December 4th 2012 8:58 pm
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Viola's dad again...
About time for an update... Viola had really been showing that she wanted to explore the rest of the house, but we were still worried about Saphira possibly harming her, so for a time we would confine Saphira to our bedroom, not a huge problem for her as she spends a lot of time here and it is where her toys, kitty box, and bed (our waterbed!) are located, and it is where she is fed. We then let Viola have the run of the house, and she loves it! One thing her breeder failed to mention about her was her speed: When she wants to work off some energy, she is faster than a speeding bullet! "Her" room is at one end of a hall. It leads past another bedroom, then empties into the entry. On the other side is our dining room. The entry, dining room, and living room are very open, with only oak railings separating the living room from the other areas. From her room to the end of the dining room she has almost 50 feet of uninterrupted running room, and she uses ALL of it! She will tear down the hall, bump into a box at the end of the dining room, then dash into the living room and from there back into the entry, into the hall, and back to her room. She is an absolute little fireball!
We also started letting them meet in our bedroom, larger and Saphira's home turf. She still hisses and growls a bit, and sometimes chases Viola, but no injuries have resulted. Since then we have let them both loose in the house most of the day, and no further problems other than the old hissing, growling, and chases. Viola actually will walk toward Saphira, I get the impression that she might actually like to play. She now spends some time in our bed, think she is starting to like us!
Last night we had what I think was a very good thing. Viola was curled up next to Terri in bed, and I was on the other side working on my laptop. Saphira jumped up on the rail on my side, something she does often. Seeing her nemesis curled up by mommy, she hissed a couple of times, then proceeded to curl up beside me! They stayed like that for a couple of hours, about four feet apart, with no more complaints from Saphira. We are still having Viola sleep in her room at night, just in case they should tangle at the other end of the house while we are asleep, but other that they both are loose most of the time. The only exception is feeding, with Saphira tending to graze while Viola snarfs down her food in nothing flat, she would end up with most of the food and Saphira would probably starve!
And yes, she is still one of the sweetest cats we have ever seen!
November 27th 2012 6:53 pm
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From Saphira and Viola's dad (posting in both Saphira and Viola's diaries):
After a fair amount of time spent gradually introducing them with a physical barrier (baby gate), we took Saphira down to have her claws trimmed (just in case), then let them get together for the first time in the bedroom where Viola has been hanging out. Results were kind of mixed, but I view kind of positively. Both of them spent a lot of time walking around the room, not getting too close for quite a while. Saphira was sniffing everything, she did hiss whenever she was close to Viola, but for the most part no really aggressive moves. Maybe a few growls from Viola, but again no aggressive moves. We kept them together (with us there all the time) for over an hour. Toward the end of that time, Saphira moved toward Viola a few times, who jumped on a desk or dresser to evade her. At this point we thought it best to give them a breather and let them both relax and eat. Bottom line was that no actual physical encounter resulted, which I take as a good thing. Thinking about maybe one night having Saphira sleep in the bedroom where Viola has been, and let Viola sleep with us, where Saphira spends most of her time. More to follow!
November 20th 2012 2:54 am
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Purring thank you to all my Catster furiends for all their nice gifts, comments, and pawmails about my totally unexpected DOTD selection. It was a great day, I even had a visit from one of daddy and Meowmy's grandkids. I walked up and sniffed his hand when he came near me, and decided he was OK. Then he dangled my favorite kitty teaser and I had a lot of fun chasing it. Saphira has come near my room a few times, and given me a few hisses, but I think she is just a little unsure about having a new kitty invade her domain. Even when it is a kitty like me, who used to play with her at our old home. We will work thinks out eventually!
November 18th 2012 1:36 am
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I was SOOO surprised when daddy told me that my diary was selected for Diary of the Day! Especially since I have only been with him and Meowmy for a week, and it has only been a few days since I arrived on Catster. MOL! Now it has been a REALLY big week for me! First my trip to my new furever home, and now this! Meowmy and daddy are starting to get me introduced, or really re-introduced, to my former playkitty Saphira. So far she has not seemed too interested in hanging out with me, but maybe she just does not recognize me, after all I was just a little kitten, about seven months old, when we saw each other last, and now I am an almost full grown eighteen month old beautiful spotted kitty, kind of like her, but with a darker paint job. I sure hope we can get back to being furiends again soon! After all, we Ocicats are really special (or so my new pawrents say!), and we have to stick together.
November 14th 2012 8:36 pm
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Last weekend Meowmy and daddy drove down to the really nice breeder where I was born and raised, House of Oci, to bring me to their home. I will really miss Jesse and all my other furiends there, human, feline, and canine, but I am excited to join their other sweet Ocicat Saphira. We used to play together before she left Jesse for her furever home here, so I hope we can be playmates again. I am still getting used to my new home and new meowmy and daddy, but so far I like it! I get lots of pets and chin scratches and tummy rubs! The grub is great and today they started giving me kitty treats. Yummy! I need to get back to my toys, there are a lot of fuzzy mouse toys around here that need killing!
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