Aby-a-Day – 4 Januari: Cast iron cat bowl holder (Fashion Friday)

I really like using elevated cat bowl stands. I have a couple of different ones, a low silicon one with steel bowls from Granngården that’s perfect for Lorelai, and a Pet Lounge Bambu diner that Jacoby uses.

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But recently, I found this really cool, cast iron metal cat-shaped bowl holder on Tradera (kind of a Swedish local eBay). I love it and I’m fascinated by the workmanship. Believe me, I looked, but I couldn’t find any information on who manufactured it or when it was produced. According to various eBay and Etsy posts I found, it is apparently “vintage,” and you can find plenty of images of the bowl on Pinterest and Google Images searches.

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But know nothing of its age, origins or anything else. It is, however, awesome.

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It now lives out in the kitchen, where it is eaten from, twice daily, by Alfred and Angel.

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They were using Bambu feeder, but this one works better in the kitchen, because it’s heavier. These bowls don’t budge now.

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Angel and Freddy seem to appreciate their new dining partner, anyway.

Aby-a-Day – October 18: Aïkiou test

Tessie’s birthday was last month, and, as always, I did a little photo shoot with the birthday cat. And, as always, Jacoby insinuated himself into the picture.

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Tessie’s birthday gifts included Spicey Micey and a Aïkiou Stimulo interactive cat food bowl. The Stimulo bowl was given to Tessie because she has a tendency to eat out of boredom, especially dry food. So I thought that she’d like a challenge.

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Of course, Jake seemed to be way more interested in the Stimulo than Tessie was.

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As soon as I set it up, Jake was all over it.

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He was very interested in all the little tubes.

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He put the Spicey Micey onto the dish, and then tried to paw it out from between the tubes.

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He seemed to really grasp the possibilities of all those little spaces and had a great time sticking his busy little paws into the dish.

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I hadn’t even put any food into it yet!

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After a while, Tessie decided she’d had enough of Jake’s grandstanding and took matters into her own paws. It was her birthday and her presents, after all!