Aby-a-Day – 26 Januari: Birthday of Champions (Cat Show Saturday)

Today is Izaak’s birthday! He turns one year old today.

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Not only that, but we are at a cat show in Örebro. So this is a very special birthday – the first one of any of our cats that we have celebrated away from home.

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Before he could have his little birthday cake, Zak had to go up and be judged.

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Today we had a judge we’d not seen before. He was from Romania.

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He really seemed to like Zak quite a lot.

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But in the end, he wasn’t Nominated. Neither he nor Lorelai were today.

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In a way, though, Zak got something even better: he earned his third CAC certificate today, which means he is now a Champion!

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So Zak celebrated two milestones today.

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He looked a little unimpressed by his candle and cake.

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Since Zak usually rejects anything that isn’t raw food, I wasn’t sure if he would even eat his cake.

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And, at first, it did seem that Rory was more interested in it than he was! Back off, Rory…you’ll get yours in two weeks.

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At first, Rory was the only one eating Zak’s cake.

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Zak watched her eat it for a while.

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Eventually, he took a bit more interest.

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Finally, he decided to give it a taste.

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At last, he tucked in alongside Rory. I was so happy that he actually seemed to be enjoying his cake.

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There’s a really good pet store near the show hall, and I found a squeaky mouse toy there that had been marked down because it had lost its tail. I didn’t think Zak would mind the missing tail…

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…and I was right!

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I couldn’t really capture him playing with it with my still camera.

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So I made a little video of him playing with it (Click on the image to watch the movie in another tab).

Aby-a-Day – 15 December: Jólakötturinn (Swedish Cat Show Saturday)

There’s an interesting holiday custom in Iceland: the Yule Cat (Jólakötturinn). According to legend, the Yule Cat eats people who don’t get new clothes for Christmas.

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It’s actually kind of hilarious. When I went to Sweden for Christmas in 2015, I had a stopover in Reykjavik and I saw him for myself. It’s like happy little santas and elves, pretty white angels, sparkly snowflakes and snowmen…and then, WHAM! ANGRY BLACK CAT!

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The Yule cat is associated with the Yule Lads, thirteen troll-imp brothers who show up starting 12 December and don’t leave until 6 January. They harass livestock, steal random objects, and generally do bad things. It’s so different from any other holiday tradition I know of. I absolutely love it.

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Drinking is also a significant part of Scandinavian Jul celebrations…so naturally, Yule Cat bottle covers are a thing.

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Of course, I had to buy some Yule Cats whilst I was there!

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Since seeing the Yule Cat for myself in Iceland, those ornaments have become a part of my holiday tradition. He plays a prominent part of our decorations. And to that end, I made my own Yule Cat. When I discovered the Japanese Scratch cats, plushies with scowly faces and extended claws who generally look pissed at the world who were designed by artist Tamiho Maita, I knew the black one would make a marvelous Yule Cat. So I took one of Jacoby’s Santa hats and scarves, and voilà! One Yule Cat plushie!

On a whim, I brought him along to the cat show last weekend. He attracted a bit of attention, and one of the club’s members even posted his photo on the club’s Facebook event page!

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I tried to get Lorelai and Izaak to pose with him in their show cage…it didn’t go as well as I hoped.

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Look at Zak’s face! He looks like he’s trying to out-anger Angry Black Cat!

Aby-a-Day – 8 December: The ears have it (Cat Show Saturday)

This weekend, we took Lorelai and Izaak to the Ädelkatten Kattklubb show in Västra Frölunda. Nobody got Nominated, but the show was very good for both Zak and Rory. About which I will post tomorrow.

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I found my realistic cat ears and wore them to the show. As I posted five years ago, some cats have an…interesting…reaction to seeing a human with cat ears.

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My friend Peter saw me taking the above photo and decided I needed yet another set of ears. Thanks, Peter.

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But at the show today, we met an Abyssinian who had a very strong reaction to my ears.

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When he first saw me, IP IC S*Aloysius Tiger Lily’s Trazan‘s eyes got HUGE. Then, he backed into a corner of his cage.

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And, after careful consideration of my ears, he…hissed at me.

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I mean, he really hissed at me. I gave his human some dry food we won in the lotteri to make up for his traumatisation.

Aby-a-Day – 1 December: A little show close to home (Cat Show Saturday)

Today, the Sverak club Björn belongs to,
Billingebygdens Kattklubb, had a little “mini-show” at our local DjurMagazinet. And by local, I mean, we can practically see the place from our house.

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It was pretty cool to have a show we could walk to.

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Of course, it wasn’t really a “show” in the sense that we weren’t really being judged for any FIFe points…but it was great publicity for the Singapura breed and cat shows in general.

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And…a chance to bond a little with Izaak…and give him a warm-up to the show we’re going to next weekend. We took Zak and not Lorelai because this was more publicity than an actual show…and we figured there’d be Abys there. We were right; there was one Aby and two Somalis.

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It was a great opportunity to show off the rare, new Singapura breed.

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And, it was a really fun day.

