Aby-a-Day – 21 Juli: Singapura Stubborn (Singapura Cinema Sunday)

The other day, Izaak found a stick toy in Kalle’s room. It was a fuzzy green ball with a bell and a leather “tail” attached to an elastic cord, with the stick stuck in a crate.

zakstubborn2

He really wanted to play with that toy, but I was in the middle of doing laundry, so I didn’t move the stick for him. But that wasn’t really what he wanted; he just wanted to play with the soft toy on its own, not as a stick toy.

zakstubborn1

Singapuras are very…focused little cats. When they want something, they don’t give up easily.

You can watch Zak’s determination in this video…it went on a lot longer than just this, though. There’s stubborn…and then there’s Singapura stubborn!

Aby-a-Day – 13 Juli: Getting grabbed by a pussy (Silly Singapura Saturday)

Yesterday, I showed you the cat toys I found in London to bring back for the cats.

zaklondoncattoysC08787

But what did the cats think of them?

zaklondoncattoysC08729

I got our resident soft toy expert, Izaak, to examine them. First I gave him the Donald.

zaklondoncattoysC08757

zaklondoncattoysC08759

zaklondoncattoysC08771

zaklondoncattoysC08776

zaklondoncattoysC08799

zaklondoncattoysC08820

Zak really liked “killing” this toy…even before I had a chance to take it off the cardboard!

zaklondoncattoysC08844

So what did he think of Donald when I took him off the card?

zaklondoncattoysC08849

zaklondoncattoysC08875

Yep, still good.

zaklondoncattoysC08889

zaklondoncattoysC08903

Putin was also a hit. Not as much as Donald, but still worthy of a solid kicking.

zaklondoncattoysC08910

The Catmium credit card and the Catberry were…okay. Zak liked the card’s rattle.

zaklondoncattoysC08944

zaklondoncattoysC08966

But which was the “best” toy?

zaklondoncattoysC08944

ALL of them, apparently! Although I think Zak’s favourite is Donald. The hair probably reminds him of his mousies.

Aby-a-Day – 12 Juli: Cat toys trump all (Fashion Friday)

In Kensington High Street, I discovered a brilliant card shop called Scribbler. But not only did they have cards (of which I purchased many), but they also had cat toys. I was not expecting that.

londoncattoysC08833

And these weren’t just any cat toys…these were none other than the leader of the flea world, Donald Trump cat toys.

putinInside//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Well of course I had to. In case you were wondering, the UK really dislikes Trump – the rumours are true. He’s the only non-UK political figure to be made into a cat toy. That’s saying something.

petlondoncard

It was our last full day in London, and it occurred to me that we hadn’t gotten any souvenirs for the cats. So, I Googled “best cat shop London” and found Pet London. It’s not a big, fancy store, but it is awesome and a definite must-see on a trip to London if you need souvenirs for the kitties, especially since most of the shops I found catered more to the canine crowd.

petlondonoutside_152134

It’s definitely a hidden gem of a shop. It’s on the top floor of a rather ordinary office building in Marleybone. We almost didn’t see it.

petlondonsign_152108

You ring the buzzer to be let in. There’s a tiny elevator (Björn and I were very cozy) and, of course, stairs.

petlondonstuff_151645

petlondonstuff_151206

petlondonstuff_151246

But it is so worth it! They had an amazing collection of cat items – including kitty clothing!

petlondonplushie_151137

A lot of their items were their own designs, too. They even have a plushie of their feline mascot (I told them that if they ever mass-produced them to save me one).

petlondontrump_151152

That’s not all they had…they had a different Trump toy, this time for dogs.

londoncattoysC08882

And they also had a catnip Vlad Putin to go with that catnip Trump I bought earlier!

londoncattoysC08883

Shirtless, of course…complete with cowboy boots. Of course I had to buy it. Oh, yeah.

putintag

And nifty story, the catnip Putin and Trumpy chew toy are from a company based in Vermont.

londoncattoysC08916

I also got this Catnium credit card…

londoncattoysC08926

…and a Catberry, both with their signature kitty on them.

londoncattoysC08915

Both of them have catnip inside of them. The credit card rattles, and the Catberry has feathers on its antenna.

zaklondoncattoysC08919

But, as we’ve seen before, cat toys that appeal to humans don’t always appeal to their target audience. So, did the cats enjoy their British gifts? To be continued…

Aby-a-Day – 23 Juni: “Have you ever held a snake? They are so strong. You can see why there are so many myths about them: they are unlike any other creature” (Silly Singapura Cinema Sunday)

You may recall a few months ago, I had bought some catnip snakes on Etsy. I gave one to “everybody,” which Izaak promptly claimed, and then put one away for Jacoby’s birthday…which never happened.

zaksnake_7501

The other day, whilst tidying up my clothes cupboard, I happened to find Jake’s green birthday snake. I had forgotten about it.

zakrorysnake_7502

So, I called Zak to come and play with it.

zakrorysnake_7503

He was all over that action.

zakrorysnake_7504

Lorelai wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

zakrorysnake_7505

zakrorysnake_7508

Zak was not about to share his new toy.

zaksnake_7509

One of Zak’s little quirks is, he loves to roll around on the entryway rugs. I have no idea why, but he does it almost every day…I just haven’t captured it on camera yet.

zaksnake_7510

zaksnake_7511

zaksnake_7512

Apparently, rolling about on the rug is much improved with a catnip snake.

zaksnake_7513

He really likes this snake!

