Aby-a-Day – March 31: Waiting for a sign

Jacoby is gearing up for baseball season.


He’s just waiting to steal home!

Aby-a-Day – March 30: I wanna come, too! (Friday Flashback)

In Sunday’s post, I said I’ve hardly been away from Jacoby since he came to live with us. However, we did take a quick trip to Manhattan within a week or so of his arrival.


Even then, he didn’t want me to go!

Abys in Need: St. Anne and Jared again…Plus Simba & Beau in New York and Sammi & Lexi in Florida

Every so often, I search Petfinder for “Abyssinians.” Most of the cats that come up with that keyword aren’t actually Abys, but there are some. And, sadly, some of them are cats I’ve seen on there before.

Like poor Jared! I posted about Jared in May 2010, and he’s still looking for a forever home. And now, as then, he has Feline Leukemia Virus, issues with his eyes and has limited vision but his spirit is very much intact. This boy is such a character, he will do all sorts of tricks for attention. He plays like no one’s business. He doesn’t realize he is sick and besides his eyes, you can’t tell either. HELP will cover all his medical expenses for his lifetime, if you will just give him the chance he deserves, he deserves his own family. Jared was born, they think, in January 2009 and, almost two years later he’s still in a foster home.


I have to admit, I was extremely surprised (and not a little shocked) to see St. Anne on Petfinder. I’m sure you all remember St. Anne, and I know several people asked about her and contacted her “owner”…but somehow, for whatever reason, she’s still looking for a home and now she’s on Petfinder. I really don’t know what to think about that.


Then we have two brothers and two sisters! The two brothers, Simba and Beau are in Albany, NY, and would love to be placed together, but the shelter understands that may not be possible so they can also be adopted separately. Their owner, who had them since they were kittens, passed away and now they need a new home.


Simba is a 14 year old male ruddy/usual Abyssinian, and


Beau, who looks like a black silver, is a 10 year old male Aby. Both brothers are neutered, FeLV/FIV negative and up to date on vaccines. Both of them very affectionate, playful and love to have people around. They are great with children, too but the shelter isn’t sure how they would be around other cats or dogs since they’ve only been with each other for their whole lives.

For info or to adopt Beau and/or Simba, please contact Susie Burnett at jake1@nycap.rr.com or call her at 518-462-8575.


Finally, we have Sammi and Lexi, two sisters in Wildwood, Florida. Sammi (who I think is the ruddy/usual girl) is 7 years old and is a very affectionate cat who will sit up at her perch (designated as “her space”) and greet visitors at the shelter. She is a cat that needs to be in a house with few cats as she does not bond with other cats or dogs. She likes to be brushed and probably will be a good companion.


Her sister Lexi (and, I think, the blue) is 5 years old and is living in a foster home rather than at the shelter with her sister. She has settled in well there and sleeps with her foster mom and has the run of the house. So, while she seems shy in the photo, you can see how much a little extra attention and love will affect a cat. It doesn’t say why these two girls are looking for a new home, but they are both spayed and up-to-date on their vaccinations. For more information, contact the Wildwood Ranch Cat Rescue of Central Florida at 352-748-5260.

Aby-a-Day – March 29: What are little girls made of?

Remember that old nursery rhyme? “What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice.”


But what is Angel made of?


Yeah…I’m thinking she’s more vinegar and something else than she is sugar and spice…

Must Love Cats – Submit your feline fashion plates

I hope it’s not too late, but I literally just found out about this today.

On Animal Planet’s website, in the section for the show “Must Love Cats,” I found this:

In honor of the fourth episode, we want you to send in photos of your cat dressed in their finest gear. Ties? Yes! Hats? Why not? Dresses, costumes and other fun items? We want to see them! Send in your photos now! (Email us at animal_planet@discovery.com with the subject “Must Love Cats”!)

They want photos of a cat dressed up? Yeah, I think I can help them out with that. I had to limit myself to only 6 photos…

They say it’s in honour of the fourth episode of the new season, which is, well, the day after tomorrow (Saturday, 31 March), but the website doesn’t specify a deadline to send in photos, so I figured that all of you might like to send in some photos of your own (Clancy, Finnegan, and Toki, I’m looking at you)!

