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Picture of Saphira, a female Ocicat

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"This was the picture daddy's two pawed daughters gave him at Christmas, announcing to him that, "Oh, your gift is not the picture, it's the cat!""

Home:Hesperia, CA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 7 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 10 lbs.

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Thanks to Tundra and Furmily for this wonderful COTW picture!. So very Christmas-y! Double catebration, my gotcha day is December 28

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"Thanks to Tundra and Furmily for this wonderful COTW picture!. So very Christmas-y! Double catebration, my gotcha day is December 28"

Napping in one of my favorite spots, between daddys knees. Resting after celebrating my DDP selection.

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"Napping in one of my favorite spots, between daddys knees. Resting after celebrating my DDP selection."

Both of us curled up with daddy. He apologizes for the hairy legs, but on a 109 degree day he wears shorts a lot!

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"Both of us curled up with daddy. He apologizes for the hairy legs, but on a 109 degree day he wears shorts a lot!"

You are getting off this silly computer thingy and paying some attention to ME! NOW!

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"You are getting off this silly computer thingy and paying some attention to ME! NOW!"

Stalking another fuzzy mouse toy...

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"Stalking another fuzzy mouse toy..."

Between daddy

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"Between daddy's knees is a great nap spot!"

Watching one of my favorite shows, I furget whether it was Cats 101 or Must Love Cats

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"Watching one of my favorite shows, I furget whether it was Cats 101 or Must Love Cats"

Saphira LOVES her chin scratchies!!!

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"Saphira LOVES her chin scratchies!!!"

Helping daddy work on my Catster page

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"Helping daddy work on my Catster page"

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Spots, Baby, Jungle Cat, Miss Picky

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:

Gotcha Date:
December 28th 2011

September 18th 2009


Playing fetch (she often catches the toy in the air, then throws and chases it, see her video), playing with heat shrink tubing, begging for kitty treats, sleeping curled up in bed with us, chin scratches, new fuzzy mouse toys, playing with Viola

Being told "NO", she understands that word. Being picked up. Strangers, especially loud ones. Being left alone, she knows when we are getting ready to leave and meows in protest. Hates catnip, runs away if you offer it to her.

Favorite Toy:
Fuzzy mouse (for playing fetch), her tail, heat shrink tubing, empty wrappers. She also like to play "capture and nibble on the hand" (very gentle nibbling!), her kitty tunnel with kitty cubes at the ends, VIOLA!

Favorite Nap Spot:
Cat tree, with us on our heated waterbed, living and family room couches, bed in daughter's room, daddy's lap, chair in den near computer, any window

Favorite Food:
Great news! Daddy found a really good food that she LOVES! It's Soulistic Good Karma Chicken. A little bit of grain free dry food. Kitty treats, she sits up on her hind legs to beg for them, then grabs my hand in her paws and brings it down to her mouth.

Total cuteness, catching toys thrown to her, acrobatic leaps, following me around the house, minding pretty well. One she needs to work on is purring! When she does it, so quiet as to be inaudible.


Arrival Story:
Christmas of 2011 I opened a package from our youngest daughter, inside I found a framed copy of first the photo on this profile. When I looked up at her, maybe a bit confused, she said, "Oh, your present is not the photo, it's the cat!" It turns out that she and her middle sister had been conspiring to end mom and dad's feline free spell. They knew that we had a fondness for Egyptian Maus, having been owned by two of them over the years. Maus being pretty hard to come by, an Ocicat is of course also spotted, and seemed a likely alternative. A few days later Saphira joined our household, and to say the least, things have not been the same since! Anyone lucky enough to be owned by an Ocicat will understand this!

