Aby-a-Day – March 31: Easter egg hunt

For Easter. I found some plastic eggs for the cats to play with.

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They’re actually pretty cool plastic eggs. Besides being leopard print, the pieces are attached and there are holes in them.

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Those holes mean that if you put dry cat food inside the eggs, the cats can smell it.

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The smell of food + wobbly rolling + enticing rattle = super fun play times for kitties.

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Jacoby and Tessie were all over that action.

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Jake did get a little frustrated when he couldn’t break them open right away, though.

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Angel got some eggs, too.

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Guess how long it took her to figure out that pushing the eggs off the cat tree opens them up pretty quickly?

Aby-a-Day – March 30: “Wind” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Wind.” But do they mean “Wind,” as in the movement of air, or do they mean “Wind,” as in to wind a watch? That’s the fun of the English language, I guess.

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I got this little wind-up tiger from a street vendor in Chinatown for $3.

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It’s supposed to do little somersaults, but it never manages to land on its feet after a hop.

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It just lands on its side and twitches.

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I guess that’s still fun to play with, though.

Aby-a-Day – March 29: Traveling in style (Fashion Friday)

To get to the show in Stamford, Jacoby and I took the Commuter Rail from South Station to Attleboro, and then caught a ride with Meg to Connecticut.

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Jake really hates to travel enclosed in his bag. He’s an awesome traveler as long as he can see everything around him. That’s one reason he loves his stroller so much.

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It was a chilly day, so Jake wore his Hug-a-Dog harness coat.

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We were on a super-crowded train and weren’t even able to sit down, but as soon as I could I let Jake out of his bag. He just climbed up on top of our rolling duffle and sat there very nicely.

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It was so crowded on the train he really couldn’t see much more than he could have seen inside his bag, but he was much happier to be out regardless.

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However, as soon as a seat opened up, Jake was happy to move. I guess even those hard slick train seats are more comfortable than sitting on a duffle bag!

Aby-a-Day – March 28: Pole Dancing

When you go to a cat show, you’ll notice that each judging table has a scratching post on it. This is so the cats with stretch up and have a scratch so the judges can see the cats’ musculature and see their bodies move in order to better assess their conformation to the breed standard.

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Most cats – and especially most Abyssinians – love to show off and scratch the post. This is Ataraxia Coatue – a relative of Cousin Toki!

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Some Abys, like Cousin Taz’s nephew, Instincts Fire, take scratching the post to a whole new level.

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Most cats just scratch the post. They don’t usually try to climb it.

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Jacoby, however, never “pole dances.” He’d rather stand on the judge’s table and survey the audience.

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Which is why, on Saturday in Gene Darrah’s ring, it was so funny to see Jake go up the scratching post like a regular Aby! Meg and I couldn’t believe it.

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Apparently, neither could Jake. Look at his face! He seems to be saying, “What am I doing? I never do this!”

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Evidently, Taz has picked up some bad habits from his cousin Jake.

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As hard as Gene Darrah tried, Taz would NOT scratch the post.

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But he did pose nicely. I think maybe they’re spending too much time together!

Aby-a-Day – March 27: Wordless Wednesday (“The perfect show Aby should feel like a cobra poised to strike”)

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Aby-a-Day – March 26: “You see, kidneys don’t wear watches. Sure, gallbladders do, but it doesn’t matter, ’cause kidneys can’t tell time” (Cartoon Tuesday)

All that time Jacoby’s been spending in the hospital has gone to his head…

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Background photo by mtsofan on Flickr; adapted under Creative Commons license.

Aby-a-Day – March 25: Ripping it up in Rippowam (Hipstamatic Monday)

A few photos of Jacoby at the show this past weekend. The show was held in the Sheraton Stamford Hotel, which has a lot of windows and natural light.

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This panorama shot gives you a feel for how nice the show space was. The benching cages were in a ballroom off to one side (actually directly beneath where I was standing when I took this), so the benching area and the rings were more separated than they usually are. It was nice. And since it was so open, you could go up to the restaurant, the front desk, and other places in the lobby and still be able to hear the cats’ numbers being called.

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It made for some very nice photographs.

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The ceilings were very high – about two stories – and the top part of the space was all windows. It was almost like being outside. It really showed Jake’s colour off well.

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The cages in the judging rings were drenched in sunbeams, which a lot of the cats seemed to really enjoy.

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Jake included, of course.

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Of course, the sunshine was so nice that it was a bit difficult getting the cats out of the cages to be judged! They just wanted to stay in those lovely sunpuddles.

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Judge Rachel Anger told Jake and the audience a story about Ancient Egypt.

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She said he looked like he should be on a barge in the Nile with Cleopatra and Marc Anthony.

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Jake, of course, gave her his best Egyptian poses.

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I think he rather liked the idea of being fanned by servants with palm fronds while floating along on a barge…

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The fun thing about Hipstamatic is the randomness of the photos you get. And, I think Hipstamatic has a bit of a sense of humour, too…