I am really quite surprised that no one commented on the photos I posted yesterday. Art3mis is one of the first mother cats I have had that has succumbed to the lure of Happy Bear. Not only did she climb up on Happy Bear and settle herself down and make herself comfy, she did so while a kitten was still sitting on him. The little foot sticking out under her nearly killed me with cute..
Speaking of Art3mis, I was really challenging her this weekend.
My husband was lamenting that he hasn't gotten to meet the kittens yet - which really was his own fault (he is afraid of growly cats) - so I brought him down and I sat and reassured Art3mis while he moved in closer and closer. We even did the 'pass off' where I started patting her and had him come in and pat her as well and then I stopped. She was fine. She's just very cautious, growling and hissing when there is something new or unexpected. If you go slow enough and broadcast what your intention is, she's accepting.
Shoto, Daito and Aech
When I was rearranging the kitten room on Sunday I ended up dropping something on one of the kittens. I have no idea who it was because I wasn't keeping that close of an eye on them. Art3mis was NOT happy with me for making one of her kittens squeal. I wanted to go in and see who was hurt but I was a bit afraid of reaching into the tunnel to examine them since she was protecting it and them. I waited a few minutes and then pulled each one out and gave it a once over; no one seemed hurt. It probably scared the kitten them more than anything else. I put them in the cat tree house to make sure I checked everyone and this happened
I know that is Aech in the back, but I'm guessing that it is Daito in the front because he tends to throw caution to the wind and has no problem showing off his belly. His ears are also rounder than Shoto's (Shoto is bigger, shyer, and has a more frosted back side than Daito)
I'm still having problems getting good photos of the black kittens. My camera tends to think they are black blobs not worth focusing on, and by the time I get it to occur they are off doing something else... but that is not going to stop me from trying