‘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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Introducing Siberian kitten Ollie

Siberian kitten Ollie at 3 weeks old, 22 May 2017

Siberian kitten Ollie at 3 weeks old, 22 May 2017

The 4th and final kitten in the O Litter is Ollie, one of three colourpoints.

See more on the Ollie page.

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Introducing Siberian kitten Oscar

Siberian kitten Oscar at 3 weeks old, 22 May 2017

Siberian kitten Oscar at 3 weeks old, 22 May 2017

The third-born kitten in the O Litter is Oscar.

See more on the Oscar page.

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Introducing Siberian kitten Obi

Siberian kitten Obi at 3 weeks old, 22 May 2017

Siberian kitten Obi at 3 weeks old, 22 May 2017

The second-born kitten in the O Litter is Obi. The name means “heart” in Nigerian, according to the internet, at least. 🙂

Getting photos of Obi was really hard. He just wouldn’t stop racing around. Hence the flash photo.

See more on the Obi page.

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Introducing Siberian kitten Otis

Siberian kitten Otis at 3 weeks old, 22 May 2017

Siberian kitten Otis at 3 weeks old, 22 May 2017

Thanks everyone for the name suggestions! We received heaps of great names starting with “O” so it wasn’t an easy process – but we think these names suit each kitten very well.

The first-born kitten is the only tabby in the litter and we have named him Otis. We’ll introduce the others over the next few days.

See more on the Otis page.

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O Litter kittens at 4 weeks old

O Litter Siberian kittens at 4 weeks old, 26 May 2017

O Litter Siberian kittens at 4 weeks old, 26 May 2017

Here’s a photo from a few days ago of our most recent kittens, the O Litter. The mother is Ksana and the father is Felix.

The kittens (all boys) and their mum are doing fine. The kittens have just been named and we’ll start introducing them in coming days!

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Low-allergen kitten Suki is a hit in Sydney

Siberian kitten Suki with Scott, May 2017

Suki and Scott, May 2017

Suki is the former Mira from our M litter. She lives in Sydney now with Scott and Paula who had been on our list for quite a while, as they needed an extremely low allergen kitten.

They had previously tried a Siberian from an Australian breeder but discovered that not all Siberians are low-allergen! At Seacliffe Siberians we test all our kittens for the protein that causes most allergic reactions, and Suki’s rating was extremely low.

It sounds like Scott and Paula’s new kitten was well worth the wait.

Scott writes:

Everything is going great. Suki has settled in really well, and showing some signs of her mischievous mother! Generally, she is very needing of cuddles and attention (which she is getting bucket loads of, at the moment!), and is very attentive to us (I’mm sure she thinks she is human).

She has the most beautiful and delicate meow, and knows exactly when to use it. It’s almost like she is trying to talk to us!

The kids adore her, and can’t leave her alone, so constant handling and cuddles at the moment, but she is loving the attention.

See more on the Suki page.

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