Aby-a-Day – 14 Juni: All Angel’s birthdays (Flashback Friday)

As you saw from Wednesday’s post, Angel turned 12 this year. When we got her from Purebreds Plus Rescue, they didn’t know her birthday, so I chose 11 June as the day she could have been born on. Last year, I got confirmation that she was most likely actually born on 4 July 2007, but my dad’s birthday is the 4th of July, so I just keep celebrating on 11 June. She was a year and three (or two) months old when I adopted her, so we missed her first birthday…but here is a photo of me with her on her second birthday.

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Angel on her 3rd birthday…still not used to those candles.

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Here is Angel and me on Angel’s 4th birthday.

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Angel’s 5th birthday fell on a Monday, so we celebrated with Hipstamatic photos.

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Look how proud Angel looks to be 6 years old!

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Angel’s 7th birthday was her first in our new apartment, and she had her cake on the window seat.

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Angel couldn’t wait to eat her 8th birthday cake! I’m surprised she didn’t singe her whiskers!

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Her 9th birthday was our last in Boston. She seemed a little intimidated by all the candles.

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So, of course, Angel’s 10th birthday was her first in Sweden.

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Last year’s birthday…I can’t remember what was going on with the candles. Either her birthday took us by surprise, so we used whatever oddball candles we had…or I was just matching the colours. And now she is 12…that’s a pretty incredible accomplishment.

Aby-a-Day – 10 October: Wordless Wednesday (10 years, 10 photos)

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Aby-a-Day – 20 July: “Having one eye makes you see the world in unusual ways” (Flashback Friday)

Yesterday’s post about that horrific situation in Rhode Island naturally reminded me of Angel’s situation. It was ten years ago this October that I collected her in California, but it was around mid-July that I was being approved to adopt her. This is her story, as I was told it by Purebreds Plus, her rescue:

“The story behind Angel’s eye and foster situation is sad; The breeder had a couple of tough years with her mother who was sick and dying and in the midst of this her pregnant females in December of 2006 – January 2007 were getting sick. Almost 75% of the kittens born were dead or died shortly after birth. She had never had this problem before and only when the pet food information came did she begin to put things together as she was feeding some of the recalled foods. When she bred her females (and a couple of the kittens born to them), health problems showed up in the lines – Herpes infections like none seen before with ulcerated eyes and very sick cats. Not being as careful as usual, her numbers increased and unhealthy cats increased.

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I met the breeder at a cat show in October 2007 and we talked about me taking some of her cats. I knew nothing about the situation. A week before Christmas she called me and we set January 1 as the day I would take 5 of her cats. The very next day she took 4 other cats to the Humane Society and asked that 3 be put down and the other (Angel) be put up for adoption. Two days later the Humane Society paid a visit and found a house with over 60 cats, spotlessly clean. She gave up the sickest cats and others, totaling 18 cats. The Humane Society called us, and on Friday December 20th, we spent 3 hours there bathing cats’/kittens’ eyes that were horribly stuck together and gave meds. They could only allow us to take the original 4 as there is a 72 hour rule in California. Sunday the 23rd we went back and took the other 16 (2 had died). Then at the breeder’s house we took 5 more cats – a total of 14 kittens and 11 others between 5 months and 14 months. We separated the kittens by illness levels and 9 of the healthiest kittens went to Southern California Aby Rescue. Unfortunately 5 of those died. Of the 5 that we kept, 2 died over the next 3 months, both of FIP. The other 3 were adopted. Of the other Abys 2 of the younger ones died and the others were adopted except Angel, who had many problems over the months finally with an eye ulcerating in April. She has been healthy since..

(Angel also had another medical problem: when they removed her ulcerated eye, the veterinarian – for a reason I can’t fathom – put a prosthetic eye into Angel’s eye socket. Her body rejected it. So she had to undergo another surgery to remove her fake eye!)

The problems:

· Upper Respiratory Infections that finally healed, then eyes ulcerated. Some eyes were saved and a couple had the eye removed. This was different than the normal herpes infections that we had seen in rescue where the conjunctiva was swollen and goopy. The eyes ulcerated seemingly overnight and it was a relentless treatment regime that could save then (if it did) (Angel is in this group, obviously).

· Bordatella – took 6 weeks of Doxycycline to go away

· Some of the cats were vaccinated (for FIP). Of the cats that died, they all had vaccines and 3-6 weeks after got sick and then died of FIP. The breeder begged us not to vaccinate because she had the same problem.

