Abyssinians in Need (Also Savannahs, Chausies, Egyptian Maus and Bengals)!

One website I periodically check is that of Purebreds Plus, the Northern California rescue organisation from which I adopted Angel, just to see what they’re doing. I live in Boston now, but I grew up in the middle of their territory; their headquarters is about 20 miles from where I grew up.

Right now, they are dealing with 35 “exotic” breeds, including Abys, that they recently took in. These poor cats were in tragic condition and needed quite a bit of vet care and many of them still aren’t healthy enough to be adopted out yet. Most of them were dangerously thin and are still trying to get their weight back up. All of them had raging diarrhea, ringworm, earmites and other parasites that were just debilitating.

One of the worst was a Ruddy Aby called Sha Sha. Her photos are graphic and just heartbreaking. Poor girl!

This is a wonderful rescue, and they’re completely volunteer. If you want to donate to a charity that puts 100% of contributions towards those it’s meant to help, this is one you can trust. They do wonderful work, and our Angel is living proof of that.

Aby-a-Day – Day 16 of 365

Jacoby is a typical Abyssinian in that he has an inborn need to get as high as he possibly can. We have a computer desk with an overhead shelf that he’s recently discovered.

Of course, he had to get up there and then stretch as far as he could.

Who does he think he is, Longcat?


Aby-a-Day – Day 15 of 365

I put some frozen meat in to marinate before cooking it in the crockpot. I put the styrofoam meat trays by the door to be taken out to the recycle the next time we went to the garbage room (the fact that the meat was still frozen is key; there was no meat juice and, presumably, very little meat smell on the trays).

Jake had other ideas. And, luckily, I have a video camera.

Aby-a-Day – Day 14 of 365

Today is Jacoby’s 9 month birthday. Purely by coincidence, I got the Land’s End jacket I ordered for him. It’s a bit big for him, but of course he’s still growing. He can wear Gun-Hee’s old parka, but he doesn’t like the sleeves; he keeps trying to step out of them and through the neck.

He looks very handsome in it, don’t you think? I swear he is actually posing for this photo, too: he walked to the door, sat down, and very deliberately turned his head just so!

I like the reflective trim on his coat. I think Angel likes it, too!

Aby-a-Day – Day 13 of 365

Sunday afternoon, Angel noticed dust floating in a particularly bright winter sunbeam. With her one eye, she notices things other cats either don’t notice, or do notice but don’t pay attention to.

Angel played with the dust in the sunbeam for much, much longer than this short video.

Aby-a-Day – Day 12 of 365

It’s really heartwarming how close Jacoby and Angel have become. They play together, they eat together, and they sleep together. I don’t know if they realise they’re both Abyssinians and bond together because of that, or if it’s something else.

I love this photo. Jake and Angel lounging in the sun…but what’s with that paw?


Aby-a-Day – Day 11 of 365

I made a one-eyed stuffed cat in Angel’s likeness (I found the most perfect fake fur and couldn’t resist).

Here is Angel with her “Mini-Me” in her favourite place, the shelf in front of the TV.



Aby-a-Day – Day 10 of 365

Another post about the new cat tree. This time, Angel defends the top deck from Jacoby’s advances. She can be very fierce when she wants to be. I left all the natural sound in, so you can hear the hissing and growling.

Tessie makes a cameo at the end.

Aby-a-Day – Day 9 of 365

As I posted on Tuesday, we got a new cat tree last weekend.

Here’s a short, rather silly little video of Jacoby trying out the new furniture.

Other People’s Abys – The Abys of YouTube

I’ve been posting a lot of videos of Jacoby and Angel using the miracle of YouTube. However, they are by no means the only Abys on there.

In the “Abys eat anything” vein, we have this little guy eating cucumber (and asking for more!):

Then there’s Stewie. I’m pretty sure “crazed Abyssinian” is redundant…

This Belgian Aby is another one who likes to go for walks on his leash!

Finally, we have Abyssinian siblings Nico and Nina in Japan – this pair has their own YouTube channel!

These are only a few examples. One could probably spend an entire week just watching videos of Abyssinians. They all seem to be personalities!

