Aby-a-Day – August 26: Ready for his close up (Hipstamatic Monday)

I love taking photos of Jacoby’s feet.


What is it about cat’s paws, anyway?


Why are we so mesmerised by those soft toe pads?


I got a new iPhone app called iMicroscope that is meant to take super close-ups of things like a real microscope would.


So of course I tried it out on Jake.


The iMicroscope pictures weren’t that great…


…Even considering that it’s possible a moving cat isn’t the best test subject.


But it was interesting, and not bad for 99c.


Well…I thought it was interesting.

Farewell, Homer

Sad news that I just have to share here: Homer the Blind Wondercat has gone to hunt with StarClan. He was 16 years old, and if you’ve read his book, then you know what a wonderous cat he really was.


If you haven’t read the book about Homer, you should. I saw a lot of Angel in Gwen Cooper’s description of Homer and how he lived his life.

My heart is with the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today.

Aby-a-Day – August 25: Out of the closet

Jacoby loves to help me when I’m looking for something in the bedroom closet.


And not just because he likes to look down on me and the world from the high shelves, either.


Although he does enjoy that a lot.


Jake also likes to help me select the perfect bag…I went into the closet to get a bag to carry some stuff to work in. I set it down to go get the stuff to put into it…and found this! It wasn’t so much that he got into the bag that surprised me, it was how fast he did it! I didn’t even know he was in the room!

Aby-a-Day – August 24: “Humble” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Humble.” Which is pretty much the opposite of last week’s theme.


Lately we’ve had these stupid little moth-bugs flying about our apartment. I’m pretty sure they hitched a ride in a bag of rice or cat food.


The humans in the house hate them.


But the felines find them quite entertaining and engaging.


And what could be more humble than hunting insects in the bottom cubby of a cat tree?



Angel is the epitome of humble, if you ask me.

Aby-a-Day – August 23: Angel’s early outings (Friday Fashion Flashback)

Angel may not be the cat about town that Jacoby is, but she is still an Aby and, as is her birthright, she still appreciates an outing now and then. Her problem is…harnesses.


Angel’s very first harness was a Walking Jacket.


She wore it on the flight from California back to Boston. I wasn’t terribly impressed with it, though. She actually managed to get out of it while in her carrier bag! I also wasn’t crazy about the way it fit her.


Her first real trip outside to the park was on a chilly day in April, so she wore this little purple print jacket. I think this one came from Petsmart.


She’d never worn clothes before, if you can believe that!


I have long believed that cats don’t mind wearing coats because cats are not stupid. They don’t like being cold, and they figure out pretty quickly that coats keep them warm and they get to go outside and not be cold.


Angel certainly figured that out quickly!


The harness I’ve been using on Angel has been the Gooby Freedom Harness II.


Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with it.


Angel seems to like it, too.




…On our last outing, THIS happened.


I caught it quickly and hooked her back up, but once a cat manages to get out of a harness, I’ve found it’s pretty much useless after that. So it’s time to find Angel a better harness. I’ve gotten her one of these from Petco, which I like because the shoulders are adjustable. We have tried it in the house, but not in the great outdoors…that’s our next project!

Aby-a-Day – August 22: Peeping Queen

Well, a girlcat like Angel could hardly be called a peeping tom, now, could she?


Angel loves to look out the window of our apartment. She actually is more into than the other cats.


She especially loves the window when there are people swimming in the pool.


I’m not sure what attracts her more, the people moving around out there or the sparkling sunlight reflecting off the water. But she’ll stay glued to that window til the sun sets and the people go back inside.

Aby-a-Day – August 21: Wordless Wednesday (Angel in the window)