· Ringworm – Over the 7 months we have taken 35 cats and have about 10 more coming. The ones we have seen since April have not been as ill and that is what we expect of the remaining 10.”

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It’s been ten years…Finally, after moving to Sweden and being in a hierarchy where she is, at long last, the oldest female, Angel seems to be becoming “comfortable” in her home…or, at least, more comfortable. I don’t think she’ll ever be a “normal” Abyssinian…but at least with us, she can be herself. Whoever that is.

Aby-a-Day – January 17: “Shelter” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Angel spent a few days in a shelter in California before the rescue was able to get her into a foster home. I don’t know the full story, but apparently her breeder contacted the rescue and then, before the rescue could help her with her cats, she took five of them and dropped them all off at a regular, county-run, old-style “pound.” And then when the rescue came to get her cats, she told them what she’d done. California has a 72-hour hold rule, so the rescue couldn’t get these five Abys out for three days. Angel was one of these cats. She was only about 6 months old at this time, too. I think this was before she lost her eye.

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After this, Angel spent 10 months in her foster home. At first, it was fine, and she was living with a pack of other foster Abys and the resident cats. One of the resident Abys, though, a senior female (I think she was the oldest cat in the house), took a dislike to Angel, and she ended up living in an upstairs bedroom with another Aby friend. And then, when I brought her home…well, Tessie wasn’t the most welcoming.

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All of this happened eight years ago, but the scars run deep. Angel is still very…different from most Abyssinians. She’s still definitely an Aby, but she’s been affected by her early experiences. Sometimes I wonder why they call them “shelters.” They don’t seem to be very sheltering.

Aby-a-Day – October 10: Angel’s adoption (Friday Flashback)

Six years ago, October 10 was a Friday, too. And that’s the day I went to pick up Angel.

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When I first met her, she was being sequestered in an upstairs bedroom. Seems the resident senior Aby didn’t like her and was kind of bullying her.

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She did have a friend in the bedroom, though: a fawn boy called Valentino.

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They got along really well, and Tino was an absolute sweetheart. He was already spoken for, but I wanted to bring him home, too.

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I had to go to Northern California to get Angel, which worked out well since I grew up there and my mom still lives there. Angel and I spent the weekend in Davis before going back to Boston. She hid a little when she first got to my mom’s house…

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…but she got over her initial shyness pretty quickly!

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To get home, we had to fly cross-country. This was the potty break in Denver…she didn’t need to go.

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As brave as she was at my mom’s…it took Angel a little while to get used to living with Tessie…

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…actually, six years later, that’s still something of a work in progress…

Abys in Need – Alice in Pleasanton, CA

Let me introduce Alice, a 5 year old Ruddy Aby. She’s a Purebreds Plus, and she’s being fostered at the same home Angel was before I adopted her. Poor Alice has been having a bad time…and guess what is at the root of it all? Here is Alice’s story:

Alice is such a different girl than the one who came into rescue 4 months ago. We were called by a local shelter and asked to take Alice into rescue as she wasn’t doing well at the shelter. Our foster mom drove to evaluate her. She met Alice, picked her up and carried her around the shelter and then placed her back in her cage, all the time wondering where the disagreeable girl was that the shelter had called about. Paperwork done and with Alice in her cage, away they went. But that agreeable girl changed when they got to the foster mom’s house. For the next couple of months, anytime Alice did not agree with her foster mom leaving the room or getting to near her when she was eating, she would attack her foster mom’s feet and lower legs. She has the scars to show for it. We see this with upset declawed cats at times. Alice also was jumpy when it came to eating. She growled while she was eating and couldn’t be touched. Not much is known about Alice’s background except that she was owned by a couple who loved her but then had a baby. Alice became very jealous and was acting out. They punished her for her behavior and finally took her to the shelter.

But Alice has moved beyond where she was. With patience and time, Alice has become the girl she is today. Now she comes into the house, follows her foster mom around, lays near her or sits in her lap when she watches TV. Alice allows kissing, hugging on her terms and petting while she is eating. She is a talker so be prepared to carry on a conversation but Alice has definite opinions about her world. She is fine around the cats in the houseful, but it is very stressful for her if another cat picks on her.

Alice eats high quality, grain free cat food and does better on canned food than dry food, which unsettles her stomach at times. Her foster mom is happy to talk to potential adopters about the best diet for Alice. Alice is not a cat for everyone. She should not be in a home with young children and really likes men, although she has become very close to her foster mom. She would prefer to be an only cat or with another calm girl and would probably do well with a gentle dog. Weighing in at 13 1/2 pounds, Alice is spayed, FeLV/FIV negative/negative, current on vaccinations, microchipped and litter box perfect. She is fostered in Pleasanton.

