Aby-a-Day – 15 Juli: Snuggly Freddy (Thursday Things)

I know some of these photos today are a bit blurry, but I wanted to share them anyway because this is so Alfred’s personality.

freddysilly_6923

Freddy loves to cuddle between us when we’re sitting on the sofa watching television.

freddysilly_6925

He especially likes to lay up against my bare legs when I’m wearing a skirt. It’s kind of sweet to see him next to Jacoby.

freddysilly_6927

It’s not the most fun when it’s almost 30°C, but it is cute.

freddyfoot_6928

For some reason, he also likes to touch peets.

freddysilly_6935

I am not sure what this is, however.

Aby-a-Day – 5 Juli: “My what big peets you have…” (Hipstamatic Monday)

The other day, I was reading whilst lying on the bed, and Alfred came to cuddle with me.

hipstafreddypaw2

He curled up next to me and laid a paw on my arm.

hipstafreddypaw3

Look how loooonnngg Freddy’s toes are! He has really big feet, even at four years old. Do you think he’ll ever grow into them?

Aby-a-Day – 24 Maj: My little limpet (Hipstamatic Monday)

We have a daily ritual where we watch reruns of Chicago Med and Chicago Fire. This is how Izaak likes to sit on me.

hipstazaknap2

For some reason, Zak prefers to sit on my bare legs. Especially my knees.

hipstazaknap3

It really doesn’t seem that comfortable of a way to cuddle, but he likes it. And he’s sound asleep, in case you were wondering.

Aby-a-Day – 14 Mars: Watching your back (Singapura Sunday)

Yesterday, I was sitting on the sofa watching something on my laptop, when Izaak decided to sit on me.

zaklap_6428

I was a little bit entranced by the way the sunshine highlighted his colours. In some ways the sepia ticking is so much prettier than the Abyssinian ticking…I think it’s that ivory undercoat.

Aby-a-Day – 27 Februari: Heart and soles (Singapura Saturday)

Singapuras love to sleep under blankets, and Izaak is no different. He also likes to sleep touching skin, and most nights he sleeps either on my legs or next to my feet.

zakfeet1

Björn captured this scene last night when he came to bed. Thank goodness I recently got a pedicure!

Aby-a-Day- 28 September 2020: Snuggly Freddy (Hipstamatic Monday)

Alfred is the most cuddly cat I have ever known.

hipstafreddy2

He’s like a living, purring (and occasionally drooling) teddy bear.

hipstafreddy3

This is Freddy cuddling on the sofa with Björn the other night while we we watching television.

hipstafreddy4

It’s hard to tell, but he’s wedged between us, with his hands on my leg, soaking up all Björn’s pets.

hipstafreddy5

He may be our “extra” cat, but I love him and his purr.

Aby-a-Day – 29 April 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Cuddly Izaak)

zakcuddle_2126

zakcuddle_2127

zakcuddle_2130

zakcuddle_2133

zakcuddle_2135

zakcuddle_2141

Aby-a-Day – 22 Februari: Brothers from another mother…and the little step brother who could (Friday Flashback)

I always think about Alfred and his “Brother from Another Mother,” Logan.

loganfreddycuddleC03834

These photos are from July 2017, a month after we introduced Logan to Freddy.

loganfreddycuddleC03839

They bonded after only a couple of days.

loganfreddycuddleC03842

loganfreddycuddleC03843

loganfreddycuddleC03846

loganfreddycuddleC03849

loganfreddycuddleC03851

But their bond was deep. I called them “Brothers from Another Mother.” But they really were.

loganfreddycuddleC03857

loganfreddycuddleC03859

loganfreddycuddleC03861

I mean, just look at them!

loganfreddycuddleC03864

loganfreddycuddleC03868

Logan and Freddy were so attached to each other.

loganfreddycuddleC03872

loganfreddycuddleC03875

loganfreddycuddleC03878

loganfreddycuddleC03881

loganfreddycuddleC03884

loganfreddycuddleC03891

They were so in sync with each other, too. You can see how bonded they were from these photos, taken only a month after we introduced them.

loganfreddycuddleC03906

loganfreddycuddleC03909

One thing Freddy liked to do was hold Logan down to groom him.

zakfreddycuddleC05457

Whilst Izaak is not Logan, and it’s taken Freddy some time to accept Zak…

zakfreddycuddleC05462

…it seems that Freddy needs a Singapura brother to take care of and look after.

zakfreddycuddleC05468

It’s not the extreme “brothers from another mother” love that Freddy had with Logan, but…

zakfreddycuddleC05471

zakfreddycuddleC05473

zakfreddycuddleC05475

zakfreddycuddleC05476

…Zak seems to be an acceptable surrogate for Freddy’s Singapura fixation.

zakfreddycuddleC05479

At least, until Zak has had enough of Freddy’s “brotherly” love.

zakfreddycuddleC05483

I guess that’s the difference between Logan and Zak…Logan grew up with Big Brother Freddy, and Zak…didn’t. But he tolerates Freddy’s attention well. Enough.

