Tabby kittens in a basket

The four tabbies from the J Litter at 5 weeks old

The four tabbies from the J Litter at 5 weeks old, 7 Feb 2016

The four tabbies from the J Litter were in a playful mood while the two sealpoints were asleep so Judee entertained them with a piece of string.

Making this even more fun, they got to chase the string from the Buka basket which seems to be a favourite toy for all our kittens.

Jonty is the blue tabby at the rear. The others are Jespa, JoJo and Jonah (although I’m not sure of their position in the photo).

The J Litter are five weeks old and have been eating solid food for a few days.

The four tabbies from the J Litter at 5 weeks old

The four tabbies from the J Litter at 5 weeks old, 7 Feb 2016

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Cats figure out the Super Roller Circuit toy

We heard about the Cat Super Roller Circuit toy from Karli, who has Siberian kitten ‘Lace’ (formerly Hana). We thought it looked good, so when Judee saw it on sale she placed an order.

In this video, we had just finshed assembling the track and placing it on the kitchen floor. The video shows little Hoku and her mother Calina as they approach the toy for the first time.

It takes Hoku about 40 seconds to work out what to do. As soon as she hits the ball it lights up and the game is on!

As for our senior feline, Mari, she found another use for the track. She now sleeps there every night (and a good part of the day too).

Siberian cat Mari with the Cat Super Roller Circuit

Mari puts the Cat Super Roller Circuit to the sleeping test

Siberian cat Mari with the Super Roller Circuit

“I’ll play with this thing when you’re not watching me, OK?”

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Hollie welcomes the family home

siberian kitten Hollie

Robbie, Hollie and Tyler, January 2016

Siberian kitten Hollie is happily back with her family after their summer holiday during which they “missed her terribly,” reports Leanne.

Judging by the photo, it must have been a very nice reunion with the boys.

Hollie, a blue tabby with white, lives on Auckland’s North Shore.

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The J kittens have names

Thanks to everyone who suggested names for the J Litter kittens, by email or Facebook or comments on our website.

We received about 60 different names, so it was a challenge narrowing them down to just six. We tried to select the names that were most popular, and which also seemed to suit the kittens. We also wanted to avoid names that sounded similar. It wasn’t easy, but we sure had fun doing it. :-)

So here are the J Litter!

Siberian kitten JespaJ1: Jespa – female black tabby

Siberian kitten JuniperJ2: Juniper – male sealpoint

Siberian kitten JabberJ3: Jabber – male sealpoint

Siberian kitten JontyJ4: Jonty – male blue tabby

Siberian kitten JoJoJ5: JoJo – female black tabby

Siberian kitten JonahJ6: Jonah – male black tabby

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Video: J kittens photos – behind the scenes

During yesterday’s ‘first picnic’ for the J Litter, I recorded this video.

My favourite part is near the end, when the kittens’ mum Cecilia subjects the blue tabby kitten (J4) to a little ‘tough love’ with her back legs. This is not uncommon, and seems to do the kittens no harm.

But then you’ll see Judee reach over to pat Cecilia who immediately changes to licking J4’s head! (I wasn’t kicking, I was licking!)

And here’s a photo from the same session. I was on the floor, trying to get some individual photos, when Judee asked me to hand her the camera. J4 had decided to snuggle up to me. Great photo of J4!

20-day-old kitten J4 snuggles up with Neil during the J Litter's first picnic

20-day-old kitten J4 snuggles up with Neil during the J Litter’s first picnic. 23 January 2016

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First solo photos of the J Litter

Female black tabby Siberian kitten at 20 days old

J1: Female black tabby Siberian kitten at 20 days old, 23 January 2016

Today was a big day for the J Litter: they had their first ‘picnic’ outside the nest in which they were born 20 days ago.

We spread the blanket on the nursery floor, and one-by-one they took their first steps towards freedom. :-)

Naturally, they stayed close to their mother Cecilia most of the time.

The ‘first picnic’ was also an opportunity to get some individual photos. Taking photos of moving kittens isn’t easy (especially with my lack of skill), but at least these will give you an idea of their appearance.

As for their names, we will work on those over the next few days – matching your suggestions (thank you!) to each kitten’s personality.

And now for the photos: Continue reading

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Meet the J Litter!

J Litter Siberian kittens at 7 days old

J Litter Siberian kittens at 7 days old, 10 Jan 2016

Here are the first photos of the J Litter kittens, born on 3 January.

The J Litter kittens, in birth order, are:

  1. Female black tabby
  2. Male colourpoint
  3. Male colourpoint
  4. Male blue tabby
  5. Female black tabby
  6. Male black tabby

They all have their eyes open and are doing what babies do best: eating and sleeping!

The mother is Grand Champion Cecilia (Cici) and the father is Felix. They have mated once before, producing five kittens (the I Litter) with exceptionally good allergen levels. So here’s hoping for a repeat performance.

Cici is a great mother, devoted to her kittens. And eating like a horse!

If you’d like to suggest some names starting with J, please send them to us or post them in the comments below.

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Hoku is growing

5-month-old Siberian kitten Hoku wastes no time occupying the empty shopping bag

5-month-old Siberian kitten Hoku wastes no time occupying an empty shopping bag, 11 Jan 2016

Our H Litter kittens are now five months old, and we have no problem keeping tabs on their growth, as one of them has stayed with us for breeding.

Hoku, a black/brown tabby, seems to have inherited her mother Calina‘s fearlessness and taste for mischief. She is into everything, and we are constantly retrieving her from cupboards or other hiding places.

She likes it when we have visitors, and will curl up next to them, or find a lap to occupy.

Naturally, she cannot resist a shopping bag (whether full or empty) or a box of any kind.

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Michonne meets the Cat Dancer

Michonne plays with the Cat Dancer

4-month-old Siberian kitten Michonne plays with the Cat Dancer, 3 Jan 2016

Here’s another of our recent graduates from the I Litter: the mackerel tabby Inka, or as she’s known now, “Michonne”.

Michonne lives with Gaby and Jorge and their two sons on Auckland’s North Shore.

In the photo she’s playing with the Cat Dancer toy, which consists of a bit of springy wire with cardboard on the end. With a bit of practice, you can make the end of the Cat Dancer dip and dart like a flying insect.

The toys are made in the United States and we import them for our kittens to take to their new homes.

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Blue tabby Gracie has her first Christmas

Blue tabby Siberian kitten Gracie at 8 months old

Blue tabby Siberian kitten Gracie at 8 months old, 25 Dec 2015

Still in the Christmas spirit, here’s the latest photo of blue tabby kitten Gracie, who had apparently been getting into the tinsel.

Michaela writes:

Gracie is just a delight, she spends a lot of her day outside, and in particular enjoys the cicadas and quite often will bring one inside to show me and of course play with! In the mornings she’s full of little chirps as she comes in to see us, sometimes it’s tricky to get down the stairs due to all the affection and her being right ‘underfoot’ so to speak. Shes such a big gorgeous girl!

» See more on the Gracie page.

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