Alice just wants to share her life with someone who will love and respect her. Are you that person? If so, then contact Karen at (707) 301-6425 or Aby_Lover87@yahoo.com if you have questions, or send an Adoption Application.

I will never understand declawing. It does so much more damage than claws do…

Abys in Need – Purr McCartney in Santa Cruz, CA

This is something I worry about happening…

“Purr is a 7 year old neutered ruddy Aby. And he needs your help. His person passed away, and being an indoor/outdoor Aby, he was outside and the neighbor trapped him and took him to the pound, while the funeral was ongoing! Fortunately the mother of the deceased owner retrieved him. He was full of affection when she came to get him, but he was scared and aloof and with the shelter staff. (actually this is very typical Aby behavior, reverting to being feral when scared. Surprised the staff didn’t know about this trait with Abys.) This information is already shared with SCAR, but otherwise, please spread the word.

Please contact the mother directly, she has Purr. Her name and email address: Debra McCartney debranirmada@gmail.com

Evidently, Purebreds Plus (the rescue who fostered Angel) is also getting involved with Purr’s predicament. That makes me happy and confident that he’ll land on his feet. What a sweet-looking boy!

Aby-a-Day – October 11: 5 years with Angel (Friday Flashback)

Five years ago this weekend, I flew out to California and picked up a little red Aby named Angel.

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She was shy, even then.

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But she loved to play!

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It just took a little string to coax her out from under the bed.

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After I picked her up, we stayed with my mom for a couple of days.

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Angel was very brave at my mom’s house!

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She climbed up to the very top of the floor-to-ceiling cat tree.

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And when she got to the top, she just kept going!

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She really loved exploring my mom’s house.

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Then when she got to Boston, Angel met Tessie…after five years, they’re still pretty much “frenemies.” Maybe after five more years..?

Abys in Need: Skyler in Davis, CA and Ramses in Kirkland, WA

Two new Abys have come up on the Aby rescue groups this week.

First we have Skyler, a lovely red Aby in my hometown of Davis, CA. Skyler is being rehomed through Angel’s alma mater, Purebreds Plus:

“As you can see Skyler is a beautiful 2 year old Abyssinian girl and she’s looking for a very special “forever” home. Skyler has very definite likes and dislikes. She really likes chicken and tuna but doesn’t particularly like salmon or shrimp. But she LOVES the dehydrated chicken that comes in those zip lock bags and she can hear the bag being opened from the other room. Her human Mom says she’s spoiled, but Skyler thinks she just has good taste.

Skyler is owned by a local Abyssinian breeder and she wants to very best for Skyler. Skyler isn’t happy in a multi-cat household. Skyler’s mom promised that she could go to her own home where there were no other cats. A small dog or a big one that’s kinda sweet and goofy like a Retriever, might be OK. Skyler is spayed and vetted.

If you might be interested in sharing your home with a young red Abyssinian girl who needs to be an only cat, contact Karen at (707) 301-6425 or by email at karpahler@yahoo.com if you have questions, or send an Adoption Application.

Please note that Skyler is not in a Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue foster home but residing with her owner in the North Bay who is placing her. Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue is helping facilitate the adoption of this cat. We take no responsibility for health and medical records of this cat. It is the responsibility of the owner and adopter to discuss this. Adoption fee applies.”

Then we have Ramses, a handsome 11-year-old blue Aby with a sad story:

“Ramses originally came to MEOW as an abandoned cat, found thin and emaciated in a backyard. Turns out Ramses has Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which interferes with digestion. This poor boy was starving to death! His disease is now well-managed with a special diet and an inexpensive oral steroid. Being able to absorb nutrients has made him not only healthier but also more active.

Ramses is a high energy, affectionate lap cat who loves people. He needs a home to run around in with a lap nearby for cuddling once he’s tired himself out. He is thrilled to be cradled like a baby, and even more thrilled if you let him give you kisses! Ramses can be dominant with other cats and would most likely do best as an only cat. He co-exists okay with most of the other cats in his foster home if they keep their distance.

Ramses is currently living in a foster home. To meet him, fill out an application (available at the MEOW website and at the shelter) and bring it to the shelter for an approval interview. After approval, we’ll put you in touch with Ramses’s foster parents. Please see MEOW’s website for adoption policies, shelter hours, and directions. DOB 10/01/2002.”

