Happy Pet Owners
This page is dedicated to the happy owners of some of Abyrose Abyssinians & Ocicats. Making people happy & seeing them get so much enjoyment from their pets is very rewarding for me.
I often get sent lovely emails with photos from pet owners, here are a few of them.
(Spectre - Tawny Spotted Ocicat kitten)
Just thought you might like to see what a beautiful girl she is growing into!
And smart...she taught herself to open the laundry door, plays fetch with a ball and walks on a lead and is an absolute delight.
Thank you for her early socialisation, she is warm, affectionate and very very responsive as well as easy to train.
Jane - November 2015
Saga (Tawny Abyssinian)
I thought I'd send you my happy owner testimonial on Saga's 1st birthday. :)
Saga is a wonderful cat. She didn't have any acclimatisation issues when I brought her home. She coped extremely well with the flight from Palmerston North to Auckland. She was inquisitive and was happy exploring her temporary holding room, playing with her toys, and climbing the cat tree. We did a gradual introduction to Sparx (our rescue cat who was 7 months old at the time) over a period of 3 days. They have been inseparable companions from the start as you can see in the photos. I have to thank you for the wonderful socialisation you do with your kittens. Saga is very playful and friendly. She's never bitten or scratched us and loves belly rubs. (Which I guess is the true test of a cat's trust.) She loves the company of people and is very sociable. Both her and Sparx know what the word "food" means and run to the kitchen pantry in expectation of a feed. :)
When I saw your latest photos of Reno, I couldn't help but notice how much she looks like her father. The photos of her walking on the balcony and the close ups were taken on 23/8. The one of her sitting on her "plinth" (the lounge WiFi access point) was taken when she was 5 months old at the end of January.
Thank you once again for letting me purchase one of your kittens. I tell my friends who are thinking of getting an Abyssinian to contact you.
Brad - 24th August 2015
(Tachka - Chocolate Spotted Ocicat kitten)
Thought I'd give you a wee update.
Tachka is doing amazingly well. She zooms everywhere, sleeps on our bed or underneath the covers, let's out a talkative meow if you haven't picked her up and is an absolute delight. She is very chilled when we pick her up, not trying to get away and very interested in what is happening. She hangs out with Nemo as can be seen in the photo, usually using him as a hot water bottle or pillow.
Her favourite toys are bits of paper screwed up and string.
Vesna - April 2014
Phoenix & Raven
Just wanted to share some of the joy we have been experiencing over the last 10 months. Phoenix and Raven are the love of our life. Each has their own very distinct personality. Raven is so curious about everything that she is the first one to say hello to strangers. Phoenix is very laid back and easy going. She loves to drape on me.
We have each developed a strong bond with a specific cat. Phoenix is bound to me and Raven is bound to Jo. They are the most amazing cats, truly living up to their dog like reputation. We have trained them to use the toilet and to come for walks with us. Raven has taken to using the toilet so easily.
Video of Raven using the toilet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usX4o0hN35E
Rowan and Jo - May 2013
Bambi, Hershey & Smudge (black cat)
This is just a catch up to let you know how Hershey & Bambi are doing. They have settled in really well and are getting along with Smudge. I have enclosed some photos of Smudge and Hershey playing in the rustle tunnel, Smudge and the girls grooming each other and snuggling on the sofa.
They have been to the vet for their vaccinations and check ups and are growing really well and are really healthy and happy. They are both mischievous but Bambi can be stopped in her tracks with a firm “NO” and Hershey is wiser and checks out where we are before she goes ahead and does something naughty anyway! They are really funny and now that Smudge plays with them too we have hours of entertainment at night where they are up and down their climbing frame and back and forward through the rustle tunnel!
We love them to bits and are very happy with them!
Fiona de Groot & family - August 2012
Sparky the Abyssinian kitten
Here is a photo of Sparky :-) He as grown so much in just a few weeks. The children absolutely love him. he is just a delight, he puts up with being carried around by my five yr old :-) We have a roster system to share out the nights as everyone fights over whose turn it is to have him in their bed :-) :-)
His favourite thing is to stand in the sink next to the shower (seen in photo) and then put his paws up on the glass of the shower door and watch us having a shower and chase the water droplets!
