.

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They're curious but they're too young to understand what this is.

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They have a sniff, but the noise from next door is sounding like fun,

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so they decide to see what their brothers and sisters are doing.

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As a treat, the kittens are going to be brushed.

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But first, hand gel is used so the children's hands are nice and clean.

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KITTEN PURRS

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The kittens love this. Soft, gentle brushing.

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KITTENS PURR

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Oooh...that's lover-ly.

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While the kittens are being brushed, Cleo and Coco are whisked

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off to the vets.

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Though their 11 kittens are lovely,

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in the wide world outside, there are too many kittens being born

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and not enough people to look after them.

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So, mums Coco and Cleo are having a tiny operation

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that means they won't have any more kittens.

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Phew.

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Cleo's first.

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She's given an injection to make her go to sleep

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and the operation is very quick.

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Then it's Coco's turn.

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She has an injection and even though her eyes are open, she's asleep.

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Once again, it's very quick and then HOME!

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Go and be free!

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There's time for a wash to get rid of the vet smell,

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then it's on to another nice big meal.

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It's been a busy day, so time for sleepy-byes until next time.

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CATS SNORE

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Having a kitten is a huge, time consuming responsibility

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and if you want an idea of exactly what's involved,

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check out the Meet the Kittens page on the CBeebies website.

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The kittens try collars on for the first time and encounter a wild rabbit that Cleo brings home for them. Our mummy kittens are taken to the vets.


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