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).



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



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





Kayla and her human actually taught me something, too.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

6 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – October 11: Drenched in vanilla twilight

    1. Speaking of breathtakingly beautiful, check out this article on Messybeast and scroll down to the bit about the “Suqutranese”…the photo isn’t very good, but the description, “nearly identical to that of the Somali except the coat must be completely white with silver-white ticking and the nose-leather and paw-pads to be pink” sounds amazing. There are silver Abyssinians in TICA and in European registries, but this is different. I can’t really even imagine it.


  1. I just wanted to let you know, my local Barnes & Noble bookstore carries the Your Cat Magazine from the UK. The October issue is due on the rack Tomorrow (Oct 12th). If you check your local store, they might have it, if not, and you can’t find it elsewhere, let me know and I’ll pick you up a couple copies and mail them to you (You can reimburse me when you get them).


    1. Oh! I may hit you up for that. Dave has to go to Germany for work tomorrow, and I’m going to have him look at the airport in Munich…it seems like something he might be able to find there.

      Since they closed the B&N downtown, I don’t even know where one of those is. And the sad thing is that since that big ol’ 2-story store closed back whenever it closed (2005?), it’s just been empty.


      1. Well let me know, drop me an email, I was planning on getting back there to get a copy for myself sometime this weekend. Let me know how many you want.


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