Aby-a-Day – 6 April: Alfred’s father (Friday flashback)

This is the fourth installment of posts about Alfred’s family. I was lucky enough to get to meet both of his parents, all of his littermates, and some other relations as well. Today we meet Alfred’s father and his cousins. Last week’s post is here.

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Freddy’s father is an absolutely stunning ruddy named SE*Maghreb’s Snusmumriken. Of course, his father’s awesome ruddiness is also part of the reason why Freddy is so dark for a black silver Aby.

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He is also a poser, like Jacoby. He knows how handsome he is!

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Snus is also super friendly, which has definitely rubbed off on our Freddy.

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He’s also brilliant with kittens. Which is lovely; not all tomcats are.

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Especially when the kittens aren’t theirs! These cute sorrel babies are actually Snus’ sister’s kits.

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It reminded me a bit of watching lion cubs play with the big male lion.

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Those cousins were pretty adorable, too. Either playing alone…

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(Hey! Be careful!)

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…or together.

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The cousins were also supremely adept at posing, just like their father.

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…Well. Mostly.

But it was so much fun and such a special opportunity to meet so many members of Freddy’s family! Not often you get the chance to do that.

Aby-a-Day – 1 February: I chew, chew, chews you

Alfred likes to chew things.

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He will chew plastic, like Jacoby, but unlike Jake, Freddy’s chewing is more…forceful.

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Freddy chews not just to get inside a plastic bag (although, if it has food in it, Freddy will chew it), but he also chews for the sake of chewing.

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He chews like dogs do. Nom…nom…nom…

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I’ve started giving him bones. I mean, real, serious, dog-bone bones.

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We had a smoked lamb leg after New Year’s. When we got all the meat off the bone, we let the cats pick the remainder of the meat off the bone.

It was basically the “Freddy and whoever can stand to fight him for it” show.

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Freddy is pretty possessive of his bones.

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Here’s a video of Freddy and Jake chewing on the lamb leg bone (click image for video).

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Be sure you have the volume up to hear Freddy’s possessive growling (again, click image for video).

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It’s gotten to the point where I am buying Freddy dog chew sticks to gnaw on.

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And what’s worse is, he actually chews on them.

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This is my first Aby with an oral fixation. I hope that, at least, it means he’s going to have awesome teeth.

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Here’s a video of Freddy chewing on a meat-covered rawhide stick I got him from an awesome pet store in Örebro (click image for video). There’s no growling in this one, mainly because nobody else wanted to share it!

Aby-a-Day – 29 January: Slip-sliding away

On yesterday’s post, Vagabondtabby commented: “…oh my GOD.

My Loiosh will sometimes go down the slide. I’ll hafta see what he thinks of the swings…”

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Well, actually…

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Jacoby wasn’t so impressed with the slide. He walked down it. He was more captivated by the view from the top of it.

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Angel was next to give it a go.

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Kalle helped her.

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She needed a little push to get started.

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She wasn’t really much of a fan of the slide…Perhaps because she did it backwards.

Aby-a-Day – 18 May: Wordless Wednesday (Turnabout)

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Aby-a-Day – 16 April: “Pop” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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I recently discovered the Privacy Pop bed tent, and it is awesome. Haven’t you always wanted a bed fort? I may be 50 years old, but this thing is awesome.

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You’re meant to put it on a bedframe, under the mattress, but it also works if your mattress is on the floor.

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And it comes in all sizes, except King. Which means if you have a Full or Queen bed, you and your significant other can have your own private little nest.

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Not only humans love the Privacy Pop…Jacoby thinks it’s pretty cool, too.

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(And it only two about two attempts for him to learn not to try to jump on top of it!)

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Jake has always loved to play with his round lambbones on the bed.

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And a bed inside a Privacy Pop tent is just as marvelous a playground, if not better.

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He really loves those lambbones. He loved them when he wasn’t even a year old yet, he loved them when he was four years old, and he still loves them just as much now, when he’s about to turn seven.

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Aby-a-Day – 27 March: Gun-Hee’s Easter

So today is Easter, which isn’t really that big of a deal for me or my family.

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But I always think of Gun-Hee’s first Easter.

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I had bought Kylie some of those plastic eggs last year for her first Easter, so I found them again and brought them out for Gun-Hee.

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He had such a good time playing with them!

Aby-a-Day – December 25: First Christmases with Gun-Hee and Jacoby

I just never get tired of remembering Gun-Hee’s first Christmas.

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We had only had him with us for ten days at that point. He was so different from any other kitten I’ve ever had!

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For one thing, he is the only cat I’ve ever had who tried to climb the Christmas tree…much less succeed at it!

Gun-Hee was a lot more agile and graceful than Jacoby is. Luckily, Jake’s never tried to climb the tree. No, he prefers to eat it.

Or play underneath it.

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Or simply chill and look at all the lights. In some ways, they’re so alike…but in other ways, they couldn’t be more different.

And then, there’s this…well…Merry Christmas, everyone!