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Cats, Christmas Trees and Gift Time!

At this time of year I get calls asking about the combination of kittens/cats and Christmas trees.  Please read the following article: http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/toxicology/f/christmastrees.htm
We want everyone to have a very happy holiday season, even your cat!  So you could build a tree like this!

DIYClimbableCatChristmas Tree1

Or if you are really energetic, you could try this:


But my all time favorite is this tree made out of books:



No, I don’t expect you to go to these extremes!  My best advice is to not let the cat in the same room as the tree unsupervised.


And now on to the gifts:


This is what I wrote last year:

“I love giving gifts at Christmas time and I truly wish I could give one to each and every one of my blog followers but I don’t think Jim (the economist in the family) would appreciate that idea. “So what should I do” I pondered. I came up with an idea that I hope you will enjoy. Anyone who posts a comment on my blog posts for this month, will have his or her name put in a container. On Christmas Day I will have one of my grandchildren draw out three names. There will be three gifts. The first name drawn will get first pick of the gifts, second name second pick and third name gets the remaining gift—kind of like those on the waiting list choosing their kittens! You don’t have to be one of our pet parents, you just have to be a follower of my blog. Go to the bottom of the blog posts for the next three weeks and fill in the box that says “Leave a Comment.” You can make a comment about the post, you can make a comment about your kitten or cat, or you can just say “Hi” – and you are entered. If you leave a comment for all three posts, your name gets put in three times!”

Everyone seemed to enjoy it last year so I decided to do it again this year! But this year, there are 5 gifts! And if a back-order is delivered on time, there will be 6! We have a Clowder Cat Scarf, a Nerd Meow Toss Pillow and three cat pins/necklaces (I found these at a jewelry store when I was in Florida and I liked them so much, I purchased three!)

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Make your comment and good luck in winning one of these fun prizes!

Thanksgiving Blessings

Jackie’s kittens have been selected and given names by their pet parents. I am proud to introduce you to:


They will be going to their forever homes the second week in December.


We have an exciting week-end ahead because the next people on our waiting list will no longer be waiting! They will be choosing from these beautiful kittens born to Maggie and Mr. Silver:

Or these beautiful kittens born to Sophie and Mr. Silver:

Most of All


Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
we appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

Our Siberians Stopping In To Say Hi!

Some recent photos sent in by our pet parents:

Always first in our hearts is our first Siberian, Nadeah, who now lives in Michigan with Linda. She sent this photo today along with a delightful email. This is an excerpt from the email:

“The bright part in our lives is always Nadeah! She always makes us smile with her sounds, chirps and antics. She is playful as ever and is always up for a good chase from one end of the house to the other! And, when a new box from Amazon arrives, she dives into it or jumps on top! LOL ”

Nadeau Sept. 2016

Nadeah Sept. 2016

“It was two years ago this weekend that Nadeah came to live with me and I am always so grateful for your faith in me to give her a good home. I guarantee she is well-loved and well-cared for and she returns that love to us every day. I’m sure all of your pet parents say this, but she is such an amazing cat and we love her so much.”


From Emily: “I wanted to check back in and let you know Ollie is doing great! He had his second birthday in September. He is such a blessing to have in my life and I just love him to pieces. What a sweet, smart, playful and handsome kitty he has become.”




I am sure many of my blog followers have wondered how Jezzy is doing. Jezzy is our kitten who was born with one eye and was adopted by a wonderful couple, Korrel and Ross:

“Jezzy is fantastic! She is such a sweet girl and we love her SO much!! Almost every night, she comes into our bedroom at some point, gets on my pillow and lays her head on my head to sleep. It is so precious! Initially, I didn’t think I would be able to sleep, but now I miss it if she doesn’t come in.🙂

She is such an angel and I can’t imagine my life without her.”




