Likes: 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
Pet-Peeves: 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.
Skills: 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!
Bio: 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: 8 of 9
Forums Motto: Yes, I really want to play fetch AGAIN!
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.
This just came in this afternoon. Sounds hopeful, at least our communities will NOT shut down tomorrow!!!
"I am posting this notice on behalf of Jennifer Black-Glover, Chief Digital Officer.
Dear Community Members,
As many of you know, we have been looking at options for the past two years to save the community parts of Dogster.com and Catster.com. The community was scheduled to come down tomorrow and that is now on hold.
More information will come soon. In the mean time, we realize how important this is to all of you and would appreciate a few days to figure it out without phone calls and emails.
Chief Digital Officer
At least there is now some hope! Let's all purr really hard that our home here on the web survives!
It is with tearstained paws that we wave goodbye to all of our furiends as the place that has been our online home for the last four wonderful years is taken away from us. We want to stay in contact with all of our furiends. Dad is trying to find a new home for us where we can keep in touch with most of our furiends. So far he has looked at United Cats, which a number of other cats seem to be going to, and also Cathuggers and possibly Cat Scouts. We really want everyfur to let us know anywhere else they are going so that we can all keep in contact.
Note from Dad:
I have been an engineer for over 40 years, and have been doing software for most of that time. I have never done web stuff, so I don't know all the details, but something about Lumina Media's excuse for not being able to do anything to save this community in any form just does not ring true, but there is not much we can do about it. I do find it hard to believe that with all the modern software tools available and all of the literally millions of websites that have been developed, there was not a way to at least preserve our cats' and dogs' profile pages, and then gradually build out at least the basic functionality we need. This would have been much preferable to just killing the whole site. I for one will NOT be using ANY site owned by this company, I feel that we have been disrespected and ignored and treated with a total lack of compassion, just a pure dollars and cents calculation.
My emails are:
Please let us know what sites you are going to, we REALLY love you all and want to continue the friendships we started here.
Farewell sweet friends...
Saphira and Viola, and their pawrents Warren and Terri