Aby-a-Day – 18 April: Wordless Wednesday (Brothers from another mother)

freddylogancuddleIMG_2690

freddyloganhugIMG_2691

freddyloganhugIMG_2696

freddyloganradiatorIMG_2716

freddylogantableIMG_2755

freddylogancuddleIMG_2762

freddylogancuddleIMG_2766

freddylogancuddleIMG_2767

freddylogancuddleIMG_2768

freddylogancuddleIMG_2771

freddylogancuddleIMG_2772

freddylogancuddleIMG_2789

freddylogancuddleIMG_2790

freddyloganbalconyDSC02915

freddyloganbalconyC02917

Aby-a-Day – 14 March: Wordless Wednesday (Philadelphia)

loganfreddyC01938

loganfreddyC01941

loganfreddyC01942

loganfreddyC01948

loganfreddyC01955

loganfreddyC01963

loganfreddyC01966

loganfreddyC01977

loganfreddyC01978

loganfreddyC01982

loganfreddyC01986

loganfreddyC01987

loganfreddyC01988

loganfreddyC01993

loganfreddyC01994

loganfreddyC01995

Aby-a-Day – 23 May: Yeah…That’s not what they mean by “Dog-like”…at least, I HOPE it’s not (Selfie Sunday)

Jacoby has been a very snuggly, cuddly boy lately.

jakelapselfieIMG_4663 1

He’s been sleeping with me almost every night.

jakelapselfieIMG_4667 1

Although, sometimes, he’ll settle in an…shall we say…awkward spot.

jakelapselfieIMG_4665 1

And then…boom!

jakelapselfieIMG_4664 1

Erm…Jake? You realise that…oh, I can’t even.

Aby-a-Day – 1 May: The reason I’m late to work (Selfie Sunday)

Sometimes, when the alarm goes off, this happens.

jakecocolateIMG_4115

Jacoby comes and cuddles with me.

jakecocolateIMG_4116

And by “cuddle,” I mean “he lies on top of me with his full weight.”

jakecocolateIMG_4118

And you can’t tell from the photos, but Jake is purring like crazy.

jakecocolateIMG_4119

Did I say, “like crazy”? Make that “diabolically.” He lies on me with his full weight and purrs like a diabolical madman.

jakecocolateIMG_4120

He does not want me to get up and go to work. And let’s face it…I don’t disagree with him.

Aby-a-Day – 9 March: Wordless Wednesday (Two Cat Night)

tessiejakesleep

Aby-a-Day – 17 February: Wordless Wednesday (I knead you)

jakekneadIMG_3050 1

jakekneadIMG_3052 1

jakekneadIMG_3054 1

jakekneadIMG_3057 1

jakekneadIMG_3064 1

jakekneadIMG_3053

Aby-a-Day – 7 January: Chilling with Mom

I returned to Boston yesterday after a wonderful time with Björn in Sweden.

sverigexmas-happyjakeIMG_2480 1

I didn’t want to leave, and I’m not going back to work until Monday, because I know that I’ll need a few days to mope and cry recover.

sverigexmas-happyjakeIMG_2481 1

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Jacoby is thrilled that I am home.

sverigexmas-happyjakeIMG_2482 1

He’s been cuddling with me nonstop.

sverigexmas-happyjakeIMG_2483 1

This is what happens when I say his name.

sverigexmas-happyjakeIMG_2484 1

I’m not even touching him! Just talking to him makes him roll around in glee.

sverigexmas-happyjakeIMG_2486 1

Big, goofy yawn…

sverigexmas-happyjakeIMG_2487 1

Oh, he’s definitely glad I’m home. Look at that Aby smile.

sverigexmas-happyjakeIMG_2485 1

And he knows I’m upset, too…he’s such a good boy.

