Flashback: Hoku as a kitten

3-month-old Siberian kitten Hoku, 10 Nov 2015

3-month-old Siberian kitten Hoku, 10 Nov 2015

I just came across this photo of Hoku from a couple years ago. Ordinarily that big Tongan basket holds our laundry, but sometimes the cats have different ideas.

Hoku inherited her mother Calina‘s strong personality, so no one pushes her around!

She is currently pregnant with her second litter.

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Kitten committee convened

Siberian kittens from the N and O Litters, 29 June 2017

Siberian kittens from the N and O Litters, 29 June 2017

I could call this just another random kitten photo, but I prefer to think of it as a meeting of representatives of the N Litter and O Litter (born two weeks apart) at Seacliffe Siberians. 🙂

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Siberian kitten Lexi grooving on the kitchen floor

I may be showing my age, but I think they used to call this break dancing? It’s Siberian kitten Lexi (ex Ksenia) on Danny and Lucy’s kitchen floor. Apparently she’s not usually allowed into the kitchen, but she was so cute they had to grab the camera.

Thanks for sharing the video guys!

See more photos on the Lexi page.

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Otis the growling kitten

Here’s a video of eight-week-old Siberian kitten Otis who has caught hold of a toy and doesn’t intend letting go!

His mother Ksana watches – bemused I would say – and even his brothers won’t come near him.

Recorded 26 June. Turn up the volume to hear him growl.

See more of this feisty fellow on the Otis page.

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Count the kittens!

Here’s a recent video of our N Litter and O Litter kittens getting together for some play time.

They get along perfectly well, and their mums aren’t fussed at all.

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Feeding 14 cats and kittens

14 food bowls ready to be filled

14 food bowls ready to be filled – again

If you’ve been following closely, you’ll know that we have two litters of Siberian kittens: the five N Litter babies and the four from the O Litter. Plus there are the five adult breeding cats.

So that’s 14 mouths to feed. The adults get fed three times a day and the kittens four times.

The kittens aren’t too picky but each of the adults has foods they like and a few they don’t.

So we have a matrix chart showing which food goes to which bowl. Then it’s time to deliver the meals to all corners of the house (not forgetting the dry food top-ups as well) before washing up and getting ready to do it all again.

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‘My allergies have all but disappeared!’

A few days ago we were delighted to receive a lovely email from Paula who, along with her husband Scott and their two children, adopted Siberian kitten Mira last month.

Mira, now renamed Suki, lives in Sydney, where she is bringing lots of low-allergen joy to the family.

Paula writes:

Paula welcomes Suki to her new home, May 2017

Paula welcomes Suki to her new home, May 2017

Suki has slotted into family life with ease. I never believed I would be able to have a kitty in my home, let alone enjoy the cuddles and the lap time I’ve been getting. I’ve always suffered from severe reactions to cats: sneezing, hives, itchy eyes, culminating in asthma.

My allergies were very, very mild when Suki first came home and have since all but disappeared! I still pinch myself and can’t believe how fortunate we are to have become her forever family.

The kids have jumped into their added responsibilities without complaint. James is on poop duty and Eleni responsible for washing the litter box once a week and giving Suki a brush. I’ll often find Suki sitting with one or the other during homework time. Suki is very egalitarian when it comes to sharing the love around.

I still find that she follows me from room to room and never really lets me out of sight but she’s become a roly-poly kitty, that loves running the length of the house during her energetic bouts of ‘play-time’ and letting me know it’s time to join in.

Siberian kitten Suki, June 2017

Suki, June 2017

Scott has made a 2-metre scratching post (thanks for the inspiration Neil) and she loves being high up. She plays with her ‘kitty tunnel’, scratching post (eternally grateful she only ever scratches there) assorted balls, toy mice and has discovered the basket that holds all our balls of wool! I’ll often see Suki on one of many window sills, watching the birds. She makes a strange little clicking sound when she sees them.

In the mornings she’s shown an interest in running water from the shower or basins. She will play under a running tap and sit outside the shower door telling us she wants in.

Suki samples the Sydney water, June 2017

Suki samples the Sydney water, June 2017

She’s brought a ton of laughter, smiles and some tears (mostly mine because I’m a sook and love her so much) and I feel we’re lucky to have all found each other. We all appreciate your kindness and care for Suki and our family. It was great visiting and taking the time to feel at ease with a kitty after all these years. I had some serious doubts about being able to ever care for a cat again and I’m so glad that we found you and now have a have a new member of the family.

Thanks so much, Paula. We’ve enjoyed meeting you and Scott and hope for many more updates on your life with Suki.

» See more on the Suki page

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Kittens prove yawning is contagious

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These three little guys were snoozing on one of our 2m-tall climbing posts this morning. Of course they woke up as soon as I began taking photos, but I think they wanted to go back to sleep!

And where, you might ask, were Nadia and Nougat? Under Judee’s desk having a nap!

8-wk-old Siberian kittens Nadia and Nougat.

8-wk-old Siberian kittens Nadia and Nougat. We put a red mark on Nougat’s hip in order to tell the kittens apart.

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N Litter kittens at (almost) eight weeks old

Cici and her five 8-week-old N Litter Siberian kittens curl up on a rug at the back door, 21 May 2017

Cici and her five 8-week-old N Litter Siberian kittens curl up on a rug at the back door, 21 May 2017

The N Litter kittens will be eight weeks old tomorrow, and off to the vets next week for their first vaccinations.

They’re all thriving and love to play with their mum and their ‘aunt’ Hoku. Wrestling is popular and, of course, climbing to the top of the 2m-tall climbing posts.

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How do Siberian cats handle cold weather?

Quite well, as you might expect.

They simply curl up in front of the fire like other sensible folks.

4-year-old Siberian cat Stoli (ex Bailey), June 2017

4-year-old Siberian cat Stoli (ex Bailey), June 2017

Thanks Emily for sending these photos of Stoli, who will be 5 years old in August.

4-year-old Siberian cat Stoli (ex Bailey), June 2017

4-year-old Siberian cat Stoli (ex Bailey), June 2017

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