Aby-a-Day – 27 Mars 2020: “You have to stop the Q-Tip when there’s resistance!”

I don’t remember exactly where I came across these (I think it was probably Kickstarter), but the idea of a reusable Q-Tip was very appealing to me. So when I discovered LastSwab, I had to try it.

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Originally, I was intrigued on my own behalf, because I use a Q-Tip every time I take a shower (full disclosure: They clean well, but they don’t soak up the water I get in my ears, so not perfect). But then I realised they would be awesome to use on the cats’ ears when I do their biweekly grooming (claw clipping, toothbrushing, ears, anal glands and combing). Depending on the cat, I use two to three Q-Tips per ear! So I got a LastSwab for each cat.

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Each cat has varying degrees of waxy build-up. Alfred, like Jacoby, has the dirtiest ears. Lorelai and Dashiell are next, then Angel and finally Izaak. So I used Freddy as my model.

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They are a little more “grabby” than cotton swabs, with those little nubs.

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Look how much wax they collect! Jake had chronic yeast infections in his ears, and I suspect Freddy has the same; problem is, Freddy’s insanely hard to give drops to. So I usually do an extra cleaning on his ears on the off weekends.

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On Freddy and Jake, I could use three or four swabs in a go. Add in the other cats’ ears…that’s a lot of swabs. I can get all of Freddy’s wax in one go with these. They clean easily with just soap and water, and if you think about it, it’s not much different from having a toothbrush.

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There you go, Freddy…all clean!

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Okay, Freddy…that’s a little too much enthusiasm.

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Postscript…Rory’s LastSwab case suffered a broken clip the first time I used it. I reached out to the company…and they are sending me a whole new LastSwab! All I wanted was a new case. That’s pretty great customer service!

Aby-a-Day – 23 Mars 2020: Magnificent Alfred (Mischievous Monday)

When we went outside the other day, Alfred and Lorelai were a bit naughty and ran down the hill to the road and the houses.

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He met a friendly Labrador; that’s why his tail is puffed up. I tried to get him to go back up the hill to the lawn.

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Stay classy, Freddy.

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Spoiler alert: He didn’t go back up the hill. These were taken before the fun and games with the lake and the geese.

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Okay…maybe he’s not the poser Jacoby was. But he is rather photogenic.

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…and this would be when he jumped down and went over to the lake. Brat.

Aby-a-Day – 22 Mars 2020: Lorelai and the Geese (Cinema Sunday)

It started with Alfred.

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He’s the first one who ran towards the lake.

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But Lorelai took it to a whole other level.

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She decided to HUNT the geese. Who probably outweigh her. Here’s a video of Freddy, but mainly Rory, stalking the geese.

Aby-a-Day – 21 February 2020: Freddy and Bruno meet again (Swedish Saturday)

The first time Alfred and Bruno met, it got a little…tense. But since Lorelai has befriended him, Freddy’s been cutting Bruno a bit of a break.

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But he’s still not really sure about this canine.

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…And, there it is…

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Look at Freddy, getting his fierce on.

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Bruno’s used to being put in his place by cats…after all, he was raised by Markis…so, yeah.

Aby-a-Day – 19 Mars 2020: Another trip to the vet (Thursday Things)

Yesterday, Alfred and I went to the veterinarian to see how his lungs look after pneumonia.

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As I have said before, it’s a two-bus, almost hour long bus trip from our house to the vet. And we had lots of hang time waiting for the transfers.

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This is at Resecentrum. I love this shot.

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When we had a bus transfer wait of more than ten minutes, I let Freddy out of his carrier.

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Goofball.

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But at the vet we got good news: Freddy’s lungs are completely clear.

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Not only are his lungs clear, it also looks like he doesn’t have asthma. So that’s great!

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Much like Jacoby, Freddy loves to sing the song of his people when he’s outside.

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This IS an Airport, Please Announce Your Departure: Aeroplane Ear Posting.

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After the vet visit, we stopped off a DjurMagazinet to stock up om raw chicken necks and raw meatballs.

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Of course, Freddy helped me pick out the raw food I bought.

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Of course, Freddy made friends when we were on line for the cash.

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That’s Freddy’s superpower: making friends wherever he goes.

Aby-a-Day – 16 March 2020: Smol bols and pretty poses (Hipstamatic Monday)

I am kind of loving how the language of the internet is evolving. From L33t speak in the 1990’s to LOL cat speak, it’s really been a lot of fun to watch develop.

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And now we have the newest internet dialect: DoggoLingo. Just as LOL cat speak was applied to dogs, DoggoLingo is being co-opted by kitties. It’s a world of heckin good bois, chonks, bleps and peets, and, of course, smol bols

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Lorelai and Dashiell, especially, love to sleep curled up into the smallest balls they can. Rory making herself a tiny ball isn’t that hard; she’s a small cat, weighing only 2.6kg (just under 6lbs).

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But Dash, who is almost as big as Alfred (who is 4.6kg, just over 10lbs), can make himself into a pretty smol bol.

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I don’t know what he does with those gangly legs of his…but it’s impressive.

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Freddy and Izaak tend to do a double bol. I am not sure if Freddy has much say in the matter.

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Then we have the pretty poses. They have nothing to do with the language stuff above.

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They’re just pretty.

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Zak manages to make some pretty poses himself.

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For about five seconds. Then he goes and ruins it. Way to go, Zak.

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Yeah? Well…what you think is a moo point. You know, like a cow’s opinion. It doesn’t matter. It’s moo.

Aby-a-Day – 12 Mars 2020: Scoop the poop! (Thursday Things)

As you saw yesterday, the snow is all but gone again.

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But remember when Alfred pooped in the swing area when we went out in the snow? I felt bad about that at the time, but I couldn’t really do anything about it at the time. But when we went outside on Saturday, I went back to look for it…and I found it. And this time, I could do something about it. I scooped it up with a stick and put it under the bushes. They’re mostly sticks, so no one is going in there.

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You should feel bad, Freddy!