Aby-a-Day – 30 Juni: A memory of Jacoby (Cinema Sunday)

Today’s photos and video were not really ever going to be posted. I didn’t think that they were really good enough. But time changes photos, did you know that? What seems like a crap photo today can turn into a treasured memory with time. This is back from February, when Meg sent me a package that included some pretty superb catnip toys.

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Jacoby took an interest in the paper the toys were wrapped in. Izaak came to see what was so interesting…he didn’t see it.

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And when I say Jake was “interested”…

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…I mean, he was really interested in it.

It was so funny that I made a video to show Meg. But now, I want to share it with everyone. Jake was such a goof.

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.

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

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

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He was all over that action.

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Lorelai wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

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Zak was not about to share his new toy.

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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.

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

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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 – 24 June: “The strangeness will wear off” (Silly Sunday)

So the last few days, I have had a lot of word-heavy, photo-light posts.

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So I think we both need a little break.

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So here is Alfred.

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Going crazy.

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With a Jackson Pollack catnip kicker toy.

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You’re welcome.

Aby-a-Day – November 13: Baby wrecking ball (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby’s nickname is Rivningskula, which is “Wrecking ball” in Swedish.

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His clumsy brand of destructiveness started at a young age, as evidenced by this video Sherry made before he cam to live with me.

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That is so obviously Jake, isn't it?

Aby-a-Day – October 22: Nip Kicker

At the NEMO show, my friend Donna was actually vending. She makes and sells all sorts of awesome stuff: jewelry, scarves, jackets…and cat toys.

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She brought Jacoby a handmade kicker stick stuffed with homegrown catnip.

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And our Jakey loooooves catnip!

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He was instantly intrigued.

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He started licking it. That’s when you know he really likes it.

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It started to try to escape, so Jake had to show it who was boss and hold it down with his paw.

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Oh, yeah…that’s good nip, all right!

Aby-a-Day – January 5: Nip silliness (Hipstamatic Monday)

This is something Tessie does more than Jacoby, so I was kind of thrilled to catch him doing it.

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This is a little catnip pizza slice that I got at the World Show. I got each kitty a different “flavour” of pizza, and apparently they are filled with some very potent nip. At least, Jake liked it more than than the Kit-Tea bag, the IKEA rat filled with nip, or the catnip candy cane.

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So much so that he did the “rub his head and roll” move on his slice of nipperoni.

Aby-a-Day – August 7: This is your cat on nip.

Abyfriend Wendy sent me a birthday package, but the best gift was a Yeowww! catnip fish.

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It also just happened to arrive on Jacoby’s “gotcha” day, so I think he was expecting something in there for him.

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He may be a mature five year old now, but he’s not above rolling around on the floor with a toy now and again.

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He started out playing with it on the S-curve scratcher…

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…but it managed to get away from him.

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Luckily, Jake was able to recapture it.

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He certainly gave it a good licking.

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Yep. A really good licking.

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I love the look Jake gets on his face when he’s nipped out.

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I really wonder what they think about when they play with a catnip toy.

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I never understand the whole “rubbing the toy on the head” thing, though…what’s that about?

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Jake’s not the only one who does it. Kylie and Tessie, do, too, and Patrick was the king of rubbing his toys on his head.

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This must be some seriously good catnip!

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I mean, look at this face.

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There was also some great Aby grabby hand action during this battle with the catnip fishy.

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He was having so much fun.

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The longer Jake played with it, however, the stronger it seemed to become. It was putting up quite the fight!

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Whoops! It got away again!