Aby-a-Day – February 20: Statuesque (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby sometimes seems to pose without even trying.

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I came upon him sitting on the cat tree in the entryway, doing a very nice impression of an Egyptian Bastet sculpture.

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He was doing it without there being a camera pointed at him, but once I did aim a camera at him, he kicked it up a notch.

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“I see you, camera.”

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Look at him flex!

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Such a ham.

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My husband set his coffee mug down next to Jake, and even that, his reaction to the coffee mug, is a photo op for my little camera ham kitty.

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I love this little brown guy.

Other People’s Abys – I know Abys are divine but…

…Walking on water?

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Ken Harrison, of Myabygem Abyssinians in Yorkshire, shared these photos of Myabygem Takoda (Koda for short) exploring a winter wonderland earlier this month, along with the comment, “Now I’m convinced Abys are special!”

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And then, over the weekend, he posted this follow-up:

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Along with the caption, “Where’s my hard water going?” He also said, “I had to smile yesterday; before the ice started melting, he sat on the bucket for about 10 minutess just looking around. It made me cringe at the thought of how cold his little bum must have been! It’s a good job he’s been neutered…”

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Ken says that his name, Takoda, is Sioux Indian meaning “everybody’s friend,” and he is living up to his name. He certainly seems like a lively boy to have around!

Jake’s Monday Weigh-In – Week 9

Well…Jake still weighs 5.1 kg. I don’t get it…we’ve been going on outings, and therapy visits, and he’s still on his diet…but he seems to be stuck right on 5.1 kg.

Maybe once the weather gets nicer, we’ll start walking more, and that scale will show some progress in a downward direction.

Jake’s Monday Weigh-In – Week 8

Well…Jake still weighs 5.1 kg. He has a bit of a belly, still, but I think he’s looking slimmer. What do you think?

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Jake’s Monday Weigh-In – Week 7

Just like last week, the scale actually shows more progress if you don’t round up…Jake still weighs 5.1 kg, but technically, he’s down to 5.05 kg.

I think now that the weather’s getting nicer and we’re going to two different assisted living facilities, he’s going to start slimming right down. We don’t have to worry about hitting his goal weight of 10.5 lbs/4.75 kg until August 7, which is when the CFA show in Mansfield, MA is scheduled. It’s a six-ring, one day show, and its the only show I’ve found yet that I can get to by MBTA. Gun-Hee and I went to this same show in 2007 and it was fun to go to a show on the train.

So I think we’re doing just fine.

Jake’s Monday Weigh-In – Week 6

Once again, the scale actually shows more progress if you don’t round up…Jake now weighs 5.1 kg, but technically, he’s down to 5.08 kg.

I think now that the weather’s getting nicer and we’re going to two different assisted living facilities, he’s going to start slimming right down. It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to go to the Concord, NH cat show at the end of the month, so we won’t have to worry about his weight that soon…there’s usually a show in Mansfield, MA in August, so that will probably be the next show we go to.

Jake’s Monday Weigh-In – Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of Jacoby’s diet and exercise plan, and finally, finally we’ve got some news! Jake now weighs 5.1 kg!

Okay, so it’s only 1/10 of a kilogram…but it’s progress!

Jake’s Monday Weigh-In – Week 4

Here we are, Week 4 of Jacoby’s diet and exercise plan. He eats almost no treats any more, and his food is measured and we don’t let him clean the girls’ plates if they don’t eat all of theirs, and yet…I don’t think I’ve ever been so frustrated by a diet before in my life. This is week four, so it’s been a month and Jake still weighs 5.2 kg…just the same as last week. And the week before that. And the week before that.

I just don’t get why he hasn’t lost anything. I’ve been taking him out to run in the hallway daily, he chases his laser pointer, he wrassles with Angel. But he weighs the same.

Jake’s Monday Weigh-In – Week 3

Here we are, Week 3 of Jacoby’s diet and exercise plan. We’ve gone on more outings, and I know he’s not getting as much to eat as he wants since he woke me up both Saturday and Sunday to feed him when I slept past 8am, and after all of that, he weighed…5.2 kg…just the same as last week. Well, technically, this week he was 5.15 kg…so if we take into account that last week he was (technically) 5.17, then he really is losing!

Unfortunately, the weight tracking program in Pet First Aid doesn’t do two decimal points, so officially…he’s still 5.2 kg.

Jake’s Monday Weigh-In – Week 2

Here we are, Week 2 of Jacoby’s diet and exercise plan. We’ve cut out treats, started measuring his meals, and done a bit more running around the hallways, and after all of that, he weighed…5.2 kg…just the same as last week. Well, technically, he was 5.17 kg…so, hey, if we aren’t rounding up, then he has lost a bit!

Yeah, we won’t let him read these early progress posts…

What we really need here is a montage…

Starting today, I’m going to monitor Jacoby’s weight with a Monday Weigh-In. I’d like to at least try to get him below 11 lbs; I’d very much like to take him and Kylie to the 10-ring show in Concord, NH on April 30 – May 1, but Jake needs to be “svelter” before we try a big show like that.

I’ve decided to track his weight in kilograms rather than pounds simply because I think it’s more accurate, especially when measuring on a weekly basis. I think his goal weight right now is 4.75 kg (10.5 lbs), but let’s see how he progresses. All we’re going to do is reduce canned food, measure dry food, and cut out treats…and Cheetos…and try to get him to exercise a little more with more sessions with interactive toys like lasers and wand toys. Nothing too drastic; that plus the warmer weather and more outings should make all the difference.

So, today, before his nightly canned food, he weighed 5.2 kg. A good starting point, I reckon.

Tune in next Monday to see where he is!