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Da Bird and Da Cat!

We have absolutely the best pet parents! They share their photos, their stories and their tips.

Lynn wrote me and said how Pavlo and Petya love the cat toy, “Da Bird” — this is absolutely the greatest toy for interactive play time with your cat. And then Jane sent us a video of Sabina flying through the air after Da Bird!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9EQyakmOQ0&feature=youtu.beGoCat Da Bird Pull Apart Rod and Bird Cat Feather Toys, Assorted Colors

Before Jane and David brought Sabina and Garsha home, they felt they needed to say good-bye to the cats they had in the past who have now crossed over the rainbow bridge.  Jane put together this touching video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1yafMCAOtc  It is seven minutes long but the best seven minutes you will spend today!


Michelle, one of our pet parents from Indiana, has a sensational idea for helping your kitten after spaying.  The vet always gives you one of the plastic cones and says the kitten has to use it because otherwise she could lick her stitches and open up the incision.  The vet doesn’t bother to tell you the kitten is going to HATE the cone.  And Kona absolutely hated it so Michelle got creative and fashioned a body suit for her which protects the stitches, gives her room to go potty, and is far more comfortable than the dreaded cone.  And these are the instructions: http://www.plaincitylife.com/2013/07/diy-substitute-for-e-collar-for-cat.html?m=1

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Kittens Changing Every Day

The first two weeks in the life of a kitten bring so many changes.  They can now hear, eyes are open, they are vocal and even starting to move around on their little bellies.  And those little bellies really aren’t little – they love to eat and Jackie and Maggie make sure they are very well fed!

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Nadine (Female)

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Gala (Female)

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Roksana (female)

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Fedor (male)

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Angela (female)

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Karina (female)

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Kolya (male)

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Stanislav (male)

The names given are only temporary.  The eight families will be making their selections when the kittens are between five and six weeks old.  They will give us their permanent names at that time.

Grown and Flown

I was reading a blog written by a woman with four children, three have grown up and moved on with their lives.  One 15-year-old boy is left at home and he turns to her and says: “You will miss me the most because after I’m gone it is going to be really, really quiet here.”

Everyone asks me how I feel when the kittens go home. When I reflect on this question I can’t help but think it is a little like having your last child leave.  On one hand you think this might be nice; I will finally have some time to do things that have been pushed by the wayside.  But then it happens!

Cinder, the last to go from Lily’s and Ana’s litters, just left about an hour ago and it is really, really quiet here!

Today is Alura's birthday and she agreed Cinder is the perfect present. Mom, Dad, brother John and sister Elya drove all the way from Iowa to make this birthday wish come true!

Today is Alura’s birthday and she agreed Cinder is the perfect present. Mom, Dad, brother John and sister Elya drove all the way from Iowa to make this birthday wish come true!

Michelle and Jack came to pick up Sam this morning. Sister Maggie and another Siberian, Ronen, are waiting at home to welcome them.

Michelle and Jack came to pick up Sam this morning. Sister Maggie and another Siberian, Ronen, are waiting at home to welcome them.

Klaus was the first to go to his forever home. Kelly reports he was Mr. Popularity at the vet's office. "He was an angel, and accepted the attention with regal grace. "

Klaus was the first to go to his forever home. Kelly reports he was Mr. Popularity at the vet’s office. “He was an angel, and accepted the attention with regal grace. “

When Amber selected Russell, I told her he was the perfect cat. She asked why. Now that he is at home she sent me an email that said "He really does seem to be the perfect cat!"

When Amber selected Russell, I told her he was the perfect cat. She asked why. Now that he is at home she sent me an email that said “He really does seem to be the perfect cat!” Russell joins 8 month old Cleo who is also a Siberian.

 

Asha, Kiki and Jeeves are so excited to pick up their third Semper Fi Siberian. Yes, that is correct, third! And look how famously they are getting along already!

Asha, Kiki and Jeeves are so excited to pick up their third Semper Fi Siberian. Yes, that is correct, third! One can never have too many Siberians! And look how famously they are getting along already!

Izzy, Zoey and new brother Gizmo

Izzy, Zoey and new brother Gizmo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rod, Kristin, Eleanor and Collin selected Victoria and are calling her Vicky.

