Aby-a-Day – 3 March: “Some are born Abys, some achieve Abyness, and some have Abyssinians thrust upon them”

Shortly after Pyret was born, her mother disappeared, and her litter would have died if not rescued and bottle-fed. While Pyret had her littermates for a short while, she never had an adult cat to serve as teacher, mentor, and example. It wasn’t until Olivia arrived that Pyret learned any semblance of how to cat.

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But then Olivia died in 2010, and Pyret was an only cat for six years before having her live invaded by two Abys.

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Another year after that, another Aby and a Singapura were added into her household.

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She hissed at them – a LOT – and she only cuddled or slept with Logan (because Logan never takes no for an answer), but I think part of her was happy to have other cats around. Maybe she would have preferred to have few cats sharing her home…

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…but she clearly decided that they weren’t all bad.

And Björn noticed that the LunaTicks had a definite effect on Pyret.

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Before she was invaded by the ticked horde, she never begged for food when Björn was eating or preparing a meal…unless he was eating a pizza with shrimp on it.

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But after the Abys and Logan arrived…

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…she started picking up their bad habits.

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Cats learn by observation and example, and Pyret was quick to adopt the ways of the LunaTicks.

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Who says you can’t teach an old cat new tricks?

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Whenever any cat hears us cutting something in the kitchen, they come running in the hopes it may be meat.

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We had a smoked lamb leg at New Year’s, and whenever we took it out to cut some meat off to eat we were swarmed by the LunaTicks…

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…and also Pyret.

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While she may not have been as proactive as the Abys and Logan in asking for bits of meat,

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she was definitely a participant in the Hunger Games.

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One fun thing we do with the cats is we play the “Hunt Crunchies” game. It’s simple to play: get some dry food and toss it, one piece at a time, and let the cats “catch” it.

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The competition can get quite stiff.

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The Abys, especially, are treacherous opponents, as they use their quick hands with impunity. That, and they are so food-oriented!

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But even against the hungriest Abys on earth (Alfred and Jacoby), Pyret held her own. These last photos were only taken six months ago, and she was right there in the middle with the boys, catching crunchies!