Yuki (L) and Mizu (R) perched on our bookcase. Yuki is cross-eyed. You can see how the edge of the bookcase has suffered from their attempts to climb up there. | photo by ©Jim Skea
Written by Jim Skea from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Along the years, 11 cats have shared our apartments. In the beginning there were the Two Brothers, Obelix and Psi. Later Pim arrived, rescued from Gloria Marina where we found her injured. The vet advised us that she should stay home and be cared for for a couple of weeks. She’s still with us today.
Psi passed away before I got my first digital camera. Obelix lived a little longer, but went ahead in 2006. Only Pim remained. Those were peaceful times.
One fine afternoon, a Burmese named Mikita arrived in the apartment. She was not treated well by her previous owner. However, after she came to us, she adjusted quickly in her new home and put on some weight.
Group nap! | photo by ©Jim Skea
Soon we began to suspect that she might be pregnant. She must have mated a couple of days before she arrived. And sure enough, 8 weeks later, she gave birth to six kittens: Yami, Yuki, Mizu, Nunki, Panda and Pandora.
I did not want to give away the kittens singly. I wanted to give them away in pairs, but none of my friends wanted two cats, so we ended up keeping them all.
Photos courtesy of ©Jim Skea. Check out more photos of these kitties here.
Yami decides to annoy Yuki just for the heck of it. Brothers! | photo by ©Jim Skea
Fron left to right: Yami, Yuki, Pandora and Mizu playing in the closet which, for the moment, has been cleared out to make way for a refurbishment. | photo by ©Jim Skea
Having already mastered the art of solo acrobatics, Mizu and Yuki are now training for the acrobatic pairs on top of the shower stall. | photo by ©Jim Skea
"I am flying across the room!" | photo by ©Jim Skea
Mizu (front) and Yuki (rear)... or it could be the other way around :). | photo by ©Jim Skea
Yuki is showing us why he's nicknamed 'vesguinho' (cross-eyed). | photo by ©Jim Skea
Wrestling! | photo by ©Jim Skea
No showerz! | photo by ©Jim Skea
"Hanging in there!" | photo by ©Jim Skea
Mizu relaxing in the sink | photo by ©Jim Skea
A stand off between Pandora (L) and Nunki (R) to see who'll be the king of the closet. | photo by ©Jim Skea
Nunki shows us how to get down from the top of a shower stall. | photo by ©Jim Skea
With 8 cats in the house, every available space is used to sleep in. | photo by ©Jim Skea
Mizu does everything possible to investigate an insect on the kitchen light. | photo by ©Jim Skea
"No you are not permitted to use this." | photo by ©Jim Skea
The cats saw a balloon for the first time. They also heard the noise it made when you stick your claws into one. | photo by ©Jim Skea