Aby-a-Day – Day 212 of 365

I don’t usually like taking photos with the flash. I don’t like the way the lighting and colours and shadows look in a photo taken with a flash, and, especially with photos of cats, there’s a better than average chance you’re going to end up with glowing lazor eyes. But there is one thing that flash photography does really, really well: stopping action you can’t see with the naked eye.

Like what it looks like when a cat shakes his or her head. This is a thing which, when frozen, can be quite amusing.


Aby-a-Day – Day 211 of 365

For some reason, and I’m really not sure why, Jacoby seems to believe that he is immune to the rules the other cats need to obey. You know those basic, everyday rules, like stay off the kitchen counters?


Yeah, those rules.


They don’t apply to Jake. And when I figure out why that is, I’ll let you know.

Have Tiara, Will Travel – Moorea the Therapy Cat

I love this story about Moorea, a well-travelled therapy cat. It really inspires me to go out and practice more with Jake!

It also kind of inspires me to get him a kitty stroller like Moorea has. It seems like it would be awesome to take him out to visits in.

Aby-a-Day – Day 210 of 365

I’m really not sure why, but for some reason when Jacoby rides the T, he gets the uncontrollable urge to lick his chops.



It even hits him before he actually gets on the train!


Aby-a-Day – Day 209 of 365

Jacoby’s enthusiasm is contagious sometimes. Even a simple ride on the T turns into a fun adventure.


Angel’s Long Lost Twin Brother?

I was randomly browsing the purebred Abyssinians on Catster the other day to see how many cats I needed to click through to get to either Jacoby or Angel (I only needed to click through 7 Abys to get to Angel’s profile, which was kind of cool), and I came across Jackson aka One-Eyed Jack, a red Abyssinian in Milpitas, CA.

Needless to say, I was stunned by his similarity to Angel – they’ve even lost the same eye! She’s also from the Bay Area, though I’m not sure where (she was fostered in Pleasanton), and what I know of her story is also very much like Jack’s:

“A friend of mom’s had an aunt who was a breeder. Her colony was getting too large and was overrun with herpes. Jack and Ray share a father, and they both received ocular herpes from their mothers.”

I wonder if they’re related? It’s entirely possible.

Also, check out this photo of Travertine, a 15 year old red boy in Altadena, CA, and his Thanksgiving turkey…well, it’s almost his, anyway. If that isn’t a classic Aby photo, I don’t know what is! After all, as I once said, I totally believe that, of all cat breeds, it would be an Abyssinian who got stuck inside a turkey.

Aby-a-Day – Day 208 of 365

My husband commented that our other two cats, Kylie and Tessie, must be jealous of The Abys because they don’t get a “day” of their own. And he may be right. So here are Kylie and Tessie…with Abyssinians.


Tessie with Angel at the vet. Usually, Tessie tends to bully Angel…but I guess at the vet, everyone bands together against the enemy.


Jacoby and Kylie are a little closer. They have so much in common: running in the hallway, cruising for treats, going to the park…


And, because I’m sure people wonder what it looks like…dinnertime chez us. As you can see, Jake really loves his dinner!