We love him to pieces and are so happy we got him. :-) :-)
Claire & family - June 2012
We just love our two Abyssinian kittens - Fritz (ruddy) and Pipi (sorrel) who are both now 8 months old. They are an endless source of entertainment and are just so cheeky.
Fritz has proven himself to be a socialite around the neighbourhood - we often get calls from people to say that Fritz has just wandered in and made himself at home!
They are always bringing us "presents" - we have rescued countless skinks and today it was the first weta. Fritz seems to have a fetish for polystyrene - most days we either come home to find a piece has been left on the lounge floor, or we hear the squeaking of it rubbing on the plastic cat flap as he brings it through.
One day we just laughed and laughed - there was a piece one metre long next to the cat flap on the outside - he'd obviously given up on trying to get that one through! Something slowly but surely is being dismantled in the neighbourhood! An oily rag was presented to us one day - funnily enough the chap across the road had called to say the day before that Fritz was visiting him in his garage! Large leaves are always a favourite as well.
They both adore their little fur mice toys. A favourite game is where we throw it a distance away, they race after it and bring it back to us to throw again! Just like little dogs!
They are both very smoochy and loving and like to be stroked and scratched - they both roll over and stretch their legs out for more.
Thanks Jody for giving us these gorgeous family pets. We adore them.
Warm regards, Suzanne, Christian, James and Emma.
Ra (top) and Bastet still wet! (bottom)
When we first got our wee man off you we hadn't had time with him to appreciate and see the results of all the time and effort you had put into him. Now we can look back and think wow! We did not and still haven't had a single accident with him as regards toileting. My partner is in a wheelchair, we have carers who are using noisy equipment day in and day out. He has his favourites and follows them for cuddles and will often sit on the equipment so he can see and supervise what is going on! He has won a lot of hearts! Thank you again for breeding a cat that has such a wonderful temperament.
His name after much searching is Einstein as we think he is a little genius!
I am typing one handed at the moment as he is asleep curled up in
my arm. Einstein is a very smoochy and cuddly cat. He loves hugs,
is very chatty, purrs all of the time and follows me everywhere I
go. Fortunately we are at home most of the time so he has company
nearly 24/7. He is interested in everything we do and loves a
challenge! If something is unattainable then it is his mission to
figure out how to get it. Einstein loves it when I have been to the supermarket. You would think that supermarket bags were designed for him. He loves to climb inside them especially when there are groceries and its a bonus if
one of them contains Muffins. He will drag the packet out across the
floor and try and get to them (photo attached).
My parents have 2 dogs (a toy poodle and a poodle/maltese cross
puppy) and live out of town. I was really worried when they said
they were coming to stay because Einstein had not had contact with
dogs before and we had not long had him. I don't know why I was concerned! The poodle took one look and decided that playing with a kitten was beneath him and ignored Einstein. And, the puppy who was the same age as Einstein thought that all his Christmas's had come at once - he had a new friend. They loved each other, kitten chasing puppy round the room then puppy chasing kitten, tumbling on the floor together, washing each other and sleeping
together. He has a very big personality and does a lot of things that make us
laugh. Take Care
Einstein is a chocolate classic Ocicat 'classicat'
Orlando is a cinnamon ticked Generation 1 Ocicat
I've attached a few pics so you can see what he's been up to. He’s a really remarkable character!
Orlando is incredibly nosey and brave. He certainly doesn’t have a fear of anything new and is always ready to cause mischief and to investigate new things. Except hair brushes! He is really scared of hair brushes...vacuum cleaners no, but a hair brush will really freak him out! He is loved dearly by his family especially his 'big brother' cat Williams. Williams would probably say otherwise but a picture tells a thousand words and Orlando has big cat wrapped round his paw. He loves the great outdoors but spends most of his time getting stuck up in the plum tree and then looking miserable until Mum gets him down. Another great pass time is to help with baths. He loves water and will attempt to walk around the very skinny edge of our bath when someone is in it. So far he has fallen in twice! It does nothing to put him off, he just gets out, licks himself dry and comes back for another go. He is always full of the joys of life and loves to help wherever he can. Laundry is a firm favourite chore and he often has a go at rearranging clothes on the indoor drying rack. It’s also really cool as a jungle gym for him as you will see. Very agile, he will often scale it and walk around on top. When he's not doing that he will most likely be stealing knickers and racing through the house with them in his mouth.
