Aby-a-Day – June 25: Lazy summer afternoon (Hipstamatic Monday)

It’s been really hot in Boston the past few days.


Even though we have air-conditioning, the hot weather still makes for sleepy afternoons.


Jacoby was napping in the “big bed” this weekend and I crept up to catch him in the act…


…I woke him up.


But that didn’t last long.


As soon as he realised that I was just taking photos of him again, he quickly lost interest.


“Okay, mom…I don’t need to be awake for this.”

The internet is a series of tubes, and those tubes are filled with Abyssinians

What would we do without the internet?

Cat World is a great UK cat magazine, but it’s really expensive to get here in North America. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t read its articles! Not sure how long this is valid, but right now you can download an Aby feature article Cat World online for £1.99. You get a printable, savable PDF file, and it’s a pretty good article, with a focus on all the silver colours as well as the Big Four. It’s also got a bit of UK breeding history about the first half of the 20th Century.

This was also published on I Can Has Cheezburger’s CoMixed site:

I believe it!

CFA Yearbooks – History Preserved

I’ve been collecting up old CFA yearbooks for the past couple of years; specifically, I’ve found as many of the issues with Abyssinian or Somali articles. It amazes me that this isn’t collected coherently online anyplace!

However, I did find a couple of articles on a Russian Blue cattery site. Of course, the articles they have are mainly about Russian Blues, but I did find an interesting article about general cat colour genetics that was published in the 1995 edition entitled “How to Paint a Cat.”


And look at who they have illustrating a Ruddy Abyssinian! It’s GC Tinbats Searching for Caleb…who just happens to be Jacoby’s maternal great-great grandmother’s paternal great-grandfather. Or, to explain it another way:

Tinbats Searching for Caleb (born 1992) -> Tinbats Morgan’s Passing -> Mellowmews JP Morgan -> Zehnder’s Best Bette of Davende -> Zehnder’s Cuba of Instincts -> Instinct’s Raspberry of Abysills -> Jake’s mother, Instinct’s Santa Catalina of Pellburn!

Pretty nifty, eh?

Aby-a-Day – June 24: Do you canoe?

When Jacoby and I were enjoying the sun on the Fort Point Pier, a man came to use it for its actual intended purpose.


He came onto the dock with a large bag and a pump, and proceeded to inflate a one-man kayak.


It was pretty interesting. Those things take a long time to blow up!



Eventually, his kayak was inflated, he put on his lifejacket and paddled off.




I wonder if Jake would like to go on a boat ride?

Today is Cat World Domination Day (and also Sparkle’s birthday)


Happy Birthday, Sparkle!

Aby-a-Day – June 23: “It’s no use of talking unless people understand what you say”

Sanna-Leena Santapakka posted a fabulous picture of her fawn Aby, Sketski, to the The Abyssinian Cat Club on Facebook:

Isn’t it great? I love shots of Abys talking.


Bastet knows, I have plenty of photos of Jacoby with his mouth open.


He talks constantly; he actually talks more than any of the Siamese I’ve lived with. He actually talks to himself sometimes; I’ll hear him in the other room, all by himself, chatting away.


Jake wishes Hyvää juhannusta ja yötön yö to his friend Sketsi in Finland!

Abys in Need – Aerial up a tree in Attleboro

Another found Abyssinian…and this one really hits close to home!


I got this email this afternoon from the NAR List about an Abyssinian up a tree in Attleboro, MA:

I am hoping that your organization has a local chapter or contact here in Massachusetts. I rescued an adolescent Abyssinian about two weeks ago – from three stories up in a tree! I have posted notices and called all area shelters to alert them that I have this little girl and am looking for her family. I cannot believe that no one appears to be out frantically looking for this purebred Aby. She had a decorative collar but no microchip or other identification. I cannot keep her. I already have three cats of my own. I want to find her a loving forever home and am being very careful not to let her fall into the hands of anyone who would just sell her for a profit.

Neighborhood reports are sketchy, but she appears to have been on her own for at least a week before I took her in. She had become very, very skinny. As it turned out, she would be in the tree top for three days through wind and rain before I could find help to rescue her. I named her Aerial. Efforts to find her owner/family have been unsuccessful and we cannot keep her. Looking for a loving forever home for a little girl who deserves someone who will adore her for the special kitty she is. She’s had a tough start with a family who doesn’t seem to care about her disappearance, “rescue” teams who couldn’t be bothered to save her, and now a foster home that can’t keep her. Here’s hoping that these difficult early chapters of her life are about to end as a new, happy story begins for her future!

Wow, right? It’s like something you’d see on a Lifetime movie. Poor girl! It’s been fairly good weather around here, but it has been raining and windy.

My friend Meg is in that neck of the woods, too; I wonder if she knows anything about her?

If you can help, call Rose Marques at 401-580-9898 or email ladylandscape10@hotmail.com