Aby-a-Day – 20 April: Don’t be so sad, Mommy…(Silly Singapura Saturday)

I have been asked how the other cats are dealing with the loss of Jacoby. They definitely know he’s not there…but they don’t seem to miss him. He was sort of a loner, although he would sleep with the others, especially Alfred and Izaak. Jake of course was mainly bonded with me, and Zak has kind of decided that I’m his, too.

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As you can see, Zak decided it was okay for Jake to let him share me with him (this was how I woke up on St. Patrick’s Day).

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But since Jake’s been gone, Zak (who as we know loves playing with furry plush toys) has started playing with one of my Pusheen dolls. I found she had been dragged into the living room. And there was no question who had done it…He looked too proud of himself!

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Zak has a very specific way of playing with Pusheen, too. First, he pretends to ignore her…

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…and then he whips around and SMACKS her!

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And after that…

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…it’s pretty much on like an early video game involving gorillas and barrels.

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After a brief spar, the opponents retreat into their neutral corners, eyeing each other cautiously.

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And then bite,

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bite,

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bite,

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ATTACK!

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Uh oh, looks like Pusheen may be winning…

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…Oh, no, Zak’s got this.

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It’s so funny to watch Zak drag Pusheen around. She’s almost as big as he is!

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Well…Zak wasn’t wrong. It did help cheer me up a bit.

Aby-a-Day – 30 Mars: There’s more than one way to use a duvet (Silly Singapura Saturday)

One day I discovered Izaak sleeping in our bed. Not at all unusual, but…

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…he was literally sleeping in the duvet. Now, Zak loves to sleep under the covers, but for whatever reason…

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…he found the open bottom and burrowed inside.

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He was so cute in his little nest that I just couldn’t make the bed all day. I mean, how could I?

Aby-a-Day – 23 Mars: Where the boys are (Swedish Singapura Saturday)

Lately, in the evenings when we watch our TV shows, we are joined on the sofa by all three boys.

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Before Izaak joined our family, Jacoby would never cuddle or sleep with Alfred. He seemed to resent Freddy’s (and Logan’s) presence in his household. Zak changed all that. He is the social glue that connects the older Abys.

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Zak often cuddles with Jake on our bed or wherever Jake happens to be sleeping. Singapuras are like that…they wear you down. And Zak and Freddy are friends who sleep together on the sofa often.

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So if Zak is napping with one of them, it’s okay for the other to join them, apparently.

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It’s almost like a bad ethnic joke: “A Pole, a Swede and a Canadian walk into a bar…”

Aby-a-Day – 9 Mars: Happy birthday, Logan! (Singapura Saturday)

As I posted yesterday, today would have been Logan’s second birthday.

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We got him very young. Usually kittens don’t leave their mothers until they are three months old, but we got Logan on 11 June, when he was only two months and two days old. These photos were taken on his second day with us. He found one of our catnip BBQ toys made by an Etsy seller in Germany.

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Hmmm…what is this?

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Hey! It’s FUN! I miss my sister…but this is pretty awesome.

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Ooops…gotta scratch!

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Okay! Back to playing!

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Uh-oh…

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Umm…that’s pretty far down…

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Thanks, Mom!

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Well, that was fun, but I’m getting a little sleepy.

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I think it’s time for a nap.

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Just one more scratch first.

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This is a pretty nice bed.

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Good night!

Aby-a-Day – 9 February: Playing with Izaak (Singapura Saturday)

Whilst Emma was busy playing with Lorelai, Björn and Izaak played together with the Ferocious Friends mousie on a stick. It’s very well made and sturdy enough to play with outside.

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Zak just loves mousies of any sort, as you know.

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This mousie is no exception.

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I often wonder what Zak would do if he ever saw a real mouse.

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Look how intent he is on his prey!

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…uh, Zak..?

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…Where are you going…? The mousie is back there…

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Oh. Leaves.

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Okay, well, I guess those are fun, too.

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I think Zak had almost as much fun playing with the leaves as he did with the mousie on a stick!

Aby-a-Day – 29 December: Logan and Izaak (Singapura Saturday)

Logan and Izaak look very much alike in photos, and often I can’t tell who is who unless I look at the date the photo was taken.

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These first two photos were taken 28 December 2017…so, this is Logan napping with Alfred and Jacoby.

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These next two, however…

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…these two were taken on 13 December 2018, so this is Zak and Freddy.

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So…without looking at the Flickr details linked to the photos, can you tell how is who? Is this one Zak or Logan?

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How about this one?

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I know Freddy knows that Zak isn’t his “Brother from another Mother,” but he does seem to like having him as a cuddle buddy.

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In some ways, Logan and Zak could not be more different. Logan was very agile and could often be found up high, on the tops of bookshelves and doors. He was like a little old man, soft-voiced but constantly muttering to himself. He wasn’t terribly food-oriented, and he wasn’t afraid of the big cats’ hisses and growls. And he was extremely fastidious, constantly grooming himself. Zak, on the other hand, can barely haul himself onto the kitchen counter (and often doesn’t make it). He meows at the top of his voice when he wants something or if I am in the bathroom with the door closed, and he is incredibly focused on food. He tries to sleep with the big cats, same as Logan did, but if they hiss or growl, he backs off and goes somewhere else. And while he keeps himself tidy, he isn’t constantly grooming himself the way Logan did. One of Logan’s “things” was to furiously lick his tailtip if you held it for him. Zak isn’t as concerned about his tail tip.

It just so funny how two cats can look so alike and have such different personalities.

Aby-a-Day – 24 November: “Waiting patiently for the fattest bone is a cat’s lifestyle.”

On Thursday, I posted about our early Thanksgiving goose. But I saved the best part for today…and of course, the best part of any bird is the neck! Usually, I bake it alongside the bird and eat it myself as a snack. But since Izaak loves his chicken necks so much, I decided to let him have the goose neck.

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I know these photos are blurry, but look how excited he is!

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Gimme!

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The neck was nearly as long as he is!

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Lorelai and Alfred were very interested in the neck, too.

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Rory was willing to dance for it!

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It’s hard to see in the photos, but Zak is really pulling on the bone! He’s like a little terrier.

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He’s growling, too.

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The growling got louder when Freddy couldn’t stand it any more and hopped up on the counter to get closer to the meat.

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You have to admire Freddy’s chutzpah, though…despite the growling from the little Singa, he still tried to take the neck.

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Finally, I cut off a small piece of the neck and gave it to Zak.

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I always give him his neck in the house, so he can eat them without being bothered by the others…and also so it doesn’t get dragged all over the house.

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However, it turned out that, excited as Zak was about the prospect of the neck…he doesn’t like goose necks. So, when I opened the house to let him out, Rory stole the neck…

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…and proceeded to eat it in the living room.

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So much for not having raw meat dragged all over the house, eh?