Aby-a-Day – 8 December: The ears have it (Cat Show Saturday)

This weekend, we took Lorelai and Izaak to the Ädelkatten Kattklubb show in Västra Frölunda. Nobody got Nominated, but the show was very good for both Zak and Rory. About which I will post tomorrow.

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I found my realistic cat ears and wore them to the show. As I posted five years ago, some cats have an…interesting…reaction to seeing a human with cat ears.

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My friend Peter saw me taking the above photo and decided I needed yet another set of ears. Thanks, Peter.

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But at the show today, we met an Abyssinian who had a very strong reaction to my ears.

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When he first saw me, IP IC S*Aloysius Tiger Lily’s Trazan‘s eyes got HUGE. Then, he backed into a corner of his cage.

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And, after careful consideration of my ears, he…hissed at me.

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I mean, he really hissed at me. I gave his human some dry food we won in the lotteri to make up for his traumatisation.

Aby-a-Day: 6 December: Not every box we open in the kitchen is cat food (Thursday Things)

As you might recall, since moving to Sweden we have been feeding the cats Bozita cat food. Instead of putting food products in cans, many things are packaged in Tetra-Pak boxes.

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This leads to a rather amusing side effect. These photos were taken back when we first moved here, in August 2016.

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According to the Jacoby, everything that comes in a Tetra-Pak box is food.

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“Are you sure this isn’t food? It sure looks like food.”

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“You’re not even going to give me a taste?” Of tomato sauce? Hardly.

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“Did somebody say something about food? Oh, a box!”

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Angel is so adorable when she’s hopeful.

Aby-a-Day – 28 November: Wordless Wednesday (She’s right behind me, isn’t she?)

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Aby-a-Day – 25 November: Dances with cats (Cinema Sunday)

It’s always a huge event in our house when I cut up meat.

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It’s one of the best ways to get all five of them together.

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They are so fascinated by it…and of course, hopeful for a scrap or two.

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It’s a bit like feeding a tank of piranhas, to be honest.

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Cats – at least Abys and Singas – swarm.

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Alfred is at his most athletic when there’s raw meat involved.

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But still photos cannot capture the mayhem properly…so here is a little movie Björn made of the Famous Hellqvist Dancing Cats. Click the image to view it in Flickr.

Aby-a-Day – 3 November: Look out for that treeeeeee! (Silly Swedish Saturday)

The other day we took the kittens out again before it gets too cold. Lorelai ran as fast as she could to her beloved trees.

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She always looks so funny…she runs so fast and so hard, with every ounce of strength she can muster.

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And the way she attacks those trees…

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…she’s just a little bit crazed, really.

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But I will say this for our little Rory…

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…She throws herself all into whatever it is she’s trying to do.

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No matter how tall the tree, Rory’s gonna climb it!

Aby-a-Day – 25 October: “Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy” (Thursday Things)

On one of our outdoor excursions, Lorelai and Izaak were very interested in the trees.

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Rory actually managed to climb a tree! Two trees, in fact.

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When she got up into the first tree, she was so proud of herself.

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Zak tried…

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…but ended up sharing Rory’s view from the ground level.

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Then Rory conquered her second tree.

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There was a moment where she contemplated climbing higher…

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…Like, really considered it.

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Fortunately, she decided to stay where she was and enjoy the view.

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Which, admittedly, is pretty great on a warm autumn afternoon.

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Zak tried to climb this tree, too, and join Rory up there…

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…But again, he wasn’t as successful as she was.

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Rory loved it up there.

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Then she jumped down from that tree and tackled the biggest, tallest, deadest tree in our yard. It’s too big for me to get my arms around it, that’s how big it is.

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Sadly, it is dying from Dutch Elm Disease; it didn’t have any leaves this year. As a matter of fact, they just cut it down this morning.

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Zak really wanted to climb a tree like Rory. The fact that he tried so hard to climb that enormous tree was adorable. First, he studied it closely…

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…Then he took a step back to size it up.

