Shout-out to Summer!

I sent a few gifts to our Somali friend Summer in California for a (belated) Christmas gift. I know Summer and her roommates Binga and Boodie LOVE the European cat treats. And I also remembered that Summer’s human admired the miniature cat skeleton toy I posted about on a Miniature Monday, and when I bought mine, I ordered a few extra for friends and family, so I sent one along to her, knowing it would be appreciated.

You can read all about what they all thought of their gifts on today’s post on Summer’s blog.

Aby-a-Day – 6 Januari: Flying food from Flying Tiger (Cinema Sunday)

About a year and a half ago, Skövde got a Flying Tiger store. If you haven’t gotten one of these near you (there are something like 900 stores in the world and counting), you have missed a treat. Flying Tiger stores are filled with awesome things you never knew you needed. It doesn’t help that everything costs 10kr/$1/€1 – 40kr/$4/€4…

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So, of course, I had to buy one. I stashed it away and ended up putting it in Jacoby’s Christmas stocking. Today, I brought it out.

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It was a thing full of dry cat food. What’s not to like?

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Of course, it attracted an audience.

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Including Izaak, who doesn’t eat dry food and only eats raw.

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Jake cottoned onto the system pretty quickly. Instead of chasing the pellets being shot from the gun, he sent straight to the source.

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He basically went up to the crunchy gun, licked it, and tried to open it. That’s my boy.

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Lorelai especially loves to hunt and catch the dry pellets. We have played “chase the dry food” many times, but it’s way more fun to use the gun.

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At least we had a better response to it than this Sphynx blogger in Finland had with her cats.

Here’s a video of everyone chasing little bits of kibble all over our kitchen.

Aby-a-Day – June 7: Kitten Fiesta!

One of the very best parts of BlogPaws was…

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…Kittens!

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The human from Random Felines brought three foster kittens with her to BlogPaws.

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They were great kittens, too. There was a brown tabby girl, Taquito…

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…and her two brothers, Salsa (the fluffier one on the bottom – I think) and Queso (the shorter-haired one on top – again, I think).

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I had the best time playing with them in their hotel room.

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Look how adorable they are!

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They are actually part of of a litter of five; Tostada and Blanco stayed home with their mother, Margarita.

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Little Taquito was so adorable.

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She was having such a hard time staying awake!

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Her brothers had the opposite problem.

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They were very awake.

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This rattle ball was in the swag bags that all participants were given.

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Questo and Salsa found it and went to town!

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They were having so much fun with that ball. It was so much fun to watch.

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At least they were having fun with the ball until…

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…they got distracted by the furniture.

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Turns out that, if you’re a kitten, furniture is just as much fun as a cat toy. Who knew?

Aby-a-Day – May 29: Coco the Couture Cat (Fashion Friday)

Okay, Coco isn’t an Aby…but she is a fashion icon!

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At BlogPaws, I had the pleasure of meeting Coco the Couture Cat and her human!

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Isn’t her gold pillbox hat just gorgeous?

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Coco had several wardrobe changes throughout the day. This is her pink Hello Kitty Rockabilly dress.

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Coco is a torbie Cornish Rex. I’ve petted Devon and Selkirk Rexes, but I’ve never got to pet a Cornish Rex before.

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Coco’s human took her out of her stroller to show off her dress, but she jumped right back into her stroller the first chance she got.

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That made me miss Jacoby all the more! He does the same thing! I would have brought his small stroller with us had he been able to join me, and I would have brought a collection of his outfits, too.

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Just like Jake, Coco sees her stroller as her “safe space,” her mobile territory, and she’s perfectly happy in it no matter what is going on around her.

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Of course, Jake’s outfits aren’t nearly as fancy as Coco’s…but then, she’s a girl.

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I know a lady doesn’t tell her age, but Coco will be 10 years old in September!

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So much for the school of thought that believes that as cats age, they stop wanting to go out and do things, eh?

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I mean, Coco’s almost 10 and she’s still dressing like a Vegas showgirl!

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I so wish Jake could have met her. They would have made quite the well-dressed couple

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Speaking of my Jakeman, here is his flat self sporting the fancy glasses I made at the Hauspanther DIY craft table last night! You know he would have been at the table helping me design them…and he’d have worn them, too!

Aby-a-Day – November 1: The few, the proud, the Cat Scouts (Fashion Friday)

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the new Cat Scouts website. Both Jacoby and Angel are proud Scouts and are working hard on earning their merit badges. There are uniforms that can be Photoshopped to look like the cats are wearing them, and real live uniforms, caps and neckerchiefs with woggles will be available for sale soon…but you know me.

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I just couldn’t wait.

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I found the perfect little garrison cap on Etsy. Many of merit badges can be purchased on Zazzle, and it’s easy to find dogs scarves and Boy Scouts paraphernalia on eBay.

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And how hard is it to make a little merit badge sash? We had the perfect shirt in the rag pile so I used a piece of it to whip up a nice little baldric for Jake.

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The woggle is a Tiger Cub Scout one, and the top badge on Jake’s sash is one of his CFA Ambassador tags hanging from a genuine Boy Scouts “Be Prepared” banner pin.

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Eventually, I’ll get Jake a camp shirt and pin the sash to it so it stays on his (so-called) shoulder better, and I’ll be the first to order the official neckerchief and woggle…but in the meantime, I’d say he was pretty prepared, wouldn’t you?

Cat Scouts – Be purrpared for the adventure of your lives

I discovered the most awesome, most FUN website last week, thanks to Texas the cat. Actually, it’s not just a website…it’s a way of life.

It’s the Cat Scouts! Cats join up, earn merit badges, compete in character-building contests of wit and skill, and meet other swell fellows around the world. Both boycats and girlcats can be Scouts, but girl Cat Scouts are required to sell treats, like Thin Catmints, on a card table in front of the supermarket to raise money to fund Cat Scout activities.

Jacoby even started his own troop, “Abyssinians at Large,” and there are four other Abys in the Cat Scouts right now – including Angel!

But the best news is that Jake was named co-Scout of the Week last week along with a cat named Raz! Here’s what the Denmaster had to say about Jake:

Scout Jake the Strollercat…IS the first Cat Scout to score every single merit badge. He’s been instrumental in introducing a number of new Abyssinian friends to Cat Scouts. And, he’s the founder of the Abyssinians at Large Troop. We’re proud to have a celebricat like Jake in Cat Scouts.

As I said, girlcats can be Cat Scouts, too! Angel is also a member of Jake’s troop, and look at her posing in her cute little uniform!

There’s a Cardwood Car Derby coming up next month, and soon we’ll be able to buy little neckerchiefs and woggles for the Cat Scouts. The Cat Scout Handbook is going to be published in 2014. It’s such a clever idea and it’s so much fun…if you have an Aby who joins, be sure to join Jake’s troop! And always, be purrpared!

Other People’s Tabbies: A west-coast Strollercat?

Abyfriend Talia pointed this out to me today: MuniDiaries, a blog about San Francisco’s public transpo system (Muni), posted today about a suave mackerel tabby riding Muni in a red and leopard-print stroller!

I love this a lot because I used to live in San Francisco, and I know the love-hate relationship that the denizens of the City have with Muni. And I’ve taken cats on Muni…albeit, not in a stroller, but it was…wow, 15 years, now, since I moved?

There seem to be a lot of cats riding Muni, like this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, and especially this one. And this kitty isn’t even the first cat in a stroller on Muni!

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Who knew my old hometown was such a hotbed of public catness? Of course, maybe I did and that’s where I got it from. The cats in SF don’t even make Page 6, let alone Page 1!