Aby-a-Day – February 28: Passing judgement

Being judged at a CFA show is exhausting!

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Judges like Liz Watson examine you from thoroughly from head…

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…to tail!

What we really need here is a montage…

Starting today, I’m going to monitor Jacoby’s weight with a Monday Weigh-In. I’d like to at least try to get him below 11 lbs; I’d very much like to take him and Kylie to the 10-ring show in Concord, NH on April 30 – May 1, but Jake needs to be “svelter” before we try a big show like that.

I’ve decided to track his weight in kilograms rather than pounds simply because I think it’s more accurate, especially when measuring on a weekly basis. I think his goal weight right now is 4.75 kg (10.5 lbs), but let’s see how he progresses. All we’re going to do is reduce canned food, measure dry food, and cut out treats…and Cheetos…and try to get him to exercise a little more with more sessions with interactive toys like lasers and wand toys. Nothing too drastic; that plus the warmer weather and more outings should make all the difference.

So, today, before his nightly canned food, he weighed 5.2 kg. A good starting point, I reckon.

Tune in next Monday to see where he is!

Aby-a-Day – February 27: Premier Pellburn Jacoby Stealin’ Home

This morning, we woke up to a winter wonderland.

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However, the show, as they say, must go on. It was a big day for Jacoby, as he earned his sixth Winners ribbon, making him a Premier. This means, the next show he goes to, he will begin to earn points towards becoming a Grand Premier.

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As usual, he knows how awesome he is, and he knows when a camera is pointed at him.

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But the big news of the weekend was little miss Kylie, who, after eight judges’ meticulous scrutiny, managed to score the cycle! Out of six cats, she managed to place once in each place: 6th Best, 5th Best, 4th Best, 3rd Best, 2nd Best, and Best HHP! And she was named Best HHP by three different judges!

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Here she is with judge Iris Zinck, shmoozing after being awarded her rosette. What a little princess!

The CFA’s newest Premier didn’t completely miss the spotlight: check out his photo in the Milford Daily News!

Aby-a-Day – February 26: Jacoby’s first cat show

Well, it was a really long day. I got professional photos taken of Jacoby, which are awesome and which I will share. We got a really great spot for our cage/home base, at the end of a row, with a wonderful neighbour named Lora with two adorable Sphynxes. Having a good space and a nice neighbour are key elements to having a nice show day. Lora is planning to get her boy Sphynx certified to do therapy work though the Delta Society, so we may be seeing them again in a different context.

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.Jake did really well. He didn’t hiss, he didn’t get grumpy, and he interacted well with the judges. Considering he didn’t do shows as a kitten, and he’s never been around this many cats before (I think 190 cats are entered), that’s awesome.

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The Grand Premier Aby wasn’t able to get to the show because of the weather, so Jake is the only Aby in Premiership. As such, he automatically wins 1st Place, Best of Colour and Best of Breed. As the best male Ruddy Open (an Open cat is a cat who has not yet earned his Premiership), he also receives a Winners Ribbon; when he gets 6 of these, he will become a Premier. Barring a disaster, he should have 6 by the end of the show tomorrow (ribbons at CFA shows can get confusing; the CFA has a tutorial on them).

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The bad news is that Jake didn’t make any of the judges’ finals today. He’s a bit overweight, they told me, but his colour and conformation is spectacular. Since it’s winter and we can’t go for walks as often, and because he had his escalator accident that made him less mobile, I think that he’ll slim down as soon as it gets warmer. Besides, I wasn’t expecting him to make a final; I am only hoping to see how he does and for him to earn his Premiership.

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We did get to meet Jake’s two little Red/Sorrel cousins, Anubis Taz Mania and Anubis Lew Zealand. They were adorable!

Kylie was the superstar of the family today, though. There were only 6 Household Pets entered, but in two rings she was named Best HHP! I don’t have any photos of her on my camera or phone (I took movies of her), but rest assured that a photo will be procured.

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After the show had closed for the day, I rewarded Jake with a little walk around the lobby. I packed his Yap Wrap for the show because it has a built-in handle, just in case! That was just what he needed; I could tell he was getting a little frustrated at being carried all the time.

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So I let him wander around and just followed him and kept him from going into the restaurants. We checked out the pool, explored the hallways and chilled on the lobby sofa. It was a good day. Wonder what’s in store for tomorrow?

Aby-a-Day – February 25: Live from the DoubleTree Hotel in Milford, MA

We are here in Milford for the CFA cat show this weekend. Jacoby has been extremely busy making sure our accommodations are up to his high standards.

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He’s made sure the heat was on and working properly…

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…and that our lighting was sufficient…

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…and that our door lock was secure.

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Kylie, on the other hand, is more interested in what is going on outside.

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The rain turned into snow just as we arrived.

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She’s also quite happy about the microwave in the room warming up the gel heating pad.

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Meanwhile, Jake thinks it’s just so cool that there are two beds in our room.

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He keeps going from bed to bed, rolling all over them.

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I’m sure he thinks one bed is just for him.

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Kylie has decided that if the cat show gig doesn’t work out, she can always try to be the new spokescat for DoubleTree hotels. Sweet dreams, Kylie!

Aby-a-Day – February 24: It’s hard work being this beautiful

There is some preparation that needs to be done before a cat show. High on the to-do list is grooming, and this includes getting a bath.

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Ask not for whom the towels wait, Jacoby…they wait for thee!

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Luckily, Jake isn’t very hard to bathe at all. Good thing, too, since he’s so big and strong, with weight to throw behind his strength. And he’s slippery when he’s wet!

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He’s been getting baths since he was a kitten, and he doesn’t mind getting wet, so he just puts up with baths with an air of dignified resignation.

Aby-a-Day – February 23: Wordless Wednesday (Showtime!)

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