Abys in Need – Miss Hepburn in Philadelphia

Miss Hepburn is an 11-year-old blue Aby on a special diet who lives in Philly and needs a new home.

“I am an owner of a blue Aby, 11 years old. Our Aby, Hepburn, is a rescue cat and we have had and loved her for eight years. Two years ago, we became parents to our daughter Emma. Hepburn did not respond favorably, and has still not adjusted to our daughter. After a lot of soul searching, we believe that Hepburn would be happier elsewhere, as behaviorally, she has been acting out her distress, and will not be in the same room as Emma, although Emma loves Hepburn. As a result, Hepburn is not getting the lap time she needs. Hepburn is a special needs cat who requires special food. We would love to see her doing well with someone(s) who can dote on her the way she needs to, to be happy. If you can assist us, please let me know”

If you can provide dear Miss Hepburn with a forever home, please contact Mimi Cary.

Aby-a-Day – January 17: One of these things is not like the others

This is what I found when I came home from work one day last week:


Kylie, Jacoby, and Tessie in the bedroom on the bed…


…and Angel on the opposite end of the apartment in the corner cat bed.

She couldn’t be any farther away from them unless she was out in the hallway! Angel is such a little non-conformist.

Aby-a-Day – January 16: Wordless Wednesday (Angel and her BFFs)


Aby-a-Day – January 15: Imaginary friends (Cartoon Tuesday)

Angel often interacts with the moving images on the television screen she loves so much…I wonder what she’s thinking when she does that?


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

Abys in Need – Aby Mix on Death Row in NY

Found this on Facebook this morning:

Manhattan Center

ABBIE – ID#A0955238
I am an unaltered female, brown and white Abyssinian.

The shelter staff think I am about 8 years old.
I weigh 8 pounds.
I was found in NY 10473.
I have been at the shelter since Jan 14, 2013.

Reason STRAY
Intake condition NONE Intake Date 01/14/2013, From NY 10473, Due Out Date 01/17/2013,

Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN

Medical Summary
Weight 8.3

For more information on adopting please read this. For more information on a particular cat, email adoption@nycacc.org but ONLY if serious about adopting, and ONLY if you are able to GO TO the shelter in-person. Please do not email for status updates… the only thing you will accomplish is spamming their in boxes and causing REAL adopter emails to go unnoticed. Contact the NYC ACC at (212) 788-4000 for further automated instructions.

I’m afraid that’s all I know about this girl, but she looks lovely and I hope she can be saved.

Aby-a-Day – January 14: Fighting the Flu (Hipstamatic Monday)

I’ve been really sick for about a week now. I got a flu shot, but I got sick anyway.


As a result, I’ve spent the past few days in bed.


Jacoby has been taking care of me.


He was watching football with my husband earlier, so he’s wearing his Green Bay jersey (he’s also dressed for “National Dress Your Pet Day”).


He’s such a good therapy cat.


I slept about 10 hours during the day and he was right there the whole time.


Jacoby is the best medicine.

Aby-a-Day – January 13: Sunday surprise!

Just before Christmas, our friend Sparkle had a Fancy Feast totebag giveaway…and we won one of them!


Since this happened over the holidays, of course I completely forgot about it. Then, today, we were notified that we’d received a package and I was mystified as to what it could be – it was like getting a mystery box in the mail! And, since it was sent directly from Purina rather than from Sparkle, I didn’t remember what it was until I actually opened it, so it was a real surprise!


Jacoby, of course, claimed it immediately. So I took him for a little ride in it. It’s just his size!


He had to show me how similar his profile is to Sparkle’s.


Jake carefully examined every inch of the bag, including the handles…


…until he heard someone in the kitchen with food and suddenly needed to be somewhere else.


Kylie, on the other hand, preferred the other side of the bag, with the face of the Fancy Feast cat printed on it.


I can’t imagine why.

Earlier this week, our friend Selina gave us an honourable mention for the “Next Big Thing” award.

