Aby-a-Day – 13 Juni: Here’s looking at you, Lorelai (Selfie Sunday)

The other day when we took the cats outside, Björn got the idea to use his phone’s front camera to take some photos of Lorelai from a different angle.

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Rory was standing on the rug frame, so Björn took photos of her from underneath.

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I’ve got to admit…I never really thought about taking photos from below like this. Pretty brilliant, I think.

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Rory seemed to like it, too.

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Björn managed to get himself into a couple of the shots as well. I think they’re cute.

Aby-a-Day – 12 Juni: Ministry of Silly Walks (Silly Saturday)

Dashiell is a very beautiful and graceful cat.

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As long as he’s standing still.

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As handsome as Dash is, he has a very…awkward way of walking.

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Standing: Gorgeous.

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Walking…not so much.

Aby-a-Day – 11 Juni: Happy 14th Birthday, Angel!

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Even though we’re pretty sure what day is Angel’s real birthday, we celebrate it on 11 June.

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Even though she’s done this since her second birthday in 2009, the candles still make her a little nervous.

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A fear she gets over with pretty quickly when food is involved. I had to blow those candles out pretty quickly to avoid singed whiskers…or worse.

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Once the candles were out, though…she didn’t hesitate to dig into her “cake.” I can’t believe she’s 14 years old.

Aby-a-Day – 10 Juni: Another trip to Min Veterinär (Thursday Things)

If you are a regular follower, you know the story behind Angel’s eye. You may also remember we took Angel to Angell Hospital to see an Dr. Biros, an opthalmology specialist.

Back then she was diagnosed with open chronic inactive keratitis with corneal scarring, a result of her early Feline Herpesvirus that took her left eye as a kitten.

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So, this morning Angel and I took the long bus ride to Min Veterinär.

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“Wait, what? I was just here yesterday!”

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She waited in her carrier for the doctor and her assistant to come in.

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First they put some drops in her eye to dilate her pupil.

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Then the lights were dimmed.

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And the doctor shone a light into Angel’s eye to examine the cornea.

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Then we decided to check her blood to see if there was anything systemic going on.

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First, of course, we had to shave her leg.

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Tomorrow is her 14th birthday, and I don’t think she’s ever had her blood tested. Even without any eye problems, it’s a good idea to see if there’s anything else we need to worry about.

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And then we were done.

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She was a very good patient.

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Then, we had to wait for the bus back home.

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We had just missed one bus, so we had a 14 minute wait for the next one. I let Angel out to get some air.

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She was good, and went back into her carrier when she was finished exploring (not that there’s much to explore at that bus stop).

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When we got off the bus at home, I let her out again. She walked part of the way…

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…and rode part of the way.

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After two trips to the vet in two days, we were both happy to get home.

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Apparently, her previous open chronic inactive keratitis has been activated. The doctor prescribed Dexmethasone drops, so hopefully that will deactivate her keratitis.

Aby-a-Day – 9 Juni: Wordless Wednesday (Min Vetrinär, party of five)

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Aby-a-Day – 8 Juni: Happy Color (Cartoon Tuesday)

My friend Pat plays with a colour-by-numbers app called Happy Color and often posts her favourite creations. Last week, she posted this cat painting and asked the hive mind if we thought it was an Abyssinian. Of course, everyone agreed that it definitely was! I may have to try this app out!

Aby-a-Day – 7 Juni: A nice day outside (Hipstamatic Monday)

The other day I took Alfred, Lorelai and Izaak outside for a little romp.

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I let Rory go out offleash, but I had it with me just in case she decided to be naughty. She was happy to jump into the tall grass on the hill.

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Meanwhile, Zak investigated the big tree.

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Later on, we made two discoveries: Markis, and catmip growing in the grilling area! Not sure how we never noticed it before. Maybe it’s new.

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I wouldn’t have noticed it if it hadn’t been for Markis.

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Zak is so funny…he really wants to be friends with Markis.

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We also ran into the neighbour boy who loves Freddy. Freddy was sweet enough to let the boy pick him up, and the boy was thrilled. He knows all their names and calls out to them, it’s so cute.

Aby-a-Day – 6 Juni: Americans in Sweden (Swedish Sunday)

When we go outside with the cats, I do try to get Angel to come outside, too. But the last time we went out, Angel was happily ensconced on one of the chairs on the balcony. So, I let her be.

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That didn’t stop her from joining us in her own way.

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What was really adorable, though, was that Dashiell noticed her sitting on the railing watching us.

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He was like, “Hey! Angel!”

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Not sure if Angel is Juliet, Rapunzel, or Roxanne in this scenario.

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Dash was the only cat who really noticed her. Alfred only saw her because he wanted to know what Dash was so interested in.

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“Wait! No! Angel, come back!”

Aby-a-Day – 5 Juni: Daddy’s little girl (Swedish Saturday)

Sometimes, after being outside for a while, the cats slow down. That’s when we know it’s almost time to go back in the house.

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Lorelai often gets up on Björn’s shoulder. She’s a very accomplished shoulder rider.

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Izaak usually wants to stand or sit on me…but this time, he really looked like he wanted to be on Björn’s shoulder, too.

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And Zak seems pretty put out that he can’t get up there, too.

Aby-a-Day – 3 Juni: How I spent my birthday (Thursday Things)

Björn asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. I said, “go to the second-hand store and to eat at Max (Sweden’s best burgers)“. And so we did.

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Björn gave me a Schleich Bengal (I collect Schleich cats)…

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…a paint-by-numbers kit and some vintage cat books.