Aby-a-Day – 6 October: Izaak and Lorelai at the show in Vårgårda (Cat Show Saturday)

Quick show report from Vårgårda today.

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Because of the funeral yesteday, we decided to cancel our motel reservation and just stay at home Friday and Saturday night. This meant a long, speedy, frenzied drive to the show hall this morning…only to face a long, slow line at check in. Of course.

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Of course, once we got the cage set up, Lorelai and Izaak were their usual, over-stressed selves.

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Although we did have a bit of excitement over the dried beefheart samples…

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We were benched next to our friends Anna, Peter and Bonk. That was pleasant.

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The big surprise was that Rory’s half-sister was entered in the show! They have the same mother, Kajza, but Adela was born in January 2017.

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Here is Rory’s half-sister Adela up for judging.

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Rory was up for judging first, before Zak.

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The judge, Ulrika Eriksson, liked her well enough to call her back for the nominations.

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She was up against this tabby-point and white Siamese…

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…who ultimately ended up getting the nomination.

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Then it was Izaak’s turn.

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He was the only cat Jaana Jyrkinen judged today in his class (11 – Juniors, 7-10 months), so he got the nomination by default…but she loved him and would have had him in her final decision regardless.

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Here’s Zak with his little Nom trophy.

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…No, Zak…nothing to eat here…

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We were so excited! This was Zak’s first nomination! Okay, it may have been by default…but still, it’s a nomination and it counts!

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In the panel, Zak was up against a Bengal and a blue-spotted Ocicat.

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It was close…but the Ocicat ended up being Best in Show today. But still, it was a good day for the only Singapura entered in the show!

Aby-a-Day – 15 September: Full court press (Cat Show Saturday)

We’re at a cat show this weekend in a basketball arena in Västra Frölunda, a suburb of Göteborg.

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We took the train last night. Izaak and Lorelai once again proved themselves to be excellent travellers.

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They had to explore the luggage rack, though.

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We were in the nine-seat pet compartment with a group of four young gamer geeks. One of them was allergic to cats and complained when we let them play on the luggage. On Swedish trains, there are only a limited number of pet compartment seats, so you would think people without pets would choose to sit elsewhere. But that just goes to show you that Sweden ain’t perfect…we have our share of entitled jerks who sit in the pet compartment and then complain when someone who has a pet he’s allergic to happens to sit in there with him…it’s just like home!

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When we got to our hotel, the kittens – excuse me, juniors, set about proving the axiom about cats loving hotel rooms correct once again.

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Like Logan before her, Rory discovered the joy of heated bathroom floors.

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And both Zak and Rory were unbearably cute cuddling on the bed.

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One thing we got to do was get some professional photos done.

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We got some of them done with both of them together, and then some of each of them on their own. I ended up buying four of each: Zak, Rory, and then both together.

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As with their first show together, the two of them were remarkably relaxed.

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And we got to see our Göteborg friends at this show! We got to see Peter, Anna and Bonk…

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…and Jasper…

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…As well as Stellan with Oskar and two other Singas.

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I didn’t notice the beauty of this photo until long after I had taken it.

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This, though…this is awesome. Across from where we are benched is Arextocats. You remember from my my post about my finger surgery, when I ran into a nurse named Göran in Recovery whose fiancée had Rexes..? Yeah…this is her. She doesn’t have a cat fromArextocats…she is Arextocats! And Göran will be at the show tomorrow…which for some reason makes me stupidly happy.

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But onto the results. Zak was up against a pretty chocolate Burmese and didn’t get nominated to the panel. But Rory was nominated!

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In the panel, first the judge who nominated a cat looks him or her over.

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Then the judge looks at the cat or cats that the other judges nominated.

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Rory was up against a slightly older, male Oriental Shorthair…and he was Best in Show. This time.

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Here they are on the bus back to our hotel. What will tomorrow hold? We’ll find out!

Aby-a-Day – 18 August: “Getting there is half the fun” (Cat Show Saturday)

We’re at a cat show this weekend, but I am still processing the photos I took today, so I don’t have a show report prepared yet.

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So instead, let’s talk about getting to the show, which is a two-hour train ride to Stockholm and then a commuter train to a hotel near the show hall.

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We took the train from Skövde to Stockholm. This was Lorelai’s second train ride with us, and Izaak’s first since I collected him from Arlanda’s cargo department back in June. It’s Rory’s second show, and Zak’s first.

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In our car, there was another animal passenger, a black French bulldog. This was very interesting to Rory and Zak.

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Although perhaps not as interesting as Björn’s sandwich…

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Our first train ride with two kittens was mostly uneventful.

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“Mostly” being the operative word. Zak managed to slip his harness and hide under a seat in another section of the train. That was fun.

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There was also an interesting moment when the Frenchy got off the train.

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It was pretty late when we finally checked into our hotel room (Rory’s second, Zak’s first), but they wasted no time getting comfortable.

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And they were adorably comfortable…

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…until Zak decided he would rather be comfortable with his IKEA mouse…