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!
Anyone who read the previous entry needs to know that there has been a development that alters my judgment of the breeder involved. As I said then, after my daughter's new kitten died of FIP less than a month after she received her from the breeder, at that time the woman refused to even consider that she had FIP, and if she did claimed it was acquired it after adoption. She wanted my daughter to bring the dying kitten to her vet (50 miles away) for treatment, or failing that bring her the dead kitten in order to receive a refund. Today she seems to have acquired a heart, and now wants to make good with my daughter, requesting only a copy of the kitten's medical records before sending her a refund. I therefore have to modify my previous caution about doing business with her, since she is now behaving responsibly. Maybe she was just having a bad day. I would still be very careful, and would require a one year health guarantee that specifically covers FIP, and I would also want testing to show the kitten is free of Feline Coronavirus, the precursor to FIP.
Again, here is her information:
She is registered with TICA
My daughter has the contact information for the other customers buying kittens recently from her, and has emailed all of them, I think the total number is 18. I will post here any future updates from the other customers.
Sorry if I seem to have gone off a little prematurely, you would have reached the same conclusion I did had you read the text message exchanges between them. Remember also that we are talking about my little girl who was being mistreated and cheated. Regardless of their ages or accomplishments, they are ALWAYS daddy's little girls.
As always, do your research and pick a breeder very carefully.
Saphira's dad again, I'm afraid that the sad news contiues, Jen and Megan had to make that awful decision to end poor Millie's suffering yesterday. The were so heartbroken that they could not watch, but thankfully a really good friend went with them and stayed with her, so her last minutes on earth were spent with a friend. Not only were they of course in tears, but the vet tech broke down too. Even though we sadly only got to meet this sweet kitty one time, you could not help falling in love with her on sight. I will try to add a picture or two of her to Saphira and Viola's pages later.
All this is sad enough, but the behavior of the breeder through all this has been thoroughly despicable, claiming that Millie did not have FIP and that they were killing their kitten by not giving her antibiotics. She also said that if she did have FIP, she did not have it when Jen and Megan received her. This is complete BS, there were no other cats in Jen's home and never have been, and it takes longer than that for the disease to develop. Millie was adopted June 12 and was put to sleep on July 6. No possible way she did not come from the cattery with the virus! She does not have much of a cattery, she lives in a mobile home near us in Victorville, CA. and sells her kittens on Ebay. My daughter contacted this breeder's vet to ask her about the situation, and was told that if she wanted to think about acquiring another Siberian in a few months, she knew a REPUTABLE breeder she could recommend. I am going to identify her to help anyone else in California who might be looking for a Siberian avoid the mistake of getting one from her at all costs:
She is registered with TICA
Sorry for the rant, but if it helps save some other cat lover from the heartbreak my daughter is going through now it will be worth it. Always be careful and check your breeders out thoroughly!
I want to thank our Catster furiends who have sent prezzies expressing their sympathy over this sad ending to a sweet young kitten's life, over way too soon. I will thank each of you personally after things around her settle down a bit.
I will try and post some much happier entries about the goings on here with our sweet Oci girls soon.
Saphira's dad here, we received some devastating news last night. Our oldest daughter Jennifer has a pretty severe case of asthma, so severe that many years ago she had to rehome her two cats with us due to her allergic reaction to them. Last month she and her roommate Megan adopted the cutest little Siberian kitten, about three months old. They were just over the moon over this cute little girl. As you may know, Siberians tend to produce less of the protein in their saliva that triggers allergic reactions in humans, and Millie was causing her no problems. We visited her a few weeks later and Millie was the cutest, sweetest kitten you could ever want.
Our youngest daughter Melanie called last night to give us the terrible news that Millie had been diagnosed with FIP, and was going to be put to sleep today. As most of you know, FIP is a death sentence and Jen told me last night that the kitten had not been eating and is so weak she can barely walk. Jennifer and Megan are just devastated, and Terri and I are just brokenhearted for them. I am getting pretty teary as I write this. There is nothing that can be done for poor little Millie at this point, but a few purrs for Jen and Megan would be nice.
I had already had one sad experience with this horrible disease, many years ago my dad lost a really wonderful big gray shelter kitty to it.
While it is obvious that Millie had the virus before Jen and Megan adopted her, the breeder is being very unhelpful and really pretty cruel to them.
Sorry to be such a downer, but as we have shared with all of our Catster friends the joys that Saphira and Viola have brought into our lives, I felt this was the only online community I frequent where our friends would truly understand and share our grief over the loss of a wonderful little kitten before her life had really even begun...