Very Aby Holidays – Safety and Enlightenment

Jake’s recent accident has made me realise the importance of having a first aid kit for cats on hand and at the ready. Entirely Pets has a convenient list of items you’ll need to stock it with. The one item that isn’t on the list is No-Chew Vet Wrap, which, I have discovered, is invaluable in keeping bandages from being chewed off, and may just keep your cat from needing to wear a Cone of Shame.

One more handy thing to have in your arsenal is The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Cat’s Symptoms. This isn’t the sort of book you would refer to for in-depth research, but when you’re trying to decide if you need to go to the emergency vet today or if you can wait to call the regular vet in the morning, it’s a great help.


If you go outdoors after sunset (which, depending on where you live, could start as early as 3:30pm), lighting = safety. There’s a company that understands this and makes an array of safety lights for humans and their pets. Nite-Ize Spotlit and Magic Marker especially are designed specifically for pets. Jake has two Magic Markers attached to the front bars of his stroller, and they help a lot in making it more visible at night. I also generally hang an LED wand from the handlebars as well. Combined with the reflective tape that already sewn into the sides of his stroller, I think we may be more visible in the dark than we are during the day!

Aby-a-Day – Day 334 of 365

Jacoby is so helpful in the kitchen!

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I don’t know what I ever did without his assistance.

Aby-a-Day – Day 333 of 365

While going though old photos looking for pictures of Gun-Hee and Patrick, I found this photo of Angel, taken about a week after we adopted her.


I was struck by the resemblance to this recent photo of Jacoby:


I guess there’s a reason the ancient Egyptians carved so many likenesses of them back in the day.

Very Aby Holidays – Abys on Etsy

It’s really amazing how many Abyssinians can be found on Etsy.

My most recent discovery is The Magic Sleigh’s holiday cat ornaments, including this perfectly charming Aby fellow helping with the Christmas lights.

Dusty Rose Designs has some wonderful porcelain cat items, and she also makes custom orders. She made these wonderful portrait sculptures of Jake and Angel based on my photographs.

You’ve seen my Orange-Brown (Aby) Cat at the Wine Bar tile hanging above the bathroom sink in the photos of Abys “helping” in the bathroom. Lulunjay makes over 200 different tile designs featuring different breeds of cats and dogs (and other animals) engaged in such whimsical endevours as drinking tea, taking baths and doing laundry.

I love Magic Bean Buyer’s Kittehs. They come in all different colours, but I think her Brown Kitteh looks a lot like Jake!

Another favourite of mine are Drenculture’s letterpress notecards. I have a set of his Aby With Butterflies cards…but they’re almost too nice to use!


And of course, no post about Aby (and cats in general) Art would be complete without Teri Persing’s Fat Cats. I’ve posted about these charming, chubby little guys before…but I just love them. Teri’s always coming up with new patterns and colours, so her shop can be dangerous to visit if you’re low on cash…but you will never, ever be disappointed when you adopt a FatCat (or six).

Greenies watched my YouTube video!

I got an email today from YouTube, with a comment on the video of Jake taking his pill in a Pill Pocket:

TheGREENIESBrand has made a comment on Jake Takes His Pill:
We are so happy that Jacoby enjoys Pill Pockets!

I’m sure they go through YouTube searching their products’ names…which by the way is the kind of day job I need! But it’s cool to know that they watch these things.

Aby-a-Day – Day 332 of 365

I don’t know why it is, but Jacoby loves the Christmas tree.


As soon as I finished setting the tree up, Jake camped out underneath it.


It’s really funny, because my Siamese Harri loved the tree, as did Gun-Hee, but the girls don’t seem to care about the tree at all. They certainly don’t camp out underneath it. He’s going to be sad when I start putting boxes under there, and he won’t be able to fit anymore.


“Dis mai snowman…dun worry, he’z cool.”

Very Aby Holidays – Hacks, modifications, and other DIY Projects

Sometimes, the exact piece of cat furniture you want or need just doesn’t exist. Yet. But it could, with a little creativity and ingenuity.

Moderncat is a great source of ideas for furniture modifications, as is the IKEA Hacker blog. IKEA is actually the basis for a lot of creative cat furniture, including the Hollywood Franklin Tower, which is based on the Stolmen system.

Ideas for cat furniture can come from literally anywhere. Ever since visiting Twice Sold Tales, a used bookstore in Seattle, I’ve been in love with the idea of combining bookshelves with cat trees and beds. Our favourite Shabu Shabu restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown has several pillars wrapped in sisal rope.


Every single time we go there to eat, I admire these “giant scratching posts” and think that if we ever move into a place with an architectural pillar, I want to wrap it in rope.


How much fun would that be?