Posted by semperfisiberians on December 7, 2014
Liliya (Lily) and Izabella (Izzy) are our two mischief makers – what one doesn’t think of, the other does. Play should have been their middle name because that is what they love to do. So when Lily became pregnant, Jim and I would often discuss whether we felt she would make a good mother or would she forsake her duties and wander off to find her friend, Izzy. When we were naming her, we read about the Russian meaning for Liliya: “Where her heart is concerned, she is much more tender, loving and affectionate than she appears to be.” And this description proved to be true. Liliya was the perfect mother! And what is even better, her kittens inherited the traits of love and affection as proven by the emails we are receiving from their pet parents.
First to go home was Nikolai. Randy and Michael drove to our home from Indiana, visited with us for a while and then drove all the way back home with their precious cargo. A long day, but worth every minute.
We received this email the next day: “Niko is transitioning very well to his new home. We’re pretty sure he’ll be ready to start exploring beyond the bedroom tomorrow, but as you said, he’ll let us know when he’s ready. Niko took turns cuddling with each of us. He slept a fair amount between all the purring and kisses he wanted to give. He’s playing well and eating and using the litter box without issues.” And this is in just one day!
The following Thursday, I headed north to my daughter’s home in Palatine with Lincoln, Zoey and Kazimir. Lincoln’s family was the first to arrive.
A note from Amy: “It was so nice speaking with you this evening. Lincoln is the best. He just is. It is so heart warming having him here in our family…
As I mentioned in our conversation Link likes to fit in with the dogs here at our house. For example the picture I attached made me giggle as he was sunbathing today he was “playing dead”. Silly kitty!!”
Three of the kittens from this litter went to homes that already had a Siberian kitten previously adopted from Semper Fi. We offer all of our pet parents guidance during the weeks preceding the day they take their kitten home, but when the kitten is going to a home where there is already another cat, special guidance is required to make sure the introductions go smoothly. And I am happy to report, that all three cats and their new kitten friends adjusted in record time.
On Thursday evening, Zoey was picked up by her loving family and went home to meet Izzy (not our Izzy but her daughter!):
This note was received the following Sunday: “Zoey is completely content in the bedroom and has been playing, eating, sleeping, and using the litter box in there with no issue. She’s slept with us every night and the kids go in there to play with her. In time we’ll let her come out more and she and Izzy are still getting used to each other’s smells. Zoey seems so tiny that we’re fine with keeping her in one room as long as she’s content…I feel like if we let her out into the big house we’ll lose her!!”
“Just a few pictures from Zoey’s first week. A week later and she and Izzy are best buds (that didn’t take long!), she doesn’t mind the dog (gives him a few whacks to put him in his place every day just like Izzy does), and seems right at home. Our family is complete!”
On Friday morning Kazimir and I drove over to John’s home so he could meet his new friend, Gracie. John wanted me to come there so I could see how he had things arranged and to assist with the introduction. There was a little hissing on Kazimir’s part which frightened Gracie a little so John, Kazimir and I went to his safe room to begin his adjustment period. If you would ask John, he would tell you he was very worried about Gracie. He has had such a special, loving relationship with her and he was concerned this may be threatened with the appearance of Kazimir. I told John that Gracie will be fine but I am not sure he believed me!
And then: “This has been an overall great year highlighted by the acquisition of Kazimir and the wonderful and almost immediate bonding. These two are inseparable and already some mutual grooming is occurring! I’d say that speaks volumes!”
When I headed north to Palatine, Jim headed south to Florida. Jim had been asked to be guest speaker at two events in the Naples/Fort Myers area – one at the Marine Corps Ball and the second at a Veteran’s Day celebration in our Jamaica Bay neighborhood. Since he was heading south anyway, he offered to meet Barbara in Atlanta to deliver Mischief so she wouldn’t have to fly into Chicago. We had done this for her last year when we delivered Trouble. Yes, you read correctly, her Siberians are Trouble and Mischief! Jim forgot to take a photo that day but Barbara has sent several photos of her two children!
“They are getting along so well and it’s like have a couple of children going wild through the house. Trouble gets all the Mischief time he wants, I get limited as Trouble runs and gets her to go play with him. I can’t wait to see what they will do next. I may have paid for Mischief, but she obviously belongs to Trouble. “
All in all, five very successful transitions!
Jim and I send our very best wishes to each of you and your families for a blessed Thanksgiving. We are so very thankful for all the members of our Semper Fi family.
Posted by semperfisiberians on November 26, 2014
Boys, boys, boys! Sophia and Zhaklin decided we needed to even out the numbers so gave us an abundance of boys this time. Zhaklin had two boys and Sophia had six boys, but Sophia decided to add one little girl to the group! All kittens have been reserved and now have been given names by their future families.
We are proud to present Sophia and her kittens who are now eight weeks old.
Zhaklin decided to slow it down a little this time and presented us with only two. They are now seven weeks old.
