Aby-a-Day – November 13: The vast unexplored frontier of under the bed

We have dozens of good napping spots in our new apartment. But what’s the best place of all? The one place you’re not allowed to go, of course!

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And for Jacoby, that forbidden frontier is the right-hand drawer under our bed.

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It’s hard to open from the front, because my bedside table is next to it, so we don’t keep stuff we need to get at in that drawer. And there’s just enough room for a naughty Abyssinian to fit.

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This weekend, my husband rearranged the boxes under the bed to make them cat-proof on the open side where there are no drawers. Eventually we’re planning to put some plywood there to cover it properly, but for now, boxes will work to keep Jake from hiding under the bed in general, and in that one drawer especially.

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Because when Jake does get in there, it’s really hard to get him out unless he wants to come out.

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So, naturally, we ply him with delicious treats he doesn’t usually get to have because of his UT issue.

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He wants to get the treat without leaving his hideout. But oh, those crafty humans have placed it just out of reach…

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“C’mon Jakey…don’t you want it? Don’t you want the treeeeeeeat?”

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Oh, he wants it, all right.

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He just wants it without having to leave his lair.

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He’s no fool…he knows that if he comes out to get the treat, we’ll grab him and block up the hole and he won’t be able to get back into his fort.

And of course, he’s absolutely, 100% correct. That’s exactly our plan.

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Eventually, the siren song of the tasty treat proves to be too much for our hero, and he succumbs to its seduction.

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Nom nom nom…

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*gulp*

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And here’s the tiny window where Jake could actually go back into hiding. But he never does…because he’s greedy.

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“Hey, are there any more of those!?”

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And then this is when I grabbed him and dragged him out of there…because as cute as he is in there, under the bed is off limits. There are enough officially sanctioned hideouts in the apartment, thank you very much!

Aby-a-Day – July 31: Taking Naughtiness to New Heights

Jacoby has developed a new habit.

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He likes to sit on top of the cabinet in the front bathroom and oversee people going about their bathroom business.

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As you can see, he’s quite proud of his achievement.

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“This is mine!”

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I’m not sure why he likes it up there so much. He’s quite tall, and there’s not enough room for him to stand comfortably.

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He can’t really sit up, either.

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Come on down from there, Jakey-boy.

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Of course, now Tessie wants to try to get up there, too.

Aby-a-Day – July 6: Kitchen help

Jacoby is soooooo helpful in the kitchen!

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Just look what happens when you open the dishwasher!

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“Hi there! Whatever you need, I’m here and ready to help!”

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Uh, yeah, Jake. What we really need is for you to get out of the dishwasher.

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Come on, buddy…

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…let’s go…

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Luckily, Jake does not hold a grudge. “Okay, dad, now what?” his happy tail seems to say.

Aby-a-Day – June 15: Daddy’s girl

My husband tends to hover in the shadows when it comes to this blog. But that doesn’t mean he’s not a good cat dad. He’s an awesome cat dad. And he doesn’t really get enough credit.

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He has a special bond with each of the girls, especially. Angel in particular loves her dad.

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Look at her cuddling with him…and notice her tail affectionately draped around his neck!

Aby-a-Day – June 16: Happy Cat Dad Day!

Today is Father’s Day.

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In our house, the girlcats gravitate towards my husband, and the boycat gravitates towards me. But Jacoby bonds with his dad, too.

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So let’s hear it for all the cat dads out there!

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Happy Father’s Day!