Aby-a-Day – June 11: Surprise! (Cartoon Tuesday)

Today is the day we celebrate Angel’s birthday.

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We do not celebrate it with a surprise party!

Actually, her rescue, Purebreds Plus, wasn’t sure of her actual birthday, but they thought it was June so we settled on June 11. But I think I might know her cattery and her real birthdate. I think she’s from a cattery called Abytopia, which is in Oregon now but back in 2007 was located in Northern California. This breeder did have a litter born in the summer of 2007, on July 4th, and one cat, Abytopia’s Collette, is listed on ERoS.

I think this girl is Angel’s littermate sister, but I can’t get actual confirmation. A lot of people think my theory is sound, though. If I am, it means two things: one, Angel’s full name is Abytopia’s One-Eyed Angel of Purebreds Plus; and two, she and Jacoby are not-so-distantly related through their most recent common ancestor Tinbats Morgan’s Passing (Jake’s Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather and Angel’s Great-Great Grandfather). Which is pretty cool.

Happy 6th birthday, Angel!

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – October 14: The Eye Has It

It occurred to me that I have a lot of new readers, and a lot of you don’t know the story behind Angel’s eye.

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It’s always been missing, as long as I have known her. She lost it when she was about 4 months old, I think.

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This is her story, as I was told it by Purebreds Plus, her rescue:

The story behind Angel’s eye and foster situation is sad; The breeder had a couple of tough years with her mother who was sick and dying and in the midst of this her pregnant females in December of 2006 – January 2007 were getting sick. Almost 75% of the kittens born were dead or died shortly after birth. She had never had this problem before and only when the pet food information came did she begin to put things together as she was feeding some of the recalled foods. When she bred her females (and a couple of the kittens born to them), health problems showed up in the lines – Herpes infections like none seen before with ulcerated eyes and very sick cats. Not being as careful as usual, her numbers increased and unhealthy cats increased.

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I met the breeder at a cat show in October 2007 and we talked about me taking some of her cats. I knew nothing about the situation. A week before Christmas she called me and we set January 1 as the day I would take 5 of her cats. The very next day she took 4 other cats to the Humane Society and asked that 3 be put down and the other (Angel) be put up for adoption. Two days later the Humane Society paid a visit and found a house with over 60 cats, spotlessly clean. She gave up the sickest cats and others, totaling 18 cats. The Humane Society called us, and on Friday December 20th, we spent 3 hours there bathing cats’/kittens’ eyes that were horribly stuck together and gave meds. They could only allow us to take the original 4 as there is a 72 hour rule in California. Sunday the 23rd we went back and took the other 16 (2 had died). Then at the breeder’s house we took 5 more cats – a total of 14 kittens and 11 others between 5 months and 14 months. We separated the kittens by illness levels and 9 of the healthiest kittens went to Southern California Aby Rescue. Unfortunately 5 of those died. Of the 5 that we kept, 2 died over the next 3 months, both of FIP. The other 3 were adopted. Of the other Abys 2 of the younger ones died and the others were adopted except Angel, who had many problems over the months finally with an eye ulcerating in April. She has been healthy since.

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(Angel also had another medical problem: when they removed her ulcerated eye, the veterinarian – for a reason I can’t fathom – put a prosthetic eye into Angel’s eye socket. Her body rejected it. So she had to undergo another surgery to remove her fake eye!)

The problems:

· Upper Respiratory Infections that finally healed, then eyes ulcerated. Some eyes were saved and a couple had the eye removed. This was different than the normal herpes infections that we had seen in rescue where the conjunctiva was swollen and goopy. The eyes ulcerated seemingly overnight and it was a relentless treatment regime that could save then (if it did).

· Bordatella – took 6 weeks of Doxy to go away

· Some of the cats were vaccinated (for FIP). Of the cats that died, they all had vaccines and 3-6 weeks after got sick and then died of FIP. The breeder begged us not to vaccinate because she had the same problem.

· Ringworm – Over the 7 months we have taken 35 cats and have about 10 more coming. The ones we have seen since April have not been as ill and that is what we expect of the remaining 10.

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Really horrific! I don’t know who the breeder was, or if she was CFA or TICA, but it’s easy for things to snowball out of control like this. Not an excuse, by any means, but sometimes things coalesce into a perfect storm, and I think this was one of those times. For all my dreams of being an Aby breeder someday, I know it’s not easy, and I know breeders have these sorts of meltdowns sometimes.

