Aby-a-Day – Day 314 of 365

This series of photos seriously cracks me up.

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My husband tries to stop Jacoby from licking his temporarily unbandaged foot.

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“Come on, Jake…let’s go over here and sit on the sofa.”

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And…whoops! Up, up and away!

Very Aby Holidays – Beauty Gifts, Eh?

Grooming is something that cats are supposed to do themselves, but even the best self-cleaning models can use a little help from time to time. I know that Kylie and Tessie get a little dingy over time, and Jacoby and Angel get kind of greasy (I think it’s from the oils on our hands from petting them), so we give them baths once or twice a year. I swear by colour-enhancing shampoos; blue-white for white and silver coats, black to enhance and add depth to black cats and dark brown tabbies, and brown for the orange and lighter brown cats. It really does make a difference, and the cats themselves, while they don’t relish a bath, seem to at least appreciate being clean when it’s all over. One of the best makers of shampoos for cats I’ve found is Jerob Products.

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I first became acquainted with Jerob shampoos back in high school when my sister and I showed our household pets at local CFA shows, and I thought they still only sold at shows; I’m happy to see you can order their stuff online. For the Abys, I swear by Jerob Mahogany Gold. Just look how it brings out the fire in Angel’s red coat!

Open any cat book and read the section on grooming Abyssinians and it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see bay rum mentioned. However, for being such a classic staple, it’s not always easy to find. Trust Jerob to come to the rescue! Jerob Bay Rum is one of the reasons that Jake and Angel’s coats are so shiny.

The time-honoured way to apply bay rum is with a chamois leather cloth. You can buy a 5″ x 7″ genuine chamois at Dick Blick Art Supplies for very little money.

Evriholder Rubber Lint Brush. I call it the “rubber tongue” because it reminds me of a cat’s tongue. I haven’t met a cat yet who doesn’t love the feel of this brush, and it’s terrific for shorthaired cats.

The one other essential grooming tool in my arsenal is a stainless steel flea comb with a handle. Not only is it great for general grooming, but it is major tool to use when fighting chin acne. I got my first flea comb in 1977 and I honestly couldn’t imagine not having one. Always get metal combs, though; the plastic ones bend and spread much too quickly.

Finally, you may have seen the ads and wondered, “Is The FURminator® really worth all the hype?” In a word, YES. It’s amazing how much hair you can get off of your cat with one of these handy tools.

This is a handful of hair I got off of Gun-Hee with a FURminator knock-off called the “Shed Ender,” and while this is impressive…the FURminator actually gets even more hair off…and Abys have sleek coats that don’t seem to shed as much as other cats! Imagine how much hair we get off of Tessie when we use it on her plush double coat! The FURminator is also designed better and it’s easier to hold and use than the Shed Ender. Getting rid of extra hair means there’s less to get on your furniture and clothes, and also severely reduces the chance of hairballs, so if you’ve been debating getting a FURminator, the holidays are a perfect time to get one to slip under the tree or into kitty’s stocking.