Stephanie says Keisel is feeling very zen right now:



Katheryn writes “Ellie loves to follow us around and loves to jump with toys and wrestle. We got her one of those cat puzzles in the wooden box and has enjoyed “hunting” for her treats :)”




Sue sent us several great photos:

“Lulu is very tolerant with my daughter and her friends, and loud little
brothers don’t scare her at all. She’s friendly with strangers, and lets
them pet her and play with her. She never tries to bite or use her claws
when we play – she seems to know good play etiquette. We absolutely love Lulu. And on top of all of these great personality traits.. I think she’s the prettiest cat ever!”

Sue, look at the photo of Nadeah. Don’t you agree, they are look-alikes?

Lulu and Mia

Lulu and Mia

And our Siberians pictured on Facebook:

Pashka from Deb and Dan

Pashka from Deb and Dan

Katya from Deb and Dan

Katya from Deb and Dan

Aren’t Siberians the most beautiful cats!  And these are just some of the photos received lately. I will post more soon!

Happy Birthday to my Marines: my husband, Jim and my grandson, Keegan

I am the proud wife of a Marine and the proud grandmother of a Marine.  In our thirty years of marriage this day has always been more important than the anniversary of Jim’s actual birth day.  I pray God’s grace will be with you and all your Marine brothers and sisters. Semper Fi!



National Cat Day

“For spoiled kitties and their doting owners, every day is cat day, but officially, Oct. 29 is National Cat Day.

Colleen Paige, a pet expert, founded the holiday. The holiday is designed to improve the welfare of cats across the country by encouraging adoption, donating to shelters and advocacy groups and by feeding cats healthy food.” Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group

How can a Siberian cat blogger not post on National Cat Day?  My plan was to post many photos of our cats that have been sent to us by our pet parents during the last several weeks. BUT something happened to most of the photos when I purchased a new computer. The saleslady at the store promised me she would handle everything and my new computer would be  just like my old one only faster.  That has not happened. Yes, it is faster, but probably the reason is because most of my data is not on it!  If I ever get a few extra hours, there will be a revisit to the computer store.

So instead of the photos I planned on, we have for your viewing pleasure photos of our newest 12 kittens who are two weeks old today for Magdalena’s litter and tomorrow for Sophia’s litter.

Before we look at those photos, I want to give you an update on Sly.  Many of you have been so kind to let me know you have been praying for him and his family and have asked for an update.

Sly’s family has let us know that he is doing well! They take him back to the hospital for a check on Monday.  Enjoy  some more photos of this great little guy as he convalesces.

Sly loves his blanket when he naps.

Sly loves his blanket when he naps.

Holding his tail as he sleeps.

Holding his tail as he sleeps.

Playing with his frozen washcloth and his toy with the tail cut off! (one of the ideas I gave them for a teething kitten is to have some rolled up wet washcloths in the freezer. When you give the kitten one it is soothing on his gums. Be sure to watch though because you do not want him chewing and swallowing the washcloth.)

Playing with his frozen washcloth and his toy with the tail cut off! (one of the ideas I gave them for a teething kitten is to have some rolled up wet washcloths in the freezer. When you give the kitten one it is soothing on his gums. Be sure to watch though because you do not want him chewing and swallowing the washcloth.)

Sly got tired after watching our Cubs lose. He is like a little baby; he loves us to hold him.

Sly got tired after watching our Cubs lose. He is like a little baby; he loves us to hold him.


I know all join us in continuing our prayers for Sly and thanking the family for keeping us updated on his progress.


And now for the kittens!

Magdalena gave us a balanced litter – three boys and three girls:

Santa Claws

Santa Claws


Butch Catsidy

Butch Catsidy


Elvis Catsley

Elvis Catsley


Catsy Cline

Catsy Cline





Demi Meower

Demi Meower



But Sophia decided to throw us a curve ball (Cubs talk!) and gave us all boys! So how could I not give them Cubs players’ names!


















Jim and I wish you and your Siberians a Happy Cat Day!

Prayers Needed

One of our pet parents and I have been communicating back and forth since Friday with regard to her kitten, Sly.  She asked us to pray for him and I am passing this request on to all of my faithful blog followers.

Sly loves to chew as some kittens do when they are teething or feeling anxious. He chewed off parts of the toys that are supposedly safe for kittens and swallowed them. Sly had to have surgery to remove foreign objects from his intestinal tract.