Aby-a-Day – June 21: Happy Aby Father’s Day

I just had to share these photos of our friend Dante Mooner that Marsha Zapp Ammons posted on Facebook last week. They are the perfect embodiment of the concept of “Father’s Day.”

Marsha wrote: “Dante Mooner to one of his Humans, John: You’re mine, you’re mine, you are ALL MINE!”

Marsha also explained that “Dante loves to go walking, but he often ‘asks’ us to hold him, like John is doing in these photos.”

Awww…look how much Dante loves his human dad!

Aby-a-Day – June 18: Welcome home!

One of the best thing about Abyssinians is that they are always happy to see you when you come home after a hard day at work.

jakerubC00990

Jacoby generally is at the door to greet me when I get home.

jakerubC00993

If I’m preoccupied with something, he’s so excited to see me, he’ll pet himself by rubbing on anything that’s handy.

jakerubC00994

jakerubC00995

jakerubC00996

He’s usually just woken up from a nap when I get home, so he’s still a little sleepy.

jakerubC00997

jakerubC01000

Look at that face! That is one cat who’s happy his human is home at last!

Aby-a-Day – March 30: Who are you, Cecil B. Demille? No? Then go away. (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby is always ready for his close-up.

hipstajakecloseupIMG_7136

It doesn’t matter if it’s a phone camera, or an actual camera. He’s learned that cameras = attention.

hipstajakecloseupIMG_7137

And attention is a good thing.

hipstajakecloseupIMG_7135

To a point. Okay, you’re dismissed.

Aby-a-Day – February 14: “Cherished” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

jakecherishIMG_6911

No question who is cherished in our house.

jakecherishIMG_6912

I do believe it’s a two-way street, though. I think Jacoby cherishes me, too. He’s always by my side, helping.

jakecherishIMG_6913

A recent article in The Huffington Post about the way felines and humans interact says, among other things, that the dynamics of cat-human relationships are very much like human-human bonds.

jakecherishIMG_6914

“Researchers concluded cats do indeed attach to humans — especially women — as social partners, and not just because they want to keep their food bowls full.”

jakecherishIMG_6915

One part of the article I really liked: “The researchers established that cats and their owners heavily influence one another, often to the extent that they control each other’s behaviors. Extroverted women with young, active cats seem to be the most in tune with each other. The kitties in these pairings only have to give subtle cues – for example, a single upright movement of the tail — to let their owners know they’re looking for friendly attention…cats also seem to remember human kindness and return the favor later. If an owner fulfills her feline’s wish to interact, the cat will often comply with the owner’s desire for contact at other times.”

jakecherishIMG_6916

This right here, I believe, is why Jake is so good-natured about dressing up and posing for photos. I always tell people he does these things “because I ask him to” and, apparently, I was dead-on correct. He’s indulging me because I indulge him. Quid pro quo.

jakecherishIMG_6918

I’ve always thought that interacting with a cat was like interacting with a small, non-verbal human. Seems I was onto something.

jakecherishIMG_6921

We already know that cats recognise certain words (my Siamese Harri knew “Go on the bed and lie down” among other things), and that they invented meowing as a way to try to communicate with us on our terms.

jakecherishIMG_6922

Cats also chose to live with us as opposed to humans deciding to domesticate them. Cats alone of all domesticated animals, researchers think, chose to enter into a partnership with humans.

jakecherishIMG_6920

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but man is cat’s best friend.

Aby-a-Day – December 29: Snuggle buddy (Hipstamatic Monday)

One of the best thing about taking a few days off from work is napping!

hipstajakecuddleIMG_6418

Especially when every time you feel like taking a nap, you have a loyal napping buddy who is all too willing to join you.

hipstajakecuddleIMG_6419

hipstajakecuddleIMG_6420

Sometimes, Jacoby is already napping on the bed, and I have to kind of curl up around him.

hipstajakecuddleIMG_6421

He doesn’t mind when I join him. This nap-buddy gig is a two-way street.

hipstajakecuddleIMG_6422

And it actually isn’t just naps.

hipstajakecuddleIMG_6425

Jake also cuddles up with me like this when I go to bed at night.

hipstajakecuddleIMG_6426

Granted, he does it more during winter naps than he does for summer naps…but that’s okay.

hipstajakecuddleIMG_6427

It’s funny that he doesn’t want to sleep under the covers. He just wants to sleep up against my stomach, on top of the comforter.

hipstajakecuddleIMG_6428

He slept with me like that on his second day home…and five and a half years later, he still sleeps in the same place!