The kittens are doing well. Eating lots of fish, some egg yolk and a little less milk each day. They’ve grown quite a bit in the last week and a half and their bellies always seem to be round now. It was difficult at first to get them to drink much milk. They would lap out of a drink bottle lid but never much at a time. We even tried feeding them from a glove…very, very messy…and even from a baby bottle, but the teats were too large.
Then we tried them on fish…at first some mackerel…they loved it and devoured lots…so we got some cat food as well.
Now they have milk and egg yolk twice a day and fish 3 times a day.
The best bit is, now that they feel safe, they’ve become quite playful.
The leap and prance and stalk and pounce…very entertaining.
Then when they’re done, they curl up in the funniest positions, in the strangest places and dream whatever it is kittens dream about that makes their faces twitch and their feet move!
As well as the cats keeping us busy…the tattoo gun has made its first Vietnamese appearance. I have completed the outlines for two more Tibetan Mantras on Craig’s right forearm. Adding to the “Om Mani Padme Hum” mantra (the mantra of compassion) he now has “Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu” (May all beings be happy) and The Green Tara Mantra “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha” (http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/greentara) As soon as the outline heals, I will fill it in.
Also got to do my first paid tattoo on one of Craig’s boxers. Andrey wanted something to represent his time in Vietnam and so found this tattoo incorporating a gecko in the Marquesas Island style. The turtle represents long life and fertility, the shark’s teeth represent protection, the tiki face has his eyes shut to smell danger before being able to see it and the gecko can represent regrowth and luck. It is a fairly large piece taking up most of his calf and took 2.5 hours. He’s happy with it and so am I :-)