With the permission of Sly’s owner, I want to use this opportunity to talk with each of you with regard to the dangers of kitten toys and other objects.

Do you remember the story I  told each of you the day you picked up your kitten from our home — the story of Roscoe?  Roscoe was the rescue kitten we had several years ago. He became lethargic, would not eat or drink. When we took him to our vet he did x-rays and found something wrapped around Roscoe’s intestines. Surgery followed and we discovered a ponytail holder was the object he had swallowed.  He made it through the first surgery fine but when they had to go back in, he died on the operating table.

When I tell all new pet families this story it is not to put a damper on an otherwise exciting day but to emphasize that even such a small thing as a ponytail holder or rubber band can end their kitten’s life.

And now I will add Sly’s story to my going home speech.  But I pray from the bottom of my heart, this story has a happier ending.

Look at the toy Sly had that is made especially for teething kittens!  And the pet parent sees this and says my kitten will love this and since it is for teething it must be safe.  But now we know,  it isn’t.


If you are going to leave your kitten alone while you go off to work, to school or shopping, before you go look around for any toys that might be a danger to him. Look for any toys that have cloth or string. Put those toys away.  When your kitten is alone, he misses you and will look for something to soothe himself.  Another danger is garbage bags and other plastic bags. Don’t leave any lying on the counter. Even two of our older cats are drawn to plastic bags and will chew on them the minute they see them.

Sly’s family are the best pet parents a breeder could ever dream of.  We have texted back and forth during the months since they picked him up and I know they have done everything right. But no one can possibly have their eyes on their kitten at all times. They have now cut the tails off the teething mice. They are going to put their Christmas tree out of Sly’s reach so he can’t get at the decorations.  The nurse at their vet’s office told them very scary stories about the holiday trauma for cats and dogs.

The tail has now been cut off the fish. The dental chew is placed in the cabinet when Sly is done cleaning his teeth.

The nurse suggested a Nylabone to satisfy his teething urge. They found them on Amazon in chicken flavor.



Sly is doing well at the present time and is taking his four medications but they have to be very watchful over the next few days. The concern is sepsis.  Please pray Sly will heal and no infection will attack his body.  And please pray for his family. Sly is not allowed to climb or jump and you all know that is going to be an extremely difficult thing to curtail for a Siberian.

There are also a couple of other things going on in our lives at the present time.  A very good friend from our Girard church family passed away this morning. And my son-in-law’s father is doing very poorly. SueEllen, Mike and Mike’s brothers are driving to North Carolina as I write this. I pray for their safe travels. I will be spending a lot of time this week at their home with our granddaughter. If I do not answer your emails right away, please know that I will do so as soon as possible. It might be better to call me if you have a question. (217) 823-5482

Life has ups and downs and we are taught to be thankful for both.  The downs teach us patience and hope.  The ups make it possible to know that there is always sun after the rain.  And let’s end this post with some sun! How about those Cubs!

Zhaklin’s Kittens Eyes Wide Open

Zhaklin  (Jackie) has three beautiful babies that are two weeks old today.


Leonardo DaFuzzy


Ali McClaw


Bob Meowerly

Jackie has given us and our pet parents many wonderful kittens over the last four years. We feel it is time to retire her and let her spend the rest of her life as a loving pet. So the next three adoptive parents are very fortunate to receive one of her kittens.

Maggie and Sophie are getting more and more loving each day which happens when they are getting close to giving birth. They really don’t want us out of their sight.  So if you are on our wait list and are not getting a kitten from Jackie, it won’t be long before more kittens will be welcomed into the world by the head midwife, Jim, and his capable assistant – that’s me!  So stay tuned!

Update on Hurricane Matthew and Life’s Abundance

Life’s Abundance
field rep update
Headquarters Closure Due to Hurricane Matthew
Dear Field Representative:

Our Florida office is under a Hurricane Warning and we are bracing for the effects of Matthew at our headquarters in Jupiter.

In an effort to give our employees enough time to protect their homes and families, we are closing our office today at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and we will also be closed all day tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 6).

