Aby-a-Day – 15 October: “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day” (Hipstamatic Monday)

Today is just a normal Monday Chez Hellqvist…Angel sleeping in her favourite brown bed…

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Unlike Logan, Izaak doesn’t share this bed with her. Oh, he tries to get in there with her…but where Logan ignored her when she hissed at him and got in anyway, Zak walks away and naps elsewhere.

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Next we have Jacoby in the manly pink kitty bed. Which looks even more pink in this shot.

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This film and lens tones the pink down quite a bit…but doesn’t really help.

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Next shot is just plain black and white..and, nope. Doesn’t look any more manly without the pink. Must be the fluffy, not the colour.

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Next we have Alfred.

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I made Golonka (Polish beer-braised pork hocks) tonight, and Freddy always loves to chew on the bones.

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Chomp, chomp…

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He’s growling at Lorelai in this photo. He doesn’t like to share…

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…no matter how big the bone is!

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“Okay, Rory…NOW you can have it. I’m finished with it.”

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Rory, meanwhile, has moved on and is playing in our bedroom.

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Never fear! Zak the SuperSinga is here!

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Never mind that that bone is bigger than his head!

Aby-a-Day – 11 October: “Corn is the only food you hold like corn” (Thursday Things)

It has been well documented that Angel loves corn on the cob. She even loves corn off the cob. But I never expected to have a second corn-eating cat.

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Enter Izaak.

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Even Jacoby seems perplexed by Zak’s appetite for corn.

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Considering that Zak refuses to eat dry food at all and will barely touch processed cat food…it’s very odd that he attacks corn with such gusto.

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But this is definitely not a one-off. He has done this more than once.

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Try more like every damn time we have corn.

Aby-a-Day – 4 October: Glad Kanelbullensdag! (Thursday Things)

Today is a special holiday in Sweden: Cinnamon Bun Day.

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Of course, longtime readers of this blog Jacoby has a long history of loving to snack on baked goods.

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So when Cinnamon Bun Day came around our first year in Sweden, I had to at least offer Jake a cinnamon bun.

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He attacked that bun like it was his last supper.

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Angel can’t even with Jake’s baked good obsession.

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I mean, look at him! Could you even with that?

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In the end, Jake ate a good amount of his first Swedish cinnamon snail.

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Obviously, Jake is a big fan of Kanelbullens dagen!

Aby-a-Day – 6 September: Stealing? Or coerced sharing? (Thursday Things)

Yesterday’s post prompted a discussion of “Grabby Aby hands,” and I was reminded of this set of photos I took back in August 2016, just a couple of months after I moved to Sweden with Jacoby and Angel.

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Björn was eating something bread-based, and Jake wanted it.

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Look at how Jake inserted himself between Björn’s hand and his mouth!

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Jake wanted a taste of whatever Björn was eating.

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And he was pretty insistent.

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Jake was fighting for his share…but Björn was fighting for his share, too.

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It’s hard to tell who is fighting harder…Jake or Björn.

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It was a straight-up battle for the piece of bread, yo.

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(Notice the bit of bread on Björn’s arm…)

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Jake was persistent in his search for food…and he managed to get some scraps from Björn.

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And he managed to get some bread, too.

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Yummy, yummy bread…

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But yeah. If you can’t eat bread around an Abyssinian…how can you expect to eat actual meat around one?

Aby-a-Day – 5 September: Wordless Wednesday (“You gotta be quick! You gotta be quick with me!”)

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Aby-a-Day – 23 August: Picky eater (Thursday Things)

Izaak loves raw food. I feed Vaisto Raw food from Finland. The problem is, he loves raw food to the exclusion of all other food.

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I mean, he LOVES. To the point where he wont eat anything else. Even Bozita, which is as close to raw as you can get. And yet, Zak will have none of it.

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I mean, seriously….LOOK at this. He eats. Around. The food that isn’t raw. No matter how well I mix them together.

Aby-a-Day – 5 August: MINE (Singapura Sunday)

Recently our nearby pet store started carrying Vaisto Mush frozen chicken necks. This is the same brand that makes the raw balls I feed them, so I thought I would get them to see if they liked them. At the very least, I thought, Alfred will eat them because he loves to chew on bones.

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Well, I wasn’t wrong. Freddy does like them. But I was surprised that Izaak really loved them.

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This is the very first time I gave Zak a chicken neck. Not only did he attack it, but he guarded it, growling and snarling as he ate it.

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Despite being the smallest cat in our household (and this was right after he came to live with us), he managed to keep Jacoby, Lorelai and Freddy at bay. Angel didn’t even try.

Here’s a video of that first encounter with a chicken neck. I hope you can hear the growling!

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Zak is now addicted to these things. Everytime I go near the refrigerator, he yells at me to open the door and give him a neck! I try to limit them, because too many bones can cause constipation. But it’s hard not to give him one when he is so insistent.

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And he is so funny to watch! Even if no cat is around, he growls, snarls and hisses.

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…But if anyone gets too close…

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Look at Freddy! He doesn’t even try to take it from Zak! He knows from past encounters, he can’t win.

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The best he can do is hope for leftovers. Even though he weighs more than double what Zak does (4kg to Zak’s 1.8kg), he just won’t go there.

Here’s a video I made this afternoon showing the stand off. Towards the beginning, Zak hisses with his mouth full of neck. It’s pretty funny to hear!