Orlando is such a wonderful addition to our family - I don’t know what we did for entertainment without him!
Regards Jane Toy and family ~ August 2008
Hi Jody, we just took Saffron to the vet
today for her next injection. He said that she was doing really
well and stated what a placid, good natured kitten she was. She
is a delightful kitten and very, very friendly. She even allows
James to put her in the toy push chair and quite happily lets
him push her around the house in it. Thanks so much for helping
her to be so friendly. I think we've all been licked over many
times. We are so please to have her as an addition to our
family. The vet was also impressed with the cat care sheet that
you gave us-said it was really good information. He also
suggested that we microchip her as well which we'll do in
Thank you ever so much for THE most wonderful Ocicat!! He is everything I hoped for and more....and you know what high expectations I had! I wanted a companion. Well, dear little Xavi is always with me and I feel very connected to him as a result of his wonderful long held direct eye contact. He is not a “lap cat” but is almost always in the same room as me, follows me from place to place, inspects what I am doing, often "helps" or is just happy to be near. If I pick him up and want him on my lap he is happy with that too. Household tasks are much more enjoyable now that Xavi is involved. He is such a character. Does all sorts of funny things and I seem to continually be laughing at his antics. One day he actually walked the length of the bath when it was filled with about 4 inches of water. He carries all sorts of things around in his mouth and looks simply charming doing so. I am delighted that he is fine in the car so he often comes with me to town. He is even such a smart boy that I have started clicker training with him. He loves to play fetch .....great way to give him exercise and I don’t even have to move! Oh, by the way now that he is with me I can’t bear the thought of him being exposed to dangers outside so have decided to keep him inside and will have an outdoor enclosure built for him. Well, I could go on and on about Xavi but really just wanted to thank you for your dedication as a breeder because if Xavi is any indication, your cats are absolutely amazing!!
Denise, Kerikeri - Nov 07
I have to report that Dougie is a delight – he is very intelligent and definitely boss !! He loves being out doors and brining us little goodies, such as cicadas, moths, birds and, joy of joy, mice !!! Although he is a great hunter, he is also a great people cat and loves a cuddle.
One of his great tricks is to jump up onto the stool in the kitchen for a treat. We taught him not to jump up on the bench by putting him on the stool so he could “see” what was going on, and giving him a treat for being a good boy and staying there!!! When we were training him to go outside (because he has no fear he would have run off straight away) we used to put a little harness on him with a bell. We walked him around the house several times over a couple of months and then started to let him out on his own. He always comes when we call him which is really lovely. When he wanted out for a walk he used to jump up and knock his harness and bell onto the floor and sometimes bring it to us in his mouth!! He’s just such a great character. Another quirky thing that I haven’t seen before in a cat, is that he seems fascinated with water. He loves to sit on the bathroom sink and “pat” the water out of the tap when we’re trying to clean our teeth, or if Andrew is having a shave in the morning, and he’d rather lap the water from the shower than drink from his bowl. When I have a bath he walks around and around the bath rim and pats the water on the way. I’m sure one of these days he’ll slip in!!!!
I’ve attached a couple of photos that were taken in March so you can see how he’s doing. NB: Dougie is a chocolate silver ticked Gen 2 Ocicat
Cheers Avril (Christchurch) - April 07
At last we have managed a few of pictures of Lorenzo. It is hard to get him still in one place- we have a lot of blurred photos!.
He has a few favourite spots such as the top of the wardrobe and the
highest shelf where the towels are stored. He loves to climb trees and
hunt cicadas- and the odd bee! He also has a penchant for eating green
beans and asparagus which he "steals" when no-one is looking!
He likes to get up early and eat and then climbs up the door to try to
open it to go outside. He is very much a people oriented cat and likes
to have company. At night he sleeps curled up in his polar fleece rug
on the spare bed in our son's room- or nestled in his hair which he
kneads and dribbles into!
We have never had a cat who settled in so quickly and happily. Full of
curiosity and affection, he likes lots of attention, sometimes gets
very wild and races madly around the house and jumps out to tackle us
around the legs!