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Rory gave it some thought, too…

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…and then ran off to try out another tree instead.

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Zak, of course, trundled along after her.

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Rory was hilarious to watch, tackling every tree she could.

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Zak…tried very hard. He never quite made it, though.

Aby-a-Day – 22 October: Funny Freddy (Hipstamatic Monday)

Almost every evening, Alfred comes for a cuddle with Björn.

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Freddy sits right up next to Björn whilst he uses his laptop.

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The thing is, he looks a right goon when he does it.

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Of course, Freddy looks like a right goon most of the time. That’s just part of his charm.

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Ultimately, he’s just a big lovable guy.

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We love him so much.

Aby-a-Day- 28 January: Get a load of this swingin’ cat! (Cinema Sunday)

The first summer we were here, we took Jacoby out on his leash to check out the area around our apartment.

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Björn pushed Jake on a swing.

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And…Jake loved it.
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I know it seems silly, but photos don’t lie…

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…Jake loved being pushed in the swing by Björn. Don’t believe me?

Here’s a video.

And here is another video. Tell me that’s a cat who doesn’t want pushes on the swing?

Aby-a-Day – 27 April: Wordless Wednesday (When is Mom coming home!?)

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Aby-a-Day – July 18: “Cross” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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When we went to the vet for everyone’s annual check-up, the Abys wandered about the exam room while Tessie and Kylie stayed in their rolling carrier.

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Kylie, especially, seemed to prefer it in there.

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As shy as Angel can be…in true Aby fashion, she’d still rather be exploring and not in a carrier!

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However, at one point, Jacoby came and sat down right on top of Kylie and Tessie’s carrier…which does not have a rigid or reinforced top. And as you saw on Thursday, Jake weighs a good 10lbs plus.

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I guess you could say Kylie and Tessie – especially Tessie – were a bit cross about him sitting on top of them!

Aby-a-Day – April 28: The cat’s pajamas (Hipstamatic Monday)

Abyfriend Kim sent me a care package from Canada that arrived just in time for the final Olympic hockey games a couple of weeks ago.

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In the box (which included Jacoby’s mittens and his Olympic shirt), were a pair of pink pajama bottoms with grey cat faces printed all over them.

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Jake was not sure about all these cat heads on my lap.

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He kept trying to settle onto my lap but just couldn’t seem to relax.

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He just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

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I think he didn’t like all the little kitty faces staring at him.

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He finally managed to find a comfortable position.

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But he was still restless.

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I think all the staring disembodied kitty heads must be kind of creepy to cats…kind of like how a bedsheet covered with scary clown heads would be to us!

Aby-a-Day – March 6: Sympathy pains

A couple of months ago, Tessie had a condition that required her to wear what is now, thanks to Pixar, universally known as the “cone of shame.”

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She had to wear it for almost three weeks.

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Tessie was not a huge fan of this.

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It didn’t cramp her style too much; she could still chase Jacoby.

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But it did make some things difficult, like scratching itchy ears!

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The cone collar that Tessie had was a soft one made out of a soft paperlike fabric similar to what many reusable shopping bags are made from. We had two so we could switch them out when one got dirty (which they did when Tessie ate).

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So, having two cones, I did what any cat owner would do – I put one on the healthy cat, in this case Jake.

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I wanted to see what he would do.

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He wasn’t crazy about it, especially at first…

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…but it certainly didn’t slow him down or bother him very much.

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Especially when food was involved!

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He took to it much more naturally than Tessie did, which considering he’ll wear hats and clothing isn’t too surprising.

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And it’s a good thing to know that if he ever does need to wear a cone for some reason, it won’t cause him any more stress. Jake is so easy-going, a cone won’t make any condition he might have any worse.

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We all know that misery loves company, so I think Jake wearing a cone made Tessie feel a little better.

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Tessie is fine now, by the way. She seems to have recovered completely!

