Aby-a-Day – September 30: Jacoby and his mini-me

I thought this was funny: Jacoby and his plushie mini-me cuddling on the bed while the sheets were being washed.



I wonder if Jake knows that the plushie is meant to represent him?



Actually, I kind of wonder what cats think about all the stuffed kitties we have in general. Do they know they’re supposed to look like them?



He certainly has a fondness for the little guy.



Jake was certainly cozy with his plushie likeness.



They make quite the team, don’t they?

Aby-a-Day – Septermber 29: Scenes from a therapy visit

Jacoby and I have been visiting the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Hospital at Boston Medical Center alternate weeks from our visits at Tufts.


It’s a little different from Tufts in that we visit patients on three different floors. So during a normal visit, we move around a lot.


Jake takes it all in stride, of course.




He loves spending time with the patients.


This patient was trying to get Jake to go on his shoulders. It didn’t work, but that wasn’t the patient’s fault; Jake just really is not a shoulder cat.



Jake really seems to enjoy just hanging out with his friends at the hospital. It’s really awesome to watch.

Abys in Need: UPDATE on Buttercup

You may remember my post the other day about Buttercup, the 14 year old Aby who was dumped in a high-kill shelter in San Bernadino.

Well, thanks to Pat, we have an update. It’s not all good news, unfortunately: although she’s been rescued by Southern California Aby Rescue, she has a tumour and she’s also in renal failure. Isn’t that horrid? Whoever her humans were, they dumped her because she was old and sick. Isn’t that just like that open letter to the former owners of that dog Cocoa that’s going around the internet? Ugh.

Buttercup has received much notariety after being turned into a Southern California Shelter. A compassionate volunteer from Southern California Siamese Rescue have worked tirelessly to help SCAR pull her from the shelter and keep her from being put down. She is now out of the shelter and was immediately taken to a veterinarian. She has a tumor that ruptured some time ago that has spread and she is also in renal failure. Buttercup will be taken into permanent foster and every effort will be made to make her comfortable and give her the love she so deserves. Sometimes it takes a village to save an Abyssinian and Buttercup has proven this to all of us. She certainly has a lesson to teach us. It is not over and we will keep you posted with photos (at right) and her progress.

Friday, 9/27/13 – Buttercup is safe in her foster home and enjoyed her grooming session. Her mats are now gone and she feels much better.

If you want to help SCAR with medical costs of Buttercup, or any of the other many Abys that they take in, donations can be sent by check to:

PO Box 57
Whittier, CA 90608

Aby-a-Day – September 28: “Global” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


Jacoby and Gun-Hee are already international Abys – they were born in Canada – but Gun-Hee was even more international than Jake is. Gun-Hee’s mother, Marica Bright Amber of Pellburn, was born in Denmark! Most of Gun-Hee’s immediate maternal ancestors were Scandinavian or European; his grandparents, great grandparents and great-great grandparents came from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland and the US.


Then he was Canadian and American on his father Scar’s side (as, of course, is Jake – Jake’s mother, Catalina, was born in New York State, and she’s American back at least three generations).


Gun-Hee was quite the global kitten!


It’s always interesting to kick the old family tree and see what you discover, isn’t it?

Aby-a-Day – September 27: Before he was mine (Flashback Friday)

Jacoby has been my kitten since three days after he was born.



I remember when I found out that he’d been born. Sherry called me up on a cold mid-April afternoon, April 17th while I was walking home from work. Scar, Gun-Hee and Jake’s father, had died the month before when he managed to get out and was hit by a car. This time, Sherry had happier news: Catalina had just surprised Sherry with a litter of three kittens that Tuesday!


The litter, two boys and a girl, was a surprise because Sherry didn’t think that last mating between Scar and Catalina had “taken” and he died before she could try again. Also, Catalina didn’t really show until about a week or so before she gave birth. So, posthumously, Scar added three kittens to his legacy.


And one of the boys was to be mine.


I often tell Jake that he was “born to be my kitten” because, well, in a way he was. As soon as Sherry knew there were two boys, she picked one out for me and chose the other one for herself. The one she kept, of course, was Johnny Dillinger, whose fathered several litters himself to carry on the family name.


Sherry took all these photos and sent them to me before Jake arrived on August 1st.


You can tell that, even then, he was a bold little character!


He knew he was a special kitten, too. I’m sure of it. Just look at his face!

As seen on Hauspanther: Aby Paradise in San Diego

Earlier this week, Hauspanther shared a marvelously catified loft apartment. It’s a wonder example of what you can do with shelves and catwalks, even in a small space (this apartment is only 650 square feet)!

Of course, Hauspanther posts about catified living spaces all the time…but this time, the cats who get to play with all these fantastic furnishings are Abys! Someday, we’re going to catify our apartment for the cats…

Aby-a-Day – September 26: Shopping locally

We’ve had a Foodie’s Urban Market up the street from our building for a couple of months now, but I hadn’t had a chance to check it out until recently.


It’s a little pricey (think Whole Foods pricey), but they specialise in both exotic imported food and locally produced items, which makes it quite a lot of fun to shop.


I splurged a bit and got Buffalo burgers, a fantastic NY strip steak, Brie and Roquefort cheese from France…



(which Jacoby was very interested in)


…extra-sharp Cheddar from Australia, shaved Parmesan from Italy, Cape Cod Ice Cream, Pumpkin ravioli and a packet of freeze-dried duck treats from Polka Dog Bakery.


They have a photo of the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue in Boston Common on the label, so you know they’re local; they’re made in South Boston. And despite the “dog” in their name, the ingredients are just duck liver, potato flour and honey, so I figured they’d be good for kitties, too.






Jacoby certainly agreed with that!



He really liked them!


Angel liked them, too.


She just wasn’t as grabby about it.


Instead, she ate her share at a polite distance.


I don’t know if PolkaDog actually makes any treats specifically for cats, but they might want to consider it. They’re certainly a hit in our house!