He talks and purrs and walks all over us- including leaping onto our
backs, shoulders and heads! at unexpected moments. Visitors are all
greeted with interest and he loves to stretch out and have his spotted
He is growing fast and is more compact than his month older "cousin"
who has a slimmer build. Lorenzo reminds us a lot of our beloved
Abyssinian with his antics and his personality and is just so
You have bred not only a very beautiful looking kitten but a happy and
healthy well adjusted little thing who is full of the joys of life. He
is just how we hoped he would be and we all love him to bits.
Sophia (Loren) our new Ocicat has settled into our home and made it her own. The Italian Sophia is known for her beauty and elegance; our Sophia has the same qualities plus a whole lot of energy and inquisitiveness.
Sophia or Sophie for short keeps us entertained, she likes to bring the outdoors inside, leaves and twigs are the norm in our house now. Folded washing and soft toys are moved about the place (she does have lots of kitten toys to entertain her self with). Socks, jocks and teddy bears anything that can be thrown up in the air or knocked down the stairs is snatched.
We have a nine year old Siamese boy who was missing his old mate who passed away last year. He has accepted Sophie as his new friend and is good humoured towards her and her antics. It is so nice to see him back to his old self, cats like company and Sophie who is a social little kitten has fitted in with him well. They sometimes share the same food bowl which is nice to see, in winter they will snuggle up together to keep each other warm.
So thank you Jody for sending us Sophia, she is a lovely girl.
Liz and John (Christchurch) - March 07
Well, Lily is nearly six months old now and we've absolutely adored
getting to know her. She is everything I could possibly want from a
kitty companion. She is so affectionate, but at the same time
confident, easy-going and independent. She is incredibly relaxed with
children of all ages (she has become a neighbourhood favourite and is
so gentle and patient with the various little kids who instantly fall
for her and then want to carry her around! I couldn't tell you the
number of times I've given 'how to pick up a cat' lessons ((and not
wander off with her!!!)) on the footpath outside our house).
Strange dogs are about the ONLY thing that faze her.
Lily sleeps in our bed every night and mothers us all at every chance she gets.
She has an incredible vertical leap and can even out-sprint Alfie!
Alfie has completely and unashamedly fallen for her, and they are very
good at looking out for each other.
She is very vocal in a truly charming way. She's not loud like a
Siamese, but more like R2D2 from Starwars! A little bleep and whirl
for every emotion. Lily also has a 'hello' sound which sounds exactly
like a duckling quacking - she also cracks this out when she spots
something 'stalk-worthy'. It's so cute.
Lily also likes to bring me things, from flowers to lizards, and she
likes to carry toys around in her mouth so it would be very easy to
teach her to fetch!
Little Lilybelle has completely stolen our hearts and Alfie is
definitely happier now that he has her company.
Thanks so much for entrusting us with her, she's an absolute gem.
Kathryn - Chch (March 07)
|Tobais is now 7 months old and he has been such a
delight ever since we
have brought him home, he is so loving and communicates with us all the
time, he loves to play fetch and when he goes out side he is always
calling us to go around the yard with him, he has his favourite chair
now and likes to watch the animal planet on TV (I think it is the animal
noise's and movement), when he goes outside he will always come back
meowing when he has caught something, and believe it or not he enjoys
rides in the car, he is too cute for words sometimes, and we spoil him
Colleen and John
Stokes Valley (March 07)
As you can imagine, our once tranquil house is very chaotic with a puppy and kitten in residence ... but lots of fun!
The puppy is called Devo and after his flight from Akld took 24 hrs to settle in and feel at home. Sinbad took 24 seconds! He didn't even bother inspecting the premises, just leapt on the nearest toy and started playing.
We of course were anxious about the first puppy/kitten encounter. Devo sniffed Sinbad who responded to his greeting by hissing and scratching Devo's nose. Devo promptly leapt backwards and peed on the carpet! (Classic 'dog' act of submission) Once 'The boss' was established, they became firm friends as you can see from the photo attached.
Allan is besotted with the little monster and he can get away with murder. Yes I'm starting to get jealous of the cat :-) !
Sinbad is growing fast certainly nothing wrong with his appetite!
