Aby-a-Day – 28 April: Getting back to the Scandinavian Winners Show

I’m working on getting back on finishing my photos and posts about the Scandinavian Winners show, and the other Singapuras we met…but it’s been a little hard. It all reminds me so much of Logan. So here is the page with the names of all the Singas entered in the show. There were five!

And, some reason, it was decided that a more than half-page photo of a ruddy Aby kitten would be an appropriate illustration…

(Really, it’s because Singapuras are, alphabetically, at the end of Group 3 in FIFe and Abyssinians are the first listed in Group 4…but still.)

Aby-a-Day – 5 April: Hanging out in the benching area

At a cat show, your cat’s cage is your “home.”

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Shows in Sweden are different than the ones in the States in that everyone uses the metal cages provided by the show and decorates them with curtains. I bought this gorgeous green set from Burgardin, a Danish couple who make the best curtains I have ever seen. I even got this set on sale! We also decorate the cage with artificial pussy willows, because Logan’s registered name, Vide, means pussy willow in Swedish.

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A lot of people also have these tables that hook onto the cage with chains and the little lip on the edge of the table. Björn and I made this one ourselves out of a plastic cutting board…which just happened to be the exact right colour to match the curtains!

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As the tops of the metal are nice and flat, we have business cards for Lisa’s cattery and my blog, as well as a stand-up with a photo of Logan on one side and a CFA brochure on Singas on the other.

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The table is not only incredibly handy, but it gives your cage a little more space. On Sunday, Björn’s friend Janne stopped by to meet Logan. Another difference with Swedish shows, as you may notice in the background, is that chairs are NOT provided by the show. Most people bring folding canvas camp chairs, and both Royal Canin and Orijen have chairs available for purchase at their ever-present booths.

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This was probably the best-located show I have ever been to. It was held in Gothia Towers across the street from Liseberg, Göteborg’s amusement park music venue.

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This show was also unique in that it had an online system of calling you up to the ring which they named “Call of Cat.”

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The show hall had free wifi, so all we had to do was log in, find your judge, and then just wait for our number. It. Was. AWESOME.

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Oh, but wait. It gets better, You all know I am a huge fan of Peter Hasselbom‘s Abyssinian photos…well…

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…Now I am friends with Peter and his partner, Anna! We all had sushi together back in September 2016. This is Peter and Bonk.

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Okay, Peter and I may be friends…but dude, we gotta talk about that Yankees hat…

My Cat From Hell: Mimi the Abyssinian

I realise that this is almost six years old…but apparently they have only just started showing My Cat From Hell in Sweden on a channel we get, so I only just saw this episode. It involved a couple with a 10-year-old overweight cat, Molly, and a young Abyssinian named Mimi.

Now, Mimi is NOT the cat from Hell in this episode. In fact, she’s the victim of Molly’s bad temper. As Jackson describes it:

“Mimi’s an Abyssinian. Abyssinians are spider monkeys. They swing from the chandeliers while everyone else is eating dinner. They need to have directed activity, and they need to have that activity constantly. In the meantime, you’ve got an older, crankier cat who’s saying ‘Just make it stop!'”

Molly actually sent poor Mimi to the vet for stitches after a gash in her flank!

The link above leads to the full episode on Animal Planet’s website, but you need to sign in with a television provider. However, you can see Jackson’s final visit to Molly and Mimi and Jackson’s follow-up with Molly a year later online without signing in.

Aby-a-Day – 13 May 2016: Ancestral Abyssinians (Friday Flashback)

This week, The CFA History Project published an article about Sedgemere Peaty, one of the very first Abyssinians.

There is also an article with a fanstastic wealth of photographs about a silver Abyssinian born in 1909 named Quizero Taitou (Or Ouizero…there’s some confusion over whether his name started with an O or a Q; Q makes more sense, though).

What is interesting about Quizero, though is that his father, Aluminium, also sired Ras Dashan, who sired Ras Djibute, whose granddaughter, Woodrooffe Aura was the mother of the famous (Djer-Mer’s) Woodroofe Ras Seyum, from whom Jacoby, along with many modern Abyssinans, are descended.

Ras Seyum was famously featured in the November 1938 issue of National Geographic. How fun to see Jake’s ancestors’ photos!

(Oh and also, while looking for these historical photos, I stumbled upon this article about cat domestication and was flattered to find one of my photos used – and credited! – as an example of a show cat! It was just published on 27 April, so there’s another nice surprise.

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And just for fun, here is a series of photos of Jake doing something he rarely does: Pole dancing! While many cats love to scratch the sisal post on the judge’s table, Jake usually prefers to post majestically. However, in his first ring at Seacoast with Gary Veach, he decided to have a little stretch. Although he does seem a bit bewildered, doesn’t he?

Aby-a-Day – 12 January: Today’s Google Doodle (Cartoon Tuesday)

Okay, I know I’ve been lapsing. I’m sorry…I don’t even have a cartoon of my own today! But have you seen today’s Google Doodle?

Puss in Boots looks suspiciously Abyssinian, don’t you think?

Abys in Need: Alaska in Staten Island, NY

Okay…brace yourself. This is a really sad one. Alaska is a seven-week-old Aby kitten who was left to be euthanised at a vet’s office because of birth defects.

This is what the posting says about her: “Alaska is a 7 week old Abyssinian female kitten that was brought into my vet office to be euthanized by her breeder because of her disability. She is partially paralyzed due to a congenital defect and has some physical deformity. Because of her paralysis, she has no bowel control and needs hr bladder manually expressed. Despite all that, she is the sweetest thing and has such a thirst for love and life. If someone would be willing to put in the time she needs for her care, she would enrich anyone’s life. Please give Alaska a chance!

LOOK AT HER! Okay, so…she needs a diaper now. She could grow out of that! But she’s gorgeous! Her adoption fee is $50, and since she’s a tiny kitten (I mean, too young to be away from her mother, tiny!) she’ll need to be spayed and get her shots. She’s still a beautiful girl and she needs the right home that will nurture her special needs. And who knows, she could be the next Buzzfeed sensation.

If you have fallen in love with Alaska, contact Kate Polese at 347-286-5124 or by email through the RescueMe.org website.

Abys are Everywhere: Meet the Abyssinian on Denver Morning TV

Check out these two Abyssinian ambassadors on Colorado’s Own Channel 2 yesterday morning!

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald introduced the Denver metropolitan area to the Aby. Wonder if that will cause a surge of kitten enquiries?