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?
This is a copy of the diary entry I just posted to Saphira's diary:
From Saphira, Viola, and Nonsense's dad:
I was going to add a diary entry with our contact info for all of our furiends before we lose Catster forever, but I just received something from our sweet furiend Greystone that I felt I had to share immediately:
We just had our sweet friend Liza tell us how to do the coolest and easiest way to save every one of our friends pages.
open up a word document and title "Friends Wayback Catster Pages"
2. scroll down and on the left hand side click on "you have (0000) friends"
3. this will bring up the page with thumbnails of all your friends
4. copy the address of the friends page and put it in the Wayback Machine
5. when it brings up the new address put it in your Word document to keep.
6. put this address in a new window and it brings up your friends page
7. you can click on any thumbnail and it will go to that kitty's Wayback Machine page.
AWESOME! thanks so much Liza! We love you.
Some contact info for dad:
The thing we are most upset to lose are not our pages as much as the connections to all of our furiends. We have shared so many good times and laughter, as well as some sad times and tears, and we value it all. We have been looking for other sites where we could have at least the important parts of the functionality Catster has given us. So far I am going to add us to United Cats, and will certainly look at others, does anyone have any other suggestions? We have other furiends going to Cat Scouts and Cathuggers, but I find the Cathuggers site seems like it may have been hacked as very often as soon as I bring it up I get redirected to either a spam site or even worse, a site that will spread malware! I am a software engineer in real life and am pretty good at recognizing such things.
Meowmy and I each have facebook accounts, but don't really use them for cat stuff and I don't use mine much at all, so am not sharing them.
Anybody with other ideas please share them!
We REALLY want to stay in touch with all the wonderpurr furiends we have made over the last four years, we love you all and would hate to lose any of you!
Warren and Terri, servants to Saphira and Violaand keepers of Nonsense's memory
Today is the fourth anniversary of my sweet sisfur Saphira's gotcha day. It's a really special day for me, not only because we all love Saphira, but because if our pawrents had not received her as a surprise Christmas gift they never would have known how wonderful Ocicats are and would never have adopted sweet little ME! That would have been sad for all of us! Check Saphira's diary, I think the secatary told her gotcha story there, and even mentioned a little bit about ME!
Today we are purring for a dual catebration! One is for all Americats, it is called Veteran's Day and honors all who have ever served in our country's military, those who fought to keep us free. We all owe these wonderful men and women a big thank you purr!
The other is all about little old spotted ME, of the big ears: It's my third gotcha day! That's right, three years ago Meowmy and Daddy drove out to pick me up from the only home I had ever known, where I had spent all of my eighteen months with a really nice breeder named Jesse. It was a pretty long drive to my furever home, but I was a pretty good girl and did not complain much. After we got to my new home, I was kind of shy at first and stayed under the bed most of the time for the first few days. After I settled in and felt comfortable, I really liked my new pawrents, especially daddy, I follow him everywhere and he plays catch with me, and on cold nights I snuggle under the covers with him. Oh, and I love playing with my sisfur Saphira too!
I love it here, I get lots of love and cuddles and playtime, and the grub is pretty good too! And right after I moved in, daddy set up my Catster page and I have made lots of great new furiends here. That is one of the best things of all!