Aby-a-Day – August 31: Wordless Wednesday (Under Angel’s Pillow)


Aby-a-Day – August 30: X marks the spot

As I posted back in July, Angel’s teeth are not so great. I’m sure some of this is genetic, since Abys are especially prone to dental disease. Today was the day she went to the vet to get her teeth cleaned and the two with Oral Resorptive Lesions extracted.


I really do love my vet’s devotion to dental care. She gave me a little folder with these photos of Angel’s mouth while she was under anaesthetic, before and after the cleaning and having her teeth pulled.

But that’s not all she gave me…


…I was also given a CD with Angel’s dental X-rays on them. Really interesting. You can see that Angel has no incisors left, but I wonder if she also has some bone loss on the sockets?


I don’t think the tooth with the spot on it is one that was removed. If that spot is what I think it is, it’ll probably be our next project.


This is her upper jaw, showing her skull and one remaining little incisor.


Looks like she has a chipped canine tooth, too. I hope that doesn’t cause her any problems in the future.
She’s only 4 years old, so it’s a little distressing that she’s already needing this much oral intervention. I suspect that even if I could brush her teeth, it wouldn’t make a lot of difference. Some cats are just genetically cursed to have bad teeth. I had two Siamese, three years apart in age, who were not related but who, as long as I owned them, ate the exact same food. One lived to be 15 and the other 16. Harri, the 15 year old, didn’t need to have his teeth cleaned by the vet until his 15th birthday. Patrick, who lived to be 16, started needing dental work when he was 5 or 6, and by the time he was 10, he’d had most of his teeth taken out.


And, to add insult to medically-sanctioned injury, they shaved her arm to put in an IV.


She’s doing well, though, and eating like nothing happened to her at all. And she has some teeth to leave under that pillow for the tooth fairy!

Aby-a-Day – August 29: A Summer Nap (Hipstamatic Monday)

I happened to catch Jacoby in a nap one afternoon.


He wasn’t exactly thrilled with my snapping photos of him while he was trying to sleep.




“Trying to nap, here, Mom! At least put the thing on ‘Silent,’ okay?”


Now with twice the cranky face!

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Two Abys for August! Today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar page features Rufus from Wisconsin:


He looks like an old-fashioned Aby from the 50’s to me.

Aby-a-Day – August 28: Angel Uber Alles

Angel loves to be on the highest piece of furniture possible.


It gives her a sense of security, I know, even though all the other cats can get up there as easily as she can.


Maybe it’s just that it’s easier for her to see everything.


Or, it may just be that she likes looking down on the rest of us.


Yeah, it’s probably that last one.

Aby-a-Day – August 27: Come on, Irene

Hurricane Irene is heading fast and furiously towards Massachusetts today.


We are all safely hunkered down in our sturdy, 105-year-old brick building, and of course, we have our umbrellas at the ready…


…and plenty of rain gear. It’s already raining here, and the Red Sox-A’s game (the first of a scheduled double-header) is currently on its second rain delay, so we’re definitely in for some weather, but where we are, the worst that will happen is we’ll lose power.

Aby-a-Day – August 26: Cat Fashion Dolls (Fashion Friday)

When I was a kid, I was never much into Barbies. I really wanted to be, because all my friends were, and let’s face it, all of Barbie’s clothes and furniture was totally awesome. But the main problem I had with Barbie was that she was, you know…human.

I did have one, finally. I can’t remember if I asked for her, or if my friends gave me one so I wouldn’t be left out, but for my 9th birthday I got a Malibu Barbie. She came with sunglasses, a swimsuit, and some sort of white linen pantsuit, as I recall. I really only remember playing with her at my birthday party, in the pool…and then, the swimsuit, sunglasses and the top part of the pantsuit ended up on a plastic orange tabby cat I got in a Sunshine Family pet set (which was insanely cool – it consisted of a two-story house, a brown-and-white hound/Lab mix, the orange tabby, collars, pet bowls and toys). Later on, Tabby (short for Tabitha) and Han Solo had a rather steamy love affair…I still have her, somewhere.

So you can just imagine how incredibly psyched I was to discover Petworks Nikki dolls. These are, basically, cat-shaped fashion dolls from Japan (where else?) and they are addictively enchanting. There’s a human version, called Odeco-chan, but eh…

Nikki comes in both boy and girl styles and in the entire feline spectrum of colours and patterns. The boy version was just introduced this year, and the very first one I found for sale just happened to be a gold-orange solid colour with mesmerising copper eyes…


He came without clothes, but luckily Etsy is a bustling Nikki outlet mall for Nikki clothes, and in short order he was clothed.


I call him “Jack.”

But the thing is, as lovely as boy dolls are, the real fun of fashion dolls is the female of the species. I mean, look at Ken. He’s a good guy to have around, but there’s only so many versions of shirt and pants out there…Not to mention shoes!

Obviously, I needed a girl Nikki. But she had to be just the right colour…like Jack, but lighter, and of course with the same colour eyes…


And so, I got “Angie.” The girl Nikkis have “sleep” eyes, with incredible long lashes, and there is evidently a big subculture devoted to customising her eyes. In fact, the official Petworks website even gives you instructions on how to mess around with Nikki’s eyes (in Japanese, but there are illustrations)!


It didn’t take me long to fix Angie’s eye at all!


So now, admittedly about 40 years too late, I have Jack and Angie.


Nikki cat has been around for about 5 years, but North Americans are only now discovering her charms. And there a lot of people on Flickr who share their Nikki fashion photos, too.


Jack tends to wear green, while Angie prefers purple…go figure.


I just feel fortunate that the dolls I was able to find – and afford! – just happened to be an Abyssinian-coloured pair…a darker boy…


…and a lighter girl!