Aby-a-Day – Day 335 of 365

I had lunch in Faneuil Hall yesterday, and saw this in the Build-a-Bear shop’s window display.

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So of course I had to buy one for Jacoby.

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It never ceases to amaze me how good natured he is. He really doesn’t mind being dressed up…his only problem with this one was the arm holes. He doesn’t like sleeves or armholes.

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However, even armholes can be forgiven with a little turkey.

Very Aby Holidays – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

It’s no longer November, and technically my Very Aby Holidays feature has come to an end, but I wanted to mention one more holiday gift that you might want to consider, and that’s donations to cat-related charities. There are, of course, almost as many different sorts of feline assistance groups as there are cats, but the two below – one rescue and one research – are two that are particularly close to my heart.

Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization founded in 2007. Based in Northern California (where I grew up), they do a lot of work with Abyssinians in need, and they are, of course, the rescue through which we adopted Angel. Even if you don’t live in California or you can take in a rescued purebred, they are a worthy charity if you would like to help cats this Christmas.

SOCK FIP, short for Save Our Cats and Kittens from Feline Infectious Peritonitis, is a group of cat lovers, breeders, rescue groups, veterinarians and geneticists who are working together to support research on feline infectious peritonitis at the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health); they are a completely volunteer organization run by people who have had personal experiences with this terrible disease. Not only did I grow up in Davis, but I know how horrific FIP can be, and what’s most appalling is how little we really know about this disease – the name itself is an example of this, since it seems to be neither infectious nor related to the peritoneum. It’s probably one of the least understood feline diseases out there, and the only way to figure out how to fight it is through research. As of now, there is no cure for FIP, and if a cat gets it, they’re almost certain not to recover, and it’s generally fatal. Gun-Hee went 10 days from being diagnosed with FIP to having to be put to sleep – it can strike that quickly. I just hope that some day, cat owners won’t be told to take their beloved cat on “his farewell tour” before coming back to the vet to have him or her euthanised.

As I said, there are many, many organisations out there that survive on donations; these are merely two that I support.