Aby-a-Day – 4 Juni 2020: Izaak vs the sheepskin (Thursday Things)

We have some sheepskin circles on our sofa cushions, because they look nice and they happened to be the exact same colour as the sofa. Then, when Björn’s mother died, we got a grey sheepskin patchwork square. We keep it at the end of the sofa, and the cats like to nap on it.


Except Izaak.


He’s got a different relationship with the sheepskin square.



He likes to randomly attack it and kick its guts out.


But look in the background, at Lorelai.


Wait, what?



Look at Rory, flying over the sofa and Zak’s battle with the sheepskin square.


Did that just happen?


Hm. Well. Back to grooming and fighting with the sheepskin square, then.

Aby-a-Day – 30 Maj 2020: Angel and the tree battle, round three (Silly Saturday)

Angel has sort of claimed the top of the cat tree as her own, but as I have previously posted, Izaak has been challenging her for control of the top. But a new challenger approaches: Lorelai. Seems she was napping on the top of the cat tree when Angel wanted to be up there.


But whilst Angel is attempting to deal with Rory, a complication presents itself…


…Dashiell got up on the tree, too.


I don’t think Dash realised what he was getting into.



I think he thought he was just getting on the cat tree to play with Angel and Rory.


I think he was wrong. Angel was determined to oust Rory from the top of the cat tree.


Using as much force as necessary.



Finally, Angel managed to evict Rory from the top of the cat tree.


(A close-up of the ousting.)


Rory’s disinvitation made Dash abandon the tree-ship as well.



Angel was careful to make sure that all the younger cats were well away.


Angel remains the Queen of the Top of the Cat Tree.

Aby-a-Day – 28 Maj 2020: Dashiell and his trees (Thursday Things)

I mentioned Dashiell’s obsession with the trees outside.


Well…he’s still fascinated by whatever is in those trees.


Birds? Leaves? I have no idea.


Whilst the other cats are running around, Dash is looking up into the trees.

Aby-a-Day – 26 Maj 2020: Prints and sketches for the ‘rents (Cartoon Tuesday)

I had intended a better post for today, but we’re all well knackered from the trip to the vet…wrangling five cats on the bus is exhausting! But I had ordered some prints of my recent art projects to send to my mom and dad in the States, and they came today, so I got them ready to mail them tomorrow. My mom hasn’t got a computer (well, she has, but it’s on dial-up and is still running Netscape, so…), and I don’t know if my dad still has his since he’s in assisted living.


Anyway, I put each set into a greeting card, and as always, I did a little cat sketch in each card. I had a certain cat in mind on each sketch…can you tell who I drew?

Aby-a-Day – 25 Maj 2020: Anticipating the vet (Medical Monday)

Tomorrow is our annual vet visit. Luckily, I was able to schedule it for a day Björn is off from work this time, so hopefully I won’t have as many problems on the bus as I had last year.


Mentally preparing for the visit, I’m trying to think of the things we’ll have to discuss tomorrow. I know that everyone needs at least one vaccination (either rabies or FVRCP). Nobody has any major issues; their weights are all good, their teeth and ears seem fine, and theire’s no diarrhea or anything like that. Angel, who will be 13 in a couple of weeks(ish), is pretty healthy for her age. Her weight has been stable and she’s quite active. Her eye seems to be the same as ever, and apart from her having lost that tooth, bringing her down to two, she seems to be in perfect health.


Alfred is probably overweight. Last time I weighed everyone, he was 5.1 kg (11.25 lbs), and he looks heavy. He’s also been wheezing and coughing, so he may have asthma after all.


Izaak and Lorelai are fine, but I have questions about their fertility and birth control. I am wondering if Zak’s Suprelorin chip is wearing off, and if he should get another one of if he needs to be neutered. I hope he can get another chip; I wanted to show him as long as I could as a Champion before going to Premiership…but the pandemic is making that difficult. As for Rory, she should not be on the pill too long, and she will be meeting a nice young boycat later this summer. Depending on how that litter goes, we may have one or two more, but it’s definitely something to discuss for with the vet.


As for Dashiell, he’s a healthy horse of a year old cat. He’s a little goofy, and still a bit skittish; I would like them to check his teeth because he doesn’t let me get a really good look at them, but apart from that, I don’t think he’s going to need much attention tomorrow.

Aby-a-Day – 18 Maj 2020: Pink is for boys, too! (Hipstamatic Monday)

Dashiell and Izaak eat together in our bedroom. Breakfast, chicken neck snacktime, and dinner, those two always dine together. This is because, for whatever reason, Dash doesn’t try to steal Zak’s food (the way Alfred or Lorelai would), and since Zak only eats raw, he won’t try to eat Dash’s meal.


This is one of the reasons this pair are such fast friends. When the other three cats are done eating, and I open the bedroom up, I often find them cuddling together, sometimes on our bed, and sometimes in this fuzzy pink cat bed we won at a cat show.


It’s pretty girly. We thought it might be good for Rory, but she never sleeps in there. Angel does sometimes, but it’s mainly Zak and Dash who nap in that bed. The bed also has the white blanket that was in Zak’s crate when he came here from Poland, so that may be part of the attraction.


Who says boys can’t rock the pink?

Aby-a-Day – 16 Maj 2020: Singas ALWAYS share…whether you want to or not… (Singapura Saturday)

When Izaak decides he wants to nap somewhere…


…He naps there.


Regardless of whether or not someone else is already napping there.


There’s this one old cat tree is especially popular for some reason.


Dashiell has taken a liking to sleeping in the cat bed in that tree.


And because Dash wants to sleep there…so does Zak.



And when Izaak wants something…he usually gets it.


Whether you want it or not…if a Singapura wants to cuddle with you, you CUDDLE!