Aby-a-Day – October 11: Drenched in vanilla twilight

As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, at the cat show in Groton I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely little Somali girl named Kayla (Kimbelot’s Kayla of Ameusin).

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She’s only a year old, but she’s a seasoned pro when it comes to cat shows.

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I was lucky enough to spend some time with Kayla on Saturday of the show.

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Kayla and her human actually taught me something, too.

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Kayla’s human used vanilla extract to keep Kayla calm and relaxed in the ring.

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A little dab on her nose, and she can’t smell the other cats in the ring. She also won’t lose her temper in front of the judge.

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Even funnier, Kayla loved the vanilla! When she saw the bottle come out of the box, she reacted the way most cats do when you shake a bag of Temptations treats, Aby-grabby hands and all.

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I’ll have to try that trick sometime. I love how much I learn at cat shows. Something I saw on Sparkle’s blog the other day made me think about this…Steve Dale, a cat behavior consultant and pet journalist,says that we cat people don’t have public safety valves where we can express their affection. “In the world of cats, there is no dog park,” Dale says. “For cat owners, the dog park is the internet.” Which is true: we don’t get to go out and have playdates with our cats the way dog people (and people with kids) do…but we can, at cat shows. Besides the internet, we have cat shows to bond over our cats.

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Throw in an agility course, and maybe we do have a dog park equivalent after all.