Aby-a-Day – 27 October: Treetop Battle (Silly Saturday)

Lorelai and Izaak love the top of the cat tree.

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There’s something about the danger of being so high that they can’t resist.

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Which of course means they feel the need to fight up there.

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Treetop fights are pretty funny.

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I mean, what are they fighting for? To knock the other one out of the tree? One is in the house, sure…but the other one is at the top.

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So what’s the actual conflict?

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I have no idea…but it’s a lot of fun to watch them work it out.

Aby-a-Day – 25 May: Angel, Rory and the Frankentree (Fashion Friday)

Before I moved to Sweden, Björn had an old, beat-up, second-hand cat tree for Pyret. It was one of the first things Angel discovered when we let her out of the carrier. When my things arrived from the States, my big floor-to-ceiling tree was among them, and it was installed in the corner where the old tree had occupied. The old tree was moved to the balcony, which was scheduled to be glassed in for the cats to enjoy.

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Angel was quick to claim it out there, too. But it was a little short, and I wanted the cats to be able to sit up high on the balcony, too, so I ordered this new cat tree by Dogman, a Swedish pet supply company. But when I assembled the new tree, it seemed a little sad without the cubby section, especially since it was Angel’s favourite part, and it was still perfectly good…so I got an idea.

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I combined them! I took the non-worn parts of the old tree (which was probably also a Dogman tree) – the cubby, the platform and the ladder, and put them together with the new tree and created…the FrankenTree! It worked surprisingly well, and the colours combined well, too.

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Angel loved it.

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Logan and Alfred came along and loved it, too…and of course so does Lorelai.

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(Despite the silly tongue…)

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Angel didn’t really mind sharing the tree with Logan and Freddy, but what does Angel think about sharing her tree with another girl?

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These Millennial kittens these days…no sense of boundaries.

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Angel is not above defending her territory. Although, to be honest, I don’t think Rory even noticed that Angel took a swipe at her.

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“Damn kids, get off of my tree!”

Aby-a-Day – 24 May: Graceful, agile, elegant Abys (Thursday Things)

When we went to our local DjurMagazinet, Alfred checked out the cat trees.

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They have a really good selection, but here in Europe they seem to cover cat trees with sisal and faux fur fabric rather than carpeting.

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Freddy was just happily playtesting the trees when…

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…This happened. Not gonna lie, I laughed. He totally reminded me of this cartoon I did 5 years ago!

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But I mean, look at his feet (and hand)! I had to highlight them…because, well…look at them!

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Meanwhile, Lorelai was having trouble managing her new harness and leash.

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Then she decided she wanted to be up in my lap.

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Ambition and ability are, sadly, two very different things.

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She wasn’t fazed, though.

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Quite the opposite, in fact. She was gathering herself up for another attempt.

Aby-a-Day – May 11: World’s smallest show cat (Miniature Monday)

Of course I had to take some photos of the Jacoby mini-me while I was at the Seacoast show.

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We visited the Arubacat booth, where he tested out their excellent cat trees.

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He also tried out a scratching post.

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Then, even though he wasn’t entered, he stood on the judge’s table!

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(And look who’s in the background!)

Also, remember the other custom ball-jointed doll I was having made by Ana VonBorowsky? Well, he is finished, and she is shipping him to me today! I absolutely cannot wait to see him in person. Of course, he’ll be featured in this blog when he gets to Boston, but if you want to see a few photos of him – and his wardrobe – before then, check out Ana’s gallery on DeviantArt!

Aby-a-Day – March 25: Wordless Wednesday (Angel is weird)

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Aby-a-Day – March 21: “Beam” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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We have open-beam ceilings in our apartment. They are part of the original building which was built in 1906. The wall-climbers we’ve installed in the living room let the cats get right up next to the ceiling.

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Apparently, this is not good enough for our Jacoby.

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He’s starting to regularly walk on the heating duct. I have some sisal pads that we need to install up there to give him something to grip.

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The problem is that now the duct doesn’t seem to be enough for Jake, either.

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Now he’s got his eye on the sprinkler pipe!

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And I mean, he’s really trying to walk on that pipe!

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I really don’t know what to do about this. When I see him doing it, I tell him NO, and I try to get him down with the promise of treats.

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That usually works.

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I just wonder if he’s trying this when I’m NOT home. You know he probably is.

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“What?”

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“Oh, all right, I’ll get off the pipe. Sheesh, Mom.”

The thing is, I have no idea why Jake wants to walk on the sprinkler pipe. There’s nothing over there for him to sit on or do. He can’t even really look out the window from up there. I think he just wants to see if he can do it. Typical male.

Aby-a-Day – January 25: This shelf isn’t big enough for the two of us…

Angel is very fond of the wallclimbers we have installed.

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She seems to feel very confident when she’s on one of them.

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Well, that is, until…

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Wham! A wild tortie appears!

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Angel uses ignore.

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It’s not very effective!

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In fact, it seems to have the opposite effect.

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It seems like the more Angel ignores Tessie, the pushier Tessie gets.

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Luckily, this isn’t one of the higher shelves.

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Otherwise, I’d have been worried that Angel would have been knocked off.

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Tessie doesn’t seem to appreciate the fact that she has an audience. Wonder what she’d be doing to Angel if I hadn’t been there?

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I don’t really know what Tessie wants. There are, after all, three other shelves she could go sit on.

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This is what Tessie does, too…she just sort of looks at Angel…

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…And Angel just cringes.

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They have such an odd dynamic, these two.

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Well, that escalated quickly.