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 grain free Fancy Feast 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 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 it that pretty head of hers.
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?
I woke up this morning to find pawmail and prezzies for my gotcha day, I had completely forgotten!
First I need to thank everyone else who DID remember me today, it was thoughtful and sweet of all of you, purring thanks to all of my Catster furiends.
I really like it here, my pawrents really love me and my older sisfur Saphira. When I first came to live here, she did not seem to like me much and hissed and growled at me whenever we got close. This was really hard to understand, since we both lived with the same breeder until I was about six months old and she went to live with meowmy and daddy. We slept together then and even she even groomed me. Anyway, in a few weeks we were getting along better, sleeping with the new pawrents, and chasing each other all around the house. In addition to providing me with a playmate, they have lots of toys for us, several nice kitty trees which I really love, and lots of fuzzy mouse toys they use to play fetch us both. They also keep some ping pong balls in their big tub, we both love to hop in there and bat them around. When it is empty of course! I really hang around with daddy a lot, so much so that he sometimes calls me his shadow. I usually nap and sleep with him, on cold nights like we are starting to have now I crawl under the covers with him. It's nice and warm under there!
I really like the grub here, we get canned kitty food three times a day, then a little snack of dry food before bedtime. And of course kitty treats too!
I almost furgot to mention one of the best things, we get all the strokes and scratchies and tummy rubs we want, and they are always telling us how good we are and how beautiful, and how much they love us both.
I love to play with everyone around here, they say I act just like a big kitten. Right now I am curled up beside daddy dictating this, but I am getting sleepy and feel the need for a catnap!
Thanks again for remembering me!
PS: On my gotcha day I want to remind everyfur to purr for all the poor kitties who are still waiting for loving furever homes, and do whatever you all can to help them find them.
PPS from daddy: Viola is too modest to mentions this, but after Saphira first joined us we were very pleasantly surprised at how well behaved she was, stayed off the kitchen counters, perfect about using her litter box, and very good about allowing the pawrents to sleep in the morning. When we adopted Viola, we knew that we would have to train her about the staying off the counters thing, which turned out to be very easy, and now everything nice I said about Saphira's great behavior applies equally to Viola. They are the two best behaved kitties we have ever met, and it is such fun to play fetch with them and also to see them playing together. They are both absolute joys!
My older sisfur Saphira is four today, help me wish her a happy birthday! This has been a really purrfect weeks for the pride of spotted jungle kitties here, first I was picked for COTD on Sunday, and now Saphira's birthday! Happily purring thank you to those who have sent prezzies and concatulations to both of us.