Aby-a-Day – August 28: Cousins under the fur

On Saturday at the NEMO show, Iris did a parade of breeds, and a bunch of us volunteered our cats as breed representatives.



Of course Boston’s famous Strollercat was the Aby representative!


Jacoby and I were thrilled to see our friends Linda and Pippi had come to the show. Linda said they enjoyed the NEMO show so much last year, they had to come back for it (and the costume contest) again this time!


Pippi’s full name is Kimbelot’s Ahyoka Sunshine’s Pippi, and she’s a Grand Premier Somali. She’s also a cosplaying cat; last year she and Linda were Morticia and Gomez Addams.


I took a lot of photos while Pippi was up for her turn in the parade of breeds.


But the funny thing is…



Linda took a bunch of pictures of Jake when he was up!


The best part about the parade of breeds is that Jake and Pippi were in cages right next to each other.


CFA considers Somalis to be a shorthaired breed (even though they’re a longhaired variant of the Abyssinian – they also consider Exotic Shorthairs to be a longhaired breed), and cats are judged alphabetically by breed.


Abyssinians, of course, are the first shorthairs to be up, while Somalis are at the end of the alphabet so are among the last to be judged.


You hardly ever get to see the two breeds right next to each other.


It’s really pretty cool to see an Aby and a Somali side by side.


I guess I think it’s a lot more awesome than Jake does…

4 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – August 28: Cousins under the fur

  1. I’ve learned so much from your blog and after I read this I went through and read all the controversy about Strollercat! We live outside Calgary Alberta but Boston is one of our favourite places to visit. Earlier this year I was debating between a british shorthair and an abyssinian. After finding your blog (and doing a lot of other research) we decided the Aby would be a better fit for our family. We’ve had Scout (our fawn abyssinian boy) for a month now and are positively head over heels for him! Your adventures with Jacoby have encouraged us to try different things with him. We now have a backpack carrier and I take Scout with me on walks all over. Most people don’t notice him in his backpack (he’s still pretty small at 4 months old). He purrs when we walk. It’s just so satisfying to be able to let him enjoy that too, it adds a whole dimension to our relationship. Thanks for being such a positive role model!


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