Aby-a-Day – March 6: Sympathy pains

A couple of months ago, Tessie had a condition that required her to wear what is now, thanks to Pixar, universally known as the “cone of shame.”


She had to wear it for almost three weeks.


Tessie was not a huge fan of this.


It didn’t cramp her style too much; she could still chase Jacoby.


But it did make some things difficult, like scratching itchy ears!


The cone collar that Tessie had was a soft one made out of a soft paperlike fabric similar to what many reusable shopping bags are made from. We had two so we could switch them out when one got dirty (which they did when Tessie ate).


So, having two cones, I did what any cat owner would do – I put one on the healthy cat, in this case Jake.


I wanted to see what he would do.


He wasn’t crazy about it, especially at first…



…but it certainly didn’t slow him down or bother him very much.


Especially when food was involved!


He took to it much more naturally than Tessie did, which considering he’ll wear hats and clothing isn’t too surprising.


And it’s a good thing to know that if he ever does need to wear a cone for some reason, it won’t cause him any more stress. Jake is so easy-going, a cone won’t make any condition he might have any worse.


We all know that misery loves company, so I think Jake wearing a cone made Tessie feel a little better.


Tessie is fine now, by the way. She seems to have recovered completely!

Abys in Need: Remmi in Plymouth, MA

For everyone who’s asked me if there are any rescue Abys in New England, here you go!

“We are in Massachusetts, we have a family member that recently passed away. She has an 11 year old purebred Abyssinian male.

Remmi is a very vocal and not very friendly cat, we are looking to place him with someone that could appreciate his breed. I have a daughter in South Dakota that I will be visiting next week and could possibly bring the cat back with me if you could place him out there.

I don’t know who bred him. He is up to date with all his shots etc. We have all the vet records. We will be having him stay with the vet in the office until we can find a suitable home, he is alone now and that is not good for anyone. Here are two pics of him. He is a handsome boy but has a fierce temper.”

Sorry for the tiny photos, but that is what they sent to the Aby rescue list. Also…that unfriendly thing. I’ll bet he was plenty friendly to his human who died and may just take time to warm up to people.

If you are interested in Remmi (who I suspect may be named after Jerry Remy), please email Trish Rosa or call her at 508-889-1344. And if you happen to recognise Remmi and know who may have bred him, let me know and I’ll pass it along!