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At the second-hand store I scored a beautiful Egyptian cat statue (which Lorelai was quite taken with)…

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…and a Rosa Ljung ceramic cat.

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But the BEST thing we found was when we checked out a new pet store in town, Dogman. There I found FREEZE-DRIED Vaisto cat food (I have been wanting to give Angel freeze-dried instead of raw, but couldn’t find it in Sweden), some dried chicken treats, and an interesting duck “cat sausage” that I am hoping Izaak will eat, because it will be easier to travel with that than with frozen raw food.

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AND we found 1kg bags of frozen chicken necks! We had been buying Vaisto Mush necks in 800g bags, but they’ve been in short supply lately, and these are much better (and cheaper). Zak, as you know, LOVES his necks! All in all, not a bad birthday.

Aby-a-Day . 2 Juni: Wordless Wednesday (Two boys, one tree)

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Aby-a-Day – 1 Juni: Beware of the cat (Cartoon Tuesday)

Today is my birthday! Yesterday, I got this sign from my friend Meg. I absolutely love it…I just need to figure out where to put it. Thank you, Meg!

Aby-a-Day – 31 Maj: “Expose yourself to as much randomness as possible” (Hipstamatic Monday)

Good news, everyone! Last Wednesday, I got my first Covid vaccination (#teampfizer)! However, it also kicked my butt for a few days; today is the first day my arm doesn’t feel like I was hit by a stick. So, here: have some random Hipstasnaps taken around the house. First we have Alfred and Izaak cuddled up next to Jacoby on my leg.

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It’s interesting to see the pair-ups that occur amongst the cats. Dashiell and Alfred hang out together quite a bit.

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So do Angel and Zak. Sometimes, it’s Angel’s choice…

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…other times, not so much.

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I wonder if I should be concerned about what Dash and Freddy are plotting…

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Not quite sure what’s going on here. Moving on…

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Lorelai looking at me hopefully. She always wants to go outside to run.

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This was taken today. Zak was looking particularly smexy this afternoon.

Aby-a-Day – 30 Maj: Running around outside (Swedish Sunday)

The other day, we took the cats out. I was trying to capture the differences in their gaits.

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I kind of managed to capture it on “film.”

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Went we went out, I took the big camera with the long lens, and I captured all of them walking and running outside.

Here they are outside. I know, it’s 18 minutes long…but it’s interesting if you want to see their different movements outside

Aby-a-Day – 29 Maj: Dashiell with hair brighter than the sun (Swedish Saturday)

As I mentioned the other day, Dashiell is gradually becoming more comforatble outside.

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You can see it in his eyes and in his gait.

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He’s getting much braver. We still have to catch him and bring him outside – he doesn’t eagerly race out like the other three – but once he IS out, he enjoys it.

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But look how incredibly shiny his coat is! I don’t remember Jacoby being quite this shiny. I think it’s because Dash eats more raw food. Jake refused to eat it. He would eat his other food and leave just the raw behind (kind of like Izaak in reverse). I can’t wait to take him to a cat show!

Aby-a-Day – 27 Maj: In case you were wondering about Dashiell outstide…(Thursday Things)

As you may remember, Dashiell isn’t as confident about being outside.

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But he does seem more comfortable when he’s with the other cats.

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So when Alfred started to run down the hill, Dash kind of followed him.

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I mean, okay…Dash walked down the hill, he didn’t run.

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But the fact that he went on the hill at all is a huge step for him!

Aby-a-Day – 26 Maj: Wordless Wednesday (An encounter with Markis)

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Aby-a-Day – 25 Maj: Goodbye, FooPets (Cartoon Tuesday)

Yesterday, I discovered something very sad. FooPets, the online game I discovered 11 years ago and fell in love with because it featured Abyssinians, has shut down completely. Rumour>/a> has it that when Flash stopped being supported, the game stopped working and/or the original creator (a veterinarian) just didn’t renew the domain. I used to have a shortcut on my browser and I accidentally clicked on it yesterday; trust me, do NOT try to visit the site. It now directs to some…unsavoury images.

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I hadn’t really checked in on my flock of Abys since last year, but I always thought about them.

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The main reason I stopped going to the site was because they got rid of my favourite thing, Heart Park, which is the closest thing I ever found to a cat-themed online role-playing game.

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It was a simple game, really, but I liked it.

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You could even have kittens!

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I wish I had taken screenshots the last time I visited the site. My main apartment was a loft in Cambridge with a view of Boston! I never thought about it going away, so I never took any of that view.

Aby-a-Day – 23 Maj: Run, run as fast as you can! (Swedish Sunday)

Yesterday, we had Alfred walking.

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Today, he is running! When he wants to, he can go pretty fast.

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Because Freddy’s a bit of a chonk, and because I suspect he has mild asthma, he tend to run with his mouth open.

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I feel so fortunate to live where we do, in an area where it’s safe to let them run free, without worrying about cars or large predators or birds of prey to worry about. And I love that the cats are smart enough to know that if they don’t stay close, they get put on the leash and they don’t get to run.

Aby-a-Day – 22 Maj: First, we had Strollercat…now we have Strolling Cat (Swedish Saturday)

Following up on Thursday’s post about about Izaak’s bouncy gait, here is Alfred casually walking across the grass.

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Freddy saunters when he walks with very little bounce.

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You can see it in the line of his back.

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He keeps it fairly level with each step.

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Freddy walks like a cat on a mission.

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Even when he’s only leisurely strolling down our hill.

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This is what Freddy walking looks like from the front. Look at the determination in his eyes. He’s so intelligent, and you can see that in his face.