Hollie at 1 year old

Siberian kitten Hollie at almost 1 year old, 6 August 2016

Siberian kitten Hollie at almost 1 year old, 6 August 2016

This week we will be marking the first birthday of the H Litter kittens on 13 August.

Pictured above is Hollie, in a photo taken just a few days ago at her home in Auckland.

The other H kittens are Hana (now known as Lace) and Hoku, who lives with us and will soon be old enough to have her own kittens.

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Calina is ready for a new home

Calina on 15 March 2013, nine days before giving birth to the C litter

Calina on 15 March 2013, nine days before giving birth to the C litter

Sadly, we have decided it is time to find a new home for Calina – our 6-year-old retired queen.

Queen is exactly the right word, for Calina took charge of our home from the moment she arrived as a 12-week-old kitten, and has been the alpha cat ever since. She was an adventurous kitten and is very clever (e.g. figuring out how to open latched doors!). The other cats all defer to her but she is also loving and gentle.

After she had given birth to six beautiful litters, we decided to spay Calina.

And now, with another female about to arrive, our home is getting crowded and we know that Calina needs to find a new family for the rest of her life. This will be a wonderful opportunity for a family to get a low-allergen Siberian cat without having to wait up to 18 months for a suitable kitten.

Siberian cat Calina inflicts a little grooming on kitten Felix, 19 July 2014

Siberian cat Calina inflicts a little grooming on kitten Felix, 19 July 2014

If you are interested in adopting Calina, please contact us as soon as possible.

We have only 2 stipulations:

  1. You must love her and care for her as much as we have.
  2. You must commit to keeping her indoors (or in a securely cat-proofed yard) as she has been an indoor cat all her life and would be at extreme risk if allowed to roam. Sorry, but this is non-negotiable.

For more information about this very special cat, please visit the Calina page.

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Introducing Ksana

Siberian kitten Ksana at 10 months old, 27 July 2016

Siberian kitten Ksana at 10 months old, 27 July 2016

It’s time to meet the newest member of the team here at Seacliffe Siberians! Ksana arrived in New Zealand about two weeks ago and is now out of quarantine and has been living with us for a few days. She hasn’t met the other cats yet, but everybody knows there’s a new kid in town: ears are perked up, paws are exploring under doors and there’s a whole lot of sniffing going on.

Ksana was born at Starport Siberians in New Hampshire, USA. She is a 10-month-old seal-lynx-point-with-white Siberian kitten and she is extremely low-allergen.

Her father is Angara Stolichnaya (our Harley is also from the Angara Siberian cattery in Boston) and her mother is Whites Matryoshka of Starport (from our friend Mike White’s Siberian cattery in New Hampshire).

Ksana has been living in Canada for the past six months until she was old enough for the trip to New Zealand, and we know it was hard for her foster mum to say goodbye!

She has settled in very well. She is calm and affectionate, likes to purr and snuggle, and allows herself to be picked up. At the moment she is gradually being introduced to parts of the house so she can learn the territory. She will meet the other cats one by one after a few more days.

Siberian kitten Ksana at 10 months old, 27 July 2016

Siberian kitten Ksana at 10 months old, 27 July 2016

The Ksana page

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The flexible Hoku

Hoku fits herself to a round bed

“The bed is round – and so am I.” Hoku, July 2016

This is Hoku at eleven months old. The darkest of our cats, she is like her mother Calina in so many ways – strong, fearless and destined to be the alpha cat.

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Old Blue Eyes

Siberian cat Stoli at 3 years old, June 2016

Siberian cat Stoli at 3 years old, June 2016

We just received a number of photos of Stoli (ex Bailey) who now lives in Hong Kong.

Stoli, a cuddly low-allergen blue lynx point Siberian, is 3 years 9 months old.

He loves spending his days with Mike, Emily and their one-year-old daughter Aria.

See more photos on the Stoli page.

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Weather gets cold, kitten gets cuddly

Siberian kitten Michonne, age unknown but less than 10 months.

Siberian kitten Michonne, age unknown but less than 10 months.

Great to hear from Michonne’s family in Auckland. Michonne (ex Inka) is a female black/brown mackerel tabby.

I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately; maybe it is because Michonne has been even more affectionate on these colder days; I am truly happy to have my little fluffy girl around me all the time.

She is doing great and getting more beautiful every day; she absolutely LOVES her tall scratching post…. here are some pictures.

Take care,
Gaby

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Georgy gets comfy

Siberian kitten Georgy (ex Jonty), May 2016

Siberian kitten Georgy (ex Jonty), May 2016

Here’s another delightful photo of our former Jonty, now Georgy, enjoying life at his new home.

Georgy is an extremely low allergen Siberian.

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Communicating with your cat

This video is a quick summary of some key points in a New York Magazine article.

Researchers also found that cats use facial expressions to communicate. For example, a slow blinking of their eyes means they are comfortable (with you or another cat).

Check out the article, and here’s a link to some of the research.

And if you find yourself meowing, you may be going a little too far. 🙂

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Return of the Kit Cat Clock

Many years ago a friend gave us our first Kit Cat Clock, but finally its tail ceased wagging. We still looked at the spot on the wall, long after Kit Cat had been consigned to my workshop for eventual rebuilding.

Then, last month, while a friend and I were walking along a street in Ottawa, we chanced upon the Cats R Us store, which carried the full line of Kit Cat Clocks. Naturally I had to get one just like our original model.

Now we’re back on time, with our delightful Kit Cat Clock.

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Juniper is doing very well, thank you

Siberian kitten Toby

Siberian kitten Toby with his forever family, 30 Apr 2016

Many people have been asking us: “did you find a home for Juniper?”

The answer, as you can see from the photo above, is “Yes, indeed!”

You may recall that Juniper’s test results showed he was not a very low-allergen kitten (that’s why we always test!) but fortunately he’s just right for his new family in Wellington.

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