According to the rules, I’m supposed to thank Selina (Thank you!), and nominate 5 other kitty blogs I think are deserving. I can’t think of just five…so I’ll table that for the moment.

However, the recipient of this award is also meant to talk about an unfinished project, and I do want to do that. I know my story of Romeo and Jacoby only got half-written during NaNoWriMo, and I haven’t forgotten it. I just need to think about it and decide where I want it to go. But rest assured, I haven’t abandoned it. It’s just simmering on my brain’s back burner.

Thank you, Sparkle! And thank you, Selena!

Aby-a-Day – January 12: “Celebrate” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Celebrate.” As it happens, January 14 is National Dress Up Your Pet Day, and you know we’re all celebrating that glorious holiday up in here!


In case you don’t recall, last year, Jacoby wore his tux, Angel wore the Hawaiian shirt and a scarf and puffer vest, Tessie wore a hat and scarf and Kylie wore a Green Bay Packers jersey. This year we had to do something different…so…


…first, I dressed up the girls in their prettiest frocks.


About which they were less than thrilled…they’re tomboys, the lot of them.


I thought Angel would look great in Jake’s cowboy gear.


And I was right! She makes a much better cowgirl than she does a girly girl.


Kylie, too, seemed to prefer the leather jacket to the ruffles and ribbons.


Meanwhile, Jake and Tessie are ready for action as Dr. Cat, MD and Nurse Kitty. They’ll make sure you get your flu shot!


For the grand finale, we have Jacoby performing the classic Honey Bun from South Pacific!


“Ten point one pounds of fun, that’s my little Honey Bun…


“I’m speakin’ of my Sweetie Pie, only sixteen inches high – Ev’ry inch is packed with dynamite!”


“Where she’s narrow she’s as narrow an arrow and she’s broad where a broad should be broad!”


Thank you, ladies and gentlemen…good night!

Aby-a-Day – January 11: Tessie and Jake (Friday Flashback)

Last Sunday’s post about Tessie mothering Jacoby reminded me of these photos, taken when Jake had only been living with us for a couple of weeks.


This first series was taken on 26 August 2009.





This second series was taken on 29 August 2009.



Fashion Friday: Abyssinian…nail polish?

Yes! It’s true!

Every so often, I search Etsy for Abyssinian items. The other day, I discovered this lovely nail polish from Kunimitsu Nail Potions. The description reads: “Inspired by the beautiful ticked tabby coat of the Abyssinian cat! A creamy nude polish with tiny black bars, gold glitter and specks of coppery flashes.”

Oh, my! I don’t wear nail polish on my fingers, but I do on my toes, and you can bet I’ll be sporting an Aby pedi come sandal season!

She also has a number of other cat-inspired shades: Classic Tabby, Flame-Point Siamese, Seal-Point Siamese, Love is a Kitten, Calico and Catnip.

I love it! Cat-themed nail polish for the cat lady who has everything!

Aby-a-Day – January 10: Fierce Love

Jacoby loves me.




This is never more evident than when I’ve settled in for a little nap.


He’s always right there to protect me from harm while I sleep.


Granted, a love like this isn’t always glamourous…


…but it’s a true and fierce love.

Other People’s Abys: Happy Birthday, Jafari!

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?

Somerville Copy Cat Festival – 17 February 2013

This is awesome, and right in my old stomping grounds! Somerville Arts Council to host “Copy Cat Festival” next month!

(Jake at ArtBeat 2010)

“Launch your cat’s cinematic career! Apply now

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. Stay tuned.

Until then, please get involved by submitting/creating cat videos, writing cat limericks or crafting cat stories, or snapping photos of your cat. Download the pdf application here.

Don’t miss this chance to launch your cat’s cinematic career!”


(Jake at ArtBeat 2011)

Hmmm…I wonder if Jacoby is the “famous local cat” they mention in that last paragraph? Well, I’ve emailed them, so we’ll see.

Of course, Jake and I have a long history with Somerville…I lived there for nine years, and we both go to ArtBeat in Davis Square every year. And Somerville is right on the Red Line, Strollercat’s main drag!