I think Angel’s breeder had one of those times.

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We think Angel was born mid-June, 2007, which would make her a year and three months old when I adopted her. We decided to use June 11 as her birthday, as it is halfway between my birthday and my husband’s.

As I posted on Friday, for her first five months with us, Angel was afraid of our floor. She only felt comfortable on our sofa or our bed. Even now, she prefers these two places, although she’s added others, like the TV stand, the cat trees, the windowsills, and the bank of cat beds alongside the windows. But even today, four years later, it isn’t common to see her walking around in the middle of the floor.

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Angel is an amazing cat. Her experiences have stolen some of her Abyness…but not all of it. There are some things she does that are very, very Abyssinian. Sherry, Jacoby and Gun-Hee’s breeder, once said that Angel needed to rediscover her “inner Abyssinian,” and I think that’s a great assessment.

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Every day, Angel comes out of her shell just a little bit more. It’s fascinating to watch…and I love sharing it with all of you.

Abys in Need: Blue Aby KITTEN in Hayward, CA Shelter!

Okay, this one really blows my mind. I don’t quite understand how this happens.

There’s a blue Aby KITTEN in a shelter in Hayward, CA. Blue. Aby. KITTEN.

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Here’s the info from the email I got:

BLUE ABY in NORCAL SHELTER
Shelter: Hayward Animal Shelter
Pet ID #: 4938501-A080473
Contact: Hilary Drake
Phone: (510) 293-7200 ext.10
Let ’em know you saw “A080473” on Adopt-a-Pet.com!
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Apparently, someone’s already called the Hayward Animal Shelter and was told that he (the kitten seems to be a boy) is not ready for adoption as he needs some tests. She also asked if she could be on a list as she wants to adopt an Aby, but they told her no; she can check back with them next week.

So I’m not sure what we can do to get this guy out of the shelter. I’ve already emailed Karen at Purebreds Plus. But what really concerns me is that this is a kitten! Who dumps an Aby kitten in a shelter? Most (if not all) reputable breeders never give or sell a kitten without a signed ownership contract stipulating that the kitten must always be returned to the breeder no matter how old; the kitten cannot be sold, traded, given away or surrendered to a shelter without letting the breeder know. He also isn’t that old, so whoever dumped him didn’t have him very long. I wonder who his breeder is…I’ll bet if they knew one of their babies was in a cold, steel shelter cage they’d be righteously infuriated.

Hopefully this poor little guy won’t be in that cage for a whole week. I can’t think of a worse place for a boy Aby kitten to be.

Abys in Need – Bugsy in Marin County (URGENT)

This is super sad, and very urgent, especially considering this guy’s age.

My best friend died last week and left her 12.5 year old Aby, Bugsy. Bugsy is presently at the Marin Humane Society, taken there by the sheriff after my friend’s death. He family has given me the authority to find Bugsy a home. I want to get Bugsy out of the Humane Society and I cannot keep a cat due to allergies. Like all Abys I have ever met, he is a great personality. And a beauty. However, you should know that he has a medical condition. He has some kind of kidney disease, diagnosed about a year ago. The Humane Society told me that if he had a medical condition that they believe makes him unadoptable, they will euthanize him. That directive could come any day, ergo some urgency.

Please email or call me. I would greatly appreciate any advice. I don’t want to see poor Bugsy die. He should still have some good years left.

How tragic! If I still lived in San Francisco, I’d be there in a heartbeat to pick him up! I don’t know if Purebreds Plus is aware of this guy, but I sent an email to the woman who fosters Abys (and who I got Angel from). I checked the shelter’s website, and apparently he isn’t up for adoption right now; at least, I don’t see him on their adoptable cats page. I also can’t find his photo anywhere, but it’s all happened pretty fast.

Poor old man. He loses his human and ends up in the shelter, all in one week. I hope he can be rescued. Please respond directly to Gail (415-979-9594) or gmmcmahon@comcast.net if you are able to help.

Abys in Need: Sir Tut in Northern California (Pleasanton)

This came to me from my Aby Rescue list, but today’s Aby in Need is being fostered at the same home that Angel lived in!

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Check out Purebreds Plus‘ newest Aby:

Sir Tut is a wonderful, wonderful Abyssinian boy. He isn’t the “all the way to the highest point in the room” type Abyssinian, but he is the nicest boy you will ever meet. He loves to give head butts, share his day with you with his quiet voice and wants to be with you, helping you with whatever he thinks you need help with. Tut has a beautiful ruddy coat and gorgeous green eyes. He weighs 8 1/2 pounds. And know that 9 year old Abyssinians are still very active cats. Someone will be very lucky to adopt this boy and have him in their life.

