Jafari Jamison Underfoot, aka “That Jogging Cat in Vancouver,” is four years old today! One of his humans, Christopher Weeks, posted a lovely tribute to the dashing Aby on Facebook in honour of this milestone.
(Photo copyright C. Weeks, via Facebook)
In that post, Christopher asks a very interesting question:
“What is the true age of “maturity” in an Aby?
Over the years, we’ve come to believe that Aby’s seem to mature in a way that seems different from many cats. We feel that you don’t experience the full maturity or personality of an Aby until around four years of age. Before the age of four, it seems Aby’s (particularly the boys) can lag behind other cats in their overall development. We remember our first and most beloved Aby of our life, and how he seemed somewhat immature even at 3½ years of age. We loved him, but wondered if he was ever going to mellow from his kitten like behaviour. At the age of four, he magically transformed into a cat with a newfound maturity and sense of awareness. He remained very playful, but he suddenly seemed to be connecting on a much deeper and more intimate level with us. At the age of four, it felt more like we lived with a little person than with a cat.
We are seeing the same personality shift in Jafari. He continues to exhibit ever-deepening layers of awareness, relatedness and intimacy. Just as it can be for most of us as we age, Jafari seems to be increasingly comfortable and confident in his body, and in the way he interacts with people. He has developed an expanded vocabulary of chortles, beeps, chirps and purrs. He is demonstrating that refined Abyssinian poise, confidence and wisdom that make them such a joy to live with. And yes, he does have that lovingly obnoxious and sometimes demanding “Aby Attitude”!
Has anyone else noticed this type of personality transformation occurring around the age of four?”
This resonates with me because Jacoby will reach his four-year milestone this April, and I am seeing some of the same things Chris mentions. Jake does seem to be becoming more and more attached to me…and my first Aby boycat never turned four, so this is the first I’m experiencing this. When Angel turned four, I noticed her blossom a bit, but she’s a girl, and she never had the same goofy awkwardness that boy Abys have (don’t get me wrong, she’s plenty goofy and awkward, but in a different way).
There seems to be a cohort of outgoing Aby boys who are taking the world by storm (Jafari, Jake, Toki Nantucket, and Banjo Mooner come immediately to mind) and who are all roughly around the same age. I wonder, could this be the beginning of Aby world dominanation?