Aby-a-Day – Day 8 of 365

Gun-Hee used to steal packets of treats and carry them back to his little house, where he would get Kylie to chew them open for him. They would both then share the spoils. Jacoby also does this, but for some reason he doesn’t need Kylie to open the packets – he can chew them open himself!

We have Gun-Hee’s house in storage now, but Jake has his own places to hide his treasures. During the holidays, the Christmas tree was one of these places…

Aby-a-Day – Day 7 of 365

One of the LOLcats featured on I Can Has Cheezburger.com today used the phrase “Cat-Like Typing Detected.” I found this particularly amusing since Angel has recently discovered the warming properties of my MacBook.

I have to scrupulously remember to keep it closed if I’m not using it, or else I’ll come back to find this:

And, on closer inspection, cat-like typing is indeed detected…


Either that, or she’s searching my laptop for cheezburgers…

Aby-a-Day – Day 6 of 365

Today in , someone asked about the weird things people’s cats like to eat. I responded:

Despite being an obligate carnivore, Jacoby (icon) loves people food.

Among the things he will eat are:

Cheetos, and

Butternut Squash soup (yes, he is finishing his own little bowl)!

Most cats will want to try things we eat, on the premise that if we’re eating it, it must be good. Jake’s the first cat who’ll eat everything he tries!

Aby-a-Day – Day 5 of 365

We got a new cat tree at Petco on New Year’s Day. All the cats love it, but of course the Abys especially love it. Angel loves the cubbyhole on the bottom and the top deck, while Jacoby likes all the scratching surfaces and he loves going from level to level through the holes and doorways.

Here’s the two of them loving the new tree, Angel on top and Jake in the middle.


Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

I’ve been getting the Page-a-Day Cat Calendar for years. Today’s page featured a handsome Somali family from Germany:

Aby-a-Day – Day 4 of 365

Angel adopted the bed under the coffeetable as her hideout.

Apparently, no one mentioned it to Jacoby.


Aby-a-Day – Day 3 of 365

Since we adopted Jacoby, he and have been Aby BFFs. Angel was a rescue, and spent a night in the pound, had severe upper respiratory infections that resulted in her losing an eye and then had a violent reaction to the prothesis that was put in and had to have more surgery. She spent seven months in a foster home before I brought her back from California, during which she was bullied by the resident cats and had to be kept in a bedroom of her own (she got along with several foster Abys, but they were adopted and she was left alone again).

When I brought her home, Tessie and Kylie, our two girls, were less than welcoming. It took Angel 5 months to finally stand up to them and not run and hide if they looked at her.

Jacoby changed all that. He came to our house on August 1, and within a week the two Abys were fast friends. Angel and Jake not only play, but Angel is most often the initiator and the agressor in their battles. It’s wonderful to see.

Here’s a shot of Jake and Angel playing. There’ll be more of these over the year, no worries.


Aby-a-Day – Day 2 of 365

On New Year’s Eve, we had a Pixar movie marathon. Angel, who always loves to watch TV from as close as she possibly can, unsurprisingly was as into the movies as we were.

She also loves to play with the images onscreen. Baseball games are a particular favourite, but animated features are good too (she’s also had an interesting interaction with the EmeryCat commercial).

Here’s Angel playing with the fish in Finding Nemo.

Aby-a-Day – Day 1 of 365

Welcome to the reinvention of Gun-Hee’s LiveJournal. In his memory, I’ll be posting an Aby a day for the year; mostly these will be Angel, our one-eyed rescue Red Abyssinian, and Jacoby, the Ruddy Abyssinian half-brother of Gun-Hee (they have the same father, the late Pellburn Scarface Cat-Pacino), but I’ll also post other Abyssinians I find along the way.

To start the new year, two short videos showing Jacoby’s naughtiness…

This is what he does while I’m sleeping. He bites my earring because he knows it’ll wake me up instantly. He’s even managed to get one and run off with it once or twice.

And here’s Jake chewing on our Christmas tree. This was taken yesterday; keep in mind that we put it up the day after Thanksgiving, and he’s still going after the lower branches as though he’d never seen them before. Silly cat!