Aby-a-Day – 17 Februari: “A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope” (Silly Singapura Sunday)

About a month ago, Kate over at Hauspanther made a post about Patti Haskins’ amazing catnip snakes.

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Well, they did look pretty awesome, and since both Jacoby and Alfred like to lick and roll on catnip toys, so, even though they were a bit expensive (especially considering the postage)…but they truly did look awesome, so I got one for Freddy and one for Jake. The snakes arrived after Freddy’s birthday, so I gave one snake to everybody whilst holding one back for Jake’s birthday in April.

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I took the one out and gave it – I thought – to Jake and Freddy to go nuts on.

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I was…surprised, to say the least.

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Contrary to any of my expectations, Izaak was the one to attack and dominate the catnip snake.

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Zak has never (before) shown any interest in catnip the way Jake and Freddy do.

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I was amazed at how fiercely Zak attacked the catnip snake.

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In retrospect, I guess I should have made a video of Zak and the snake. But what’s even stranger is, since that first day, he has entirely ignored the snake in favour of his mousies. What a funny little cat!

Aby-a-Day – 23 December: “Momma, don’t make me wear that old thing again…I got them ugly sweater blues” (Silly Sunday)

If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you know that one of our holiday traditions is dressing up the cats. This year is no different. Especially since I have this little red dress with a plaid skirt that I knew would be just perfect for Lorelai.

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And I was right. She rocked it.

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…And then she went off to fight with Izaak, still wearing the dress…like the tomboy she is (She won, too).

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Jacoby, of course, put on his Santa sweater and Mistletoe Hat like the pro that he is.

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He gave me all his best poses.

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I love him so much. Good old stable, reliable Jake.

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What would I do without him?

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Angel, too, is no stranger to the annual holiday dress-up routine.

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She’s not quite the show-off Jake is, but she knows how to pose. Her ears aren’t really mad, though. That’s just the elastic on the hat.

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She also knows that if she gives me a few good poses, I’ll take off the stuff and let her go.

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Alfred didn’t get dressed up last year, so this was his first experience with our tradition.

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It took him a second to really get the hang of it.

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But he soon realised it really wasn’t all that bad. In fact, it was kind of fun!

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“Freddy the Elf…what’s your favourite colour?”

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Zak got to wear the infamous Christmas Tree Costume.

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He…was less than thrilled.

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He decided he wanted to leave.

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I tried to tell him that trees have roots and can’t move, but he wasn’t having any of it.

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Logan also wore the tree costume last year.

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Who do you think wore it better?

Aby-a-Day – 2 December: Cat up a tree (Silly Singapura Cat Show Sunday)

One of the fun things about having a cat show in a pet store is, there’s plenty of cat trees to play with.

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There was one right in front of Izaak’s cage.

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He loved them and how tall they were…but he also really loved this little cubby.

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The instructions were folded up inside, but that didn’t stop him from playing in there.

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If anything, it gave Zak something to play with whilst he was in there.

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I don’t exactly know what he was doing in there…chasing his tail, just spinning around…but he seemed to be having fun.

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And then, after a round of spinning and rolling about…

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…it was time to attack the post.

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Zak loved it in there.

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But eventually he started to look around at the rest of the cat tree.

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Both Björn and I were taking photos of his adventures.

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Zak seemed to notice that high shelf, and he started to get ambitious.

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Zak’s not much of a climber at home – much less so than Logan was – but at DjurMagazinet he was fearless.

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He even branched out onto the grey tree next to his brown one.

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But he soon jumped back to his brown one.

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But what was really funny was, after Zak was done playing, the little Neva Masquarade in the cage next to ours went out to explore the cat tree…and was very interested in the smells Zak left behind.

Aby-a-Day- 4 November: The Ministry of Silly Runs (Silly Swedish Sunday)

Izaak is so much fun to watch outside.

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He loves to run so much…but he looks so goofy doing it.

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He’s maturing – he’s just turned nine months old – but he has not yet shown any signs of being an entire male cat except one: he’s getting all burly and jowly. But that’s it. There’s no inappropriate play-mounting, no parading around the house, and, best of all: NO SPRAYING OR RANDOM PEEING! Even his proper litterbox pee doesn’t smell like a tomcat.

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Oh, don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. Mostly I am just waiting for penny to finally drop, so to speak. After all, Alfred was neutered when he was seven months old, and Logan was in diapers because he was peeing in odd places when he was about this same age. So let’s just say we’re on high alert but enjoying every pee-free day.

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He has a funny bouncy run, though, and it really is amusing.

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I hope he never outgrows it.

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Awww…Zakky! Don’t look at me like that! We love you and your silly running. We giggle because you’re so adorable when you do it.

Aby-a-Day – 30 September: Tiger by the tail (Silly Cinema Sunday)

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A month or so ago, Izaak and Alfred were lazing together on the sofa next to us when Zak idly started to play with Freddy’s tail.

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It reminded me of those videos of young lions playing with the head male lion’s tail.

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Zak went from attacking Freddy’s tail, to licking it lovingly…

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…and back to biting it again.

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It was super cute to watch.

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And you know Freddy was twitching his tail for Zak to play with.

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Zak seemed to be having an excellent time with Freddy’s tail.

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Oh…and, we’re back to licking.

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When Zak went from biting Freddy’s tail to biting his leg, Freddy started to object.

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Okay, Freddy…back to the tail, then.

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Wait…just one more bite to your leg, okay?

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Then Zak got a little distracted by his own tail.

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…Annnnddd…back to Freddy’s tail.

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“Oh no! It’s getting away! Get it! GET IT!”

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The photos were looking so great and funny that I thought I should take a little video, too.

You can probably guess what happened next…

Aby-a-Day – 24 June: “The strangeness will wear off” (Silly Sunday)

So the last few days, I have had a lot of word-heavy, photo-light posts.

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So I think we both need a little break.

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So here is Alfred.

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Going crazy.

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With a Jackson Pollack catnip kicker toy.

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You’re welcome.

Aby-a-Day – 8 April: “I would rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel” (Silly Cinema Cat Show Sunday)

Back in November, Björn and I went to a show in Finland with Logan. A lot happened on that trip, about which I will post more later, but the funniest thing was Logan’s reaction to the hotel bathroom in Helsinki.

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Specifically, the heated bathroom floor.

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He loved it!

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He could not believe the floor was warm. He rolled and rolled on it endlessly.

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Best thing ever!

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When we couldn’t find Logan anywhere else in the room, we knew he had to be there on the bathroom floor. He even slept in there instead of on the bed or the chair!

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Oops, time for a groom!

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And here are a couple of videos I took of Logan enjoying the bathroom as well (just click on them to view them in a new window).

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We haven’t been to a hotel with a heated floor again since then, but it’s always the first thing Logan looks for when we go to a new hotel.