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Cats and Halloween – Not a Good Mix

Cats and kittens are not fans of Halloween. The noise, activity, ringing of the doorbell are not treats, only tricks and scary ones at that!

The following article should be a “must read” for all cat owners before tomorrow, Halloween.


The best thing to do is place your cat in a safe room with the door closed, just like you did when you first brought home your kitten.  Dezi and Roo has the following suggestions for your safe room:

Place some favorite objects in the room

Add new toys for interest and fun

Make sure there is a scratching post available

Add food, litter box and water

Tip:  Clothes or pillowcase with your scent on it will help your cat feel safe and secure knowing you are close by.

After my announcement that we have retired from breeding, several pet parents asked me to continue my blog as a way of reminding cat owners of things like the above recommendation for Halloween.  They also said the sharing of photos brings them great pleasure.

What do you think about this suggestion?  I would be happy to do so if enough people have an interest and are willing to periodically send photos and/or stories about their Siberians.

We have some great photographers among our parents.  Look at the composition of this black and white photo by Chuck of his Semper Fi Siberian, Raz, with his just waxed Camaro in the background.  This is a work of art!


Raz and the Camaro

Please let me know what you think:

And if you have any suggestions for topics you would like me to cover, do so in the comment section below.

Thank you and Happy Halloween!



From Beginning to End–An Experience in Love


Semper Fi Siberians began with a trip to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on August 23, 2010. There we met Jackie from Inspurrations Cattery who placed our first Siberian, Nadeah in our arms.  When I look back at that time, I realize how very naïve we were.  This was to be a little hobby-–raise a few kittens to bless others with the Siberian breed.  Each and every litter was a learning experience.  We had great mentors – Jackie from Inspurrations and Chris from Sibano.  The most help of all was from our friends, Jessie and Bill from Swamey Tails Cattery. We learned together, sharing both the good days and bad days and both striving to be the best breeders we could be.

It did not take long before we realized the extent of the demand for these beautiful cats. Inquiry after inquiry poured in with stories of allergies and did we think a Siberian might work for them. So we added more females and our own stud to try to keep up with the demand. If you wish to see all our beautiful Siberians, you can view them on our website.  Each will forever hold a special place in our hearts.  Most are now spending their retirement years in the very best homes we could find.  And they are thriving! Look at these beautiful photos just sent to us of Nadeah in her forever home with Linda.

Sophia and Magdalena will remain with us as pets.  All other adults have been placed or promised. We will keep our website open for the time being in the hope that we can still help others who are looking for a Siberian. As time permits Jim will be entering my weekly information sheets on the site for use by others.  Even though we cannot have the pleasure of placing a kitten in your arms, we hope we can help by sharing what we feel is good advice for raising your Siberians.



The months and years flew by and finally it is time to say good-bye to our last litter.


Molly and her four beautiful children–Gabriella, Giuliana, Gia and Tomaso drove all the way from Buffalo, New York to pick up Nienna and Feeley.  They spent the night with Molly’s brother in Downers Grove and brought cousin Samantha along to meet the kittens. They stopped at another brother’s home in Ohio to break up the trip.  When they arrived home, Molly sent this note: “Thanks Nancy, We arrived home without a problem. It’s funny because at both my brothers’ houses the kitties hid for a while but when we got home they were out exploring Ella’s room very quickly!  Taking over the place…Guess they know they are home :)”

Semper Fi Siberians are now residing in 15 states: New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, Iowa, Idaho, Colorado, North Carolina, and last but definitely not least Illinois!



Robin and her family adopted Cholula from us and on her first birthday, wrote an email saying Cholula needs a playmate. So the day arrived when Robin and daughter Jillian came to pick up Hatch who is going home to see dad Martin, sister Emmaline, Siberian sister Cholula, and Greyhound Tabasco.  Tabasco, Cholula and Hatch – do you see a theme?

Robin writes:

“Hi Nancy-Just giving you an update on Hatch. He has settled right in. He is the happiest little guy we have ever seen. We took him to the vet this morning and the doctor actually had to distract him with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol so that he would stop purring long enough to listen to his heartbeat. He passed with flying colors. He is eating like a champ and using the litter box. He has not missed a beat. What a snuggly, sweet little fellow he is! You weren’t kidding about his constant purring.”


How is the introduction going, Robin?


And then the day arrived–Friday, October 13, 2017–the day the last  two kittens left our home.

The last time in our arms, Belle and Harley!

And into the arms of Tina!

Tina’s dad came to help take them home.

Smiles all around — we were on the landing saying good-bye with smiles through our tears!

Tina wrote: “Hi Nancy and Jim, Just wanted to let you know they seem to be adjusting well. They are eating well and good with their litter boxes. They have been playing a lot and then take long naps usually under the bed. They are both starting to come up to me on their own. Thanks for raising such wonderful kittens and allowing me to adopt them.  Tina”

We thank you, Tina, Robin and Molly for providing loving homes for our babies.

AND we thank all of the many, many pet parents we have met over the last seven years. Thank you for providing the very best homes a breeder could ever hope for.

We send our love and our prayers for a life lived “Happily Ever After!”

Birthday Breakfast For A Cat Lady

Jim fixed me breakfast on my birthday!


And, no, I have absolutely no problem with them being on the table!

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