Rod, Kristin, Eleanor and Collin selected Victoria and are calling her Vicky.

Eleanor really wanted a pet and loves cats. I think Collin loves their new pet also!

Eleanor really wanted a pet and loves cats. I think Collin loves their new pet also!

 

Bridget felt her Siberian , Lyla, needed a friend so she selected Everest. She called yesterday and said they are already getting along famously.

Bridget felt her Siberian, Lyla, needed a friend so she selected Everest. She called yesterday and said they are already getting along famously.

Nikki and family flew in from Florida, dropped the kids off at school and then Nikki drove an hour and a half to pick up Samara! Very busy day for you Nikki! Samara joins Siberian Niko who is 8 months old.

Nikki and family flew in from Florida, dropped the kids off at school and then Nikki drove an hour and a half to pick up Samara! Very busy day for you Nikki! Samara joins Siberian Niko who is 8 months old.

 

Alexa drove out to Crystal Lake on a rainy Wednesday to pick up her kitten, Bianca. "Bianca and I made it home safely. She was not happy and very vocal about the car ride home but immediately came out of her crate and is settling in nicely."

Alexa drove out to Crystal Lake on a rainy Wednesday to pick up her kitten, Bianca. “Bianca and I made it home safely. She was not happy and very vocal about the car ride home but immediately came out of her crate and is settling in nicely.”

Mother Liliya had to give Bianca one last bath before she left.

Mother Liliya had to give Bianca one last bath before she left.

 

 

Do we miss them? Without question!  The house is way too quiet.

But we are so fortunate to have 8 little kittens waiting in the birthing rooms.  Eyes are beginning to open. They now hear us when we enter the room.  And it won’t be long before they, too, will be running around, climbing cat trees, making the ball go round and round on the turbo toy, and breaking the silence!

We thank each of these new pet families for reading all the emails we sent to prepare you for this day, for your patience in waiting for your little angel and the smiles and love you shared when you took your kitten in your arms.

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

I woke up today feeling better than I have in quite a few days. It was raining but shortly it stopped and the sun peeked through the clouds. The song from Annie started buzzing around in my head – “Tomorrow”

We arrived back in Illinois a week ago Tuesday and each day since seemed to add more work and more worry.

The yard was filled with tree limbs from three months of us not being here.

The house was sparkling clean when we walked in thanks to our beloved Sara. But with two dogs, seven cats and nine kittens in the middle of rain filled days and shedding season, it did not take long for the house to lose that sparkle.

Lots of work in preparation for the nine kittens going to their forever homes – wellness appointment at the vet, photo snapping, communication with pet parents, and feed, feed, feed, and scoop, scoop, scoop!😻😻😻

Feeling sad for myself because we learned our son, Gene, has accepted a new job and will be moving to North Carolina with his beautiful wife and our three precious grandchildren. Yes, you remember correctly – we moved to Crystal Lake to be closer to them and my daughter’s family. But we understand and know this is their life and it is definitely a good choice for them.

And then I got the flu! Was in bed for two days but since I had the flu shot, it has been a quick recovery.

And one of the biggest worries — Zhaklin (Jackie) due to give birth on March 26 and Magdalena (Maggie) due on March 28. Yes, I worry with every birth – I can’t help it – sure it is the mother in me.

Etcetera!

Etcetera!

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Jackie gave birth in the wee hours of the morning of Tuesday, March 29 to three gorgeous babies–2 girls and 1 boy. And yesterday, Wednesday, March 30, Maggie gave birth to five gorgeous babies–3 girls and 2 boys (I think!).  No problems; deliveries went fine and all babies are healthy.

Yesterday our house cleaning team came and did a great job.

Our daughter, Sue Ellen, invited us to dinner tonight.

Thursday: Babies are born and comfortably nursing, my house is clean, Flu is gone, and I don’t have to cook dinner!

And the Etceteras will take care of themselves in God’s timing.

So today is my tomorrow and I am very happy!

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Want to put a smile on your face today – watch this you tube video of Tomorrow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_dBep_55mI

Jim and I wish you many happy tomorrows!