The mamas are weaning their babies and we are feeding them the very best food – Life’s Abundance both canned and kibble – so they get a great start in life. They are all completely litter trained. We are working on socialization and introducing them to house noises and letting them meet Zeke and Carly, our dogs. During the first two weeks in December they will be ready to join their forever families.
Posted by semperfisiberians on November 18, 2014
Since today is National Cat Day, Jim and I would like to wish all of our kitten offspring a Happy Day! You brought so much love into our lives and now you are bringing love into the lives of your forever families. Thank you!
Here are some photos recently sent from our pet parents:
From Steph: They love to wrestle and chase each other around the house on a daily basis! Lincoln is very affectionate and loves to cuddle. Every night he climbs up on my chest and lovingly head-butts me until I give in and pet him for long periods of time. Sophie is more independent but likes to curl up in the nook of Shawn’s legs when we’re watching t.v. They are incredibly intelligent little kittens.
From Shea: Hannibal is livin’ it up. My grandma even got to see him when she came to visit, and she was very impressed! Such a massive, pampered kitty. Hope that’s obvious from the photos!
From Carmen: We’re so happy with how Wampus and Mandu have continued to bond over the last year. Attached are a couple of photos of how we often find them, snuggled on the top shelf of their cat tree together. Their different personalities seem to balance well. We credit your great guidance on introducing them that has led to this solid companionship.
From Raina of Truly Siberians in Olympia, Washington: We just love him so much. And everyone that comes into our home loves him. He weighed 11.6 pounds at the vet. I think he is going to be a big cat.
From Deb: I love them both so much and they have brought me so much joy during a time of so much change in my life. I am so glad I chose to get them both when I did.
From Jamie: Happy Birthday Nancy!!! 🎂 Tia loves you!
From Mike and Megan: We can’t believe it’s already been over 6 months since we adopted Ellie from you guys and she joined our family. We constantly talk about how adopting her was one of the best decisions we have ever made, we can’t imagine our lives without her. She has adjusted so well to her new home, running around like she owns the place. You were not kidding when you said she was vocal, she greets us every day at the door when we get home from work to yell at us about being gone for so long haha. We think the most surprising things have been that her favorite game is fetch (which she taught herself), and her obsession with the shower, even though she hates getting wet. When we show people a video of her playing fetch with a mylar ball, they are shocked! We still cannot believe how sociable she has been with all our friends and family, she rarely ever hides and wants to crawl right into their laps. Everyone who meets her can’t help but love her, whether or not they are “cat people.” It is clear that she was given lots of love and attention before joining our family and we wanted to thank you again for the wonderful job you guys do with all the kittens!
Posted by semperfisiberians on October 29, 2014
It has been a very busy time at Semper Fi Siberians and for some reason, things seem to be happening in twos!
On September 29, Zhaklin gave birth to two handsome boys:
Next, I would like to introduce you to our two new Siberian Princesses in Waiting:
We thank Sherrie from Slava Cattery in Missouri for our beautiful future queen: Magdalena. Magdalena is named after my maternal grandmother. We are calling her Maggie. She is a Golden Mackerel Tabby.
We thank Andrea from Tuney Siberians in Minnesota for our beautiful future queen: Anastasia. We are calling her Ana. She is a Black Amber Silver Torbie
In a year or so we will be happy to see the beautiful kittens they bring to us, but in the meantime, we are enjoying their kitten antics and loving personalities. They are great additions to our Semper Fi family!
And last but definitely not least, Izabella’s two babies have now gone to their forever homes:
I met Angelica (the bride from my previous blog) at O’Hare to give her Anastasiya for the long plane ride to JFK and then another long ride by car to join Jackie and her Siberians at Inspurrations Cattery in East Stroudsburg, PA. Anastasiya is a princess in waiting and will be giving Jackie and Angelica some beautiful (hopefully silver) kittens in the future.
Leo is loving his new family Tubba and Zaman:
So those are the stories of our twos! Luckily for future pet parents, we still have Liliya’s five kittens and Sophia’s seven kittens who we are training and getting ready to join their forever homes in November and December
What did I do with the raspberries pictured in my last blog? Raspberry Lemon Muffins!
Posted by semperfisiberians on October 19, 2014
Once a year we have grape pie! So you ask…”why only once a year?” Have you ever peeled grapes? If you have, you know the answer. If you haven’t, I am going to show you!
When we moved to our current house Jim wanted to plant grapes. He thought he was planting the seedless variety but, alas, that was not the case. Although he envisioned sitting around eating freshly picked grapes from the vine, the varieties with seeds make this more of a task than it is worth. I said not to worry, my mom always made one grape pie a year and I will do the same. He said he had never had grape pie before and I told him that is because they are a lot of work.
Up until this year we have not had much luck with our grapes. The birds got to them before we did. One year we had enough for one pie. This year we out-fooled the birds with bird netting placed over the vines and there were enough grapes for three pies.