And hey, if the photos intrigue them and they want to have John Fulton come and meet Jake on camera? Well, I wouldn’t say no to that.

(In case you’re wondering, I just watched the MLC episode featuring cats in the UK, which had a feature on the “Bionic Vet” Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, the man behind Oscar the cat’s back feet. Other patients of Dr. Fitzpatrick were shown on this episode, including a red/sorrel Somali named Pip who’d had a knee replacement due to bone cancer. I was trying to find out more about Pip for you, since he’s a Somali…but I was not able to find anything about him, not even a still photo. I’ll keep looking, though. It’s a rare day when my Google-fu fails me!)

Meeting the Mooners at the Crab and Mallet

My sister lives in Baltimore, and I went to visit her the same weekend that the Crab & Mallet CFA show was being held in town. Originally, I had hoped to enter Jacoby, as that is a well-known show with a lot of entries and “famous” cats and cat people in attendance.


In the end, Jake and I went to the TICA show in Providence instead, but my sister and I went to the Crab and Mallet show as spectators on Sunday afternoon.


As soon as we walked in the door, we saw a sleek, steel-blue form in a harness greeting people at the entry tables. My sister called me over, and as she was telling me, “Look!” I heard the name “Twyla.” (These photos, I think, are Racy. Twyla was wearing a little walking jacket, but none of the photos of her really came out well, sadly).


“Whoa, wait a minute,” I said. “Did you say her name was TWYLA??”


And then followed the leash up to the person at the other end of it and asked again, “Did you say Twyla?”


And the woman with the blue Aby said, “Yes! This is Twyla.”


And I said, “Oh, hi! I’m Coco. From the Daily Abyssinian!”


And she said, “Hi! I’m Lisa-Maria!”


And then Lisa-Maria led my sister and me over to her benching area, where Twyla’s daughter Racy Mooner and her grandson, Banjo Mooner, were hanging out.


(You may want to go back and refer to my previous posts about the Mooners.)


All three of these Abys are just amazing. Busy show hall, second day, and they’re still playing with toys, rolling over for treats and just showing off all over the place. It was awesome.


It seemed like it happened as soon as we met, but Banjo was called up to a final in Nancy Dodds’ ring.


He looks a little crabby about having to stop playing in this photo, doesn’t he?


He waited patiently (well, as patiently as an Aby can be expected to wait) for his rosette.



As it happened, he was Nancy’s Best Cat in Premiership!


No sooner had Lisa-Maria taken Banjo back to his cage, but Racy was called to a final in Gene Darrah’s ring.


She, too, had to wait her turn.


But when her turn came, she was awarded Best Shorthair Premier and Best Allbreed Premier!


Look at her schmoozing!


Isn’t she adorable?


Back at the benching area, she was clearly very pleased with herself!


“I did good, right, Mom?”


Eventually, I had to tear myself from the Mooners and go see all the other cats at the show. There were 24 HHPs entered (more than I’ve ever seen at a New England show), including this pretty brown ticked tabby named “MyAbby.”


I suspect this is what Abys looked like 150 years ago when the breed first started.


I thought this black Oriental Shorthair was so handsome. And I love his name, too: GPR Kat-Tres Dashiell Hammett.


I have to show you this little man, though. He was just four months old (the youngest a kitten can be to enter a show) and he was adorable.  I got to hold him (that’s my shoulder he’s flopped on)!


He’s a European Burmese called Bijouxcats Dewey. Tessie actually has Bijouxcats European Burmese in her pedigree (Her paternal great-great-grandmother was Bijouxcats Krystal SheerRose of Bes, and if you look at the EuroBurm section of the Bijouxcats website, you’ll see a photo of GC Bes Payton of Bijouxcats, International BOB 2002 – Bes is the cattery Tessie is from!), so they may be distantly related.  He really did remind me of Tessie, though. Such a little sleepy sweetheart..!

I thought I saw some Somalis, too, but I wasn’t able to get photos of them as people were packing up; I was pretty impressed that the show was pretty much over and packed up by 5pm!  There were a lot of great vendors at this show, and Chanan was there, too. Next year, I really want to go to this show as an exhibitor, because it’s every bit as good as I’ve always heard.

Aby-a-Day – March 28: Wordless Wednesday (Ready to go!)