Aby-a-Day – June 7: The play’s the thing

In the our little cat family, everyone has a “type.” Kylie’s the girly-girl, always clean and white. Tessie is a tomboy who loves to be with her humans and is jealous of her feline siblings. Jacoby is the goofy boy, always getting into something and doing things that no other cat has even imagined trying. And Angel is…


…Well, Angel is our rescue. She loves cats, but she’s easily intimidated by them. She’s most likely to be off on her own somewhere. She’s afraid of getting cornered in the litterbox. She’s very quirky. As I like to say, she’s a funny funny cat.


She is, however, still very young. She’ll be 5 years old next week – we don’t know her exact birthday, so we celebrate it on June 11. Somehow her rough beginnings and her experiences in the shelter and in her foster home make her seem older than she really is. It’s almost surprising when she gets her silly on and starts playing like a kitten.


Make no mistake, Angel loves to play. As her online adoption profile said, “Angel’s her name and play is her game.”

These are some more of the “lost photos” from 2010.

Best, Worst, and “Wish List” Cat Products

In one of the (many) cat-related online communities I follow, someone asked us to answer these three questions:

1. My absolute favourite thing I’ve gotten so far for my cat/s is ____________. (Please include pic and/or link!)

2. One thing I bought for my cat and now wish I hadn’t is ____________.

3. If I could splurge on any pet product, it would be ________________.

What a great question! I thought you might be interested in my answers…

The best thing is my cats’ braided kangaroo leather tag collars, their Blanket ID tags, and their gemstone and silver name/address tags. I like having a collar on my cats; these are light and slip on and off should they get caught on something. The two tags are small, pretty…and useful.


The thing I bought that I wish I hadn’t was the Klaw Kontrol bag. Not only did it not really work on the one cat I needed it for, but she was too strong for it! She actually ripped out the zipper seams! Oh, well, lesson learned.

If I could splurge on anything for our cats, it would be a complete wall-mounted cat shelf and walkway system. I’d settle for a place with a structural interior pillar that I could wrap in sisal rope, but someday I want a catwalk system like the “cat houses” in Japan.

So, how about you?