Aby-a-Day – August 31: “Model” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Model.”


Jacoby is a marvelous model.


He has been the inspiration for my personal plushie project, but Avanii from DeviantArt also made me a plush Aby modeled after our Jake.

These are her photos of him in the woods of Holland.


I really like how she did his paw pads. They’re needle-felted wool.


I think Jake likes them, too.


Contrary to popular belief, modelling is not easy!


Especially when your model falls on top of you!

Aby-a-Day – August 30: Abys from the past (Friday Flashback)

eBay can be a marvelous resource.

You can find some marvelous old photos of Abyssinians, like this collection of kittens from the late 1960s or early 1970s. I believe this came from a newspaper archive.

I love this next set. These are from a newspaper archive, and they’re from a story on a CFA cat show in 1968.

I showed them to Meg, and she recognised this judge as Jane Martinke. For some reason, you don’t seem to see a lot of photos of Abys being judged.

And then I managed to score this wonderful collection of 20 photos from one seller.

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They seem to start in 1974, when, according to the backs of the photos, this ruddy girl was 4 months old. The most recent photos are dated 1980.


She was a cute kitten.


Her name was Wohl-Rabe’s Mayday Khamsin. When I saw her cattery name, bells went off. Wohl-Rabe is one of those names that you see in Aby pedigrees! The Wohlrabes started breeding Abys in the late 1950’s and continued through the 1970’s. If you search for “Wohl-Rabe” and “Abyssinian,” you’ll find all sorts of names and photos of historical Abys.


Jacoby has a few Wohl-Rabe cats in his pedigree. I couldn’t find Miss Mayday on ERoS or AbyWorld (she was probably a spayed pet), so I don’t know if she and Jake are specifically related…but there’s a connection.


Some of the photos of Mayday are simply stunning.


It’s interesting the way the photos span her lifetime.


In just 20 random photographs, you watch Mayday grow from a kitten into a mature cat.




It’s interesting to see how the standard has changed since the 70’s.




You see it more in all the photos of Mayday in a way you don’t in just a couple of random old photos in a book or on the internet.



I think it’s because, looking at the collection, you kind of get to know her.


In some later shots, she’s on the same chair she was on when she was a kitten, which is a nice bit of continuity


Kind of makes you wonder, though, what kind of fame Mayday might have found if the internet had existed back then!


She was certainly a very photogenic little girl!

Abys in Need: No-name boy in Charlotte, NC

This one came through the Aby Foster Network on Facebook, and I’m afraid there’s not a lot of details on him.

Susan Graham posted: “I’m getting another rescue from Charlotte, NC – this one is a boy who is unknown age and has an ear infection with a head tilt. I think I can get him fixed up pretty quickly, and if he gets along with other cats (most males do), then I can find a good home for him quickly too. Rescue there is pulling him and keeping him for me since I’ll be in Seattle tonight for a week, and I’ll be picking him up next weekend from the rescue/foster.”

Please contact Susan Graham through the Facebook post if interested in giving this boy a forever home.

Aby-a-Day – August 29: Protecting valuable resources

Jacoby has a urinary crystal issue, and needs to eat special prescription UT food, which we get from Pet Food Direct.


When an order is delivered, it’s a big day in our house.


Jake always knows that it’s his food in that box. I’m not sure how he knows, but there’s something about the box that always alerts him.


And apparently he feels that it’s necessary to protect his food from any scavengers who might want to steal it.


You never know who could be lurking nearby waiting for their chance to snatch it away.


Oh oh! Here comes Kylie!


Sure, she seems completely uninterested in the contents of Jake’s box, but that could be part of her clever scheme.


Is she coming back?


Guarding one’s food is hard work.


Did someone say “Dinnertime”???

Aby-a-Day – August 28: Wordless Wednesday (Jake does not appreciate the laptop)










Aby-a-Day – August 27: I saw it first! (Cartoon Tuesday)

Have those of you in multi-cat households noticed this phenomenon?


A toy can sit there for weeks with no-one playing with it, but the second someone does, it becomes the most popular toy in the WORLD!

Also, in case you’re curious as to the drawing in the second to last panel, I used this photo as a reference.

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

NO!!! Wasabi-Chan has died!

This is so sad and so unfair. I cried out when I read this on Catsparella today, but Wasabi-Chan, the cutest kitten in the world joined StarClan much too soon today at 6:30pm Tokyo time.

Apparently she was recovering from her crow attack, and also had epilepsy, which her human was treating. But she was taken to the vet this morning and treated in the ICU, but lost her fight. They don’t know what the actual cause of death is yet, but it was much, much too soon. She was only 3 months old. She didn’t even get to be a ‘paw

I know she probably wasn’t really an Aby…but she certainly looks like one. My heart is with the Thousand – again – because another friend stopped running today.