Aby-a-Day – February 5: Wordless Wednesday (Angel’s funny run)

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Aby-a-Day – November 25: On the fence (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby never fails to make me laugh.

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Here’s some more photos from when he tried to climb that fence on our walk.

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He stood up and looked through the mesh at the park and the traffic beyond it for quite a while.

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Then he decided it was time to climb.

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Alley-oop!

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You see? I wasn’t kidding when I said he’d have gone over if I wasn’t on the other end of his leash!

Aby-a-Day – November 23: “Over” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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A couple of weeks ago, Jacoby and I went for a little walk out to Rolling Bridge Park and on the way home we walked along Foundry Street.

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There’s a chain link fence there at the back of a little park.

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For some reason, Jake decided he felt like climbing!

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I bet dog people never have this problem when they go out for walkies!

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He totally would have gone up and over, too, if I hadn’t stopped him!

Funny photos from Facebook

I just wanted to share a couple of funny pictures that have been posted on the Abyssinian Cat Club on Facebook recently. They were just too good to keep to myself!

Sheyrl Harmer Landstrom posted photos of her two Aby kittens dressed up in American Girl clothes by her daughter (yeah, I never did that as a kid. Ever). This one of them cuddled in their pajamas under the covers of a little kitten-sized bed was so irresistible, I just had to add a LOLcat-style caption.

This is my friend Barb’s blue torbie Aby Sky, stealing cherries…I love the Aby grabby hands in action!

Derick van Vuren posted this one a few weeks ago of what happens when you leave a motion-activated camera on while you’re at work:

I have a security camera that takes a picture if it detects something and emails the photo to me. This is the photo I received: Nala slapping the camera!

Finally, this one…I can’t stop giggling at this one. I think we’ve all felt like this around our Abys. This is Debbie Walton’s Maine Coon kitten surrounded by Abys; her caption was this:

AGGGGHHHH…. I am surrounded by these short coated NUTTERS….
Human says they are called Abyssinians…. I think they are all Tasmanian Devils!

The Abyssinian Cat Club on Facebook has almost 2500 members…there are some absolutely amazing photos and stories posted there.

Other People’s Abys: Designer Pet Products’ Blue Aby on Moderncat

Yesterday, Moderncat featured a wonderful new modern cat tree and climbing shelves. Not only are the new furniture designs absolutely beautiful and attractive to both human and feline, but they feature a charmingly goofy blue Abyssinian spokesmodel!

Made by Designer Pet Products, manufacturer of the Designer CatBox Enclosure (which also features the same blue Aby demonstrator), the new tree and shelves come in a black or a white finish and are available from Designer Pet Products’ website as well as from Amazon.

Just look at this Aby! I’ll bet money he’s a boy…he just reminds me so much of Jacoby, hamming it up.

Aby-a-Day – Day 339 of 365

Jacoby got his Mistletoe Cat Hat from ScooterKnits on Friday.

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What did I tell you? Sublime. Evil. Genius.

My husband didn’t like it. He said it took away Jake’s dignity.

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I had to disagree. Just look at his face. Tell me he doesn’t like that hat!

Figures it’d be the Aby they put in a silly birthday outfit…

Gun-Hee’s birthday this week reminded me of one of my prize Aby photo finds. Petite Cuisine cat food (“People cuisine for finicky cats”) has a Fabulous Feline Birthday Club.

The photo they have naturally caught my eye as it features a ruddy Aby wearing a birthday hat and cape…

I know it’s Photoshop at its finest, but it still makes me laugh, because, let’s face it…you could probably dress a boy Aby up in an outfit like that and he’d be totally fine with it.

Aby-a-Day – Day 258 of 365

I forgot I had this photo…but I think it’s funny. Maybe I should send it in to Cheezburger. It seems like an LOLcat waiting to happen.

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“Leash and pick up after your pet, huh?” says Jake.

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“Yeah, good luck with that.”