Aby-a-Day – January 31: A lady’s gotta keep up appearances!

Because of our unique situation (Abys are food-hoovers and the non-Abys are so picky they make Morris look like a glutton), Angel eats alone in the bedroom.


I love hanging out in there with her, just us two.


Mostly, I love watching her groom herself.



She does such a good job!


She really puts a lot of care into her fur.


But then she’ll get distracted by the television. Even though it’s much smaller than the one in the living room, she still likes to watch it!


“Okay…where was I?”


“Oh, yeah…right.” (Can you see her little pink tonguetip?)


Lick, lick, lick…


“Wait, he’s the killer? But…I thought he had a solid alibi for that night!”

Copy Cat Festival in Somerville February 17!

I just thought I’d post a little reminder about the upcoming Copy Cat Festival in Somerville, MA on 17 February…

Tickets went on sale today at noon, and they’re bound to go quickly, so if you’re in the area and want to partake of the second cat video film festival and a celebration of all things feline, snap up your tickets sooner rather than later! At 12:45pm today, there were about 160 tickets left, and the ticket sales started right at noon! The tickets are very reasonable: $5.50 including a service fee.

In case you’ve forgotten: “Finally, an event to celebrate the profound cultural contributions of cats. Inspired by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which held an Internet Cat Video Festival last year that was attended by over 10,000 people and featured in the New York Times, we proudly announce the Somerville Copy Cat Festival. Yet our feline extravaganza will feature not only cat videos—produced locally and globally—but also cat stories, cat limericks and a slideshow of local cats. Emcee will be Jef Czekaj, who will kick off the event by reading his book Cat Secrets for cat-crazy kids. There will also be a cat costume table and most likely an appearance from a famous local cat.”

You don’t want to miss this!

Abys in Need (ANOTHER ONE!?) – Dexter & Giselle in Southern California

This is just one of those “what the hell is the backstory” Petfinder postings…


“Dexter is a young, healthy purebred Abyssinian male, born July 2012, who in search of his new furever home! He is neutered, current on all vaccines, and is looking for someone to play with, entertain, and love! Call 310-278-2935 for more information regarding Dexter!”

And…he has a (possible) sister!


“Giselle is a BEAUTIFUL, young (born July, 2012), female Abyssinian cat looking for her new, furever home! She has plenty of brains to go along with that beauty, and is incredibly playful and loves to frolic with abandon! Giselle is healthy, spayed and current on all vaccines. Please call 310-278-2935 for more information regarding Giselle!”

Born July 2012? These poor little guys are only six months old! Call me jaded, but I’m betting there’s a human baby involved here. Not only that, but the shelter he’s in is located in Beverly Hills (swimming pools…movie stars…), which also makes me wonder if someone got them to match the carpet or the furniture and didn’t realise that an Aby kitten is actually work. Either that or maybe they redecorated and their fur clashes with the new decor…

Native Northern Californian snarkiness aside, if you know someone who wants little Dexter and Giselle, call the shelter at the number above; there is no email contact given.

And don’t tell Jacoby – or my husband – that I REALLY want to adopt them both!

Other People’s Abys – Our friend Rosie on CBC Vancouver’s Facebook Page!

Check this out…Abyfriend Katscan’s little girl Rosie is making it big on the CBC Vancouver Facebook page:

Would you put your cat on a leash? Early Edition listener Kathy sent us this photo of her cat Rosie. (MJ)

My favourite comment was someone who said Yes, if it was a Bengal cat, otherwise no. I listed off the Abys I know who go out and about on their leashes, mentioning Jafari in Vancouver, Radar in NYC…and of course, Jacoby in Boston!

Click to watch the video!

You can see Kathy and her boy Aby Louis on the Vancouver evening news on the CBC website – her interview is part of an article about the number of birds cats kill and the possibility of Vancouver passing laws requiring cats be leashed and licenses.

Aby-a-Day – January 30: Wordless Wednesday (Jake really does ride the Roomba…sort of)





Abys in Need: Nelson in Northern California

Another Aby in need of a home in my old area code! And look at him! Isn’t he gorgeous?


“Nelson” is a beautiful ruddy Aby neuter in Northern California who must find himself a new home. He is 9 years old and healthy, but, since his people have a new baby, he has been misbehaving. So he must go.

Poor old boy! You can tell he really loves whoever took that photo of him. And I feel a bit sorry for that baby, missing out on the chance to grow up with an Aby.

If you want to know more about dear Nelson,email Mimi Cary Drake at mimicary@abyssinians.org.

Aby-a-Day – January 29: The Cat From Outer Space (Cartoon Tuesday)

Just because I can’t get Jacoby to ride the Roomba in real life doesn’t mean I can’t do a cartoon about him riding it. That’s the beauty of cartoons! And if he ever does ride the Roomba, I’m pretty sure this is exactly the sort of thing he’d do.


(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)