Likes: EATING! Playing with fuzzy mice and kitty teasers. Any kind of petting starts her motor in seconds - head scratches, stroking her back, tummy rubs. Playing chase with Saphira at warp speed. ANYTHING that dangles. Did I mention EATING?
Pet-Peeves: None really, now that my kitty sisfur Saphira seems to finally think I am an OK kitty and we play together. I don't even mind trips to have my nails trimmed.
Favorite Toy: Anything she can chase or jump for. Fuzzy mice to play fetch with, kitty teasers (she does athletic leaps into the air for them). Anything that dangles, especially cords for things like earphones, ping pong balls in the (dry) bath tub
Favorite Nap Spot: Originally on her bed, usually behind or under the pillows. Now usually on our big heated waterbed, sometimes under the covers nibbling daddy's toes. Any window where she can watch the birdies. A sunlit spot in the living room. Top of any sofa
Favorite Food: So far, anything! She snarfs down her Soulistic Good Karma Chicken and grain free dry food like she is starving. Any kitty treats, sliced turkey.
Skills: Attacking fuzzy toys of all kinds, sometimes drowning them in her water dish, stealing hearts, PURRING! Chasing (and being chased) around the house with her sisfur Saphira (faster than a speeding bullet) catching thrown mousies in midair
Arrival Story: Our daughters surprised us with our first Ocicat, Saphira, Christmas 2011, and she has been a total joy. We had been idly talking about adopting another one so Saphira could have a playmate, when one of those daughters told us that the breeder where they found Saphira, House of Oci in Riverside, CA, had some more Ocis available. We checked and found that he still had a cute ebony silver kitten and a young adult chocolate spotted female (18 months old) that he described as "the sweetest cat he had ever met". Since he had done such a wonderful job raising Saphira, we trusted Jesse to have raised another wonderful companion animal. We both went down and met Viola, and paid for her on the spot, and we picked her the following weekend. She has settled in well and has relaxed a lot and has become very playful and curious about her new home. It took about a month for Saphira to settle down and accept her new friend, but now they both sleep on our bed at night, hang out together a lot, and chase each other around the house. Sometimes they don't notice when humans get in their way. Our feet sometimes suffer, but these two spotted girls are both absolute joys!
Bio: It has been almost six months since Viola joined our family, and she has become a much loved addition along with Saphira. They both share many of the common traits that Oci owners love, their intelligence, playfulness, and devotion to their humans. They are also different from each other in many ways, but those differences are kind of complementary.
Saphira is the more restrained, regal, queen of her domain. Still playful, but on her own terms - for example, she loves to play fetch, but only when SHE chooses to. She will sit on the bed and stare at me with that intelligent gaze of hers, always makes me wish I could know what was going on inside that pretty head of hers. Viola's gaze seems more to indicate curiosity and playfulness.
Viola, even though chronologically an adult kitty, still behaves like a kitten, the curious and playful young princess. ALWAYS up for a game of fetch, and always tearing around the house at warp speed. She is an absolute little fireball! She is curious about everything! So far I have removed her from the dryer, dishwasher, several closets (repeatedly), and have stopped her from checking out the inside of our refrigerator. When I mentioned to the breeder where both of our girls were acquired how happy we were that Saphira stayed off the kitchen counters, he told me that he had not had time to train Viola this way and that would be my job. Some job! Every time she jumped on the counter, I would give her a firm "NO" and shoo her off. This happened maybe four or five times, and she has never done it since. As I often say, they are both just absolute joys! The only thing more fun than an Ocicat is two of them!
Lives Remaining: 9 of 9
Forums Motto: Nice, but where's the rest of my dinner?
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.
Viola'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.
Viola'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...