Sharni was born on 2 march 1995 and was the last of 7 kittens in Min’s first litter. That makes her Suki’s litter sister.

She was also the smallest, and when she was born, she wasn’t breathing. It was something like 2.45 in the morning, and I was determined that after several hours of giving birth, Min wasn’t going to lose this last little one. I cleaned her up and dried her off and rubbed gently at her little chest. Wrapping her carefully in kitchen roll paper, I positioned her in my hands so that her head was towards my fingertips, and cupped my other hand over the top. Then I swung her downwards, trying to create a centrifugal force to clear her nose and throat from any mucus that might be stopping her from breathing. After a few swings, plus some more rubbing, she took a faint gasp of air and from that moment on, she was fine. However, after all that effort there was no way she would be going to live in another home!

Sharni tried to become a mum on two or three occasions but it wasn’t to be and she had to take her pleasure in kittens from her mum and her sister. She was a good auntie, but since she’s got a bit elderly she has taken a dislike to having kittens in the house, which is quite sad but very good for the kittens who learn to deal with a hissy relative – this gives them good preparation for departures to new homes where they might be going into a household with other cats. The kittens learn how to deal with the hissy behaviour and to them it’s nothing new. I have heard from new owners of Minahto kittens that they just persevere, and after only 3 or 4 days they usually manage to ingratiate themselves with the new cat family.

Sharni’s pedigree name is Minahto Akachan – following the Japanese connection this means “baby”. She’s a chocolate Burmese, and has managed to gain her Premier title at GCCF shows. Please see the links page if you want to access the GCCF website.

Sharni is probably the most aloof of all my cats. She will be cuddled – but only on her terms. She prefers just to make her way onto a lap and settle down. She hates having her tummy rubbed and will kick out if it’s attempted. She does however have the typical Burmese expression on her face, which some people have been known to describe as “evil” – but she’s not!