Place the saucepan on the burner over medium low heat and bring to a boil. Then comes another fun part…separating the pulp from the seeds! You do this with a food mill. Combine the pulp and the skins with a teaspoon of lemon juice and stir in a mixture of sugar, flour and salt. Pour into the bottom crust, dot with butter and add the top crust. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Bake at for 50 minutes. Cool. Enjoy! Today I picked some raspberries from our vines. What should I make with these? I’m thinking Raspberry Lemon Muffins!
Posted by semperfisiberians on October 14, 2014
What is your answer when someone says to you, “I have good news and bad news. Which do you want first?” I always say I want the bad news first so we can get it over. So that is what I am going to do in this post.
And the bad news isn’t about us or any of our kittens. It is a sad story from a fellow breeder that I felt needed to be shared. Those of you with small children may want to read this first before sharing with them. We care deeply about our kittens and continue to care as they grow and prosper in their forever homes. I try to keep all my posts upbeat something you look forward to receiving. This time I have to include some bad with the good – if I can save one kitten’s life, it will be worth it.
Email from a fellow breeder:
“I had a phone call last night that all of us dread… news of the passing of a kitten that wasn’t quite yet six months old. He’d climbed into the clothes dryer (apparently a habit he had) and this one time she forgot to check before turning it on. It was only a few minutes before she realized, but by then it was too late… he passed on his way to the emergency vet.
Posted by semperfisiberians on September 26, 2014
I received another delightful email from one of our pet parents last week that I just had to share with you.
Was looking at your blog and saw all the cute new kittens. I assume they are reserved, but I’m wondering about Zhaklin’s upcoming litter? All spoken for yet? My boisterous boy, Sasha, is crying out for a playmate. Thought it would be cute to have a full brother or sister for him, but of course any half sibling would do as well! The only stipulation is that the baby fits the description given in the lyrics of the Tigger Song:
A wonderful thing is a Tigger;
A Tigger’s a wonderful thing.
Their tops are made out of rubber,
their bottoms are made out of springs
They’re bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy,
fun, fun, fun, fun, fun,
The most wonderful thing
about Tiggers is:
I’m the only one!
That is Sasha’s theme song. He just bounces all over the place, all the time. He’s incredibly athletic, graceful, cute, babyish, stubborn, and sassy. Very intelligent, too, and somewhat obedient when he doesn’t have his mind set on something. He’s also extremely vocal. I’m only just beginning to learn what each meow means. He tells me off every day when I come home from work, and I do know what that means!
I’m going to take him to the vet soon for his annual physical and also to find out his weight. He went “off his feed” for a bit this summer (he was eating, but was very finicky and never finished anything), but as of right now is sitting down and eating an entire 3 ounces of cat food at a single sitting. He does have a slight pouch on his belly but I think he’s too active to become fat. He’s rarely still. I’m guessing his weight right now at about 14 lbs. He’s big! Not rangy like a Maine Coon, but round and solid and big boned.
For the future I’d like to have Sasha, another Semper Fi Siberian, and when we get to the permanent home we’ll round out our family with a Maine Coon. I’ve never quite forgotten dear Gideon (my MC who lived from 1982-2001), and would like to have just one more MC in my life. However, I don’t think an MC could keep up with a Siberian, so I’m figuring on having two bouncy Siberians and eventually one laid-back Maine Coon. That’s the plan, anyway.
Hope everyone is well!
Sounds like a good plan to me, Sandy!
Posted by semperfisiberians on September 8, 2014
Did any of you see Saturday’s episode of Too Cute on Animal Planet? It was adorable! Siberians Coorah and Boris from Inspurrations Cattery in Pennsylvania were featured. And who are Coorah and Boris? None other than the parents of our first queen, Nadeah, and our current queen, Zhaklin. If you missed it, it is available on-line: Season 5 Episode 4, First Aired: August 23, 2014.
And we had our own “episode” of too cute on Saturday also, although ours was only open for viewing between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. – yes that is a.m.! When else would Liliya decide it is time to give birth! Please meet the five beautiful additions to our Semper Fi family (the names are temporary until names are selected by their forever families.)
Posted by semperfisiberians on August 27, 2014
When I show Mr. Silver my latest blog entry, he gets really upset. “What am I, chopped liver? he says. “I mean, really, if it weren’t for me, none of these lovely ladies would be in the family way. And, YOU, would have nothing to write about. Don’t you think everyone would like to see a picture of me?”
He then proceeded to go out the pet door to the catio* and pout for a while.
I said Mr. Silver, you know you’re my main man! I will post your picture in my next blog and it will be only you! Will that make up for my mistake?
Am I forgiven?
* Jim built this fantastic enclosed area on our deck. The adult cats can come and go from inside the house to the outside via a pet door. They can enjoy seeing the birds, climbing up and down a tree limb and being with us when we are outside. At the same time, they are safe and they can go back inside anytime they want to eat and go potty!
Posted by semperfisiberians on August 17, 2014