But the Sir Tut described above is a stark contrast to the boy who came into rescue 3 months ago. Tut came into rescue at 5 1/2 pounds. When you looked at him from behind, his fur stuck up on his spine. It was very sad. He was not only mad at having been in the shelter but also mourning the lost of his owner, who was older and could not live on his own anymore. Tut had been an only cat and in the same home for his whole life. But Tut was obviously a spoiled boy and those life experiences have left lasting peculiarities that his foster mom has dealt with and his future owners will need to be aware of and watchful over. First, Tut needs to be an only cat. He may do alright with a very gentle dog but a slow introduction will be necessary. But most importantly, Tut needs a not so normal cats diet. His foster mom has tried feeding him everything, but this what Tut will eat: Evo dry cat food (just a little but he eats it), roasted chicken bought at the store (also probably roast turkey), boiled chicken, raw ground meat once a week, chicken and turkey lunch meat, chicken baby food fingers, and chicken baby food with vitamins mixed in each day. Tut also is particular about where he drinks his water. He loves his own glass on the counter. His foster mom thinks he would do well with a water fountain as he loves to drink from the facet.

Sir Tut is healthy, neutered, FELV/FIV negative, current on FVRCP and Rabies shots and microchipped. He also had a blood test done and all values are normal. He is being fostered in Pleasanton.

If you would like more information about Sir Tut, call his foster mom, Karen at (770) 301-6425 or k.pahler@comcast.net

A Letter From Purebreds Plus

I got this email from Purebreds Plus and wanted to share it…

It’s the Holiday season again… This is not a “time of good cheer” for many kitties, however – so many are abandoned during the holiday season! Unfortunately, times are tough for a lot of kitties. The economy has taken its toll and cats have been abandoned in record numbers and the holiday deluge has already started.

A little known fact of the Holiday season is that it is also the time of year for increased owner relinquishment of cats to shelters. Whether the reasoning is to make room for the “new Christmas kitten”, or because it is easier to turn in a cat than pay boarding while away for the holidays, or because there isn’t enough money to care for them or a foreclosure and no place to keep them, or due to death or infirmity of the owner, this is a period we see a spike in owner-turn ins.

In addition to the occasional large scale and small scale rescue situation, this year has been extraordinary as cats at risk and needing rescue have included some bneeds rarely seen in rescue – such as Egyptian Mau, American Wirehair, Ocicat, and Singapura. In addition, Operation Noble Foster has helped arrange temporary foster
homes for approximately 620 military pet cats this year alone.

Purebred Cat Breed Rescue has many people of diverse backgrounds working together who are deeply committed to helping cats. Not one of them earns a salary for their hard work in this regard, often putting in long hours. I know money is tight for a lot of you in these hard economic times, but I also know most of you genuinely care about cats. If you can even spare one dollar or even some loose change, we’d be very grateful for your help. Pennies do add up. Just imagine what your donation (large or small) can do to help an abandoned kitty or one facing death row in a shelter!

Despite the extraordinary generosity of the cat fancy and other animal lovers that funded our rescue efforts this year, it’s time for me to pass the hat again and ask for your support.

In summary…. HELP! PLEASE! We need donations and we need your help to continue saving cat lives! Let’s make as many at risk kitties as we can have a better holiday season and a better 2012!

To donate by credit card or Paypal, just go to
the Purebreds Plus website and click on the Paypal button on the right near the top of the page.

Alternatively, you can donate to Purebred Cat Breed Rescue by mail. Make your check payable to “Purebred Cat Breed Rescue” & send it to:

Purebred Cat Breed Rescue
c/o DeLynne Satimore, Treasurer
114 Pavilion Drive
Brandon, MS 39042

Thank you all for all you have done to help and for your patience reading this plea!

Linda Pollack Mercer, M.D.
President, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue, http://www.purebredcats.org

I know how much this group does for their cats from the work they did with Angel: rescuing her from a shelter, medical treatment for her URI, regular spaying and two eye surgeries, and then fostering her for 10 months…and that was just one cat! They do this, and more, for hundreds of cats every year.

Abys in Need: It’s going to be a Blue Aby Christmas

Purebreds Plus, Angel’s alma mater in Northern California, currently has a lot of blue Abyssinians available for adoption. It’s actually really amazing…so many at once, and all blue!

