Aby-a-Day – September 13: Ring around the collar (Fashion Friday)

I just wanted to give a little shoutout to my friend Sally at Hi Tide Creations.

jakeangelN2051

Sally makes the wonderful leather collars that all our cats wear that you see in all the photos I post.

jakeangel-sunshineN2733

What I love about these collars is that they are so narrow and light; they don’t really interfere with the cat’s looks or give them “collar fur” dents. They don’t have buckles, just a solid ring, and they slip on and off over the cat’s head. They aren’t breakaway collars, but if a cat gets their collar caught on something (which I’ve only had happen twice in all my years of cat owning) they can get out of it easily.

angelN5968

Each collar is hand-braided from kangaroo leather (Kangaroo leather is lighter and stronger than cow or goat leather. It has 10 times the tensile strength of cowhide and is 50% stronger than goatskin, which means it’s lightweight but very strong) in any combination of four colours you wish. Angel’s is various purples and burgundies.

tessiecollarE_6062

Tessie’s is red and blue.

kylie-newcollar3148

And Kylie’s is pink, natural and white.

jakeposeC03140

Jake actually has two sets of collars with their own colour schemes. His everyday collar is a blend of light and dark green…

jakefullerE_5947

…while his therapy collar, his leash and his harnesses are the two greens plus turquoise. I think we thought that would be a bit more “medical.”

BAA-jakeIMG_1262

I really love his therapy leash. It’s long with a swivel in the middle as well as clips at both ends and two extra O-rings. This makes it adjustable; on visits I clip it around my waist so I don’t ever have to worry about dropping his leash. It’s also 100lb tested, so it won’t break. The collars are 100lb test, too.

jacobyN4409

He also has a little short leash she made, which is basically a handle that attaches to his collar. We use it in the hallway sometimes.

8harness2 8harness1

jakeparkN5502

Sally’s also made Jake a couple of harnesses, too, which I helped design: A figure-8 style harness with a criss-cross back, and

stepharnesssketch

jakewelderskittensN6763

a step-in style harness.

jakeparkN5629

I don’t use the harnesses most of the time because Jake has actually managed to get out of them a few times, but I love the way they look in photos because they’re so minimal the cat looks more “natural” – almost like no harness at all!

jakehitideIMG_2392

Coming home from a therapy visit one evening, it occurred to me how many things I have that Sally made.

jakehitideIMG_2383

Let’s see…grooming noose (being used as a bottle leash here), camera straps (long and short), my ID badge lanyard, Jake’s leash, Jake’s harness, and even my keychain!

jakehitideIMG_2336

Yeah, we love our HiTide Creations around here!

jakeboxtoy_5355

One thing I have always loved about the collars is the way they match their BlanketID tags…which leads me to a bit of very cool news.

tessielionC08609

Sally is based in Victoria, BC, and Blanket is based in Vancouver…and they are going to start working together on a collar-and-tag combination! All because of a bunch of kitty fashionistas who live 3.000 miles away!

Abys are Everywhere: FosterCat Spaghetti Dinner in Pittsburgh

I just had to share this poster for FosterCat‘s pasta dinner fundraiser this weekend for two reasons. One, it’s for a good cause, and two…it makes me giggle every time I look at it:

Yeah, I could see Jacoby doing that. He’ll do anything for food. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area and want to eat some spaghetti and help some kitties, check them out!

Is it an Aby? New T-Shirt Dress at H&M

Back in April, I discovered that H&M had a T-shirt with Aby kittens on it. Well, they’ve done it again. I think.

This is a new-for-fall T-shirt dress and it only costs $17.95. It actually runs a bit largish, for H&M…the medium is actually a medium! And I’m pretty sure this kitten is an Aby, because…

…doesn’t he look just like this kitten from Abyfriend Leza?