-Kittens beamed live across the globe since they were born on October 5
By Olly Wright
A litter of picture purr-fect eight-week-old kittens have become an internet hit after their foster parent installed a webcam to capture their adorable antics around the clock.
Nicknamed the Spice Kittens, Basil, Mace, Sage and Pepper have attracted more than 18,000 followers on live events website Livestream from their home in America.
The 24/7 recording of the four internet starlets was launched by foster dad John Bartlett after they were born to to a stray named Rosemary on October 5.
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Livestream. John Bartlett (above) set up the stream in October 2011 and has featured all his foster cats since
At any given time during peak hours, there can be between 4,000 and 7,000 viewers tuning in to see what the fab foursome are up to.
The website is so popular it has also spawned a Facebook group called Friends of the Kitten Cam.
Among the special moments captured on camera, John has recorded numerous play-fights and a failed attempt to escape.
He said: 'Originally, the Kitten Cam was just so that I could keep an eye on the kittens and see how they're behaving without a human in the room.
'But then I got to thinking that why not make the Kitten Cam available for anyone to watch at any time?'
'The first incarnation of the Kitten Cam came online October 2011 on Livestream's original service using a free account,' said John.
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'Limited to the lowest quality and having ad overlays, the viewer count never grew very high and frequently was in the single digits.
'When Livestream announced their new service with HD video and no ads, I was one of the first to jump over to that ship.
'The viewer count has steadily climbed ever since, with the occasional spike when it hits a high visibility website such as ICanHasCheezburger.'
At any given time during peak hours, there can be between 4,000 and 7,000 viewers John has heard from his audience that the kittens' cute and playful behaviour has been both a benefit and a distraction.
He said: 'I've been told by many viewers that the Kitten Cam has helped them through tough points in their life, such as a pet or family member passing.
'On the flip side, I've also been told by many viewers that they've had a hard time studying for tests, falling behind on their TV shows, and staying up way too late, because the kittens are playing.'
Kitten Cam has attracted followers from across the globe, including the UK, America and France, and has received scores of comments.
Madi Gilbert Mantell said: 'They are so cute exercising! Thank you, John for all of your hard work....it shows.'
Nancy Elizabeth Dean wrote: 'I have been loving being able to watch them, John! Thank you so much for everything you do for the mamas and babies that you rescue!'
Nicole Naschkätzchen commented : 'Awwwwww I just saw you playing with them! THANK YOU for taking such good care of them. Awww how loving!'