Life in Davis Square

I love when I find random photos of Jacoby on the internet.

Check out Richard Chase’s Life in Davis Square photos from ArtBeat.

See anyone you recognise?

Nyan Cat hunts in StarClan Now

Super sad news from Catsparella: The cat who inspired Nyan Cat has died from FIP. He was 2 years old.

He was a blue shorthair named Marty (after Marty McFly), and he took over the world. I have a Nyan Cat scarf, a T-shirt, and a very awesome camera strap featuring everyone’s favourite Pop-Tart rainbow cat

If you’ve been following my blog at all, you know FIP is my sworn enemy. It’s an evil, evil genetic disease that has no test, no vaccine, and no cure. There’s no way to really know if a cat has the “FIP gene” until they get sick. Very, very few cats survive FIP.

Jacoby’s half-brother, Gun-Hee, my first Aby, died from FIP before he was 2 years old. He was fine on June 1, looked a little peaked on June 10, went to the vet on June 20…and died on June 28. Researchers still don’t know a lot about FIP, except that it is caused by a mutation, not spread by air or shed in feces. I know it’s genetic because when Gun-Hee got sick, the cats he lived with (Kylie, age 3; Tessie, age 5; and Patrick, age 14) didn’t get so much as a sniffle…but his littermate-brother, Rusty, 1,000 miles away in New Brunswick, got sick with FIP within days of Gun-Hee. They hadn’t seen each other since they were 3 months old, but they both got the same disease in the same week.

Jake and Gun-Hee have the same father, Scar, but different mothers. Gun-Hee’s mother, Amber, had kittens with other fathers, and Scar had kittens with other mothers, but Gun-Hee and Rusty’s litter was the only one between Scar and Amber. No other kittens of Pellburn have gotten FIP.

And now Marty, aka Nyan Cat, has joined StarClan. Of course, he already has his own stars…and a rainbow, too.

Extra! Extra!

Okay…I got a text from Meg this morning telling me Jacoby was on the front page of the Herald. I knew there was going to be an article, but…Page 1?

The article is really great, and it discusses his therapy work and his show cat life as well as just going on errands with me.

I should have known better than to read the comments, though. Yikes. I mean, I know it’s the internet, but man, people can be mean. My hair? Really? And I must be single? Wow. I have to say, though, that most of the comments are positive, but who knew a cat in a stroller was such a lightning rod of controversy?

I’ve been working to become a serious cat blogger, like Sparkle or Catsparella, for a couple of years now, and I know all publicity is good publicity…but this is a little overwhelming.

But at least it gives me an idea for a new cartoon!


So this is interesting…yesterday I needed to run an errand in Cambridge, and since it didn’t involve groceries, I took Jacoby, in his stroller, along with me. Just a regular Tuesday, right?

Well…no. Even though it was after 6, the red line was still pretty crowded. As always, I tried to stay out of the way as much as I could. But evidently some people were still annoyed about the stroller on the train…and they Tweeted about it.

I had a run-in with a woman, too, who said she was allergic to cats (as am I) and how dare I bring a cat on the train? So…rather than arguing with her, I Tweeted about it.

Next thing I know, today my vet’s office calls me, saying someone from the Boston Herald wanted to interview “the woman with the cat in a stroller.” Turns out, after the bitchy Tweets, a bunch of pro-Strollercat Tweets started. And then, someone created a StrollerCat Twitter account! I guess it’s become kind of a thing

I literally found out about this from the reporter who left her number with the vet’s office! It’s crazy, but I guess Jake’s a sort of Boston celebrity now. I actually did a pretty decent interview with the Herald, and they asked a lot about our therapy work and the CFA Ambassador program; the reporter said it was going to be a positive piece.


Interestingly enough, I made this back in September of last year…evidently, it’s @strollercat’s motto.

Aby-a-Day – October 11: Drenched in vanilla twilight

As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, at the cat show in Groton I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely little Somali girl named Kayla (Kimbelot’s Kayla of Ameusin).



She’s only a year old, but she’s a seasoned pro when it comes to cat shows.



I was lucky enough to spend some time with Kayla on Saturday of the show.





Kayla and her human actually taught me something, too.


Kayla’s human used vanilla extract to keep Kayla calm and relaxed in the ring.


A little dab on her nose, and she can’t smell the other cats in the ring. She also won’t lose her temper in front of the judge.


Even funnier, Kayla loved the vanilla! When she saw the bottle come out of the box, she reacted the way most cats do when you shake a bag of Temptations treats, Aby-grabby hands and all.


I’ll have to try that trick sometime. I love how much I learn at cat shows. Something I saw on Sparkle’s blog the other day made me think about this…Steve Dale, a cat behavior consultant and pet journalist,says that we cat people don’t have public safety valves where we can express their affection. “In the world of cats, there is no dog park,” Dale says. “For cat owners, the dog park is the internet.” Which is true: we don’t get to go out and have playdates with our cats the way dog people (and people with kids) do…but we can, at cat shows. Besides the internet, we have cat shows to bond over our cats.


Throw in an agility course, and maybe we do have a dog park equivalent after all.

Aby-a-Day Upheaval: Remember this post about CafePress?

This one, where I mentioned:


I made one of these Kor water bottles for myself, and I didn’t realise at the time that it was going to be available to anyone to purchase…but, it is!


Here’s a close-up of the photo of Jacoby; I made it as large as I could on the bottle.

Kor water bottles are really awesome. I think they may be the best water bottles I’ve ever used. They have a nice handle, easy-access lid that’s attached, nice drinking opening…and this really cool thing called “stones” by which you can put a photo or any flat item under the lid where you will see it everytime you drink!

Their stones are made of some kind of waterproof paper, but they’ll have a way to customise them yourself on their site, and, they’re water-resistant, so you can laminate the photo and it’ll be fine (at least, mine are, so far). CafePress only has two colours available, Fuschia and Blue, but you can buy replacement rings and caps for the stones and adapt the colour at least a little.

Well, guess what? I just opened the Aby-a-Day Cafepress Show…where we’re serious about our cats on the internet! Granted, it’s a work in progress (I know, I KNOW, those are not Abys on the shop home page, and as soon as I figure out how to customise the template, you better believe that’s gonna change), and not all the products are entirely ready for sale yet (they’re placeholders while I fix the images to fit the products better, But “I promise you, we are open” during construction.

If you use the code BIGTIME before midnight PDT TONIGHT, you can save 20% on all Marketplace items (which mine are), too. So that’s special.