Aby-a-Day – 20 September: “It is usually customary for the life of the party about the middle of the evening to put a lampshade on his head…” (Thursday Things)

At the hotel we stayed in when we went to the show in Västra Frölunda, Izaak was fascinated with the lamp. And not just because Björn was waving a feathery cat toy above it.

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So of course Lorelai had to join in.

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And go inside the lampshade. Because apparently all the kittens are doing it these days.

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She kinda took over, there, for a while. It’s hard to remember that she’s actually two weeks younger than Zak.

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They were both enchanted and mesmerised by the cat toy over the lamp.

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Rory may be a little bigger, but Zak can hold his own, thank you.

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Rory is such a copycat…

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I don’t know how long they played with that stupid lamp and cat toy, but oh, it was so much fun to watch!

Aby-a-Day – 6 September: Stealing? Or coerced sharing? (Thursday Things)

Yesterday’s post prompted a discussion of “Grabby Aby hands,” and I was reminded of this set of photos I took back in August 2016, just a couple of months after I moved to Sweden with Jacoby and Angel.

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Björn was eating something bread-based, and Jake wanted it.

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Look at how Jake inserted himself between Björn’s hand and his mouth!

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Jake wanted a taste of whatever Björn was eating.

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And he was pretty insistent.

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Jake was fighting for his share…but Björn was fighting for his share, too.

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It’s hard to tell who is fighting harder…Jake or Björn.

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It was a straight-up battle for the piece of bread, yo.

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(Notice the bit of bread on Björn’s arm…)

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Jake was persistent in his search for food…and he managed to get some scraps from Björn.

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And he managed to get some bread, too.

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Yummy, yummy bread…

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But yeah. If you can’t eat bread around an Abyssinian…how can you expect to eat actual meat around one?

Aby-a-Day – 30 August: Izaak does Logan (Thursday Things)

Izaak is completely different from Logan…except when he isn’t.

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Logan did things no other cat in our family did, but the biggest one was sleeping with the other cats, whether they wanted to cuddle or not.

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I can tell you, no other cat since Logan hasever tried to cuddle with Angel in a bed she was already in. Only Logan and Zak have ever dared to do this.

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But, you have to admit…it’s pretty adorable.

Aby-a-Day – 23 August: Picky eater (Thursday Things)

Izaak loves raw food. I feed Vaisto Raw food from Finland. The problem is, he loves raw food to the exclusion of all other food.

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I mean, he LOVES. To the point where he wont eat anything else. Even Bozita, which is as close to raw as you can get. And yet, Zak will have none of it.

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I mean, seriously….LOOK at this. He eats. Around. The food that isn’t raw. No matter how well I mix them together.

Aby-a-Day – 9 August: Jacoby is such a ham (Thursday Things)

Despite not feeling well, Jacoby is still on the constant lookout for anything edible.

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The other night we made some pasta sauce using some short-dated roasted ham bits in it. We rinsed out the bag it came packaged in and set it on the draining board to dry out for recycling…the same as we do for any plastic meat packaging.

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And, usually, that’s not a problem. While Jake does chew on plastic shopping bags, the bags meat comes sealed in is apparently not the right consistency for eating. He’s never bothered that plastic before.

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But this particular evening…

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…Jake was after something other than plastic.

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Evidently, he just really thought there was some meat left in the bag, and he went for it.

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And then he couldn’t seem to shake the packet off his face.

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But he didn’t panic or freak out or anything. He just sat there. Jake seemed resigned to wearing ham-scented plastic on his head for the rest of his life.

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Alfred and Lorelai seemed quite concerned. Either that, or they wanted to make sure that Jake wasn’t actually eating any ham…

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…whichever it was, Freddy jumped up to see what he could do.

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I don’t think you’re helping there, Fred. I finally helped Jake shake off his plastic porcine mask. What I love about Jake is how when something like this happens, he never panics. He remains dead calm. Like that time he got stuck in a plastic shopping bag, he just waits…he knows he’ll either get out of it himself, or a human will come along and help him. No worries.

Aby-a-Day – 2 August: Catatouille (Thursday Things)

As I have mentioned in previous posts, Lorelai is a confirmed shoulder cat.

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She has also declared herself to be a dedicated sous-chef.

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She loves to “help” Björn when he is making our dinner. She usually jumps onto his back from the countertop behind him.

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She’s actually usually pretty good at keeping her paws to herself…I guess it’s harder to balance when you’re trying to swipe food.

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Izaak also likes to “help” in the kitchen.

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He just prefers to supervise from the ground.

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All in all, Rory and Björn make a good cooking team.

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Is that a kiss, or are you seeing if there’s any traces of food on his mouth, Rory?

Aby-a-Day – 19 July – “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing” (Thursday

Lorelai is the kind of cat we have always wanted.

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Oh! There she is now!

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Yes, Rory is that rarest of cats…

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…the kind of cat I have only had twice before…

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…Yes, Rory is…

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…a shoulder cat! And she will jump from a high surface down onto your shoulder, or she will climb up to your shoulder from the ground. Suddenly. And without warning. Especially on the day before claw-clipping day.