All in all he is very happy with his surroundings: - nice home - easy to manipulate humans - good food - great toys - puppy companion to torture, then use as a pillow .... he couldn't be happier :-) !!
Jane & Allan - Wellington (March 07)
Jody I cannot thank you enough, we are all really very happy with Jiggy and are equally as happy that he has managed to settle down with us and to say that he is part of family would be an understatement as he is probably the heart of our family now!
As you will see from the photos he is very adventurous (bath tub, linen cupboard etc) and he comes for rides in the car to the shops, to drop Mikalah off to her caregiver in the morn and just when I am turning the car around in the driveway.
He often climbs up on top of the fridge and sleeps in the sun during the day too. He also loves sleeping on the windowsills in the sun and chasing the flies, bugs etc that we have taken to Venetian blinds in most rooms of our house now. We went through 4 sets of nets in our bedroom till we gave in and finally got blinds.
Jiggy and out dog Tui get on like a house on fire and they have become quite close. They often run around the yard chasing each other or a ball. we even caught him with a wee field mouse, just toying with it and chasing through the grass giving it a few soft banters between his paws before he finally got sick of that game and came inside.
He has also done really well with toilet training and now meows at the closed door if he needs to go outside to the toilet.
Well I really wanted to let you know how happy we are with Jiggy.
Nic, Mike, Mikalah, Jiggy and Tui
NB: Jiggy was an ex Ocicat stud that went to his new home in October 2006.
|Hi Jody, Here's a photo of
Eliot taken yesterday (14.9.02), so you can see what a handsome
boy he's grown into!
He is very cuddly, loves to follow us everywhere (except when he's sleeping in the sun) and he talks to us a lot in his quiet, scratchy voice. He really is delightful!
Erica & Bruce ~ Nelson.
|Keiko & Jamara at play 4 months old ~ Wellington.
Hi Jody, Keiky is very cheeky and very vocal - she talks all the
time!! And Jim (Jamara) is very laid back and teaches her sister
what she knows. Actually, Jim seems as though she is very
"street wise" about every thing! They cannot stand to be
apart, and when they are together they cause
Olly has fallen in love with the girls and cries whenever they leave (although Steph told me today when Murray and I left last night she cried for us!!) very cute... She is a very happy little pussy cat and purrs whenever any of us get too close to her.. ....and PL AY... she's exhausting!! she fetches anything .. and even brings the chosen object to our feet... for us to throw first thing in the morning or before we've even thought about playing!!!.. it is needless to say extremely amusing!!.. she can be a bit timid if she gets a fright.. but she has a 'safe place' to go.. We haven't let her venture out side by herself yet but she's been out with us and gets easily lost in the undergrowth with her spots!! they are a great camouflage.... Everything they say about them is so true.. she loves having conversations and we are learning her different meows.. as no doubt she's learning ours.. she is very smart..
Jude ~ Wellington
|Hi Jody, Minka has been nothing but a pleasure for both
Delwyn and I and is definitely a loving, companion cat, we've loved her
from the day she arrived. Delwyn and Minka are almost inseparable
at times. She is very vocal and has the most expressive body
language of any cat we have ever known. When she's pleased to see
us, or has had enough attention, she will twitch her whole back and
flick her tail in a generous arc. She's a keen hunter and brings
home all of her prizes for us to admire and Ben to steal.
Benjie has developed into a beautiful boy and is very cuddly in a boy sort of way! He's become a firm friend of Minka....even though he gets a bit boisterous at times and she beets him up as a result. He is a busy, very chatty wee man.
Richard & Delwyn ~ Wellington
is a picture of Thor at 3 months. This is one of the few photos the
he’s stayed still in! We are enjoying having him with us immensely.
Having him around makes our house feel more like a home. He gets on
quite well now with our other cat Taffeta. She has accepted him and
protects him from other cats that come into our garden. They don’t
sleep with each other (as Thor would like) but sometimes share the
beanbag. Thor loves going outside and playing in our huge backyard. He
and Taffeta play a lot together out there, which is always amusing.
