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 – 6 July: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”

It’s common in Sweden for apartment complexes to have several rug-beating frames so that residents can beat their carpets.

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We have one right outside our apartment, and of course Lorelai had to jump up to the top of it.

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She was walking the galvanised steel tightrope walk pretty well there for a while…

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…but it just takes one misstep.

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…and then your paws don’t behave…

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…and after that, the rest of your paws second-guess themselves…

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…and once that happens…

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…yeah, you’re gonna fall.

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So the art is in falling gracefully. Or at least, non-embarrassingly…

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Nailed it!

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“Okay, so…that was fun. Now what?”

Aby-a-Day – 28 June: “No kernel of nourishing corn…” (Thursday Things)

I’ve already posted about how much Angel loves corn. Any time we have corn on the cob, she is there trying to eat it.

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That includes the kernels that fall onto the table accidentally.

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She begs for those, too. Or she tries to pick them up with her grabby Aby hands.

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Sometimes they can be a little slippery and hard to pick up, though.

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In the end, Angel will make certain that no kernel is wasted!

Aby-a-Day – 24 May: Graceful, agile, elegant Abys (Thursday Things)

When we went to our local DjurMagazinet, Alfred checked out the cat trees.

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They have a really good selection, but here in Europe they seem to cover cat trees with sisal and faux fur fabric rather than carpeting.

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Freddy was just happily playtesting the trees when…

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…This happened. Not gonna lie, I laughed. He totally reminded me of this cartoon I did 5 years ago!

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But I mean, look at his feet (and hand)! I had to highlight them…because, well…look at them!

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Meanwhile, Lorelai was having trouble managing her new harness and leash.

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Then she decided she wanted to be up in my lap.

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Ambition and ability are, sadly, two very different things.

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She wasn’t fazed, though.

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Quite the opposite, in fact. She was gathering herself up for another attempt.

Aby-a-Day – 21 May: Playmobil Purrfect Stay Cat Boarding (Miniature Monday)

I know Playmobil has kind of “Poor man’s Lego reputation, but they have got a lot more choices in the cat department. Playmobil Purrfect Stay Cat Boarding set.

Not gonna lie; overall, I prefer Legos. But Playmobil has some interesting pieces, and I have been known to mix Legos and Playmobil pieces in the quest for the perfect Strollercat action figure.

It kind of started when Björn bought me the Playmobil Woman with Cat Family set as a surprise. After that, I dragged out all my other cat pieces and scoured eBay for more.

Then we saw this ad for a contest in Kattliv where the prize was this set. Well, I needed that shiny device! So we found one in a toy store.

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Alfred was eager to help me build it.

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It’s actually a pretty cool set.

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Hauspanther would be proud of all the catification going on up in here. And the detail is fun, too. There are stickers to put on little cans of cat food as labels and a sticker for the litter box that looks like (clean, unused) litter!

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Only one problem: not enough kitties! So I added all the random Playmobil cats I had collected and added them in.

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Like this small cat tree (with carpet stickers for the shelves).

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And these two iterations of Strollercats. The little grey one is, of course, Lorelai.

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This one is my absolute favourite, though. Somewhere along the line I picked up a veterinary set which included this patient, complete with Cone of Shame.

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But the best part is, she even has stitches! I’m not sure which set this goes with; I must have gotten it as a random cat piece on eBay. I can find the cat with stitches as a part of this set, but she hasn’t got the cone or the bed.

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Here’s the house again with the extra cats added in. Much better.

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Oh, wait! Here, let’s add two more cats…

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Suddenly, the poor cat boarding house was attacked by Roryzilla!

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She’s already using her grabby Aby hands to pick things up, as you can see.

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Oh well. At least Freddy didn’t sit on it…

Aby-a-Day – 26 March: Re Ment Pose Skeleton Cat (Miniature Monday)

Personally, I think cat skeletons are kind of cool. You may remember
my roughly life-sized skeleton cat, Os-car I found at CVS one Halloween. So when Björn showed me a picture of Re-Ment’s Pose Skeleton Cat, I had to get one.

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It’s one of those typical cool Japanese toys with tons of special touches. The cat comes with a litter box (I think…it might be a bed), a typical Japanese wand cat toy, and a belled collar. I added a Schleich cat tower and some food and water bowls I had from another set, and it seems that the scale on all of them is roughly the same.

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The amount of detail on this little thing is incredible. The collar has stitching marks and a leather look, and the bell has a seam and the hole at the bottom to let the sound out.

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Of course, when he heard the camera, Jacoby had to come see what I was taking photos of…and why I wasn’t taking photos of him.

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Jake was very curious about the little cat skeleton and tried to pick it up.

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He only succeeded in knocking over the cat tree. Then he wandered off.

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Thanks a lot, Jake!

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It’s really a tiny figure (as you can see compared to Jake’s paw), but it has eight points of articulation (tail, both hips, mid-spine, both shoulders, neck and jaw)! I really adore this little thing.