We do anticipate reopening on Friday (Oct. 7) and we will make everyone effort to keep you up to date on this.

In terms of shipping from our Florida warehouse, UPS and USPS will pick up orders today (Oct. 5). However, both UPS and USPS will not pick up on Thursday (Oct. 6). We do anticipate they will resume service on Friday (Oct. 7). The good news is that we expect our warehouses in Connecticut, Illinois and California will be shipping as usual this week.

Please keep in mind that storms can cause power outages. Therefore, during the course of the next few days, our Internet service may be interrupted periodically.

We want you to know that we are taking every measure to protect our inventory and our headquarter offices, including all customer and representative data.

Thank you for your good wishes and we sincerely appreciate your patience during this difficult period.

The Life’s Abundance HQ Staff

This email was sent to jimnancy@semperfisiberians.com
Life’s Abundance, Inc. Jupiter, FL 33458

Hurricane Matthew Notice

Dear husband said I should make sure to mention that customers in our area are serviced out of the McHenry, IL warehouse. 😻

Life’s Abundance
important field rep notice
Hurricane Matthew Notice
Dear Field Representative:

As you may have seen in the news, Eastern Florida is in the path of Hurricane Matthew and we are bracing for the effects of this storm at our headquarters in Jupiter, Florida.

Due to the unpredictable nature of this impending storm, we anticipate some interruption in service from UPS and USPS, possibly Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday. As a result, this morning we notified customers served by our Florida warehouse with Autoship dates from Tuesday through Saturday to change their ship date to today if they are at risk of running out of product.

We anticipate the storm will only affect shipping from our Florida warehouse and we do not foresee interruptions with our warehouses in other parts of the country.

Please keep in mind that storms can cause power outages. Therefore, during the course of the next few days, our Internet service may be interrupted periodically.

We want you to know that we are taking every measure to protect our inventory and our headquarter offices, including all customer and representative data.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your order, we strongly suggest that you contact Customer Care today at 877-387-4564. Please be patient as there may be longer hold times.

We sincerely appreciate your patience during this difficult period and we will keep everyone updated.

The Life’s Abundance HQ Staff

This email was sent to jimnancy@semperfisiberians.com
Life’s Abundance, Inc. Jupiter, FL 33458

DIY Cat/Kitten Ideas

Zhaklin (Jackie) gives birth – 2 males and 1 female.  More babies on the way mid October!



Thought I would share the above You Tube video with you because it has some cute ideas. A few people have asked me for suggestions to stop their cats from getting on the counters.  This video gives a suggestion.  We gave up a long time ago! I think it is manageable with one or two cats but with six, not worth the trouble!  Instead what I do is sterilize* before meal prep.  Actually, they just want to go on the island so I do very little food handling there.  They are content to lie there and watch me as I work around the rest of the kitchen.

The one suggestion in the video of having a box on the counter — they did it so the cat could have a place to look out the window — to me is an excellent solution.  Cats love boxes! If the only place the cat goes is in the box, you don’t have to worry about the rest of the counter.

A box lid was my solution to pleasing our cats who want to be with me while I am on the computer without them choosing the keyboard for their resting spot.  Take a shallow lid – like the one I use from a Scrabble game – put it next to your screen, and your cat will be perfectly content.


*Be very careful of the cleaner/sterilizer you use – both for counters and floors. Please use a bio-based cleaner that is safe for pets like my favorite:  

This one bottle of bio-base concentrated floor wash (also good for counters) makes 64 gallons of cleaning product. If you are one of our pet parents using Life’s Abundance pet foods, add a bottle to your next order. If you are new to Life’s Abundance, go to http://www.MrSilversfood.com

School has started, children are back to doing homework but when you have a Siberian to help you, it makes it so much easier:


Lincoln helping Avery with her homework!

Laysa says this bed's for me but you're welcome to try to get in on either side of me! (Beloved Siberian of Bill and Amy)

Laysa says this bed is for me but you’re welcome to try to get in on either side of me! (Beloved Siberian of Bill and Amy)


“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
― Jean Cocteau

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