Aby-a-Day – August 24: Giants in the land of miniatures (Miniature Monday)

Thanks, tangentially, to the very missed Catsparella, I’ve fallen in love with Tony Moly beauty products.

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A lot of their products are packaged in cute little fruit-shaped packages. I thought it would be fun to pose the Russian ball-jointed Jacoby doll with some of my favourites. Here he is with my Apple Hand Cream and my Peach Lip Balm.

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Here’s the Jake doll on my Tangerine Hand Cream. Cats may hate citrus, but…well, this is an exception.

Aby-a-Day – July 5: Togetherness

I’m never alone in the bathroom. Ever.

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One reason, at least in the morning, is that Jacoby has suddenly decided that he doesn’t want to eat in his house the way he’s been doing for years.

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Nope, now he wants to eat with me.

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In the bathroom.

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While I’m getting ready for work.

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And of course, I don’t mind the company but…when Jake isn’t eating, he’s a little bit…oh, what’s the word?

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Clingy? Needy? No…that’s not quite it. Let’s just say he’s extremely “interactive” and leave it at that.

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He’s actually acquired a new nickname lately: Rivningskula, which is Swedish for “wrecking ball.” He seems to be perfecting his skill of knocking things off counters with a vengeance.

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I guess it’s my own fault…I should have been telling him to “stop that, Jake” and not, “Jake…knock it off!”

Aby-a-Day – June 19: Layover (Flashback Friday)

When I adopted Angel from Purebreds Plus, I had to fly out to Northern California to collect her. This wasn’t a problem at all for me since, despite living in New England, I grew up in Northern California, and my mother lives in Davis…8 miles away from Purebreds Plus’ headquarters in Dixon, CA.

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So while it wasn’t a problem for me, I did worry about Angel’s trip home to Boston. The flight had had a layover and we had to change planes in Denver. Because Angel hadn’t ever really travelled, and she had never worn a harness, I got her a MetPet Soft-Sided Security Harness. This turned out to not be such a great idea as she managed to wrestle out of it inside her carrier.

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I also prepared her a makeshift litter box using a folding shirt box and a Ziploc bag full of litter. She was having none of that, either. The next time I need to take a long flight with an Aby, I think I’ll skip the litter box attempts and just make sure I have a supply of pee pads instead.

Aby-a-Day – June 16: When Angel first came to our house… (Cartoon Tuesday)

More shameless filler, I’m afraid, before we return to our regularly scheduled cartoons…

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Back when we only had three cats, Tessie and Kylie would kind of gang up on Angel when she was in the litterbox. Kylie has always loved to sneak attack anyone coming out of the bathroom (humans included). Tessie would use this to her advantage; she’d sit outside the box and herd Angel towards Kylie’s ambush.

This happened in July 2009, but I didn’t have a camera around to capture it. So, I drew it instead.

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I did another cartoon about it back in 2013. This got a lot better when Jacoby arrived. I am a firm believer that cats work better in even numbers than in odd ones.

Aby-a-Day – April 30: Bathing beauty

You may recall a couple of years ago when provided photographic evidence that I can bathe Jacoby with one hand. Well, as easy as it was to bathe him in our old apartment…

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…It’s about 100 times easier in our new apartment!

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The secret is the sliding glass doors.

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Which Jake cannot open.

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So I don’t need to hold onto him at all, unlike when we only had a shower curtain.

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This is so awesome. The only thing that would make bathing him even easier would be if we had a Shower Massage or some other kind of sprayer. Unfortunately, our building has some crazy Euro-fixtures and nothing we can buy will fit.

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So I have to rinse him under the faucet, or with cups.

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Having a door that shuts, though, makes a huge difference. I almost look forward to our pre-catshow bath, now.

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Can’t exactly say the same for Jake, though.

Aby-a-Day – February 18: Wordless Wednesday (Beauty and the Beast)

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Aby-a-Day – February 14: “Cherished” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Cherished.”

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No question who is cherished in our house.

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I do believe it’s a two-way street, though. I think Jacoby cherishes me, too. He’s always by my side, helping.

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A recent article in The Huffington Post about the way felines and humans interact says, among other things, that the dynamics of cat-human relationships are very much like human-human bonds.

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“Researchers concluded cats do indeed attach to humans — especially women — as social partners, and not just because they want to keep their food bowls full.”

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One part of the article I really liked: “The researchers established that cats and their owners heavily influence one another, often to the extent that they control each other’s behaviors. Extroverted women with young, active cats seem to be the most in tune with each other. The kitties in these pairings only have to give subtle cues – for example, a single upright movement of the tail — to let their owners know they’re looking for friendly attention…cats also seem to remember human kindness and return the favor later. If an owner fulfills her feline’s wish to interact, the cat will often comply with the owner’s desire for contact at other times.”

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This right here, I believe, is why Jake is so good-natured about dressing up and posing for photos. I always tell people he does these things “because I ask him to” and, apparently, I was dead-on correct. He’s indulging me because I indulge him. Quid pro quo.

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I’ve always thought that interacting with a cat was like interacting with a small, non-verbal human. Seems I was onto something.

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We already know that cats recognise certain words (my Siamese Harri knew “Go on the bed and lie down” among other things), and that they invented meowing as a way to try to communicate with us on our terms.

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Cats also chose to live with us as opposed to humans deciding to domesticate them. Cats alone of all domesticated animals, researchers think, chose to enter into a partnership with humans.

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Dogs may be man’s best friend, but man is cat’s best friend.