Abyssinian Alert! Brat Cat Designs

I have to share this Etsy seller with you all: Brat Cat Designs. Not only does he make great cat furniture, but look at his QA team:


Olaf is in the back, Virgil is the big guy, and Lilith is the silver Aby (I really love their names, too). With these three on the job, you know this furniture has got to be well-made!

Here’s Olaf in the wall-mounted steel cat hammock:


And here’s Olaf again, on the free-standing steel-framed hammock:


I plan to keep an eye on his shop, because, well…just read his shop announcement: Our specialty is pet products and furniture with an eye for uniqueness and durability. No carpet-wrapped cardboard mushroom towers here. All of our designs go through a rigorous testing and approval process by our crew: Olaf, Lilith and Virgil. More products will be available soon. Check back to see the cat walks and water filter.

Anything rigourously tested and Aby approved is something we probably need in our home, don’t you think? The cat walks he mentions are going to be made of lucite, and the water filter will “actually work.” I’m especially interested in lucite catwalks; eventually, I want to live in an apartment where cats can circumnavigate the house without ever touching the floor.

But really? How appropriate is “Brat Cat Designs” for a company named after Abyssinians?

Aby-a-Day – July 26: Riding the #9 bus

Jacoby and I don’t take the bus very often in Boston, but the #9 bus just happens to go everywhere we need to go. Besides going directly from our building to the vet’s office, it also goes straight from the front of the Boston Public Library (a block or so from the Apple Store) to our building.


It may have to stop at every red light and be at the mercy of the whims of Boston traffic, but the bus does have one thing the subway doesn’t: a view!


Jake couldn’t see well enough from his stroller, so he got my husband to give him a boost.

Aby-a-Day – July 25: iPad Photobooth (Hipstamatic Monday)

This isn’t technically a Hipstamatic photo, but it’s the iPad version. While we were at the Apple Store, I played with Photobooth, a built-in iPad app.


It’s pretty nifty! And Rach at the Apple Store was impressed by it, too.

Aby-a-Day – July 24: It’s so big and shiny!

I always enjoy taking Jacoby to the Apple Store with me. The last time we went, he was still using his old stroller.


The Apple Store on Boylston is the largest in North America! You can tell Jake’s impressed.

Aby-a-Day – July 23: After ArtBeat

After ArtBeat, we got on the T to meet my husband and his sister’s family at the Apple Store.


Jacoby loves it when the train goes above-ground to cross the Charles River.



And who can blame him? It’s a pretty awesome view…


…Well, except when a train going the other direction passes and blocks the view.

Another Jake

I was actually looking for photos of Jake aka Zunar-J5/9-Doric-47, but I discovered this handsome red/sorrel Jake.

I went to my mom's house and my first born Jake greeted me. Jake is a cat.

Apparently Jake’s human, Angry Julie Monday, is allergic to him. I test allergic to cats, but I’ve found I’m only allergic to certain breeds: Persians and American Shorthairs will set me off, but Siamese, Burmese, Devon Rexes, Abys and Maine Coons don’t. It makes sense that certain breeds would be more or less allergenic; dander is mainly dried saliva, and saliva is protein, which is basically made of DNA. Since purebred cats have orderly, specialised DNA, their dander is a known quality. That’s why I tell people who are allergic to cats that they may not be allergic to certain cats.

I’m glad I didn’t give up when I had that first allergy skin prick test when I was 10 that indicated I was “moderately to severely” allergic to cats. I would have missed a lot.

I wonder if “Jake” and its variations (Jacob, Jacoby) is a common name for Abyssinians? I know that Jacoby’s grandfather was called Jake, too. But ERoS only shows 18 cats with “Jake” in their name or pet name.

Aby-a-Day – July 22: The Cat Lady in Red (Fashion Friday)

Last weekend at ArtBeat, Ritterbin Photography had a booth set up for free Facebook photos. Well, I said, I don’t do Facebook, but can I use them in my blog? “Of course!” was Mike’s response. Now, I don’t know how fashionable we are, but we did avail ourselves of some of the props.


Jacoby has red star sunglasses, and I am wearing a red fez.


Or, as my dad would say, “I don’t remember the name, but the fez is familiar” (Yeah, it’s a genetic problem, obviously).