We’ve come to learn his likes and dislikes. He is not a fussy eater (unlike Taffeta), but tries to eat out of the same bowl as Taffy. But Thor doesn’t like having to eat his biscuits and not Taffeta’s. When he eats he bites the biscuits too hard and they fly out of his mouth! Thor always jumps up when he hears a car and runs to the door to meet anyone coming in. Our friends all love him and he has been a great asset to our social life! He is very cuddly and bubbly, exactly what we wanted. We haven’t quite got him to walk on a leash yet but he carries toys in his mouth. He is a great little purer who can be heard from across the room. Thor always comes and sits on someone’s lap when they are on the computer and loves watching the letters come up on the screen. Sometimes he helps type! Thor has little bands of lighter fur on each of his toes, which looks very cute. He stands up on his hind legs quite a lot to see better and to reach things. He does a really cute thing when he reaches up for a toy and he can’t get it, he rubs his paws over his head. I think we’ve used about a film and a half in total with pictures of Thor, though in most of them he’s moved!
Pam, Olivia, Richard and Thorö
Hi Jody, These photos were taken about a month ago, you'll see that they have settled in and they enjoy playing with the grandchildren.
They seem unfazed by anything. None of the appliances seem to worry them - the dishwasher, dryer, washing machine - even the vacuum cleaner.
They also investigated the walnut tree!! Dembie came down and left Opal up there - piteously mewing but she came down with encouragement.
They are lovely cats and have grown a lot.
So thanks again for breeding such lovely animals - we are getting a lot of pleasure from them.
Regards, Janice ~ Hastings
(you'll need to look hard to spot the abys in the tree!)
Aynsley joined our family in the middle of February this year. He is now 6 months old. He has been our pride and joy. Friends have visited and fallen in love with him. He has a contagious nature and amuses us to no end. He believes in hierarchy with him sitting at the top. Taking photographs of him is easy, he loves attention and the flash is all glamour! He is extremely affectionate and very bright. He fetches his toys and loves feathers. He sleeps in our bed under the duvet, of course. He wakes us every morning punctually at 6.30am by walking across our face and purring loudly in our ear! We love him to bits and unfortunately, he knows it! He loves food especially Apple and Cinnamon muffins from Muffin Break.
Since Aynsley joined our family, we could never imagine life without him. He belongs to us as we do to him. He loves helping with the girls’ homework and his favourite bedtime chore is to turn the pages of Jessica’s book well before she is ready for the page to be turned! We are training him to walk with a harness but as he believes he is not a cat, it has not been easy! He flips on his back whenever the harness is on and lays there with his feet in the air until we remove the harness. All this is done in good humour. As we love him so very much, how could we possibly be cross with him. He can do no wrong in our eyes.
Thanks again Jody for the lovely baby you gave to us. We are so very happy with him. Warm regards, Susi ~ Christchurch.
Rocky & Star - Ocicats
Rocky and Star are two very bright lights in my life, they are more than just pet cats, they really are family to me and I want the best for them. Spoilt rotten, yes, and with pride!
Believing that it is natural for cats to venture outside, I allowed them daytime access to mother nature to chase birds, bees, but mostly their tails. I considered it fair and reasonable to do this, as they were not allowed out at night time due to obvious dangers.
Rocky suits his name in every way – he is a tough cat, but unfortunately he likes to be on the road. Despite my serious attempts to dissuade him for all things dangerous, one day I came home from work to find him (he didn’t come when he was called!) huddled in his travel box, unable to move, and with tire marks on his face!
I knew instantly a car had hit him, goodness knows how he managed to walk up a steep flight of steps with a broken spine (just past his tail) – but he did, and he waited for me.
Utterly shocked and filled with fear, I raced Rocky off to the Vet as fast as possible.
His condition could not be determined until the next day. Later that night I found his blood in the litter box. The wait was agonizing!
It took weeks for Rocky to heal and the pain to subside, months for him to regain balance, and it was expensive as I took extra measures to ensure he recovered fully i.e. I had him placed in a cattery to monitor his behaviour (he could have lost his bowel and bladder functions due to nerve damage in the spine!) and restrict his movement while he was recovering. He was only ten months old when the accident happened and the Vet assures me that he may live to a grand old age, so long as he stays off the road and away from other dangers!! My message is simple: keep your cats indoors and off the roads.
Rocky is one very lucky cat – only 8 lives left, and I am going to make sure he holds on to all of them!
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