A note about her pictures - The three studio shots (the ones with the blue background) were from the breeder's website, and were obviously taken when she was still pretty young. She has since grown into her ears! All the others were taken by daddy after her arrival here at her forever home. She was adopted from a breeder (House of Oci) who was retiring her from breeding. He really was attached to her, and it was hard for him to part with her. A few months after she joined us, I emailed him about how well she has settled in here and how much we loved her. He ended his reply with, "If at any time you find that you need to re-home her for any reason, please please please send her back to me." Saphira has that effect on people. Thank you Jesse, and I understand how you miss her, but be content that she is happy in her new home and well loved and cared for. Saphira is by no means our first kitty, we have been owned by at least sixteen kitties, going back thirty-eight years, even before our marriage. Purebreds, shelter rescues, and strays that stayed, all kinds. Two of those were Egyptian Maus, and were probably our favorites - beautiful spotted coats, playful and very loyal to their humans and we loved them to pieces. Our first, Nonsense, has a page here, you might check it out, the story of how she came to join our family is kind of funny. We had not had any felines in our household for the last five years or so, until our daughters decided mom and dad needed a feline friend. They were unable to find another Mau for us, surprised us last Christmas with another breed of spotted cat, our wonderful Ocicat Saphira. Of all the cats we have ever served under, she is without a doubt the best behaved, ALWAYS uses her kitty box, NEVER jumps on kitchen or bathroom counters, rarely scratches furniture, comes when called and understands NO. She rarely wakes us up at night, and in the morning waits for us to get up. She is the most undemanding cat ever when it comes to feeding, she never really bothers us to feed her, although she is a bit picky at times. Almost perfect, and a great companion, playing fetch with her is a real trip. She also has a kitty tunnel with kitty cubes at the ends. She loves to curl up in the cubes, looking totally cute. She also tears through the tunnel at high speed, usually totally disrupting it, as her tail is always held high when she is happy, and it catches on various parts of the tunnel. She is just so entertaining! In November of 2012 we adopted another Oci, from the same breeder where our daughters found Saphira. Viola is a beautiful Chocolate Spotted Ocicat, about eighteen months old when we got her. Just beautiful, described by Jesse (her breeder) as, "the sweetest cat I ever met." That she is! Even though they used to sleep together before Saphira joined us, initially Saphira was pretty hostile toward Viola, hissing and growling whenever she got within about ten feet of her new sisfur. We introduced them to each other pretty gradually, and now they both sleep in the same bed with us (supposed to be 16 degrees here tonight, they love sharing our heated waterbed!) One (usually Saphira) curls up by my wife and the other (usually Viola) with me. They chase each other all over the house at warp speed, often failing to notice when humans are in the way. They are now both much loved members of our family!

Lives Remaining:
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Forums Motto:
Yes, I really want to play fetch AGAIN!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Soulistic Canned Cat Food?

I've Been On Catster Since:
June 28th 2012 More than 4 years!

Stars Given In The Past Month:
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Angels Amber and Coco
P3/Princess Puddin Pop act 2
Tick, the next  saga
Sydney Romeo (in Loving Memory
Bob ♥ Angel DB #33b
Pooh Bear
Raj ~ DB #173c
Ethan - Sweet Angel
Skittles Dreamette #10
Charlie- The Perfect Kitty
Smokey Joe Angel Dreamboat #9
Angel Velcro
Mr Mufasa Meowgi
Aragorn (In Memory)
King Shadow
Buddy - Our Gentle Angel
Jasper Juno (in loving memory)
a boy named Lucy- DIT #45!
Bandit H. (in loving memory)
Angel Pete - DB #26
Jennifer Beloved Angel
Marmelade DB #98

Special Gifts Given In The Past Month:
Toby Tomcat Dreamboat #122b
Smokey Joe Angel Dreamboat #9
Rumpy Bump Stumpnots
Raj ~ DB #173c
Tick, the next  saga
P3/Princess Puddin Pop act 2

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It's my birthday! I'm 7 today!

September 18th 2016 10:53 am
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Today is my seventh birthday! I sure hope I get some nice presents, I heard the pawrents talking earlier and I thought I heard the word "treats" mentioned. Oh I hope I heard right, I LUBS my kitty treats! I sure am happy that after I arrived in their home as a surprise, they immediately fell in love with me and decided that I had found my furever home with them. How could they NOT fall in love with a kitty as wonderpurr as me?


9//11 - a sad anniversary

September 11th 2016 5:13 pm
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Sadly observing that today is the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on our country. Remembering the thousands who were murdered that day, as well as the thousands more of our military who died or were injured in the war against terror that followed. May they all rest in peace.


Please purr for all the people and furs affected by the Blue- Cut fire in the Cajon Pass in Southern California

August 18th 2016 7:23 pm
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Everyone please purr for everyone affected by the Blue Cut fire in Southern California. Humans and especially animals have been severely impacted. We live pretty close to it (we are NOT at all in danger). We are about 14 miles from the Summit Inn Restaurant, a local landmark on the way to Las Vegas. It has been a stopping off point for ordinary commuters and celebrities alike since 1952, and burned to the ground Tuesday. The fire is now at around 32,000 acres, around 82,000 people were evacuated, and we don't even have a count yet on the number of homes and other structures lost. The area is pretty remote and rural, and many had horses and other large animals that had to be relocated. One of the local TV reporters in Phelan (one of my daughters used to live there) reported that she had seen a singed kitty near a burned out home. She tried to feed it some chicken from her sandwich, but was unable to find it again.

Saphira, Viola, and their pawrents

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