When I posted about the first snake, I lamented not catching it on video. So this time, I made sure to sort that. Here’s Zak in action with Jake’s snake.

Aby-a-Day – 3 Maj: Tacoby Friday (Friday Fashion Flashback)

In the States, Taco Tuesday is a thing. But here in Sweden, it’s Taco Friday.

jacoby-tacohands

Because of Jacoby’s namesake, tacos always remind me of Jake.

jacoby-tacos2251

When he was a kitten, I had to get him some catnip taco toys.

jake-tacokick

He loved those things! I wish I knew whatever happened to them. These photos were taken just a couple weeks after he joined our family.

jake-takos

He even had a little taco charm that he used to wear on his collar with his tag. You can see it in this photo.

jaketacoIMG_0820

A few years later, I found Jake a taco costume.

jaketacoIMG_0848

Which he wore with his usual aplomb. Look at him! It might as well be a silk tuxedo the way he’s modelling it!

jaketacoIMG_0830

Jake was always so chill when it came to wearing his outfits. People always used to ask me how I got him to wear his costumes. I would always kind of shrug and say, “I just ask him to, and he does it, because we’re partners.”

jaketacoIMG_0855

Damn. Now I really miss Jake…and I am dying for some tacos!

Aby-a-Day – 18 Mars: Finally, a fun gym! (Movie Monday)

You may have noticed, in the background of yesterday’s post, a pretty cool looking kitty gym. We won it in a raffle at a cat show last summer, but we had other cat toys set up in the living room, so I’ve only just set it up.

zakkittygymC05969

Even though it seems more like a toy for kittens, everyone but Jacoby has played with it. I actually caught Angel examining the tunnel this morning (sadly, I couldn’t grab a camera without her fleeing)!

zaktunnelC05977

The gym came as a set, with the actual gym and a smaller-than-usual crinkly tunnel. Here is Izaak adorably posing inside the tunnel.

zaktunnelC05983

The tunnel is fun…

zakkittygymC05989

zakkittygymC05990

zakkittygymC05991

…but the kitty gym is funner!

zakkittygymC06005

Zak was having so much fun with the gym…

roryzakkittygymC06011

…he didn’t even notice that Lorelai was watching him.

roryzakkittygymC06012

At first, she seemed a little perplexed at Zak’s fascination with the gym.

roryzakkittygymC06015

roryzakkittygymC06016

roryzakkittygymC06018

But eventually Rory became almost mesmerised waatching Zak playing with the kitty gym.

Here is a short movie so you can see what fascinated her so much.

Aby-a-Day – 21 Februari: A box from Meg…and a little backstory (Thursday Things)

Friendship is a funny thing. You meet people every day. Some are strangers, and strangers they remain. Others become friends.

When I was a cat-crazy kid, I couldn’t imagine being actual friends with a cat breeder, let alone a cat show judge. Yet here I am, 38 years after this magazine was published, with threinds who are both breeders and judges. In April 1981 I was two months shy of my sweet 16th, and I loved cats. Cats and the Beatles. No wonder that in August 1981, when I found a seal-point and white kitten, I named him Sgt. Pepper…

Usually, when you look at an old magazine, you don’t read the classifieds at the back. But this old issue with an Aby on the cover…I wanted to see something.

And, lo and behold. Meg is listed as an Abyssinian breeder in Massachusetts. I never knew I’d end up in Massachusetts, let alone be friends with a breeder who had ads in a magazine when I was 15 going on 16…

zakfreddyangelrorymegsbox_6187

But it’s true. I am actually friends with a woman who has been breeding Abyssinians almost (but not quite) as long as I’ve been alive. And to think that she and I are very good friends! But it happened so naturally…Meg knew Sherry, and Jacoby was related to Lew and Taz…and…we clicked. That’s how it is when you make a friend.

jakefreddyzakmegsbox_6185

So a couple of weeks ago, Meg sent me my belated Christmas present. To be fair, though, I didn’t send mine out until January.

jakefreddyshrimp_6217

She sent me a lot of cool things for me: Socks, a candle holder, and some CFA things…but she also sent things for the cats. One of which was this catnip shrimp. Alfred was the first to investigate the shrimp, but…

jakeshrimp_6210

…Jake quickly took over. Jake loves firmly stuffed catnip toys.

jakeshrimp_6211

jakeshrimp_6212

jakeshrimp_6213

jakeshrimp_6214

jakeshrimp_6215

So yeah, this shrimp was almost tailor-made for Jake. Sorry, Freddy.

zaksticktoy_6196

Another toy she sent was a wonderful stick toy that we can use at cat shows. Izaak was all over it

zaksticktoy_6197

zaksticktoy_6198

Whilst Zakkie loves his mousies, he also really likes stick toys.

zakrorysticktoy_6200

Not as much as Lorelai does, apparently. Because oh, look, here she is, moving faster than a camera can capture.

zakrorysticktoy_6202

zakrorysticktoy_6203

zakrorysticktoy_6204

zakrorysticktoy_6205

Rory and Zak enjoyed that stick toy so much, I think it’s going to be a permanent fixture at our future cat shows!