(Jake at ArtBeat 2012)

Obviously, I’ll be going to this event, if for no other reason than to see the cat videos on the big screen…but how cool would it be if Jake could be involved?

Aby-a-Day – January 9: Wordless Wednesday (Immodest)




Aby-a-Day – January 8: Walking in a winter wonderland (Cartoon Tuesday)

I don’t think cats find trudging through snow quite as enjoyable as humans do…


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

Aby-a-Day – January 7: No-tell motel (Hipstamatic Monday)

Over the holidays we went to Connecticut, and we stayed at the Red Roof Inn we stay at when we go to cat shows. Since Red Roof Inns allow pets…we brought Jacoby with us!


Jake loves motel rooms. I don’t know what it is.


The new smells, the open spaces…whatever it is, he goes nuts.


It’s really funny. He rolls around all over the bed.


He also grooms himself silly.


And now…here’s a little something for all of Jake’s female feline fans:


“How YOU doin’?”

Aby-a-Day – January 6: Tessie and the Abys

These are some more photos from the 2010 Nikon backlog…I’m slowing working my way through them and I was thinking about the striking difference in the way Tessie treats Jacoby versus the way she treats Angel.


Tessie, of all our cats, is the only one who has ever bred. She raised her own litter of kittens before I adopted her. In some ways, it has made her more maternal…at least towards Jake.


I would suspect that Tessie is simply more maternal toward boycats than she is toward other females, but she loves Kylie. For whatever reason, she just doesn’t like Angel.


It’s not because she’s an Aby, either…because obviously, Tessie hasn’t got any problems with Abys.


Tessie frequently mothers Jake, but she barely tolerates Angel.


This is about as cuddly as the pair of them ever get.


Angel was on the TV first, and Tessie sort of pushed her way on there, too. Still, I suppose it’s better than Tessie smacking her way onto the TV table.

Aby-a-Day – January 5: “Add” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This year, I thought I’d steal adopt one of Sparkle‘s ideas and play along with the Weekly Photo Hunt. This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Add.”


So, here we have one Angel.


And we ADD one Jacoby.


But that doesn’t last long.


Oh, our boy Jake does try to stay added…




…Angel definitely has strong feelings about this!


So eventually Jake gives up…


…and SUBTRACTS himself from the picture. And there you have today’s math lession in Addition and Subtraction!

Aby-a-Day – January 4: Tiny’s Ties (Fashion Friday)

Sherry’s Christmas gift to Jacoby was a little leopard-print tie.


It’s not just any tie, however.


It’s a Tiny’s Tie!


Tiny’s story is pretty amazing. On 30 December 2011, a box was left at the Fredericton SPCA. Inside the box wasn’t a donation of towels or books, however; the box contained two cats! One was Tiny, who weighed 30.2lbs, and the other was Rapunzel, who was much, much smaller.


There’s a Facebook page dedicated to “Tiny’s Weight Loss Challenge,” and you can read his story on the Fredericton SPCA’s website.


You can also buy your cat a tie (they come in both traditional and bow), and also donate to Tiny’s cause, at the Tiny’s Ties Etsy shop. There’s also a ChipIn page where you can donate money to help pay for Tiny’s special food.


Jake is proud of his Tiny’s Tie, and what it represents.

Aby-a-Day – January 3: Buoy ahoy!

On Christmas Eve, Jacoby and I took a walk to the post office, and on the way back we stopped off at Binford Park.


Jake was wearing his red-and-white snowflake hoodie, which I thought would coordinate well with the distinctive red-and-white buoy that stands guard over the little park.


I also thought Jake might like to see the outside world from a higher vantage point than he usually gets.


And, even though it was a little chilly, he really did seem to enjoy himself up there.


When you see them in the water, buoys don’t look all that big, but they’re actually quite tall.


The Binford buoy is at least 10 feet/3 metres tall, a very high place indeed for a cat.


Jake seemed just a little disappointed when I finally brought him back down to earth.


Although he was happy to get his feet off that cold metal and back into his nice warm stroller.