June 29th 2013 12:42 am
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Almost let this day slip by, it was eighteen months ago last Friday that Saphira joined our family, and her arrival has really changed our lives, in really nice ways. As I have told you in the past, she is not our first kitty, our first three were shelter rescues adopted about 39 years ago, even before we were married. One of those was Nonsense, a cute little grey spotted kitten, who turned out to be an Egyptian Mau, and we learned from her how wonderful spotted kitties can be.
We had never heard of the Ocicat breed before Saphira appeared, a surprise Christmas gift from our daughters. There were a few days between Christmas, when I received a framed photo of Saphira with the remark, "Oh your gift is not the picture, it's the cat!", and the time that she joined us. Even before Saphira arrived, I was asked over and over, "Is she the best present ever?" The answer now is, "Absolutely!!!"
We soon were totally taken by how beautiful, intelligent, playful, loyal, and well behaved she is. I described her as an absolute joy then, and we feel the same now, only more so. So much so that we adopted Viola, another beautiful Oci, both as a playmate for Saphira and because we figured that two Ocis must be at least twice as much fun as one. We were sure right about that! They love to play together, chasing each other all over the house. We do have to watch out now to avoid being hit by flying kitties.
Now that we have had the pleasure of living with two of these wonderful felines, it is hard to imagine life without them. In all our years with cats, we have never seen any with the combination of wonderful characteristics of our two spotted girls. Anyone looking for an intelligent, loyal, playful, well behaved companion should look into these little jungle cats, but be prepared to have them bug you to play with them (ours both love fetch), to be followed all over the place including the bath, and remember that once they take over your bed, you may be allowed to share it with them if you are good. I know I am starting to sound like an Ocicat salesman, but their wonderful personalities tend to affect people that way.
We want to thank all of our Catster friends for their pawmails, prezzies, friend requests, and generally making us feel welcome and loved. You are the nicest bunch of kitties around!
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I'm glad you and your sister found a pawsome home, Saphira! It was fun hearing about how you were gotcha'd by your family!
Love your Gotcha story, Saphira!
Thanks Samoa and Beepers, it was a TOTAL surprise to the pawrents, we had said we did not want any new cats right away after our last kitty went to live with our youngest daughter (one of the ones who got Saphira for us) when she moved to Las Vegas for grad school about five years before. We wanted to be free to travel, and with all of our kids moved out and meowmy's mom gone, we had no convenient petsitters. We did get some nice road trips in, but we are now SO happy that our kids did not listen and adopted our first Ocicat for us. It was a little bit sad, Saphira had been raised by this breeder since she was a kitten, and she was kind of his favorite. When our daughters went to his cattery to bring her to our place, I guess the goodbye was kind of emotional. I later emailed him to thank him for a wonderful kitty and let him know how well she had settled in and how much she was loved. He replied that he was happy that she was happy, but ended with a comment to the effect that if we ever had to rehome her, "please, please, please return her to me". Kind of broke my heart!