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 just came in this afternoon. Sounds hopeful, at least our communities will NOT shut down tomorrow!!!
"I am posting this notice on behalf of Jennifer Black-Glover, Chief Digital Officer.
Dear Community Members,
As many of you know, we have been looking at options for the past two years to save the community parts of Dogster.com and Catster.com. The community was scheduled to come down tomorrow and that is now on hold.
More information will come soon. In the mean time, we realize how important this is to all of you and would appreciate a few days to figure it out without phone calls and emails.
Chief Digital Officer
At least there is now some hope! Let's all purr really hard that our home here on the web survives!
It is with tearstained paws that we wave goodbye to all of our furiends as the place that has been our online home for the last four wonderful years is taken away from us. We want to stay in contact with all of our furiends. Dad is trying to find a new home for us where we can keep in touch with most of our furiends. So far he has looked at United Cats, which a number of other cats seem to be going to, and also Cathuggers and possibly Cat Scouts. We really want everyfur to let us know anywhere else they are going so that we can all keep in contact.
Note from Dad:
I have been an engineer for over 40 years, and have been doing software for most of that time. I have never done web stuff, so I don't know all the details, but something about Lumina Media's excuse for not being able to do anything to save this community in any form just does not ring true, but there is not much we can do about it. I do find it hard to believe that with all the modern software tools available and all of the literally millions of websites that have been developed, there was not a way to at least preserve our cats' and dogs' profile pages, and then gradually build out at least the basic functionality we need. This would have been much preferable to just killing the whole site. I for one will NOT be using ANY site owned by this company, I feel that we have been disrespected and ignored and treated with a total lack of compassion, just a pure dollars and cents calculation.
My emails are:
Please let us know what sites you are going to, we REALLY love you all and want to continue the friendships we started here.
Farewell sweet friends...
Saphira and Viola, and their pawrents Warren and Terri
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