Aby-a-Day – March 19: Even when it’s not all about Jake…Somehow, it’s still all about Jake

I often am asked how the other cats feel about Jacoby getting the lion’s share of the attention, both here in this blog and in real life. And I always respond that the girls don’t really mind, because it’s not so much that he gets attention as he takes it.

But that’s not 100% true. Tessie does mind, a little.


Tessie loves Sparkleballs. I mean, she loves them. She carries them around the apartment, she croons to them in an eerie, low-pitched yowl, and she always knows when she’s lost one under the closet door. So, today, Tessie was proudly showing me two of her favourite red Sparkleballs when…


…Jake happened. Just look at the expression on Tessie’s face!

9 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – March 19: Even when it’s not all about Jake…Somehow, it’s still all about Jake

  1. Boodie does the same thing with the sparkle balls (and any other small prey toy) here – stalking around making weird noises. Except she does not like any attention when she is doing it. In fact, she will leave the toy and run away if someone looks at her!


      1. My cat does that too! I think I’ve managed to clog about three different vacuum cleaners with sparkleball guts thanks to her.


      2. My cat loves to play fetch with this fluffy brown balls. We have tried giving him the sparkleballs and they didnt work!

        oh well.


  2. I have one more question for you.. recently I saw that you went to a cat show and entered Kylie in the pet class. How did you find a show near you? We want to go to one!


    1. One of the best places to find upcoming cat shows (both CFA and TICA) is the CatShows.US website. Not only does it list shows, but you can also send in applications right from the site.

      There is also a show calendar on the CFA website, but keep in mind that they list ALL CFA shows…including those in Europe and Asia, which may be more of a commute than you’re looking for 🙂

      I started showing Household Pets when I was in high school, and it was this that made me fall in love with cat shows and the cat fancy. I went from just showing my Siamese-and-White to stewarding and clerking at local shows in college. Eventually, this led to me showing Gun-Hee and Jake in the Kitten and Premiership classes. A lot of breeders got their start in HHPs, and a lot of breeders will still enter a cat or two in the HHP class because the competition there is different (some would say “more fun”) than in the Championship and Premiership classes. Either way, it’s a great way to experience a cat show as something more than just a spectator.


      1. Thanks for the info. I am definitely familiar with showing animals. When I was younger I showed in 4-H as well as open shows with my guinea pigs. Very fun and competitive!


        1. Cat shows are a little different…there’s a lot of politics and intrigue (which is part of the fun, in my opinion), but at the same time everyone is incredibly helpful and supportive of one another (at least, in the HHP and Abyssinian classes).


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