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First, we have Rick O’Shay, who it 6-7 years old. Ricky is being fostered in Davis, CA (my hometown!)

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Next up, meet Mr. Blue Boy. He’s being fostered in Angel’s foster home in Pleasanton, CA. Poor guy’s owner died and he was in mourning for a while.

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You have got to see Almika. Almika is actually not a blue Aby…she’s the 2year old daughter of a blue Aby mother and a brown Bengal father, but she looks strikingly Abyssinian. She’s also in Pleasanton.

There are a couple more kitties who’ve been recently adopted, but I just wanted to share them, too.

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Look at Brigsby! He’s listed as being a blue marbled Bengal, but he looks like a blue Aby with vague classic tabby blotching. He looks like watered silk…just amazing. He’s just found a home, but have you ever seen a cat like that?

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Sakima is another blue Aby mix, but instead of Bengal, he’s part Savannah. He’s a little more spotty than Almika, and look at his long Serval-esque legs!

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Cleopatra of De Nile was also just adopted. She’s a bit chunkier than most Abys, but her body shape, short tail and legs and gorgeous head really remind me a lot of Angel. I kind of wonder if they came from the same lines?

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Last, but definitely not least, a non-blue Aby. Remember Ali? I’ve posted about her before; she was being fostered, and then she got sick and was not available for adoption for a few months while she recovered. But look at her now! She’s healthy, happy and in her new home. She looks amazing!

Purebreds Plus doesn’t ship their cats, and they do have a fairly detailed adoption process, but they are a wonderful rescue and I highly recommend them. I am so glad I found Angel!

Abys in Need – Update on Ali

You may recall that back in May I posted about Ali the Red Aby, who was being fostered by Angel’s rescue, Purebreds Plus. Well, it turns out she shares Angel’s eye troubles, as this story is currently on their home page:

Please Help Us With Ali’s Medical Costs
Ali is a lovely 5½ year old Red Abyssinian female. She came into rescue in April. Her foster mom noticed that she had very watery eyes and started her on L-Lysine. But Ali was a very nervous girl and upset by the changes in her life and in June her eyes flared up. A trip to the eye vet diagnosed 6 ulcers on one eye and an older ulcer on the other. It was obvious that she had flareups prior to being surrended to us but they were not medically managed and that is why her eyes are not the normal Abyssinian oval shape. We do know she has the feline herpes virus. Ali needs sponsorship for a PCR test, her medicines and medical appointments which are scheduled every 2-3 weeks. Even on the medicines her ulcers are not under control and she continues to have problems. It is estimated that her treatment over time will run about $1200. Ali will be in rescue for a long while yet and she appreciates any help you can give her.

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Poor girl! She’s just a bit older than Angel, and as I said before, I would not be at all surprised if she and Angel aren’t related – they certainly do look alike! I am quite familiar with Feline Herpes Virus flare-ups; even with daily doses of L-Lysine, Angel’s remaining eye is still quite runny, and we have to watch it closely to make sure she doesn’t have any complications as she gets older.

If you want to help, there’s a Paypal link on Purebreds Plus’ home page.

Ali the Aby needs a home!

I happened to check Purebreds Plus’ website today to see if there were any Abys, and I discovered Ali!

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Ali is a tiny little red Aby girl who weighs just over 5lbs! Her description on the website says: Ali is a purebred 5-6 year old female Red Abyssinian. She was surrendered to rescue when her owners moved and could only have one cat in their new home. Ali was pretty upset by all the changes in her life but that is behind her and she is ready to go to her forever home.

Ali is delightful, a beautiful clear red color, petite and friendly. She weighs all of 5lbs. 11oz. She will delight you with her athletic feats and carry on a conversation with you. Her perfect adoptive home would be indoors with adults (maybe also older respectful children), where she can be a part of her family, helping on the computer, cooking, styling your hair or whatever she may want to be involved with. She would be happiest as an only cat or with one other calm cat. Please understand the Aby personality. Abys are not for everyone. http://www.cfa.org/client/breedabyssinian.aspx

Ali is healthy, current on vaccinations, spayed, FELV/FIV – neg/neg, and microchipped and litter box perfect. She is fostered in Pleasanton. If you would like more information about Ali, contact her foster mom, Karen at (925) 462-1608 or k.pahler@comcast.net if you have questions

She’s a bit older than Angel, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she and Angel were related. She looks like a wonderful little girl. If you’re in NorCal (or are willing to fly out there) and need an Aby in your life, check out Ali.

