Aby-a-Day – January 31: Beauty in detail

Before I got Angel, I hadn’t ever really seen a red Abyssinian close up. Based pretty much just on photos in books, I believed they were just sort of faded ruddy Abys.

So not true. Their colour is described as “warm, glowing red, distinctly ticked with chocolate-brown,” and there should not be any black hairs at all. It’s subtle, but beautiful.


As you can see, even the back of Angel’s head is fascinating.

Aby-a-Day – January 30: Jakey, Jakey, pumpkin eater

Since I took the photos of Jacoby eating the pumpkin straight from the can, I had to buy more pumpkin. I got larger cans this time, and the cat-food can lids don’t fit on them, so I’ve had to store the pumpkin in a Chinese soup takeout container.


Of course, this means he can stick his head right in there to eat the pumpkin.


I’d read that cats find pumpkin “highly palatable,” but this is a little ridiculous.

Jacoby is ready for his close up

Our friend Sparkle posted a heads-up in her blog today about the Fresh Step video contest on YouTube. I think I missed the earlier post on this, because…a video contest? Sign me up! Or rather, sign Jacoby up…if ever a cat was born to be in front of a camera, it’s him.

Basically, all you need is a cat, at least one video longer than 10 seconds and shorter than 3 minutes, and a YouTube account. Entering is done through Fresh Step’s YouTube channel. The rules are fairly simple; the toughest one for me is that there can’t be any music. Still, I managed to come up with a few entries: I submitted “Jacoby’s Christmas Crazies,” “Acrobatic Jacoby,” “Jake and the Meat Tray,” “Stop! Thief!” and “Jacoby Helps With the Laundry,” and I can still enter 20 more videos before the contest closes on May 16. And of course, now I know not to add music 🙂

I guess this has become a sort of defacto New Year’s resolution for 2011, entering Jake’s photos and videos in contests…but why not, right?

Aby-a-Day – January 29: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Jacoby!

Jacoby has chronic diarrhea that flares up on occasion. The vet knows about it; he’s healthy otherwise and I’ve been adding Bene-Bac powder to his food for over a year. Still, I figure it can’t be pleasant for him to have the squirts, so lately I’ve started adding some canned pumpkin to his food as well.


What I didn’t really expect, though, was that he’d actually like it.


And he doesn’t just like it…he licks it out of the can!


If I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes (and iPhone), I don’t think I’d have believed it.

Aby-a-Day – January 28: Bedside manner

Recovering from the oral surgery, this is what I see when I wake up from a nap:


It’s funny that Jacoby and Tessie are the two who stay on the bed with me. Angel will camp out near me on the sofa, and Kylie spends the night on the bed above my head…but Jake and Tess seem to have the bulk of bed duty.

Aby-a-Day – January 27: A sketchy character

Ever since I can remember, I have sketched during lectures. I did it all through junior high, high school and college, and I do it during work meetings. I find that I can remember what was said by looking at the sketches as much as I can by reading what I’ve written.


The other day, we had a meeting at work, and among my notes was this rough drawing of Jacoby. I just had a WB Mason pad and a ballpoint pen from my credit union…but I think it looks like him.

Aby-a-Day – January 26: Wordless Wednesday (Love)