We currently have 2 breeding females. They are sisters and have been imported from Denmark from a breeder I have known for more than 20 years. I chose this particular breeder because she has always selected for outstanding temperament and stunning colour – I love a Somali that brightens up the room and looks like a miniature fox! The girls are everything I hoped for – utterly charming, affectionate and with lovely, distinct personalities.
Ianthe is the first one to appear when we have guests. She loves cuddles and hanging out and will drape herself over shoulders, laps, arms, legs and anything else she can get hold of. She is the more self-assured of the two and tends to be quite relaxed about things – only jumping on her sister when Izabelle has been a bit much! Life Is Good, she says. Just Need More Cuddles – Always!
She has a very distinctive voice and it took me ages to figure out that she sounded just like crocodile babies when they are hatching out of the egg!! She is also the one in charge of pointing out to us that it is time to be let out of the bathroom where her and Izabelle sleep some nights – she will play with the key hole and has even been known to turn the round door knob and let herself out…
Ianthe gets along well with everyone. She plays with all the other cats – both her sister, our big Maine Coon, Penny and our Chinchilla Persian, Ulysses. Even the dog – Molly – gets a lick and a kiss.
Izabelle is our super athlete. Just as affectionate as her sister, she is the one that will twirl through the air, throwing toys long distances and pouncing upon her. She is graceful and strong and brings her own intensity to life – cuddling and playing with the same air of throwing herself 100% into things.
She worships her sister and alternates between chewing on her and washing her. When they are away from home (visiting the veterinary practice or going to a show) she loves to use Ianthe as a mattress. Life Better That Way, she comments. Can’t Lose Her Then.
Izabelle would LOVE to be in charge of the household. She does her best to keep order by shouting at Penny (the Maine Coon), leading to some incredulous stares (Penny is twice her size), and her favourite hobby is bashing our dog – Molly – whenever she can to the point where Molly doesn’t even notice any more. She just rolls her eyes and ignores it.