Easter Blessings to All

Today we received Easter greetings which included a  beautiful photo of Nadeah, our very first Siberian.  Nadeah now retired, lives in Michigan with Linda.

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Linda says, “I’m including a picture of Nadeah perched on my mantle. One of her favorite spots on a sunny afternoon.”

We have nine little kittens who will be going to their forever homes within the next two weeks. Those families will experience the same joy as Linda, the joy of sharing their lives with a beautiful, loving Siberian!

To our children awaiting their kittens, we share a poem by Carleigh Kyrkby of Spokane, Washington. You won’t be receiving your kitten on Easter, but soon, very soon!

She only wanted a kitten

for Easter and nothing more.

Just a sweet baby cat,

to love and adore.

She didn’t want a basket,

filled up with Easter treats.

She didn’t want a new dress

and shoes to make the outfit complete.

She only asked for one thing

to make her every single day,

special and happy and wonderful

in every single way.

When she woke up Easter morning,

there was a huge basket by her door

filled with candy and colored eggs

and oh so much more.

There was a new pink dress

with shoes that matched so well,

plus a hat and pair of gloves

–to her feet, her heart fell

They must have forgot their promise,

she thought, forcing back tears

went to the church she held so dear.

When she returned home,

another basket appeared

and from within,

sweet mews she could hear.

A sweet little kitten

with eyes so blue

innocently looked up at her

and the world so new.

Her heart leaped up

and touched the sky

And lingered there awhile

in just one try!

She held him close,

the silky bundle of fur

and he began

to softly purr

Then she remembered

the sermon she just heard;

that when you pray

God hears every word.

 

Easter reminds us that hope must never be lost. As dark as the road may seem, glorious sunlight awaits if we believe.  May faith and God’s grace be with each of you and your families.

Happy Easter from Jim and Nancy

Lilies Kill Cats

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Correction to today’s post

Sorry, but I printed the incorrect address to access the cat sleeping positions post. It should be:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-humor-funny-pictures-photos-cats-favorite-sleeping-position

We are busy loading the Cat House on Wheels for our trek back to Crystal Lake! It is 88 degrees here today. Please tell me it’s at least 60 in Illinois!

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Look at at the beautiful Bird of Paradise blooming in our front yard!

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Tummy Tuesday!

What does it mean when your Siberian lies on his/her back, tummy completely exposed?

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Gracie

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Kazmir

Most pet behaviorists say it means “I trust you completely!” It is important that you know, it DOES NOT mean, “please scratch my tummy!”

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Keisel

For a good article on what the different sleeping positions reveal, go to:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-humor-funny-pictures-photos-cats-favorite-sleeping-position

Thank you to John, Stephanie and Brian for sharing these photos!

 

Cats, The Key to Contentment!

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If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. -Barbara L. Diamond

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At some point, you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you. -Elizabeth Gilbert

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She seems the incarnation of everything soft and silky and velvety, without a sharp edge in her composition, a dreamer whose philosophy is sleep and let sleep. -Saki(H.H. Munro)

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Which is more beautiful: feline movement or feline stillness? -Elizabeth Hamilton

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When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap. -Tom Hodgkinson

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Who among us hasn’t envied a cat’s ability to ignore the cares of daily life and relax completely? – Karen Brademeyer

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No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap. -Carrie Snow

Thank you to Melissa, Roberta, Gina, Sara, Anita, Julie, Kristie, Sonja and Aleksandra for sending us these beautiful photos of their own remarkable Semper Fi Siberians!

A very special thank you to our friend, Dennis, for sending the book Cat Naps as inspiration for this post.

 

See How They Grow

Kitten selection week has ended so we now have nine very excited families. We would like to introduce you to:

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Sam (Stephan)

 

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Gizmo (Mark)

 

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Not named as yet (Grigory)

 

 

 

Klaus

Klaus (Erik)

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Not named as yet (Klara)

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Bianca (Diana)

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Russell (Valentin)

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Samara (Nadeah)

Victoria (Veronika)

Victoria (Veronika)

 

I have put the names we gave them at birth in parentheses. It is incredible to see how they change so quickly.  To compare how they are today with just a few weeks ago, go see my posts of January 25 and 29.

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