Aby-a-Day – June 20: Strapping young cat (Fashion Friday)

Longtime readers of this blog know I have a fascination with well-made, high quality leather items.

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Just look at Jacoby with his Arja’s Art harness and braided leather collar and leas from HiTide Creations!

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I have a great leather bag from Fossil, and I love it to death. It’s not quite a messenger bag, but it’s not really a purse, and it fits my lifestyle perfectly…except for the strap, which was an adjustable leather strap with a nylon webbing back. The adjustment kept moving on me til the bag was hanging too low…and I hated the fabric backing.

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But where do you go to get a really nice, well-made replacement strap that matches the bag perfectly when it’s an oddball colour like teal? I did some searching, and discovered the answer is Mautto Purse Straps and Handbag Accessories! They’re based in Northern California (my native land) and they do amazing work.

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Their teal leather wasn’t strong enough to make a strap on its own, so Lynette suggested a backing of sturdier chestnut leather to match the trim on the bag. It turned out incredibly well. It feels amazing, and it’s probably stronger than the bag is. I’ll have this strap much longer than the bag, I think!

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Here’s a close-up of the two leathers melded together by strong stitching.

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The colours are an awesome match.

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Since this is a blog about Abyssinians, not purses, here is Jake on my bag with it’s awesome new strap.

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Abys are particularly tactile cats. I think Jake likes the feel of this leather.

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Gratuitious grabby Aby hands.

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Nobody better try to snatch this purse! Jake the guardcat is on the job!

Abys in Need: Update on Fatima and her kittens

Here’s an update on the lovely Fatima and her kittens, who were in a shelter in Atlanta, GA. The good news is they’re out of the shelter thanks to the efforts of Jacquelyn Babush, and the little family is being fostered at Susan Graham’s house!

Susan thinks Fatima is half Aby and half Bengal. She used to breed Bengals and Fatima has that look about her in addition to her obvious Abyssinian heritage. She looks like an Aby but has spots on her belly and stripes on her legs.

The five kittens, whose eyes have just opened, are 100% adorable!

And Fatima is such a good and patient mother. Check out this video of her nursing her brood:

Susan is fostering the family through FurKids, and they will be tested for FeLV/FIV next week. FurKids is Georgia’s largest no-kill shelter, specialising in cats but also rescuing and fostering dogs.

Susan writes: Many people have now come forward to ask to take one of the kittens home with them, and they will make sure everyone is taken care of on the list. The kittens and their mama can go to their new homes as soon as they are spayed and neutered. I’m going to try to get that done in about 8 weeks (at 10 weeks old) so they can go earlier to their new homes.

Fatima is a very calm, affectionate girl who is in excellent health, about 11 months old. She is also in need of a good home in about 2 months from now.”

If you’re interested in adopting Fatima or one of her adorable kittens, you can fill out a FurKids adoption application or just send them an email at adopt@furkids.org.