A letter from Purebreds Plus

I got this email today and thought I should share…

Dear Purebreds Plus Adopters, Supporters, and Fellow Cat Lovers:

The air is getting cooler, the decorations are already brightening the house, and children and grandchildren have made their holiday travel reservations. The kitchen is fragrant with December cookery, and a certain furry someone – or maybe a hairless, wrinkly someone – observes the proceedings with more than casual interest.

“Don’t you need help stirring?” asks the Aby, who has already been reminded at least once not to hop up onto the table.

“Don’t worry, Mom. I’ll take care of any food morsels that drop on the floor,” declares the Ragdoll.

And as for the Chausie—let’s just say that it would be unwise to leave that meat in the sink while you go to answer the telephone!

On a more serious note, this is the season when many of us sit down to plan our end-of-year donations, a contemplative time in which we try to align our charitable gestures with our values. There is the food bank, perhaps also the literacy program of the public library, a church or synagogue, and a foundation looking for ways to prevent or manage type 1 diabetes. And then, the Aby hops up onto the table to remind you that there is that rescue where she received nourishment, affection, and possibly expensive veterinary treatment until the day when you appeared and the two of you changed each other’s lives forever.

In recent years, the continuing economic crisis and the rising cost of veterinary care have caused many rescue organizations to close their doors. Fortunately, Purebreds Plus has been blessed with great adopters for our cats, and many wonderful donors and sponsors. Thanks to your adoption fees and donations, we have weathered the economic storm and continue to operate during this time of great financial difficulty. However, in order for us to continue our work, we need to come to you and ask for your continued financial support.

This year, our group rescued many hundreds of cats who would otherwise have ended their lives at local animal shelters. Many of these cats were from people giving up pets in the context of foreclosures. Some cats come into our care with severe medical issues. One poor, brave little kitten named Piper just had to have an eye removed, on an emergency basis, costing our rescue well over $1000 dollars.

Please consider supporting our work by making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation, in any amount, will help us to continue our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing purebred and other exceptional cats. We hope to be able to continue not only to save lives like theirs but, in so doing, to enrich lives like yours.

You can make your donation online on our website, at http://www.purebredsplus.org, or mail it to:

Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue, c/o Cyndi Saxton
5939 Davidson Ct.
Valley Springs, CA 95252

Sincerely,

Laurel Fagan, President
Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue

Angel had to have the same surgery as Piper – Twice, because when her eye was removed, a prosthesis was put into the eye socket, which her body subsequently rejected, so that had to be removed as well. She was fostered from late December 2007 until I picked her up in early October 2008 – nearly a year! She was just 6 months old when they took her in.

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So if, as the letter says, you’re looking for a worthy organisation to send a donation, Purebreds Plus is a pretty great one to consider.

(And check out Canela, a red Aby who was just adopted. She looks so much like Angel it’s a little spooky! I would not be at all surprised if she comes from the same breeder.)

Very Aby Holidays – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

It’s no longer November, and technically my Very Aby Holidays feature has come to an end, but I wanted to mention one more holiday gift that you might want to consider, and that’s donations to cat-related charities. There are, of course, almost as many different sorts of feline assistance groups as there are cats, but the two below – one rescue and one research – are two that are particularly close to my heart.

Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization founded in 2007. Based in Northern California (where I grew up), they do a lot of work with Abyssinians in need, and they are, of course, the rescue through which we adopted Angel. Even if you don’t live in California or you can take in a rescued purebred, they are a worthy charity if you would like to help cats this Christmas.

SOCK FIP, short for Save Our Cats and Kittens from Feline Infectious Peritonitis, is a group of cat lovers, breeders, rescue groups, veterinarians and geneticists who are working together to support research on feline infectious peritonitis at the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health); they are a completely volunteer organization run by people who have had personal experiences with this terrible disease. Not only did I grow up in Davis, but I know how horrific FIP can be, and what’s most appalling is how little we really know about this disease – the name itself is an example of this, since it seems to be neither infectious nor related to the peritoneum. It’s probably one of the least understood feline diseases out there, and the only way to figure out how to fight it is through research. As of now, there is no cure for FIP, and if a cat gets it, they’re almost certain not to recover, and it’s generally fatal. Gun-Hee went 10 days from being diagnosed with FIP to having to be put to sleep – it can strike that quickly. I just hope that some day, cat owners won’t be told to take their beloved cat on “his farewell tour” before coming back to the vet to have him or her euthanised.

As I said, there are many, many organisations out there that survive on donations; these are merely two that I support.