Aby-a-Day – April 23: Because apparently we don’t have enough cat beds in our apartment

Lately, the closet door in the art room has been mysteriously opening.

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Neither my husband nor I will have gone into that closet for days, yet the door would be open. Then, one day I couldn’t find Jacoby AND the closet door was once again open.

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Finally, one mystery solved!

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So, I kind of figured it was Jake opening the door. But I wasn’t expecting to find him sleeping in the closet!

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And I never would have dreamed he’d pick the napping spot I found him in!

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I have Jake’s show cage hanging in its bag in that closet, and at some point over the winter I’d left it unzipped when I put something in it.

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Evidently, that makes a perfect secluded cat bed. Who knew?

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All right, Jake, I’ll let you get back to sleep.

Aby-a-Day – April 22: Wordless Wednesday (Whattaya mean, there’s still snow on the ground!?)

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Abys are Everywhere – Dr. Elsey’s Sneezing Kitten

How cute is this little guy? I found him at the top of the Catshows.US website when I went to enter the Seacoast Cat Show the other day.

I mean, how can you not follow that link to Dr. Elsey’s litter?

Aby-a-Day – April 21: Starclan summons Batcat (Cartoon Tuesday)

As I posted on April 9th, Sophie the Aby was unable to recover from her illness. One thing that Sophie was known for on the Facebook Abyssinian Cat Club was her Batman complex.

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This is just my little tribute to a small young Aby who got the entire world to fall in love with her. Sleep well in Tuonela, Sophie.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – April 20: Someone is sleeping in my bed! (Miniature Monday)

Look who’s sleeping in the iMac bed!

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Like most new cat beds, it’s been out a week, and no one has been seen sleeping in it yet…except for mini-Jacoby.

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Oh, NOW someone else is interested in it!

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Jacoby really didn’t seem to know what to do about his Mini-Me being in the bed.

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Not that he really wanted to sleep in it.

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He just didn’t want anyone else to be in there.

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Even if it was (sort of) him!

(Also please note Jake’s rear foot in that last photo – if I was to draw a cat with a foot like that, it would look so wrong…and yet, there it is!)

Aby-a-Day – April 19: Bicycle built for two

Jacoby’s big birthday present this year was a DoggyRide Cocoon bike basket/carrier from DutchDog Design.

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Not that I really have much call to take Jake places on my bike, but with this carrier, I can take him places on my bike. When I was in high school, I built a bike seat for my Siamese mix, Sgt. Pepper, which I named the “Pepper Shaker.” We went for a lot of bike rides back in Davis…but I haven’t tried to take a cat for a bike ride since.

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We’ve come a long way since the 80’s when it comes to bike pet carrier technology, I’ll say that. Of course, DutchDog Design is based in Holland, where people ride bikes everywhere to do everything. I read a lot of reviews, and this particular carrier seems to be the best-rated and best-designed bicycle pet carrier. It also doubles as a regular bike shopping basket.

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Jake was very interested in the box when he saw it.

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Jake also also really likes my bike.

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See?

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But does the fact that he likes the box and my bike mean he’ll like riding in the carrier?

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Well, he seems to like it just fine.

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I just put him in the basket, and he just sat there, enjoying the view.

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He didn’t even try to jump out.

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Even closed, there seems to be plenty of headroom in this carrier.

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“Okay, mom, I’m ready! Let’s go!”

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This basket seems really stable and secure. There’s a leash inside, of course, to prevent him from jumping out while we’re moving.

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Although it’s primarily designed for small dogs, it’s a shape and size that seems to really appeal to feline sensibilities.

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So I don’t know when, but someday we’ll go for a bike ride together using this carrier…

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Always closed, of course!

Aby-a-Day – April 18: “Ball” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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My husband brought home a HeliBall from Five Below the other day.

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So of course I had to show it to the Abys.

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It’s a pretty simple helicopter toy. It’s not even a remote control helicopter – you turn it on, it goes up and down until it crashes into something and then you turn it off and back on again and do it again. Still, Jacoby was pretty interested in it.

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Especially when it crash-landed.

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Angel wanted to get a closer look at it, so she quickly hopped up the wallclimbers.

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From up there, she could get an eye-level view of the HeliBall.

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Jake was quick to follow her up there.

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The HeliBall is slightly controllable with your hands. It reacts to things beneath it and goes up when it senses a surface, like the floor or the palm of your hand. The Jake and Angel were fascinated by the flying ball.

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However, before you run out and get one of these for yourself, I have to warn you, it’s not the safest toy on the planet. The box says “Ages 14+, so it’s not a kid’s toy. It also has no side-to-side control, just up and down. And if it hits you in the face…it hurts! Somehow, while I was taking photos of it, it managed to get between my camera and my face (I guess I thought the camera would protect me?), and the propellers hit me in the upper lip. It didn’t leave a mark or cut me, but damn, it stung. It also hit Jake in the side which startled him. And that was with two adults playing with it. If you do get one, just be careful with it. And wear glasses! Seriously, this thing could put an eye out.