Jojo had a really hard delivery. She had 3 kittens and 2 of them did not make it and we're not sure why. But Joey came out screaming and fighting and I immediately knew he was a survivor. JoJo didn't have enough milk, even for 1 kitten, so I bottle fed the little man every 2-3 hours for about 3-4 weeks until he started eating on his own. It was exhausting, but very worth the effort. My husband Dan called him "little baby Joey" and it stuck. Little baby Joey it was.
As Joey started growing he turned into something that most siberian kittens turn in to: a very dangly and awkward looking teenager. At 3 months old he was not the prettiest kitten. He had no coat and just looked weird to me, but, this was my baby that I bonded with so closely through bottle feeding, he was going to stay, no matter what.
All of a sudden at about 5 months of age, his coat began to come in and at 6 months he was in full coat. I decided to take him to a few more shows, one of them being a huge show in Maumee, Ohio. The counts were high, there were over 70 kittens entered and I figured if I would come home with 2-3 finals I'd be a happy camper. He got 13 finals of which 7 best kitten finals.
At this show, Joey gathered so many points, that he went up in the rankings higher than I expected, and I was planning my strategy to try to get into the top 25 international and make it to best siberian kitten international. The fun things is that you're showing alongside other exhibitors that do the same, so often we all sit at our tables with paper work and scoring charts trying to figure out where we are in the standings.
It was a great show for us, we even made it into the local news paper and joey had heaps of admirers that stopped by, told him how handsome he is and gave him many pats on the head. When the show report came out we were so proud that Joey was overall best kitten in show in an amazing class of kittens.
And that's where we are now. Joey is best siberian kitten internationally at the moment, and i hope he hangs on to that position. He is #17 international so if he manages to stay in the top 25 international until the end of April when the show season ends, he will be an international winner. Joey is now 8 months old and has "aged out" as we call it. He is no longer a kitten but will in his next show compete in the cat class, where he is going to have to earn his keep, because he will be competing against bigger and more mature cats and he is still a youngster that still has a lot of developing to do