Aby-a-Day – Day 313 of 365

Jacoby has figured out how to take off his bandage. We came home Friday to find a bandageless boycat limping up to the door, and it took a bit of searching to find where he’d dropped his bandage and sock. We’ve rebandaged his foot twice so far since then. When he had it off the first time (for who knows how long), he started limping and he kept licking it, so I know it hurts and he definitely needs leave it on…but he still takes it off. I just hope it doesn’t get infected…and I hope he didn’t go into the litter box while it was off! I have no way of knowing how long he went without it. There are times I wish we had a webcam to keep tabs on him and the girls!

That’s the problem with Abys…they’re too darn smart! Once he figured out how to get it off, it’s become very difficult to get him to keep it on. He’s pretty efficient at pulling it off, too. We’re salvaging the “No-Chew” bandage we got from the vet (we’ve ordered more for our own Feline First Aid Kit), and after a run to CVS have plenty of materials for any kitty bandaging situation.

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He didn’t, but it was pretty well chewed. I think the bad flavour on the No-Chew bandage has worn off.

I’d consider a Cone of Shame, but I honestly don’t think it’d help.

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When we rebandaged his foot last night, we took off the old, ratty bandage and left it off for a while so it could get some air, and he had a field day licking his foot. It must itch when it’s on him, like a cast does on humans. He just could not lick his poor foot enough. It seems to be healing really well, though; he’ll have a scar, and possibly a crooked claw on that one toe…but we were really, really lucky.

In other good news, now that we’ve switched him from the liquid Clavamox to the pills, and thanks to Pill Pockets, he actually eats his medicine from my hand without a struggle! Just watch him nom…

He’s the first cat I’ve ever had that was this easy to medicate. It’s awesome.

Very Aby Holidays – Fun With Embroidery

Those of you who’ve followed this blog for a while know that, from time to time, I search sites like Etsy, eBay and Amazon for the words “Abyssinian Cat” just to see what comes up. And I’ve found some really neat things this way.

One of the best things I’ve found was I B Doggone. While Scotties and other terriers are her primary focus, Lee also does designs with Abyssinians, Scottish Folds and other cats. I fell in love with her Aby design a few years ago and just recently reconnected with her. She made me a wonderful shirt with the Aby head (customised to look more like Jacoby, with darker fur and golden eyes) and the text “Stealin Home – Stealin Hearts” in a circle and, smaller and in gold metallic thread, “Team Jacoby.” She can put the Abys (or any other of her cat designs) on hand towels, tote bags and other items, so don’t hesitate to contact her.

What’s even more interesting is that Lee and her Scotty Frosty also do therapy work! It’s funny how life connects different aspects together, isn’t it?

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If you’re more interested in having embroidery added to something you’ve already broken in, like that denim jacket you’ve had since college, embroidered patches are a fun way to go, and there are actually quite a few Aby designs to be found. One eBay seller, SpiderStiches151, has a huge selection of different cat breed iron/sew-on patches, including two different Abys and a Somali.

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I especially like this one. It looks almost exactly like Angel, except with two green eyes. Angel even stands the same way that the patch kitty does.

One more site with a different Aby patch design is Paradise Threads. This kitten playing with a green ball reminds me so much of Jake! This Aby kitten is just one member of a really cute series of “Naughty Kitty” patches they sell depicting kittens of different breeds playing and/or getting into trouble. They also have an impressive selection of other animals. Definitely worth checking out.

Of course, if you’re the sort who’d rather do your own stitching,